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

Health & Beauty

Visionworks – McHenry

Pearle Vision – McHenry

Evolve Chiropractic – McHenry

Shopping

ALDI in McHenry

Services & Organizations

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River East Public Library

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McHenry Public Library District

Renew Cabinets and Interiors


Event Calendar

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George Michaels Reborn: A tribute to Wham and George Michaels

Magazine

Man on a snowmobile.
By Brian R. Brown
Grab your sled and get ready to hit the trails! No, not that sled...the big one! If you are itching to hit those white trails, be sure to check our guide for snowmobiling trails in McHenry County.
Library Lovers Expedition 2023 banner.
By Brian R. Brown
Join the Library Lovers Expedition by taking a tour of 13 local libraries and get enter into a drawing for one of several amazing gift baskets.
Radon mitigation fan installed.
By Brian R. Brown
After learning about other neighbors adding radon mitigation fans to their homes, we started down the path to better educate ourselves, implement our own monitoring system, and ultimately having a mitigation fan added to our home as well. You may want or need to add one to yours as well.
Boy sledding in the winter.
By Brian R. Brown
If the thought of packed snow and big hills brings out the kid in you, or makes you want to bring your kids outside, then you'll love our Sledding Hills Guide... as much as the thought of how tuckered out those kids will be after a few hours sledding!
Group of people ice skating.
By Brian R. Brown
If you've been itching to lace up those skates and get out on the ice, then you're in luck. Before you head out, be sure to check our guide for local McHenry County ice skating rinks.
Gazebo and park trees decorated with Christmas lights.
By Brian R. Brown
While the new year is upon us and the holiday decorations have started to come down, enjoy this look at the Huntley Christmas lights in the Town Square.