In the City of Woodstock, just 50 miles from Chicago and conveniently accessible from the Union Pacific-Northwest Metra commuter rail line, opportunity awaits for those looking to start or relocate their business in the unique environs of the Old McHenry County Courthouse or the Old Sheriff’s House and Jail located on beautiful Woodstock Square. For the first time in nearly a half-century, these timeless buildings—listed on the National Register of Historic Places—are slated for major renovation and revitalization. A multimillion dollar investment will bring these 19th-Century gems into the 21st Century providing modern conveniences and amenities while preserving their rich historical details, such as the hand-painted ceiling of the main courtroom.

With this major overhaul in the works, Woodstock is now looking for new businesses and services that can flourish in these renovated spaces and create a lasting contribution to the community and the Woodstock Historic District. Ideal candidates will make the Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House regional destinations and revenue generators while remaining welcoming spaces for all in the community.

Once completed, the two buildings will share a new lobby and elevator making all floors handicapped accessible. This design will also produce a natural flow between the two buildings that will provide the option for them to function together or separately. By contracting with the city now, tenants will have the opportunity to work with the project architect through the design phase of the renovation. In doing so, they can help assure that their space will be tailored to meet their needs when renovations are completed and the building opens in 2022.


The Courthouse Complex is located at 101 North Johnson Street in Woodstock, Illinois