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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Health & Beauty

Visionworks – McHenry

Pearle Vision – McHenry

Evolve Chiropractic – McHenry

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Kiddy Corner Children’s & Maternity Consignment


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Magazine

Street blocked off for farmers market.
By Brian R. Brown
This summer features the Cary Farmers Market in their new summer home in downtown Cary. While it's within walking distance from where it has been held, it's a great improvement.
2022 Cary Summer Celebration fireworks.
By Brian R. Brown
Get all your McHenry County July 4th fireworks show information in our newest guide. We've also added parade and festival information. We have details on dates, times, locations, maps, and more. Plan your Independence Day festivities now!
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.
Heartache Tonight playing at the Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival.
By Brian R. Brown
Concerts in the Park season is upon us. From summer to fall, McHenry County is full of outdoor live music options. And if you're looking for your next concert, our Concerts in the Park guide is ready.
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.
Person on a skateboard at a skate park.
By Brian R. Brown
Rippers, groms, and kooks, we hope you'll be stoked about our newest guide as this ones for you. We've pulled together information on all of the skateparks in McHenry county.