Explore & Experience Marengo

Welcome to the City of Marengo, Illinois.

Marengo was one of, if not the first incorporated village in McHenry County, incorporating as a village in 1857, and then as a city in 1893.

Marengo was originally known as Pleasant Grove, named after a grove of trees near the town center.

Marengo served as an important transportation stop, originally on the Galena-Chicago Trail, a stagecoach line running from Chicago out to Galena. In 1851 though, the trail was largely supplanted by the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad, which helped spur growth in the area.

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Dining & Entertainment

The Spot

Health & Beauty

Marengo Vision Center

Anytime Fitness Marengo

Snap Fitness – Marengo

Country Gentleman Barber & Styling

Shopping

First Presbyterian Church Thrift Store

Marengo Auto Group

Tabletop Artisans

Your Supply Depot Limited

Services & Organizations

Marengo area OutReach Enterprises, Inc

Marengo Auto Body and Glass

Sunset Motel

Marengo Animal Hospital


Event Calendar

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Magazine

Lights and Christmas tree at the Historic Square in Woodstock, IL.
By Brian R. Brown
Be sure to save a little time in your hectic schedule for a stroll around the Woodstock Historic Square this holiday season to take in the festive light display.
Chair with Santa hat next to fireplace.
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.
Holiday lights hanging over the street.
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.
Christmas Tree Lighting
By Brian R. Brown
Looking for Christmas Tree Lighting near you? We've got you covered...at least if you're in McHenry County. Check out our guide to the Christmas tree lighting events around McHenry County.
Clouds reflected in the pond at Rush Creek Conservation Area.
By Brian R. Brown
Autumn seemed to rush by this year. While many leaves had turned and even started falling by early November, I was fortunate enough to capture some while I visited the Rush Creek Conservation Area. Come along for the ride!
Array of flowers outside the Crystal Lake Park District administration building.
By Brian R. Brown
Whatever you think you know about the Crystal Lake Park District, there is most likely so much more that you are missing. Come along and let's see if we can uncover a few new things.