If you’ve always dreamed of living in Mayberry, McHenry may be the next best thing.
McHenry has beautiful lakes, streams and forest preserves but perhaps most the notable nature here is the friendly nature of its residents. Of course, unlike the fictional television town of Mayberry, McHenry is real and located just 40 miles north of Chicago.
Residents enjoy the community’s friendliness along with plenty of shopping, restaurants and entertainment. The town’s Main Street has undergone a transformation with a microbrewery, rebuilt historic theater and several new shops. Veterans Park in the center of town hosts weekly free concerts and entertainment in the warmer months; and Fiesta Days, a 10-day festival with music, parades, food and car shows.
Surrounded by natural lakes and streams, grassy hills, McHenry is home to Moraine Hills State Park and Volo Bog State Natural Area preserve. In addition to dozens of city parks, the Prairie Trail runs right through the center of town from Crystal Lake and connects to trails nearly up to the Wisconsin border.
With the Fox River running through town, residents can come home from a day at work and enjoy a quick ride on their boat docked right outside. There’s also fishing, kayaking, biking, swimming and camping to enjoy.
Two school districts serve the city of McHenry: McHenry Community High School District 156 and McHenry School District 15. District 156 oversees two high schools while District 15 oversees five elementary schools and three middle schools.
McHenry commuters have daily service to Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago. Metra’s McHenry Station is the terminus of the Union Pacific/Northwest Line.