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Brand new exterior sign for the new Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce office.
By Brian R. Brown
Join me as I sit down with Lynn Caccavallo of the Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce to learn about their recent move, her personal backstory, and the great things the chamber does for the community.
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.
Art on the Fox booths and shoppers.
By Brian R. Brown
Art on the Fox brought in artists and artisans from within McHenry County and beyond the state line. If you didn't make it, take a look at what you missed and you might even want to trakc down a few artists or artisans who catch your eye!
Cliff Hanger ride raised up in the air.
By Brian R. Brown
Closing out summer with a trip to the Lake in the Hills annual Summer Sunset Festival. We checked out the carnival on Sunday and fun times were had! If you didn't make it, check out our photos to see what you missed.
Wide trail through Sterne's Woods.
By Brian R. Brown
An amazing and immersive nature experience awaits you, and it may be closer than you think. Crystal Lake has a wonderful array of parks for recreation, but it's also home to Sterne's Woods & Fen, which is wonderful preservation area as well.
Parking slot payment wall at the Fox River Grove train station.
By Brian R. Brown
Hop on the train or in your car and head to the Fox River Grove Metra Station if for no other reason than to check out their cool parking slot-payment system. Is it new low-tech? No-tech? Vintage? Retro? I'm not sure, but it's pretty cool whatever it is.
Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge tent.
By Brian R. Brown
Crystal Lake Main Beach provided the backdrop to this year's Monarchs and Music, a fun and unique collaborative educational monarch butterfly fair and community concert.
Farmers market vendors and patrons.
By Brian R. Brown
It takes more than a little rain to keep us away. But you can enjoy these photos from the Open Air Farmers Market+ At The Dole from the comfort of your own home, regardless of the weather.
Passengers getting off the train in Crystal Lake.
By Brian R. Brown
Got a train to catch? Head to Crystal Lake's downtown Metra station and you can catch more than just the train, with easy access to downtown Crystal Lake restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and more. Check out what makes the Metra "stations" unique in Crystal Lake.

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