McHenry Life Magazine

Come explore McHenry County with McHenry Life Magazine!

You won’t find local news here, but we hope to bring you interesting stories from local business owners and organizations. Ever wanted to know more about your favorite businesses? We do. We’ll also share photo tours of life in the cities and villages of McHenry County.

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Heisler's Bootery's $40 shoes rack.
By Brian R. Brown
Okay bargain hunters, don't miss the Downtown Crystal Lake Summer Sidewalk Sale!
Lamborghini and Porsches at Motor Werks Cars & Coffee 2021.
By Brian R. Brown
If you are going to spend a Sunday strolling through a parking lot, Motor Werks' Cars & Coffee is a great way to do it. Care to take a stroll?
Torse Gerbe (Sheaf Torso) by Hans (Jean) Arp and paintings in the W.T. and Edna Dahl Gallery at the Des Moines Art Center.
By Brian R. Brown
Join us on an extra special journey as we launch a new magazine section and I share a few of my favorites. Cross over the McHenry County line as we road trip to Des Moines...art, Tasty Tacos, and Twin Bings!
Gavers Community Cancer Foundation grant check to Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund at Rush University Medical Center.
By Brian R. Brown
Steve Gavers is a cancer warrior. What follows is not only his Spotlight Story, but the story of his survivorship which lead to the Gavers Barndance and the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation...which has profoundly impacted the community.
More open space in the main area at the Crystal Lake Public Library.
By Brian R. Brown
The Crystal Lake Public Library is reopened after COVID restrictions are lowered and their repair project nears completion. Join me as a take stroll around, both inside and out, to checkout what's new!
Wings, Chicken Philly Cheesesteak, and Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla soup from Just Crock It.
By Brian R. Brown
Grab a cup or glass of your favorite beverage, cozy up in your favorite spot, and get ready for a fascinating Spotlight Story. Our very first Spotlight Story has me sitting down in McHenry with Maggie, the stay home mom of two, turned startup founder of Just Crock It. Hear
By Brian R. Brown
If you host or manage events, then you need to read this! We understand how tough events can be and want to help with one of the more challenging aspects...marketing your event! See our top 9 reasons why you should take 5 minutes to add your event to the McHenry
People shopping at the Downtown Crystal Lake Farmers Market.
By Brian R. Brown
Take a walk with us as we tour the Downtown Crystal Lake Farmers Market for the first time this summer. And of course, this wouldn't be complete without a stroll down North Williams Street.
Fireworks over Crystal Lake, July 4, 2012.
By Brian R. Brown
Get all your McHenry County July 4th fireworks show information in our newest guide. We've compiled the details on local firework displays, including dates, times, locations, maps, and links to the organizer sites so that you have all the up-to-date information at your fingertips. Plan your Independence Day festivities now!

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