Adventure & Entertainment in McHenry

Nature, Shopping, Eating & Entertainment

Explore the charming town of McHenry, IL and indulge in its picturesque natural beauty, top-notch shopping destinations, delectable dining options, and exciting entertainment scene. Our blog showcases the must-visit spots in McHenry, IL for an unforgettable experience.

Take a stroll through nature

Here are a few of our favorites:

Stickney Run Conservation Area

  • 3216 West State Park Road
  • (815) 338-6223

This site is home to a variety of wildlife. A large variety of birds can be found because of the many different types of habitats that can be…

Prairie Trail North

  • 11500 North Keystone Rd.
  • (815) 338-6223

Village of McHenry - to North Branch Conservation Area 8.5 miles of trail This unpaved section runs between the Village of McHenry northbound thru…

McHenry Riverwalk District

  • Green Street to Riverside Drive
  • (815) 363-2100

McHenry's Riverwalk has sparked a Renaissance in this historic river town and connects shopping, dining, recreation and entertainment to the Fox…

Shop the unique small businesses

These are some you won't want to miss!

McHenry Riverwalk Shoppes

  • 1202 Riverside Drive
  • 815-331-6077

This project will provide a physical retail experience to businesses ready to take on the challenge of operating a brick-and-mortar location…

Black Orchid Boutique

  • 1237 N Green St
  • (815) 322-2624

Black Orchid Boutique is located in Downtown McHenry. We may be small, but we offer a one of a kind shopping experience to help you find that…

Verdant Sol

  • 1328 N. Riverside Dr
  • (815) 276-8104

From rosette-shaped succulents, to rare aroids, to fly-eating carnivorous plants, Verdant Sol stocks hundreds of tropical houseplants at a…

Sip and savor locally

If you've worked up an appetite or need to quench your thirst don't miss these: 

D.C. Cobb's - McHenry

  • 1204 Green St.
  • 815-332-0696

D.C. Cobb's is a burger lover's paradise. You can design your own burger (corn-fed or grass-fed beef, bison, chicken breast, ground turkey or…

Ye Olde Corner Tap

  • 3901 West Main Street
  • 779-704-2137

Our story starts way before our time of growing to love beer, breweries, and unique bars. It starts with our grandparents. Both of our…

Get on the water!

  • 1202 N. Riverside Dr.
  • 224-456-5133

All Marine's Retro Rental offers hourly rentals for retro boats and pontoons, paddle boards, canoes and kayaks on the Fox River.

See a one of a kind show!

The Vixen

  • 1208 N. Green St.
  • 815-271-5010

The Vixen proudly represents McHenry County and surrounding areas as the newest and hottest live events venue! The Vixen brings the best in entertainment, live…

McHenry Outdoor Theater

  • 1510 Chapel Hill Road
  • (847) 362-3011

Drive-in theaters were all the rage in the 1950's. They offered a casual movie going experience where you could pull your Thunderbird up, hook the speakers to…

Can't miss events

Fiesta Days Jul 12

Fiesta Days

McHenry Fiesta Days is 11 days of fun! Hosted by McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce, this festival is full of good food, family fun, live music and…