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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!

Easter Brunch & Egg Hunts


Posted on 03/19/2019 by  

Whether you're looking for an elegant Easter Brunch, or a fun filled egg hunt; here is your full guide to Easter fun in McHenry County. Flashlight Egg Hunt Friday, April 5 8:00 P.M. Towne Park 100 Jefferson St. Algonquin, IL 60102 Stop by the 3rd Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt in Algonquin! The Bunny has left some special eggs for you around Towne Park and it's your job to find them! Grab your flashlight and basket and head downt o the park! Meet at ...READ MORE!

Come out and play this Spring!


Posted on 03/12/2019 by  

Winter hibernation has ended, so it’s time to enjoy the spring and plan summertime fun in charming McHenry County. Get back outside and take in one of the Chicago area's best destinations. Whether a weekend getaway, or just a fun drive through the country, McHenry County offers the best of each season. Spring weather is ideal for horseback riding, picnicking or observing abundant wildlife. McHenry County Conservation District maintains 25,021 acres of open...READ MORE!

Experience the Equestrian side of McHenry County


Posted on 02/19/2019 by  

The fifth day of March of each year shall be designated as the Day of the Horse, to be observed throughout the State of Illinois as a day to encourage citizens to honor and celebrate the role of equines in the history and character of Illinois, and to recognize the benefits of the equine industry to the economy, agriculture, tourism and quality of life in Illinois.  Learn more about the Equestrian Community in McHenry County and how you can experience it for your...READ MORE!

Spend Your Valentines Day in McHenry County!


Posted on 01/17/2019 by  

As Valentine's Day approaches we all start to think about how to spend this special day with our special someone! Whethere you're in town for a romantic getaway or you live near by here are a few ways to woo your sweetheart this Valentines Day! Grab a bite to eat: Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen - Gourmet comfort foods, artisan sandwiches and burgers all utilizing local and sustainable ingredients. Pair them with Duke's extensive beer ...READ MORE!

Cherry Tree B&B More than A Movie Set


Posted on 01/17/2019 by  

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT DINING DUSTER! Stunning, old world charm with modern conveniences is how we would describe the Cherry Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast in Woodstock, IL. Made famous by a movie feature, the Cherry Tree B & B is more than a movie set. Built in the 1800’s, this nearly 7,000 Victorian home is owned and operated by George & Lori. George & Lori like to create experiences for their guests. This could include cocktails in the sitting room...READ MORE!

Top 10 Things to do This Winter!


Posted on 12/06/2018 by  

1. Norge Ski Club – International Winter Tournament January 25 & 26, 2020 At the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove, the party’s been going on for more than 110 years. This 150-foot ski jump rises high above the Fox River and offers a year-round training facility and competition venue for world-class athletes.  Want to know “How to Norge”? Click HERE to read our blog post!  2. Volo Auto Museum 27582 W. Volo ...READ MORE!

Shop Small this Holiday Season


Posted on 11/16/2018 by  

Shopping small this holiday season is a win for everyone! When you shop small you support a small business owner and their family, and you get to give a unique gift to a loved one!  McHenry County is filled with quaint downtowns lined with one of a kind boutiques and shops! Let us give you the inside scoop on so you can make the most of your holiday shopping excursions! Historic Woodstock Square -  Rich with Victorian architecture, this historic t...READ MORE!

Loyola University Chicago Retreat & Ecology Campus in Woodstock


Posted on 10/12/2018 by  

From our friends at Chicago Foodie Sisters! I’ve just returned from a fun whirlwind three-day FAM tour in McHenry County, Illinois where we visited a number of far northwest suburban communities and ate our way through each one. Among them was Woodstock, where we stayed at an adorable bed and breakfast, The Cherry Tree Inn. (It’s the bed and breakfast that was featured in the movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray.) Our last stop of our ...READ MORE!

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate


Posted on 10/12/2018 by  

From our friend Sara at Travel with Sara: There’s a whole lot of chocolate in McHenry County, Illinois. I recently spent a few days in this area right outside of Chicago and quickly learned that this is a chocolate lover’s dream come true. I’m not talking about a good old-fashioned, everyday run of the mill chocolate bar that you purchase at the local convenience store, I’m talking about “real” chocolate that is made in McH...READ MORE!

