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!
We are proud of the fine products, art, foods, drinks and other things made right here in McHenry County!
Now is not the time to travel - but you can still explore the best of McHenry County from the comfort of your own home!
If you're looking for products like beer, soap or even carry out meals, here are some of our very own McHenry County MADE makers creating the best of the best!
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In honor of International Women’s Day this Sunday, March 8, Scorched Earth Brewing Co. in Algonquin, IL will be tapping their specially brewed Fierce FemALE, a West Coast IPA.
With women making up half of the Scorched Earth Family, they felt it only made sense to get them all together to brew a beer in honor of this day.
Brewed with the 2020 Pink Boots Blend of hops, a combination of Azacca, El Dorado, Idaho Gem, and Loral hops from Yakima Chi...READ MORE!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Taking food (and chocolate) forward
Bean to bar chocolatier, Ethereal Confections, does things because they are worth doing and because sanity comes before sounding cool. The company, co-founded by owners Sara Miller and brother and sister duo Michael and Mary Ervin, make bean-to-bar chocolate and confections from scratch ingredients which are dairy, gluten and soy-free. Yum!
The Woodstock Based Ethereal Confections has a food-foward cafe, as well as a speake...READ MORE!