October 25, 2015
Walked around Woodstock Square on an absolutely gorgeous day along with a lot of others. Stopped at the Thoughtfulness Shoppe, a place I should know better than to enter. Way too many things to trap me into buying in there, but in I go and out I come with something. We went downstairs and enjoyed looking at the miniature Halloween and Christmas villages.
Next, we walked over to the Benton Street Tap and watched some football games. The Bears had a bye week today, so no DaBears for us. This is a small bar featuring high tin ceilings. Even better, from noon to 3 p.m., they had Happy Hour $1 bottles, something we could definitely live with.
Afterwards, walked back to the square (a block away) and sat out on a bench near the Union Civil War monument featured in the snowball fight in the "Groundhog Day" movie. We were also near the gazebo shown several times, including the outside dance scene.
Last stop in town was at Wayne's Lanes on Il-120. This is where the bowling scenes were filmed and Bill Murray and the two others were outside of it when they began their chase by the cops. This is where Bill asked one, "Are you going to throw up here or in the car?" The guy replied, "I think...both."