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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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