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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!






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