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30th Anniversary of Woodstock Groundhog Days!


Posted on 01/13/2022 by  

Every February, Groundhog Day revelers from around the world visit Woodstock, Illinois to watch a rodent predict the weather for the coming weeks. This may sound crazy to some, but if you've seen the 90's classic Groundhog Day featuring Bill Murray, you know what we're talking about. The film is based on the annual event hosted in Punxsatawney, Pennsylvania, but if you make the treck to Pensylvania you will find that it looks nothing like the  movie. Tha...READ MORE!

McHenry County Unveils New, Unified Brand


Posted on 01/05/2022 by  

BRAND GUIDELINES & PROMISE STATMENTS     Visit McHenry County, in collaboration with McHenry County, Illinois, and the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC), has unveiled an all-new brand identity — Naturally McHenry County — that aligns the three entities to better promote the county as a top choice to visit, live and work. Highlighted by gorgeous, natural vistas with miles of rivers, streams and trails, plus innume...READ MORE!

Illinois Made


Posted on 11/08/2021 by  

Illinois Office of Tourism Announces 28 New Small Businesses Inducted to the Illinois Made Program Including 2 McHenry County businesses! Newest Illinois Made class highlights diverse group of small businesses with goal of generating tourism activity in every corner of Illinois The Illinois Office of Tourism today announced 28 new small businesses, or ‘Makers’ have been recognized as part of the Illinois Made program. The program recog...READ MORE!

Halloween Festivities


Posted on 10/26/2021 by  

There is no lack of Halloween fun in McHenry County: Trick or Treat:  Sunday, October 31 Algonquin - 3:00 - 7:00 PM Barrington Hills - 3:00 - 7:00 PM  Cary - 3:00 - 7:00 PM Crystal Lake - 3:00 - 7:00 PM Fox River Grove - 3:00 - 7:00 PM Harvard - 4:00 - 8:00 PM Hebron - 3:00 - 7:00 PM Huntley - 3:00 - 8:00 PM Island Lake - 4:00 - 8:00 PM Lake in the Hills - 2:00 - 8:00 PM Johnsburg - 3:00 - 7:00 PM Lakemoor ...READ MORE!

Merry McHenry County | Holiday Getaway


Posted on 10/21/2021 by  

McHenry County comes alive during the holiday season! Experience the best of it on our Merry McHenry County Holiday Getaway.  We've done all the planning, all you have to do is book your magical holiday getaway to McHenry County, IL.  Friday: Arrive and check-in at the Holiday Inn Crystal Lake Visit Downtown Crystal Lake's Santa House to get your wish list taken care of with the big man! Head to Duke's Alehouse & Kitche...READ MORE!

Top Rated Disk Golf Course


Posted on 09/14/2021 by  

Conservation District Disc Golf Course at Fel Pro ranked one of the higest in the Chicagoland Area When McHenry County Conservation District’s new and improved 18-hole Disc Golf Course at Fel Pro Conservation Area in Cary opened in September of 2020, no one could have guessed its immediate growth in popularity.    Based on the UDisc App and website for disc golfers that tracks over 10,000 courses worldwide, Fel-Pro Conservation Area’s...READ MORE!

Sunflower Fields


Posted on 07/02/2021 by  

If you’re scrolling Instagram in late summer, you will most likely see beautiful fields of sunflowers filling your feed. Want to jump on the Insta trend? Well, you’re in luck, McHenry County is home to 4 farms filled with sunflowers for days. Below is a list of our local farms offering sunflower fields, mazes and special events. Always check each of their social media channels before visiting to ensure the blooms are ready as things change quickly based on th...READ MORE!

Summer Bucket List 2021


Posted on 05/27/2021 by  

After the year that was 2020, it’s time to get out and experience it all! That is why we have put together the ultimate Summer 2021 Bucket List so you can get the most out of your summer adventures. This list is packed with outdoor adventures, fun for the family, delicious detours and so much more! So what are you waiting for? Let’s dive into summer! Kayak the Nippersink – Bring your own Kayak or rent from Scull & Oars to experience t...READ MORE!

Strawberry Picking | McHenry County, IL


Posted on 05/20/2021 by  

In McHenry County, strawberries typically peak in early to mid-June and typically last only a few weeks due to popularity. We are lucky to have a wide variety of farms that offer pick-your-own strawberries, so we want to give you a few tips and tricks to make the most out of your visit.  Walk carefully in the strawberry fields so that you do not damage plants or fruit along the edge of the row.   Only pick berries that are fully red.  Grasp ...READ MORE!

Seasonal Guide to Fresh Produce


Posted on 04/26/2021 by  

McHenry County is home to so many unique farms and farmers markets. Unlike grocery stores though, fresh produce is only available during certain times of the year. Explore the guide below to discover where and when you can pick and purchase the freshest produce straight from the growers. Looking to shop our farmers markets? Click HERE to see all of the farmers markets that call McHenry County home.    Asparagus –      &...READ MORE!

Beauty Blooms at Richardson Farm's Tulip Festival


Posted on 04/23/2021 by  

Tips to enjoy your visit - by O the Places We Go   Did you hear? Tulips are coming to McHenry County!  Richardson Farm in Spring Grove is debuting the first ever Tulip Festival. This is HUGE considering no one else in the Chicagoland area has done anything like this. The Richardson Farm is no stranger to fun – every year they open their doors to their Fall Adventure Farm with the World’s Largest Corn Maze. During the wint...READ MORE!

Hikes & Hops


Posted on 03/22/2021 by  

Is there anything more refreshing than a cold craft beer after experiencing the beauty of nature? McHenry County is home to many great things but these two complement each other. Whether you are a local looking to experience your community and the beauty that surrounds it, or a visitor looking for the best kept-secrets of McHenry County, this is a list to get you started.  Cary Ale House & Brewing | Fel-Pro RRR Conservation Area  3.4 mil...READ MORE!

Tulip Fest coming to Richardson Farm this spring


Posted on 03/15/2021 by  

  Their bright red parkas popping against a backdrop of sunlit snow on a chilly, early March afternoon, George and Wendy Richardson pointed toward a northwesterly field on their 500-acre farm.  Soon enough, that sea of melting snow will give way to brilliant oranges, deep reds, bright pinks, purples, yellows and golds as the 300,000 tulip bulbs planted there begin to emerge.  Thirty different varieties with names like Apricot Impression, Golde...READ MORE!

Socially Distanced Spring Break


Posted on 02/19/2021 by  

Looking for a supremely fun, safe, socially distanced Spring Break road trip? We have a few ideas for you! Nothing beats the winter blues like loading up the car and hitting the road for some springtime family fun. McHenry County has the perfect balance of vast nature experiences and all the comforts of home so that everyone can have an enjoyable getaway.  Where to stay:   The Holiday Inn Chicago Northwest Crystal Lake is ready to welcome y...READ MORE!

Valentines Day | McHenry County Made


Posted on 02/11/2021 by  

We have had one heck of a year, so let’s show the ones we love some love. Valentine’s Day is typically roses and chocolates, but we have some suggestions for you to get for your sweetie and support local businesses while you’re at it. From seasonal favorites from McHenry County breweries to hand-made sweets and soaps, to things to do on Valentine’s Day, there is a little something for everyone and they’re all McHenry County MADE! Luxuriou...READ MORE!





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