Located about 50 miles northwest of Chicago, McHenry, Illinois is home to 27,000 people. The 15 square miles includes a mix of families and single professionals. The overall cost of living is about average when compared to the rest of the United States, but the unemployment rate is much lower than the state's average, and homes are more affordable. An average home in the city costs about $168,000.
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McHenry, Illinois is served by six elementary schools and two middle schools, known as the McHenry School District 15. High school students attend McHenry High School District 156, which is split into an east campus and a west campus. The city also provides a few options for private K-12 education. Several college are in close proximity. McHenry County College, College of Lake County and Harper College are all within 25 miles. The Metra's Union Pacific/Northwest Line provides daily service to Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago, which makes it easier to commute for work, school or entertainment.
McHenry, Illinois has plenty of its own entertainment options, too. During the summer, which has temperatures averaging between the low 60s and the low 80s, residents enjoy recreation such as old-fashioned drive-in movies at McHenry Outdoor Theater or shopping, dining and entertainment in the McHenry Riverwalk District. Afternoons boating and swimming at Peterson Park Beach are also popular. If you prefer swimming pools, Knox Park Pool offers special events, with one of its most popular parties being Root Beer Float Day. When the summer is winding down, Stade's Farm & Market offers locally grown produce for purchase. Winters in Northern Illinois are cold, with the average high not even reaching 30 degrees, but entertainment is still available in the form of movies, restaurants and local malls. If you love to visit the hustle and bustle of Chicago, but prefer to live somewhere a bit quieter, begin searching for your home in McHenry, Illinois by browsing our available listings.