Introduction to Cary, Illinois
Cary, Illinois, in McHenry county, is 12 miles N of Elgin, Illinois and 38 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is conveniently located inside the Chicago metropolitan area. There are an estimated 15,531 people in Cary.
The Village of Cary was founded by William Cary in 1841. He initially purchased 82 acres of land in this area. In 1841, he discovered a substantial layer of gravel while digging a toilet. He went on to buy 80 more acres of land in 1844 and was instrumental in the development of commercial gravel pits in the region.
Cary and nearby Attractions
- Chalet Hills Golf Club
- Vulcan Lakes
- Cary Country Club
- Sands Main Street Park
- Hillside Prairie Park
- Water Tower Prairie Park
Things To Do In Cary
Cary offers opportunities for many adventurous activities like rock climbing, quarry scuba diving, cliff diving and gravel pit tours. More conventional recreation alternatives are also available in the form of parks, golf courses and a museum. The banks of the Fox River also make for an ideal place to relax.
Chicago O'Hare International is the nearest major airport.
Cary Higher Education
Higher education can be obtained at McHenry County College, Elgin Community College and William Rainey Harper College.