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

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IHOP

McHenry Downtown Theater

Jexal’s Wing-Zeria

Just Crock It

Health & Beauty

Visionworks – McHenry

Pearle Vision – McHenry

Spengel Chiropractic

Evolve Chiropractic – McHenry

Shopping

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Pioneer Tree Farm

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Bill’s Friendly Evergreen Tree Farm

Foxy’s

Locker’s Flowers

Services & Organizations

Olesuk Tax Services

Big Kid Powersports

United Way of Greater McHenry County

Home of the Sparrow


Event Calendar

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Magazine

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.
Christmas trees tagged at the farm.
By Brian R. Brown
Whether you've ever had a real Christmas tree or not, our guide is here to help you navigate the challenges of having real trees. Be sure to check out our list of local Christmas tree farms.