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McHenry, IL - Homes for Sale and Community Information
The City of McHenry is a diverse community offering a variety of housing choices, employment options, and unparallelled recreational activities. Located at the heart of the Fox River, McHenry is one of the fastest growing counties in the state yet retains a singular small town charm. Nestled on the Chain Of Lakes, McHenry offers scenic locales such as Morraine Hills State Park McHenry Dam, McHenry Country Club, Mchenry Outdoor Theatre, Fort McHenry and more!
McHenry has about 27,000 residents on its 14.74 square miles. The kids attend two elementary schools, one middle school and two high schools. When they go to college, they go to McHenry County College and College of Lake County, Harper College or Elgin Community College. Manufacturing, construction and the retail trade keep residents busy.
McHenry is 50 miles from Chicago, and is served by METRA, Chicagoland Commuter Rail Service, and PACE suburban bus services. McHenry is named for Major William McHenry, who fought in the Black Hawk Wars. The Fox River valley was then being settled. On the west bank of the river at an old Indian ford was begun the town that took its name from Major McHenry. Early enterprises included a ferry, hotel and sawmill. Fifty years saw the advance of wagon roads into town, the railroad passing through it and the establishment of industry such as a pickle factory, flour mills, a newspaper that survived 110 years and the famous Riverside Hotel. Industry and tourism grew, attracting over 21,000 people who bought McHenry real estate by the year 2000.
Fun fact: Cindy Crawford and Walt Disney are from McHenry.
Parks and Recreation
McHenry is well surrounded by 38 parks. Most of have picnic areas with shelters, some have basketball, baseball and tennis facilities, a few have swimming, some have fishing and boating, some have hiking and biking paths, most parks have playground equipment. There is a tot lot, ice skating and the McBark Dog Park. McHenry Parks also hosts events like the Pre-teen Jam, Jellybeans and Waterslides trip, a Halloween party, casino trip and Christmas festivities.
Attractions and Events
Prospective home buyers in McHenry would like to know what there is to see and do. Perhaps the family would like to know what the Old West was like. Show them at Donley's Wild West Town. Richardson Adventure Farm provides everything from a corn maze to zip-lining to paint-balling and, of course, animals. The McHenry home buyer and family might enjoy the Crystal Ice House, where the family can skate, play on the ice or learn curling.
McHenry residents enjoy town events such as the Art of the Land Exhibit, showcasing the areas' natural beauty. Entertainers as diverse as Ben Vereen and Los Lobos perform here throughout the year at the Raue Center For The Arts in Crystal Lake. The Horse Show and Grape Stomp ought to delight the family. Food, fun and prize money can be had there. There's also the weekly Farmer's Market and annual Cider Festival.
The City of McHenry offers a classic Midwest lifestyle, along with great scenery and viewpoints. When you start to look in McHenry, please get in touch with Ryan and Company Realtors®. We're experienced pros, and we know McHenry County. Call us today, 847-526-0300. We can help you sort through your many options in the riverside town of McHenry.