Today we visited Woodstock, IL, to see the set of one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day (1993), featuring Bill Murray. Groundhog Day was filmed here 13 years ago, but everything still looks just as in the movie. You can retrace Bill Murray’s footsteps from Ned’s Corner to Tip Top Bistro to the place where he stepped into the puddle, then across the street toward Gobbler’s Knob in Square Park.
The movie Groundhog Day was filmed in Woodstock because of its quaint and old-fashioned town square. The beautiful Square Park is where the Groundhog Day ceremony takes place in the movie.
We had lunch at the Tip Top Bistro. The food was delicious.
From a recent review in the Chicago Tribune:
The restaurant used in the 1993 movie was called the Tip Top Cafe, but the movie’s fictional “Cafe” was actually an empty storefront used for the film’s restaurant scenes. The spot on the square has continued to change its identity over the years, and the new Tip Top Bistro has been open for about six months.
In front of the Tip Top Bistro is a small plaque on the ground where Bill Murray (as Phil Connors) stepped into the puddle.
Unfortunately the Chamber of Commerce was closed. We could see lots of Groundhog Day souvenirs inside through the window.
The beautiful Opera House on the south side of Square Park was Pennsylvania Hotel where Andie MacDowell (as Rita) was staying:
On our way out we drove by the Cherry Street Inn, which is the bed and breakfast where Bill Murray was staying. This is actually a private residence: