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Overview of McHenry

As its nickname "the Heart of the Fox" suggests, McHenry, IL, is in fact situated along the Fox River in Northeast Illinois. It sits 50 miles northwest of Chicago and at one time was the county seat. The city is surrounded by scenic lakes, hills and forests and boasts easy access to natural resources like timber, peat, gravel and free-flowing streams. When you want to avoid the busy lifestyle and high rent prices that come with living in Chicago, you can find a slower pace of life when you check out the apartments for rent in this city.

Living in McHenry, IL

Once a hunting and fishing site for the Potawatomi Indians, the village was founded for settlement in 1836. It once was part of Cook County, but eventually became the seat of a county by its own name. The village was named for a military major who fought in the War of 1812 and also the Blackhawk War. The city became stable and viable in part due to the success of local farmers as well as the placement of factories like those that belonged to Borden, The Hunter Boat Company and Admiral.

Today, the village boasts a population of 26,992 people. One of the city's biggest assets remains its downtown neighborhood area. Its vibrant downtown features three shopping and entertainment districts that are home to a host of shops, restaurants and other attractions. City leaders are also working on developing a neighborhood river walk that is expected to become a primary tourist attraction as well.

Given its geographical location, it is an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts. You can enjoy fishing and boating on the The city is home to a number of public golf courses and also offers downtown walking tours if you prefer to experience the local scenery and neighborhood culture firsthand.

Situated within an hour's drive of Chicago, you can also check out a game or match played by one of the area's sports team. Baseball fans can catch a Chicago Cubs game or watch the Chicago Bulls take to the court. Chicago also has a host of museums, theaters and restaurants that may appeal to you if you want to enjoy a night in the big city.

Getting around the area is easy when you use the Metra Union Pacific/Northwest Line. The line travels straight to Chicago's Olgivie Transportation Center. If you prefer to drive yourself, you can use nearby Highways 12 and 14 to travel in and out of the city.

Apartments in McHenry – Study

If you plan to rent an apartment and relocate to further your education, you can enroll at any of the local universities, colleges or trade schools. Nearby Crystal Lake, IL, is home to McHenry County College. Likewise, Judson University is located 19 miles away in Elgin. Of course, Chicago is located close to some of the best universities in the country. You can enroll in classes at Northwestern University as well as Loyola University.

Apartments in McHenry – Work

The primary employers in the city include Follett Library Resources, Medela, Fabrik Industries and Plaspros. The Centegra division of Northern Illinois Medical Center also calls the city its home. Major big box retailers and smaller retail shops likewise employ a significant number of people from the area.

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