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McHenry is a city of approximately 25,000 located in McHenry County, Illinois. It lies northwest of Chicago on the Fox River. Surrounded by natural lakes and streams, McHenry offers a wide range of recreational activities, from hiking and biking to viewing rare plants and migratory waterfowl. Moraine Hills State Park is located just 3 miles south of McHenry. About half of the parks 2,200 acres is composed of wetlands and lakes. Moraine Hills State Park derives its name from a geologic formation known as a "moraine," which is an accumulation of boulders, stones and other debris deposited by a glacier. A 48-acre lake near the center of Moraine Hills Park was formed when a large portion of ice broke away from the main glacier and melted. Named Lake Defiance, it is one of the few glacial lakes in Illinois that has remained largely undeveloped, maintaining its near-natural condition. Fishing is available on both Defiance Lake and the Fox River. Moraine Hills Park also offers more than ten miles of trails for hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing. The town of McHenry is also near the Volo State Natural Area. This 1,150-acre quaking bog is a National Natural Landmark and the only remaining open-water quaking bog in Illinois. Interpretive trails, picnicking, hiking and cross-country skiing and naturalist led programs are all available in the Volo State Natural Area. The beautiful, natural area of McHenry is just fifty miles northwest of the metropolis of Chicago.

Surrounding areas: Lake Villa, Illinois (11.9 mi), Port Barrington, Illinois (14.6 mi), Gurnee, Illinois (18.3 mi), Waukegan, Illinois (21.7 mi), Lake Forest, Illinois (23.3 mi), Schaumburg, Illinois (23.7 mi), Highwood, Illinois (26.1 mi)

McHenry Vacation Rentals

McHenry Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hampton Inn Mchenry1555 South Rt 31Mchenry, IL1.3 mi.(815) 578-1900
Super 8 Motel110 South Rt 31Mchenry, IL1.3 mi.(815) 344-9200
Ramada Tamara Royale Inn4100 W Shamrock LnMC Henry, IL1.8 mi.(815) 344-5500
Paradise Motel3309 Chapel HL RdMC Henry, IL2.3 mi.(815) 344-3131
Riverside Hotel3308 W Elm StMC Henry, IL3.1 mi.(815) 385-0266
Fox Lake Motel25 S Rt 12Fox Lake, IL6.8 mi.(847) 587-8282
Lakeside Inn & Resort135 MNR LnFox Lake, IL6.8 mi.(847) 587-7864
Marina Motel123-125 S Rt 12Fox Lake, IL6.8 mi.(847) 587-3337
Patio Motel44 S Rt 12Fox Lake, IL6.8 mi.(847) 587-5063
Crystal Lake Holiday Inn800 S Rt 31Crystal Lake, IL6.9 mi.(815) 477-7000
Northwest Motel4803 NW HwyCrystal Lake, IL6.9 mi.(815) 459-5274
Super 8 Motel Crystal Lake577 Crystal PT DrCrystal Lake, IL6.9 mi.(815) 455-2388
Super 8 Motel Woodstock1200 Davis RdWoodstock, IL7.6 mi.(815) 337-8808
Comfort Inn595 E Tracy TrlCrystal Lake, IL7.7 mi.(815) 444-0040
Nor West Motel2008 Rt 12Spring Grove, IL7.7 mi.(815) 675-2166
Days Inn Woodstock990 Lake AveWoodstock, IL7.7 mi.(815) 338-0629
Super 8 Motel1220 Davis RdWoodstock, IL7.7 mi.(815) 337-8808
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson600 Tracy TrlCrystal Lake, IL7.8 mi.(815) 477-3500
Crystal Lake Motel110 Virginia StCrystal Lake, IL8.0 mi.(815) 459-0476
Skyline Motel32550 N Hwy 12Ingleside, IL8.3 mi.(815) 385-4243
Days Inn Richmond11200 Rt 12Richmond, IL9.4 mi.(815) 678-4711
Drake Motel8613 Rt 12Richmond, IL9.4 mi.(815) 678-3501
Holiday Inn Express1785 S Eastwood DrWoodstock, IL9.5 mi.(815) 334-9600
Strand Motel26633 N Hwy 12Wauconda, IL9.6 mi.( ) -
Wauconda Motel26671 N Hwy 12 At 59Wauconda, IL9.6 mi.(847) 526-2101
Hi De Ho Motel10513 Rt 47Hebron, IL11.6 mi.(815) 648-2203
Holiday Inn Express2595 Bunker HL DrAlgonquin, IL12.0 mi.(847) 458-6000
Best Western Regency Inn350 Hwy 173Antioch, IL13.8 mi.(847) 395-3606
Days Inn405 W NW HwyBarrington, IL15.1 mi.(847) 381-2640
Comfort Inn517 E Hwy 83Mundelein, IL15.6 mi.(847) 566-5400
Crowne Plaza Chicago North Shore510 East Rt 83Mundelein, IL15.6 mi.(847) 949-5100
Silver Lake Motel217 Cogswell DrSilver Lake, WI15.9 mi.(262) 889-4428
Super 8 Motel Mundelein1950 S Lake StMundelein, IL16.7 mi.(847) 949-8842
Courtyard By Marriott West Dundee2175 Marriott DrWest Dundee, IL16.7 mi.(847) 429-0300
Towneplace Suites By Marriott West Dundee2185 Marriott DrWest Dundee, IL16.7 mi.(847) 608-6320
Towneplace Suites2185 Marriott DrWest Dundee, IL16.7 mi.(847) 608-6320
Best Inns Of America Libertyville1809 N Milwaukee AveLibertyville, IL17.1 mi.(847) 816-8006
Best Western Hitch-inn Post Motor Inn1765 N Milwaukee AveLibertyville, IL17.2 mi.(847) 362-8700
Sweet Basil Hill Farm15937 W WashingtonGurnee, IL17.4 mi.(847) 244-3333
El Rancho Motel Harvard5508 S Rt 14Harvard, IL17.4 mi.(815) 943-5404
Bed & Breakfast
Round Robin Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast Inn231 E Maple AveMundelein, IL16.2 mi.(847) 566-7664
T C Smith Historic Inn Bed & Breakfast865 Main StLake Geneva, WI18.9 mi.(262) 248-1097

