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McHenry County Festival Guide


Posted on 06/17/2019 by  

Great events happen in McHenry County Looking for the 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,!   Lakeside Festival at the Dole July 4 - 7 Lakeside Arts Park | 401 Country Club Rd...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 whisk...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 f...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 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!





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