McHenry Life

Come with us as we explore McHenry County. We’ll share our experiences and we invite you to share yours. Looking for new ones? Whether for restaurants or stores, chiropractors or contractors, plumbers, painters, or accountants, be sure to check out the McHenry Life business Directory. And if you are one of those or another McHenry County business or organization, claim or add your own listing (it’s free) today!

Antique fire engine.
By Brian R. Brown
Get your dose of Christmas spirit with these photos from downtown Crystal Lake for the Festival of Lights Parade, tree lighting, arrival of Santa, and a stroll down Christmas Tree Lane.

Dining & Entertainment

Port Edward Restaurant


Upcoming Events

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Highlight the Night- Son Date Night

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Daughter Date Night-A Tale As Old As Time

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Chili Open Golf Classic


Shopping

Foxy’s

Totally Kustom Co


More From the Magazine

Christmas trees tagged at the farm.
By Brian R. Brown
Whether you've ever had a real Christmas tree or not, our guide is here to help you navigate the challenges of having real trees. Be sure to check out our list of local Christmas tree farms.
Empty plate with fork and spoon.
By Brian R. Brown
We've compiled a guide for McHenry County food pantries, broken out by city. No one in our community should have to battle hunger. We hope this guide will prove helpful if you yourself or someone you know needs to utilize these services, or if you would like to help out
Shiny ornaments and lights on Christmas tree.
By Brian R. Brown
Looking for Christmas Tree Lighting near you? Craving a holiday light display or show? We've got you covered...at least if you're in McHenry County. Check out our guide to the Christmas tree lighting events & holiday light displays around McHenry County.
Visiting with Santa Claus.
By Brian R. Brown
He knows whether you've been naughty or nice, but here's a last chance to put in a good word! Grab the kids and check our guide for snapping some pictures with Santa.
Meadowdale Raceway Silo.
By Brian R. Brown
If you close your eyes, you can almost hear the roar of the engines as the cars worked their way around Meadowdale Raceway. Today though, you'll mostly hear some traffic from Hwy 31, the occasional sounds of mountain bikers, and nature. But you can still explore the old track.
Santa's arrival.
By Brian R. Brown
Bundle up the little ones and head for your closest parade route to welcome in the Christmas season! Here's our guide to the local Christmas parades happening around McHenry County.