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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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!






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