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Take a drive in the country!


Posted on 04/02/2020 by  

McHenry County, IL Scenic Roads The Scenic Roads program was established to recognize both roads and the surrounding features that create their character (the road corridor). The program applies to all roads located in McHenry County, including city streets, residential streets, and rural roads. Completed application forms will be reviewed by the McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission. The Commission consists of representatives from throughout McHenry...READ MORE!

COVID-19 Resource Center


Posted on 03/17/2020 by  

Now more than ever McHenry County businesses need our help. Whether its purchasing gift cards, ordering takeout, or just giving them a positive review online, we can help our friends and neighbors get through this.  HOW CAN YOU HELP? - Shop online - Order take-out - Share a social media post - Write a review We will try to keep information updated regularly and add new businesses as information becomes available.  This map includes restaur...READ MORE!

Scorched Earth Brewing Co. to Release International Women's Day Beer


Posted on 03/05/2020 by  

In honor of International Women’s Day this Sunday, March 8, Scorched Earth Brewing Co. in Algonquin, IL will be tapping their specially brewed Fierce FemALE, a West Coast IPA.  With women making up half of the Scorched Earth Family, they felt it only made sense to get them all together to brew a beer in honor of this day.  Brewed with the 2020 Pink Boots Blend of hops, a combination of Azacca, El Dorado, Idaho Gem, and Loral hops from Yakima Chi...READ MORE!

Theater 121 Presents Matilda the Musical


Posted on 03/02/2020 by  

Theatre 121’s Production of Matilda The Musical  Theatre 121 presents Matilda The Musical at the historic Woodstock Opera House from March 6th-22nd. Matilda – the Musical is based on the children’s novel of the same name by Roald Dahl and adapted by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.  The cast of 24 is under the direction of Jordan Rakittke (Artistic Director), Aaron Gomez (Assistant Director), Sa...READ MORE!

How to Autumn Drive:


Posted on 09/23/2019 by  

Take a drive in the country and put this address in your GPS: 16105 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock (Photo by: K-Adams Foto) It’s the best place to start your Autumn Drive adventures as neighbors offer antiques, crafts, food and fun. Local farms in rural McHenry County open their barns to offer you fall produce, honey, jams, soaps and vinegars for the 32nd year.  October 18 – 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, in rural Wo...READ MORE!

Economic Impact of Tourism


Posted on 08/02/2019 by  

Tourism to McHenry County Contributing to Record Economic Growth in Illinois McHenry County generated $8.32 million in local tax revenue and $256.33 million in visitor expenditures Tourism spending increased by 3.6% in McHenry County in 2018 over the previous year, attracting $256.33 million in local spending and helping to contribute to record economic growth in the state, tourism officials said.  McHenry County’s tourism success is credited with...READ MORE!

Family, Fall, FUN!


Posted on 07/22/2019 by  

McHenry County is home to the best fall family fun in the state! You’ll never have to look far to find farmland fun – plan an afternoon at an apple farm, get lost in a corn maze or find the perfect produce at one of our u-pick produce farms. You won’t find experiences like these in downtown Chicago. Friday:  Arrive & check in: We have some pretty amazing accommodations in McHenry County! Looking for a comfortable hotel with all the...READ MORE!

Enjoy a unique cultural experience


Posted on 07/11/2019 by  

  Tucked into an unassuming building on an unassuming street in Woodstock is possibly one of the most unique cultural experiences you'll find in the Midwest. Potts & Pans, Chicagoland's largest steelpan organization, along with their not-for-profit organization, Culture, Arts & Music, provides steelpan entertainment and education We know what you're thinking: calypso tunes and umbrella drinks. Imagine, instead, classical symphonies an...READ MORE!

Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team


Posted on 06/26/2019 by  

See a water show like no other! You may have seen water ski shows in other places. But we bet you've never seen anything like the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team. This 140-plus-member team, consisting of members ranging in ages 5 - 65, is a five-time National Show Ski Champion and has placed in the top five in the nation every year since 1996.  Grab a lawn chair or your favorite beach blanket and head out to Wonder Center Beach in Wonder Lake (located at H...READ MORE!

4th of July Fireworks


Posted on 06/25/2019 by  

It's an American tradition, fireworks on the 4th of July! Don't have plans yet? Check out our full list of every firework show in McHenry County this Independence Day! Most shows begin at dusk.   Saturday, June 29 Marengo Summerfest Location: 101 Franks Rd, Marengo Live bands, activities, beer, food, vendors and more! Festivities start at noon.  Wednesday, July 3 Cary Summer Celebration Location: 1200 Silver Lake...READ MORE!

McHenry County Festival Guide


Posted on 06/17/2019 by  

Great events happen in McHenry County Looking for McHenry County's best summer events? Well you're in luck, we are home to some of the best festivals the summer has to offer. Many are family friendly and some are perfect for a night out with friends. No matter what you're looking for, let us help you plan the ultimate summer right here in McHenry County! July       Lakeside Festival at the Dole July 4 - 7 Lakesid...READ MORE!

#McHenryCountyMade - Julie Ann's Frozen Custard


Posted on 05/23/2019 by  

Taste a local treat with a twist! Julie Ann's Frozen Custard is a family-owned frozen custard shop and a McHenry County institution. Back in 1985, John and Mary Zielnicki started creating their hand-crafted custard recipe that is still used today!  What makes Julie Ann's so special is the quality of their ingredients and their custard  that is made fresh several tiimes a day! The flavors have taken on a creative twist since grandson Pete and dau...READ MORE!

National Travel and Tourism Week 2019


Posted on 05/03/2019 by  

We pass popular tourist sites like Richardson Adventure Farm every day; we may not even think of how it supports our community. But Richardson Adventure Farm and others like The Quarry Cable Park, Woodstock Square, Raue Center for the Arts and the Illinois Railway Museum  are the backbone of McHenry County. These places define our community, provide our families with jobs and have given us—and milions of visitors a lifetime of memories.   ...READ MORE!

Rush Creek Distilling - McHenry County Made


Posted on 04/23/2019 by  

You’ve had ‘farm to fork’ – now try grain to glass When you visit Rush Creek Distilling, you’ll probably drive right by some of the fields where local farmers grow the corn, wheat and rye that go into the craft spirits you’re about to enjoy. Take one of Rush Creek’s popular distillery tours to appreciate everything that happens between the farmer harvesting the grain and the bartender pouring you a glass of whiskey, ...READ MORE!

Top 10 Ice Cream Shops


Posted on 04/19/2019 by  

We all scream for ICE CREAM! Here are our top 10 favorite places to get an ice-cold treat! Whether you’re a fan of a classic chocolate vanilla twist or maybe a peanut butter puppy chow concrete you’ll find exactly what you’re craving at these stops! 10. Riverside Chocolate Factory 2102 W. Route 120 McHenry 815.344.6040 Riverside Chocolate Factory in McHenry is the place where chocolate dipped happiness begins. They are known for t...READ MORE!





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