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Old 01-03-2012, 05:40 PM
 
Location: USA
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I just saw Groundhog Day and loved the downtown in the film, which turned out to actually be Woodstock. Me and my friend thought it was cute as hell and would like to make a day trip out somewhere to get a bite to eat and hang out. I was thinking Woodstock obviously, but are there any other suburbs that have a better central area? I'd prefer somewhere a little further out and it must be near a metra station. Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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On the "cuteness factor" nothing else in the region is laid out so perfectly as Woodstock. Geneva, Batavia and Wheaton all have similarly large attractive semi-central courthouse structures, but the lay out is far more linear due to the train and cross streets...

Elmhurst has a really nice "campus quadrangle" and museums laid out across from it, but it is set off from its more business oriented downtown.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Lake Forest?
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:17 PM
 
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Default Nah, it is linear too...

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Lake Forest?
Woodstock is unique with it nice "town square" lay out.

Don't get me wrong, there are plenty are attractive, well developed suburbs that have lots of interesting shops and such that are linear (and LF is certainly one of with plenty of places to spend some serious money...) but the railroads helped make all of 'em sort stretch out along the tracks. Functional but does not have the same "cinematic appeal" as Woodstock...
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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As someone who made the side trip to Punxsutawney, it's easy to see why most of the outdoor shots were filmed in Woodstock.
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