Introduction to McHenry, Illinois

McHenry, Illinois is 19 miles NW of Palatine, Illinois (center to center) and 45 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. It is in McHenry county. The city is part of the Chicago metro area.

McHenry History

McHenry was originally inhabited by Native Americans. It was named after Major William McHenry. The McLean, McCullom, Wheeler, and Boone families were early settlers of the area. The first log cabin of McHenry was built in 1836. Until 1844, the city served as county seat for the McHenry County. The Fox Valley Railroad first entered the city in 1854. McHenry was originally incorporated as a village in 1872 and reincorporated as a city on May 15, 1923.

McHenry and nearby Attractions

  • Moraine Hills State Park
  • Volo Bog State Natural Area
  • Chain O' Lakes Area ArtWorks Children's Museum
  • Volo Auto Museum
  • Six Flags Great America

Things To Do In McHenry

The city of McHenry has approximately 35 parks including the William H. Althoff Park, Cold Springs Park, Green Street Park, Lakeland Park, East Beach Park, Jaycees Park, North Oak Park, Shamrock Farms Park, and Wheeler Park. Picnic shelters are available at Knox Park, Veteran's Park, and Petersen Park. You can also enjoy skating at the McHenry Zone Skate Park. Leisure hours can be spent at the McHenry Market Place Shopping Center.

McHenry Transportation

Air transportation is available from Kenosha Regional Airport.

McHenry Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are provided by McHenry County College, Elgin Community College, Gateway Technical College, College of Lake County, and Trinity International University.


Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population


% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree


Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation


People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mchenry Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles NW of Palatine, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 45 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County McHenry
Standard Zip Codes 60050
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60051
Company Zip Codes 60296, 60297
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.333
Longitude -88.277

Mchenry Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Distance 17.5 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
Distance 20.2 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Mchenry, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Sunnyside (60050)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bull Valley 1,085 $128,750

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Mchenry Hospitals

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(815) 344-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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