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Resume McHenry County Update!

Through our collaboration with McHenry County, we will continue to share important information on services, programs to help our citizens, and events in our county through Resume McHenry County Updates.
Please take a moment to scroll down to see new advancements this week as we move forward in McHenry County. If MCEDC can be of any help, please call. Forward this email to your friends and family to help get the word out!


The Naturally McHenry County Festival Guild is here!

Readers of Resume McHenry County know that McHenry County offers awesome year-round entertainment opportunities for all ages. But the county’s long summer of festivals is truly something special.
And summer means our friends at Naturally McHenry County have once again made it easy to remember them all by publishing its annual Festival Guide! Click here to check it out, and be sure to get into the mood by clicking above to watch the 1-minute hype video they put together.
From Harvard Milk Days, which launches into high gear this weekend, to the Great Outdoors Beer Trail in Cary in late September, McHenry County in the summertime is where it’s at.
If you want the Festival Guide and everything else Naturally McHenry County offers in the palm of your hand, be sure to download their newly updated app. You can download it from Google Play here, and from the Apple App store here.


Chain O’ Lakes Chamber sports new director, new name

It’s been a time of change for the Chain O’Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.
Formerly the Fox Lake Richmond Spring Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, it rebranded last October to be more inclusive of the Route 12 corridor, and of course, the Chain O’ Lakes and the tourism and boating revenue it brings.
In February, the renamed chamber got a new executive director – and Hailey Tuohy has hit the ground running. She renovated their physical office, their website, rebranded membership materials, and even hosted a contest with her designs for members to choose their annual decal through social media.
Her primary long-term goal will be to expand the 220-strong membership, and add more value for members.
“I really want to hold more networking events, and bring as many new people along the Route 12 corridor and the [Fox River] waterway as possible,” Tuohy said. “I think this will bring a lot of opportunity for businesses on the water to join us.”
To learn more, visit the chamber at, and follow them on Facebook.


Pioneer Center awarded two Advance McHenry County Grants

Pioneer Center for Human Services received two Advance McHenry County grants totaling $532,122 to further its important mission to support people with behavioral, intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The McHenry County Board approved the grants May 17. A $247,122 award will allow Pioneer to replace its outdated electronic health records system, while a $285,000 award will support its residential group home and developmental disabilities day program.
To date, 14 grants totaling more than $10.3 million have been awarded through Advance McHenry County, which was created to invest tens of millions of dollars in federal COVID-19 funding into projects directly benefiting our communities.
You can learn more about Advance McHenry County, and eligible entities can apply for project funding, by visiting The County Board has set a June 30 deadline for applications.


Municipalities learn water tower maintenance strategies

As part of ongoing efforts to work together to save money through cost-saving joint purchasing opportunities, the McHenry County Municipal Partnering Initiative met last week to hear a presentation on strategies to maintain municipal water towers.
Thank you to Robinson Engineering Ltd. and the Corrosion Illinois Network for their informative presentation, as well as to the City of Woodstock and Stage Left Cafe for hosting the event. Also, thanks are in order to County Coordinator Chalen Daigle for organizing the event, and to Cary Public Works Director Erik Morimoto for leading the discussion.
Click here to learn more about McHenry County’s local government collaboration efforts.


Concerts in the Park returns to Crystal Lake

The Crystal Lake Park District’s summer Concerts in the Park series returns to Main Beach, starting tonight!
Each week’s free concert starts at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, through Aug. 9 – longtime Caribbean band fixture Mr. Myers kicks off this year’s season this evening.
New this year is the addition of food trucks, with Flyin’ Hawaiian and Marine Korn pulling in for tonight’s show. Attendees can bring their own food or small charcoal grill, as well as beer and wine (no glass containers, please).
In the event of inclement weather, the decision to reschedule the concert will be made by 4 pm; you can check the status by calling 815-410-4475, extension 6.
You can find this year’s schedule by clicking here.


COVID-19 booster eligibility expands

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on May 19 expanded eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots to include children ages 5 to 11.
The McHenry County Department of Health is encouraging people to get vaccinated and keep current with their booster shots as COVID-19 cases continue to increase.
The department offers vaccinations on select days at its clinics in Woodstock (2200 N. Seminary Ave.) and Crystal Lake (100 N. Virginia St.). Click here or call 815-334-4500 to schedule an appointment – walk-ins may be accommodated but are not guaranteed.
Many other locations across McHenry County and Illinois offer the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit to find one and schedule an appointment.


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Resume McHenry County is a collaborative initiative being implemented by McHenry County and the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) in partnership with the McHenry County community, including cities and villages, businesses and residents. The goal is to ensure a successful reopening of our economy so that we can return to our lifestyles safely and responsibly.