Explore & Experience McHenry

Welcome to the City of McHenry, Illinois, in McHenry County.

McHenry served as the original county seat from 1837 to 1844, when originally McHenry County extended to Lake Michigan. In 1839 though, McHenry County was split, with the eastern portion forming Lake County. In 1844 then, the county seat was moved to Woodstock to be more centrally located.

McHenry was incorporated in 1872, though grew slowly over the years. Initially, McHenry was primarily a resort destination, though after World War II as new industries came into the area and McHenry began annexing surrounding areas, growth became exponential in 1950.

McHenry is also the second-largest for landmass in McHenry County at a little under 15 square miles.

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Dining & Entertainment

Addison’s Steakhouse

Main Street Station

Tacos El Norte

Health & Beauty

Visionworks – McHenry

Pearle Vision – McHenry

Evolve Chiropractic – McHenry

Shopping

ALDI in McHenry

Foxy’s

Services & Organizations

Olesuk Tax Services

Big Kid Powersports

Home of the Sparrow


Event Calendar

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Magazine

Benches and lampposts line the riverwalk.
By Brian R. Brown
Riverfront Park in Algonquin provides great views of the Fox River, as well as a well-landscaped green space for relaxing. While the trees were still a little bare in early spring, the flowers were happy to show their colors to make up for it.
American flag flagpole waving in the wind against clouds and blue sky.
By Brian R. Brown
Take some time this Memorial Day to remember and honor those who gave their life serving in our Armed Forces. Check our guide for special Memorial Day ceremonies and parades around McHenry County.
Water churning over rocks under the bridge.
By Brian R. Brown
Come along as we check out this historic park right off the downtown Algonquin area, just blocks from the Fox River.
Beautiful bouquet of alstroemeria in a vase with water, white cup of tea, greeting card with the inscription happy mother's day.
By Brian R. Brown
Looking for Mother's Day brunches and other ideas for Mother's Day? Be sure to check out our special McHenry County Mother's Day Guide for ways to celebrate that special someone called mom.
Eggplants.
By Brian R. Brown
Know what's always in season in McHenry County? Farmers' markets! Check out our complete 2022 McHenry County Farmers Market Guide for information on local farmer markets. We provide dates, times, locations, as well as additional information and links for the individual farmer markets.
Easter Bunny with kids at playground.
By Brian R. Brown
What better way to spend a sunny, though windy and chilly, pre-Easter Saturday than with the hardest working bunny around! Enjoy some photos from the Village of Prairie Grove's annual Easter Egg Hunt.