McHenry is a community surrounded by natural beauty, which includes several lakes and streams spanning across the city combined with grassy hills and unique peat bogs. The city has gone to great lengths to retain its small town feel and to maintain it natural surroundings. McHenry is located just 55 mile northwest of Chicago, Illinois and only 10 miles south of the Wisconsin boarder. Visitors to the city will find numerous cheap hotels in McHenry and its surrounding areas.
Although, McHenry offers a public busing system renting a vehicle from one of the car rentals in McHenry offers the most convenient way to travel in and around the city. Fishing and boating are available at both Fox River and McCullom Lake, which also offer swimming during the summer and ice-skating during the winter. The nearby Moraine Hills State Park and the Volo Bog State Nature Area offer miles of walking trails and educational workshops to learn more about these natural habitats. If you are visiting McHenry during the warmer months, you don't want to miss taking in a move at the local drive-ins, which is one of the few remaining in the country.
There is a wide range or dining establishments in McHenry. Along Route 31, you will find primarily fast food restaurants and other chain-restaurants. This is also where you will find many of the hotels in McHenry. However, Front Street and West Elm Street are home to numerous local pizza shops, pit BBQ restaurants, as well as fine dining establishments that offer American, Italian, Mexican, and Asian cuisine. The local downtown farmer's market has many fresh foods, and homemade items for sale.
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