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The Town Of McHenry, Illinois is your source for information on McHenry. If your moving to McHenry or just visiting, you will find all kinds of information on real estate, schools, areas, parks, churches, crime, things to do, places to visit, local businesses, dining, and much more!McHenry is a city with style — a folksy, warm, inviting style that has encouraged spectacular growth, welcomed newcomers, and shared the wealth of recreation opportunities that stem from its prime location. McHenry stands at the gateway to the special wonders of the northern Illinois Chain O’Lakes recreation area.

Recreation assets are all around, in the Fox River which channels through the heart of McHenry, in city, county, and state parks, in the lakes of the region, and in many privately operated facilities. The homes of the McHenry area reflect the people’s love of the great outdoors. They line the riverbanks, their boat docks pointing like fingers into the river’s flow. They rim the area’s lakes and look out onto the greens and fairways of fashionable golf courses. They hide nearly out of sight in the dense green of oak and hickory forests. And, they line the quiet streets of neighborhoods where neighbors talk to neighbors as life-long friends.

McHenry’s schools receive high marks from residents. Quality is emphasized in curriculum, staff, buildings, and equipment. Excellent parochial school systems are here as well, satisfying parents who want religion-based schooling for their children.

Area residents take comfort in knowing that exceptional health care facilities are readily available when needed in three medical centers, one in McHenry itself and two others nearby. Shopping is convenient in the McHenry downtown area and in a large commercial center developing at the northern edge of the community. This growing gateway is a special place to live, work, and raise a family.

In 1837 a Chicago surveyor named A. S. Barnum, at the behest of one Henry McLean, laid out a village at the site of a small settlement on the east bank of the Fox River. He called it “McHenry” as an honor to a general who had led the fight against Blackhawk in the Blackhawk Wars. The fact that the general never lived in the area was of no matter. At the time, McHenry had a hotel and tavern, a hefty, log building owned by B.B. Brown.

McHenry’s first school classes were held at one end of the hotel in 1840. By 1839, the community had two hotels, a dry goods store, a shoemaker, blacksmith, a sawmill, a carpenter and joiner shop, and a general store. By 1850, the town had a brick Baptist church that stood on the corner of Green and Elm streets. When a county was carved out of northern Cook County, it became McHenry county and the village of McHenry was anointed as the county seat.

In the legislative session of 1838-1839, McHenry county was chopped in half, creating Lake county to the east and leaving McHenry county with its seat near its eastern boundary. Too near for most county residents who complained loudly to their representatives. With the arrival of the railroad in 1854, Gagetown sprang to life on the west bank of the Fox, opposite McHenry. It was named for George Gage, who led the effort to bring the railroad to the county. Naturally, it was built on his side of the river. Gagetown gradually attracted McHenry’s business to its side of the river and ultimately the two communities merged as one, under the McHenry label. In 1872 McHenry was formally incorporated as a village. Fifty-one years later, it became a city. Ideal may be an over used word but it suits well McHenry’s location and transportation assets. The city is a breeze away from some of the state’s finest recreation assets — Moraine Hills State Park and the spectacular Chain O’Lakes area — and near enough to the Interstate system for a quick jump to anywhere in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Two major state highways intersect in the city — north-south Rt. 31 and east-west Rt. 120. The latter intersects U.S. 12 only 15 miles to the east. Rt. 12 is a four-lane highway that connects with Interstate 290 about 20 minutes to the south. Rt. 31 carries traffic south and links with I-90 on the north side of Elgin, about 18 miles south of McHenry. To the north, Rt. 31 intersects Rt. 12 and leads to Wisconsin’s vacationland. O'Hare International Airport is less than an hour away and is easily reached by car or local limousine services. Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport is also about an hour away for McHenry residents. Private and small corporate aircraft are based at Lake In The Hills and Galt Airports, a few minutes to the south of McHenry. Chicago-bound commuters board comfortable METRA commuter trains in McHenry and nearby Crystal Lake for a speedy trip to the Loop. PACE buses provide economical transportation to points within the community and to neighboring cities in McHenry County. Dozens of area and national common carriers provide motor freight transportation service to McHenry business and industry. The main line of the Chicago Northwestern Railroad also serves the community and McHenry County.
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Utilities Serving McHenry
Local Phone CompaniesAmeritech
30 South Wacker, 34th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Electric CompaniesComEd
P.O. Box 805379
Chicago, IL 60680-5379
Gas CompaniesNicor Gas
P.O. Box 190
Aurora, IL 60507-0190
Government Offices Serving McHenrys
City HallsMcHenry City Hall
333 S. Green Street
McHenry, IL 60050
Drivers Licenses and Vehicle Registration/ License PlatesLibertyville Driver Services Facility
342 Peterson Road
Libertyville, IL 60048
Schools Serving McHenry
Elementary Schools
Edgebrook Elementary School701 N Green St(815) 385-3123
Hilltop Elementary School2615 W Lincoln Rd(815) 385-4421
James C Bush Elementary School2117 W Church Ave(815) 385-3731
Johnsburg School2117 W Church Ave # C(815) 344-4048
Landmark Elementary School3614 Waukegan Rd(815) 385-8120
Riverwood Elementary School300 S Driftwood Trl(815) 344-7130
Middle Schools
Johnsburg Middle School2117 W Church Ave # C(815) 385-6210
Mchenry Junior High School2120 W Lincoln Rd(815) 385-2522
Montini Middle School1405 N Richmond Rd(815) 385-1022
Parkland Junior High School1802 N Ringwood Rd(815) 385-8810
Parkland Junior High School1802 N Ringwood Rd(815) 385-8810
High Schools
Johnsburg High School2002 W Ringwood Rd(815) 385-9233
Mc Henry High School E Campus1012 N Green St(815) 385-1145
Mchenry High Schl-West Campus4724 W Crystal Lake Rd(815) 385-7077

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