If you’ve always dreamed of living in Mayberry, McHenry may be the next best thing. The community has beautiful lakes, streams and forest preserves, but perhaps most notable 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 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, as well as Fiesta Days, a 10-day festival with music, parades, food and car shows.
Surrounded by natural lakes, streams and 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.
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.
Commuters have daily service to Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago thanks to the McHenry Metra station.