Holidays on the Stage


Posted on 10/10/2018 by  

The holidays come to life in November and December in McHenry County. Visit The Raue Center for the Arts or  The Woodstock Opera House for a show that will excite the senses and get everyone in the holiday spirit!   November 22 - December 8 - A Christmas Carol Woodstock Opera House | Woodstock Get the whole family into the Christmas Spirit at the Woodstock Opera House! Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys through the Christmases of Past, Present and F...READ MORE!

New McHenry County Made Makers!


Posted on 09/19/2018 by  

We are proud of the fine products, art, foods, drinks and other things made right here in McHenry County! When you see our seal, it means you've found something first-class and McHenry County Made!  We have our first round of makers that you can learn about HERE, or continue reading to learn more about our newest makers!    Fruits, vegetables and meats used at Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen come from local and organic farms, eve...READ MORE!

Vegan Eating in McHenry County


Posted on 08/23/2018 by  

From our friends at Dining Duster Blog:  During a press trip to McHenry County, Illinois we were most impressed with the vegan options that were available to us. If there’s one thing we’ve learned since switching to a vegan diet is that eating out can be a challenge, if not impossible to find a vegan option on the menu.  Rest assured, there are plenty of vegan options in McHenry County, IL.  For reference,  here is a map of McHe...READ MORE!

Ultimate Autumn Bucket List


Posted on 08/13/2018 by  

Ski jumping in September September 21 & 22 Join the Norge Ski Club for the 34th Annual Norge Autumn Ski Jump! (YES, you can ski jump without snow!) This year they have been adding some awesome food to the event by combining the fall jump with a food truck festival! This is a weekend of FUN for the entire family! Come out and try some tasty food and see the jumpers FLY!  Explore the country’s FIRST apple tree maze Royal Oak Farm O...READ MORE!

Richardson Adventure Farm Celebrates Illinois' Bicentennial


Posted on 07/30/2018 by  

When the Richardson family sat down to brainstorm the theme for this year's gigantic corn maze, it wasn't an easy task. After all, the last three mazes each set new attendance records by celebrating the Chicago Cubs World Series, Chicago Black Hawks Stanley Cup and Star Trek's 50th Anniversary.   They finally selected Illinois' Bicentennial, honoring the 200th anniversary of the state's founding. Once that was done, the design came na...READ MORE!

Top 10 Things to do Before Summer Ends!


Posted on 07/19/2018 by  

Illinois Railway Museum - Musing on how to spend the day? Get on the right track at the Illinois Railway Museum. Spend a few hours or an entire weekend seeing the education, restoration and preservation efforts of this museum in motion. Different trains run on different days, so check the website to line up your visit so you can ride a steam train, electric street car, diesel train or trolley bus!  Volo Auto Museum -  This is a car museum worth the tri...READ MORE!

10 most unique outdoor dining Experiences in McHenry County


Posted on 05/18/2018 by  

Outdoor dining season is something everyone looks forward to! The weather is warm, the drinks are cold, and the views are unbelievable! Let us walk you through the 10 most unique places to grab a bite and enjoy the outdoors! The Quarry Cable Park & Grill 5517 Northwest Highway Crystal Lake, IL 60014 New to the Quarry Cable Park is the Quarry Grill. Enjoy casual dining overlooking the Quarry Cable Park! Take advantage of these veiws all summer long and...READ MORE!

McHenry County Farmers Markets


Posted on 04/03/2018 by  

They're a big deal You might not know it, but McHenry County has some of the best farmers markets in the state - literally. We're ranked. Our farmers markets are scattered all throughout McHenry County, and you can visit each and every one. Cary Grove Farmers Market Visitors will find fresh fruits and veggies, as well as specialty canned items, salad dressings and more. Stop in the first Sunday of the month for a free reusable bag. Located right of...READ MORE!

Welcome to the sweet side!


Posted on 01/30/2018 by  

  McHenry County offers the discerning sweets fiend many possibilities. The Swiss Maid Bakery specializes in European-style fine pastries, breads and desserts, and has been doing so for five generations. Konrad's Bakery has a variety of sweets that are almost too beautiful to eat - these are Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest-worth treats. At Mellie's Chocolates, you'll find the candies of your childhood along with amazing chocolate items for any occas...READ MORE!

