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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!

Passengers getting off the train in Crystal Lake.
By Brian R. Brown
Got a train to catch? Head to Crystal Lake's downtown Metra station and you can catch more than just the train, with easy access to downtown Crystal Lake restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and more. Check out what makes the Metra "stations" unique in Crystal Lake.

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People exploring the art tents while others pose for a group selfie.
By Brian R. Brown
Join us on our excursion to the Barrington Art Fair, where we took in a wide array of artistic talents, and captured some of the local flavor and natural art as well.
The Zipper ride.
By Brian R. Brown
While you wait...take a walk around the Lakeside Festival. At least that's what I did ahead of Crystal Lake's annual Independence Day Parade, and here are some photos to prove it!
Tebala Shriners Air Squadron.
By Brian R. Brown
It was a near-perfect day for a parade. If you missed this year's Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade, then we've got over 100 photos that will show you some of what you missed, or relive what you experienced if you were there.
2022 Cary Summer Celebration fireworks.
By Brian R. Brown
Celebrate the 4th and the summer kick-off with the Cary Park District's annual Summer Celebration with some music, food, and fireworks! Come along and feast your eyes on some photos from the event.
The zig and the zag of the Zig-Zag Bridge.
By Brian R. Brown
In need of a quick escape? Need to getaway from the stress, turmoil, and general chaos of everyday life? Come along as we jump the border and experience the Anderson Japanese Gardens.
Movie in the Park.
By Brian R. Brown
Round up the family, grab chairs and blankets, and head to the movie in the park! Enjoy watching the stars on the screen under the stars in the sky with your favorite movies.