McHenry Weather & Climate

Northeast Illinois , near Lake Michigan, lies midway between the Continental Divide and the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is typically continental with cold winters, warm summers, and frequent short fluctuations in temperature, humidity, cloudiness and wind direction. Lake Michigan greatly influences the climate of northeastern Illinois. The large thermal mass of the lake tends to moderate temperatures, causing cooler summers and warmer winters. Cool lake breezes provide relief from summer heat and the lake also tends to increase cloudiness and suppress summer precipitation. Winter precipitation is enhanced by lake-effect snows that occur when winds blow from the north or northeast. These winds allow air to pass over the relatively warm lake, boosting storm system energy and water content, leading to increased snowfall.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 12°F 1.48 in. -
February 32°F 17°F 1.22 in. -
March 43°F 26°F 2.12 in. -
April 56°F 36°F 3.43 in. -
May 68°F 46°F 3.67 in. -
June 78°F 56°F 4.09 in. -
July 82°F 62°F 3.69 in. -
August 79°F 61°F 4.00 in. -
September 72°F 52°F 3.22 in. -
October 60°F 41°F 2.36 in. -
November 45°F 29°F 2.61 in. -
December 32°F 18°F 1.82 in. -

McHenry Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Du Page airport (DPA) located about 29 miles south of McHenry in Chicago / West Chicago, Illinois, the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located approximately 31 miles southeast of McHenry in Chicago, Illinois, the Greater Rockford airport (RFD) located roughly 42 miles west of McHenry in Rockford, Illinois, and finally the General Mitchell International airport (MKE) located around 46 miles northeast of McHenry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