Say I do in McHenry County


Posted on 01/19/2018 by  

McHenry County is the perfect place to plan your perfect day!  Whether you're looking for a rustic barn wedding, a fairytale garden wedding, or a classic wedding in a banquet hall, we have it all!  Start planning your big day today! Venues:      Plan a fairy-tale garden wedding Imagine your ideal garden wedding: You're strolling along a luminary-lit cobblestone path. The sounds of waterfalls provide a soothing cadence...READ MORE!

2018 Woodstock Groundhogs Day


Posted on 01/11/2018 by  

February 1 - 4, 2018 Woodstock, IL It's time to party again and again and again in Woodstock, IL at the annual 2018 Woodstock Groundhog Days Festival! 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the classic film “Groundhog Day”, which was filmed in Woodstock. The weekend celebration kicks off on Thursday, February 1 with the Awakening of the Groundhog at the historic Woodstock Opera House. On Friday, February 2 at approximately 7:07 AM, Woods...READ MORE!

How to Norge: Viking helmets optional


Posted on 01/10/2018 by  

At the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove, the party’s been going on for more than 110 years. This 150-feet ski jump rises high above the Fox River and offers a year-round training facility and competition venue for world-class athletes. No snow? No problem. The plastic covering on the hill creates a slick surface, even on 90-degree days. While the athletes practice quietly throughout the year, on competition days in January and September, thousands of spectators...READ MORE!

2017 McHenry County Holiday Gift Guide


Posted on 11/15/2017 by  

Have the most unique gift at this year's festivities by shopping in some of McHenry County's small businesses! Because we have so many amazing small businesses right here in McHenry County, we reached out to a variety of stores to get their suggestions on what they predict will be the best selling gifts for this holiday season!  Here is what they said:   Silver Prairie Natural Soap Company -  Woodstock, IL Lather your loved one in a l...READ MORE!

Shop Like a Local


Posted on 10/24/2017 by  

In McHenry County, we are more than strip malls and big box stores. Our communities are filled with interesting, intriguing and sometimes even ingenious shops to fit your shopping personality. What kind of shopper are you? Use this list to help you create your ultimate holiday shopping list!   Treat yourself to a book (and a sweet) Dreams do come true! Or, at least they do for Arlene Lynes, her knowledgable staff and all the dedicated customers of Read...READ MORE!

Cut your own Christmas Trees


Posted on 10/23/2017 by  

 Beyond the gifts under the tree, part of what makes Christmas special are the family traditions involving the tree. Sure, you could bring up an artificial tree from the basement, but you can also visit a Christmas tree farm, smell the holiday scents of pine and balsam, maybe take a wagon ride to the distant corners of an orderly pine forest and choose exactly the right tree to serve as the centerpiece of your holiday decor. Fact is, we harvest more Christmas t...READ MORE!

Top 10 Dessert Stops


Posted on 10/13/2017 by  

October 14th is National Dessert Day, so here is a list of the top 10 places to satisfy your sweet tooth in McHenry County!   1.  The Sugar Circle - Woodstock, IL  This quaint little shop just off the Woodstock Square is the perfect place to stop by for a sweet treat during the Farmer's Market, or for a gorgeous cake for your special day! They have all of your dessert needs covered! Owner Lauren Hamilton has loved to bake and is adventurou...READ MORE!

Coffee Shops of McHenry County


Posted on 09/29/2017 by  

As you make your way through McHenry County you will find a breadth of small businesses that are thriving! One of the largest categories of small businesses in the county are coffee shops! Here are a few in different areas of the county where you can get the best cup of joe!   Ethereal Confections - Woodstock, IL Not only is Ethereal Confections the perfect place for a sweet treat, but you can get a outstanding cup of joe while you're there! Which makes...READ MORE!

McHenry County Made: Ethereal Confections, Woodstock IL


Posted on 09/26/2017 by  

Taking food (and chocolate) forward Bean to bar chocolatier, Ethereal Confections, does things because they are worth doing and because sanity comes before sounding cool. The company, co-founded by owners Sara Miller and brother and sister duo Michael and Mary Ervin, make bean-to-bar chocolate and confections from scratch ingredients which are dairy, gluten and soy-free. Yum!  The Woodstock Based Ethereal Confections has a food-foward cafe, as well as a speake...READ MORE!






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