Explore & Experience Harvard

Welcome to the City of Harvard, Illinois, the last stop on the Union Pacific / Northwest Line.

Harvard is one of only five cities within McHenry County, with the rest being villages. Founded in 1867 and incorporated as a village around 1868 or 1869, the residents voted in 1891 to change their structure to officially become a city, administered by a mayor rather than a village president.

Harvard is home to Harvard Milk Days, one of the oldest festivals in Illinois.

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Dining & Entertainment

Rush Creek Distilling

Hub Lounge

Health & Beauty

Mercyhealth McHenry County

Rewire Fitness

Anytime Fitness Harvard

Razors Edge


Harvard Chevrolet Buick and GMC

Harvard Ford

Harvard Ace Hardware

La Rosita

Services & Organizations

Harvard Community Food Pantry

DeCraene’s Service Center

Heritage Inn & Suite

Power Tree & Landscaping

Event Calendar


Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Around Town


Vintage McCormick-Deering tractor at 5 Lazy K Ranch.
By Brian R. Brown
If you missed this year's Annual Autumn Drive, come along and enjoy a photo tour of just a little bit of what you missed.
McHenry Life logo Jack-o'-Lantern
By Brian R. Brown
Grab your costume and your treat bag! Before you head out though, be sure to check our annual McHenry County Trick-or-Treating hours list for your local treating times and events.
By Brian R. Brown
In celebration of our 7 year anniversary, we take a look back on the past and launch our biggest giveaway yet...$1,000 in prize money! Come celebrate with us!
One and only Steve McPhail, portraying Johnny Appleseed.
By Brian R. Brown
Downtown Crystal Lake always knows how to signal the return of fall with the annual Johnny Appleseed Festival; this year celebrating 28 years! If you missed it, we've got a taste for you here!
New Cary Metra Station, completed in 2019.
By Brian R. Brown
Hop a ride as we take a quick tour through the Cary Metra Station and the great facilities in downtown Cary.
By Brian R. Brown
We've made some subscription changes we think you're going to love! If you currently have or will be adding a listing to McHenry Life, you'll want to see this!