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.

Mchenry Almanac

CountyMcHenry County
Standard Zip Codes60051, 60050
Phone Area Codes779, 815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.36
Approximate Longitude-88.23

Mchenry Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance12.8 miles
Jan Temp12 to 28 F
Apr Temp36 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 60 F
Annual Precip35.5 inches
Distance17.5 miles
Jan Temp11 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.4 inches
Distance20.2 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 55 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip34 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bull Valley1,267$136,771
Holiday Hills740$83,846
McCullom Lake1,148$64,375
Prairie Grove1,826$127,321

Mchenry Public Libraries

River East Public Library District
Mchenry, Illinois
(815) 385-6303
Mchenry Public Library District
Mchenry, Illinois
(815) 385-0036

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Mchenry Hospitals

Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center - Dba Centegra Hospital - Mchenry
4201 Medical Center Drive
(815) 344-5000

Mchenry Public Schools

Chauncey H Duker School
3711 W Kane Ave
ZIP: 60050
(815) 344-7125
Total Enrollment 476
Edgebrook Elem School
701 N Green St
ZIP: 60050
(815) 385-3123
Total Enrollment 554
Landmark Elem School
3614 Waukegan Rd
ZIP: 60050
(815) 385-8120
Total Enrollment 252
Mchenry East High School
1012 N Green St
ZIP: 60050
(815) 385-1145
Total Enrollment 838
Mchenry High School-west Campus
4724 W Crystal Lake Rd
ZIP: 60050
(815) 385-7077
Total Enrollment 1493
Parkland School
1802 N Ringwood Rd
ZIP: 60050
(815) 385-8810
Total Enrollment 750
Riverwood Elementary School
300 S Driftwood Trl
ZIP: 60050
(815) 344-7130
Total Enrollment 728
Valley View Elem School
6515 W Il Route 120
ZIP: 60050
(815) 385-0640
Total Enrollment 623
Hilltop Elem School
2615 W Lincoln Rd
ZIP: 60051
(815) 385-4421
Total Enrollment 469
Mchenry Middle School
2120 W Lincoln Rd
ZIP: 60051
(815) 385-2522
Total Enrollment 760

Mchenry Private Schools

Montini Catholic School
1405 N Richmond Rd
ZIP: 60050
Total Enrollment 327
Zion Lutheran School & Preschool
4206 W Elm St
ZIP: 60050
Total Enrollment 49
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