McHenry Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
DinorexCrystal LakeIL6.9 mi.
Santa's VillageDundeeIL16.4 mi.
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL20.0 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL23.6 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL32.2 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL34.7 mi.
Enchanted CastleLombardIL34.9 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL35.7 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL37.6 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL47.2 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL49.4 mi.
Little A-Merrick-AMarshallWI69.5 mi.
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN73.4 mi.
Water Parks
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL16.7 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL34.4 mi.
Family Land Water Amusement ParkWisconsin DellsWI116.2 mi.
Noah's Ark Family ParkWisconsin DellsWI116.2 mi.
Riverview WaterworldWisconsin DellsWI116.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Boone Creek Golf CourseMcHenryIL 
Chapel Hill Golf ClubMcHenryIL 
Pistakee Country ClubMcHenryIL 
Prairie Isle Golf ClubPrairie GroveIL5.1 mi.
Lakemoor Golf CourseLakemoorIL5.4 mi.
Fox Lake Country ClubFox LakeIL6.7 mi.
Craig Woods Golf CourseWoodstockIL7.9 mi.
Chalet Hills Golf ClubCaryIL9.5 mi.
Crystal Woods Golf ClubWoodstockIL9.6 mi.
Renwood Golf CourseRound LakeIL10.3 mi.
Cary Country ClubCaryIL10.4 mi.
Nippersink Country Club & LodgeGenoa CityWI10.5 mi.
Crystal HighlandsLake in the HillsIL11.2 mi.
Cottonwood Hills Golf ClubCubaIL12.2 mi.
Hickory Knoll Golf CourseLake VillaIL12.3 mi.
Stonewall Orchard Golf ClubGrays LakeIL12.4 mi.
Golf Club of IllinoisAlgonquinIL12.6 mi.
Brae Loch Golf CourseGrayslakeIL12.8 mi.
Twin Lakes Country ClubTwin LakesWI13.4 mi.
Antioch Golf ClubAntiochIL13.7 mi.
Pinecrest Golf & Country ClubHuntleyIL14.1 mi.
Whisper Creek Golf ClubHuntleyIL14.1 mi.
Bonnie Dundee Golf ClubCarpentersvilleIL15.3 mi.
Barrington Park District Golf CourseBarringtonIL15.5 mi.
Makray Memorial Golf ClubBarringtonIL15.5 mi.
Countryside Golf CourseMundeleinIL15.9 mi.
Four Winds Golf CourseMundeleinIL15.9 mi.
Pine Meadow Golf ClubMundeleinIL15.9 mi.
Steeple Chase Golf ClubMundeleinIL15.9 mi.
Village Green Country ClubMundeleinIL15.9 mi.
Ski Areas
SunburstKewaskumWI81.7 mi.
Chestnut Mountain ResortGalenaIL109.2 mi.
Christmas Mountain VillageWisconsin DellsWI116.2 mi.
State Parks
Moraine Hills State ParkIL3.3 mi. 
Chain O'Lakes State ParkIL10.7 mi. 
Big Foot Beach State ParkWI16.6 mi. 
Illinois Beach State ParkIL25.1 mi. 
Rock Cut State ParkIL34.7 mi. 
Garfield Farm and Inn MuseumSt. CharlesIL29.4 mi.(History)
Kohl Children's MuseumWilmetteIL34.5 mi.(Children's)
Downers Grove MuseumDowners GroveIL39.4 mi.(History)
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and MuseumOak ParkIL40.8 mi.(History)
Tinker Swiss Cottage MuseumRockfordIL41.3 mi.(History)
Milton House Museum Historic SiteMiltonWI44.8 mi.(History)
PullmanChicagoIL47.2 mi.(History)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL47.2 mi.(History)
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian CultureChicagoIL47.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Online MuseumsChicagoIL47.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Peace MuseumChicagoIL47.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL47.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Ukrainian Institute of Modern ArtChicagoIL47.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL47.2 mi.(Science)
Chicago Academy of Sciences Nature MuseumChicagoIL47.2 mi.(Science)
Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoIL47.2 mi.(Science)
Museum of Science and IndustryChicagoIL47.2 mi.(Science)
Illinois Railway MuseumChicagoIL47.2 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsChicagoIL47.2 mi.(Technology)
Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoIL47.2 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI37.2 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL42.2 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL47.2 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL47.2 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI52.1 mi.
Henry Vilas ZooMadisonWI75.8 mi.
International Crane FoundationBarabooWI107.3 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN114.2 mi.

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