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!
Wooden bridge over marsh at ponds edge at Veteran Acres Park.
By Brian R. Brown
Nothing could have prepared me for this trip to Veteran Acres Park and my journey around the pond. What was meant to be our first photolog ended up with about an equal amount of text as I share information on the tree removal around the pond at Veteran Acres Park.
Food pantry.
By Brian R. Brown
We've compiled a guide for McHenry County food pantries, broken out by city. No one in our community should have to battle hunger. We hope this guide will prove helpful if you yourself or someone you know needs to utilize these services, or if you would like to help out
Radishes from Cary Farmers Market.
By Brian R. Brown
Check out our complete 2021 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. We have event details for farmers markets for Algonquin, Cary, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Marengo, McHenry, and Woodstock.
McHenry Life logo Jack-o'-Lantern
By Brian R. Brown
Are you ready for the witching hour? Be sure to keep checking our McHenry County Trick-or-Treating hours list for your local treating times.
Richardson Farm wagon ride
By Brian R. Brown
You'll be amazed at what Richardson Farm can do with a cornfield! Nothing like a day on the farm, picking out pumpkins, navigating a huge corn maze, ziplining across the farm, snacking on some apple cider donuts, and all kinds of fun activities for all ages! Take some time out
Entrance to CD One Price Cleaners, Crystal Lake, IL
By Brian R. Brown
Regardless of your fashion style or budget, the great equalizer is that sooner or later, most if not all of us will need to take something to the cleaners. Let me share my simple criteria for cleaners as well as my personal experiences with CD One Price Cleaners here in
Honeywell whole house humidifier installed
By Brian R. Brown
No matter the time of year, one thing is certain, we all want to be comfortable in our homes. That may mean being cooler in the summer and warmer in the fall, but also humidity and other factors.
Fishing at the McHenry Dam
By Jill Kocher Brown
McHenry Dam, nestled in the southwest corner of Moraine Hills State Park, is a large and peaceful destination in itself. With the quiet roar of the dam in the background and stand of large, dense trees, the dam offers a lovely place to relax for fishermen and picnickers alike. Moraine
Pingree Road Metra Station platform sign
By Jill Kocher Brown
Crystal Lake's Metra station catering to commuters, Pingree Road, has limited services onsite, but it gets the job done. On the upside, it has tons of parking, a long platform so that commuters don't have to crowd around just a few cars, and a friendly little cafe inside the waiting
Harms Farms pumpkin train at Johnny Appleseed Festival in Crystal Lake, IL
By Jill Kocher Brown
The Johnny Appleseed Festival celebrates the legacy of Johnny Appleseed, a famously kind and generous pioneer nurseryman who traveled the eastern Midwest in the early 1800s spreading apple trees and his religion along the way. We had our own visit from Johnny, a jolly man who talked to all the
Tomatoes at Crystal Lake Farmer's Market
By Jill Kocher Brown
Thanks to local farmers markets, a trip to the farm for fresh produce, meets, cheeses, and other goodies is often just a short drive away.