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Top 10 Things to do This Winter!


Posted on 12/06/2018 by  

1. Norge Ski Club – International Winter Tournament January 26 – 27, 2019 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. Vol...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 town squ...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 McHenry...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! 11/29/18 - Jane Lynch: A Swingin' Little Christmas Broadway and Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch and her posse are back for a comically kitsch throwback to the old WWII USO canteen and 1960's Christmas specials of yore. Lynch is joined b...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 22 & 23 Join the Norge Ski Club for the 33rdAnnual 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 Orchard...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!

4th of July Fireworks 2018


Posted on 07/03/2018 by  

It's an American tradition! Fireworks, on the 4th of July! Want to know where you can catch the best firework displays in McHenry County? Look no further! **Most shows begin at dusk**   Wednesday, July 4th City of Woodstock - Emricson Park 900 W. South St. Woodstock, IL Huntley - Deicke Park 11419 Route 45 Huntley, IL Spring Grove - Horse Fair Park 8105 Blivin Spring Grove, IL Saturday, July 7 City of Crystal Lake - Main Beach ...READ MORE!

2018 Summer Festival Guide


Posted on 06/12/2018 by  

Lakeside Festival at the Dole July 4 - 7 Lakeside Arts Park | 401 Country Club Rd, Crystal Lake Lakeside Festival at the Dole is the ultimate Independence Day celebration. This four-day festival is filled with great local food and drink, live music and thrilling carnival rides. Join them for their 39th annual celebration right off the banks of Crystal Lake!   Lakefest July 6 - 8 Water Tower Park | 439 W. Hwy 176, Island Lake If you are looking fo...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! Duke's on the Water 5517 Northwest Highway Crystal Lake, IL 60014 Duke's in Downtown Crystal Lake is now serving up delicious gourmet snacks, sandwiches, burgers and salads utilizing local farmers' produce, meats and cheeses in...READ MORE!

McHenry County Farmers Markets


Posted on 04/03/2018 by  

Farmers markets: 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. Loca...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  

From the moment you see the ornate, historic storefront, you know something unexpected is within. When you open the front door, you’ll step into a world that would make Willy Wonka gasp! This isn’t just a chocolate shop. It’s a culinary experience. Mary Ervin and Sara Miller became fast friends in college, bonding over a mutual love for food. They focused on arguably the most perfect food, chocolate, and turned it into Illinois’ only small-batc...READ MORE!






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