The Town Of Cary, Illinois is your source for information on Cary. If your moving to Cary or just visiting, you will find all kinds of information on real estate, schools, areas, parks, churches, crime, things to do, places to visit, local businesses, dining, and much more!The Village of Cary is one of the fastest growing communities in McHenry County, which has been one of the fastest growing counties in Illinois and the Midwest over the past several years. The population, as counted in a special census in 1997, was just shy of 15,000.

Many of the newcomers are attracted to the quiet suburban living and small town atmosphere that can be a relief from the big city living of Chicago and its much larger suburbs that are to the east of Cary. Cary is also very easily accessible through a variety of transportation, which makes it appealing to individuals who work outside of the Village, and to companies that need to ship products across the country. Commuters enjoy the convenience of a METRA train station in town, U.S. Route 14 runs to Wisconsin and toward Chicago, and Interstate 90 is less than 15 minutes to the south. Air travel is also accessible at Lake in the Hills Airport and O’Hare International, which is less than an hour away.

Another feature that makes Cary unique are the native prairies that have survived and still thrive in the area. There are several locations in the area where you can see these prairies that are as rare and magnificent as other more well-known natural wonders that you would have to travel days to see. The Cary Park District does a superb job of keeping area residents on the go with plenty of outdoor and indoor recreational activities. The District maintains the Community Center, featuring pools, exercise equipment, and racquetball courts. There are also almost 30 parks in the area for outdoor fun and relaxation, and a myriad of sports leagues for everyone whether they are young or old, male or female.


School Address Phone Grade
Briargate Elementary School 100 S Wulff St, Cary, IL 60013 847-639-2348 Elementary Schools
Cary Public Schools 409 1st St, Cary, IL 60013 847-462-1587 Elementary Schools
Cary Public Schools 422 Krenz Ave, Cary, IL 60013 847-462-1574 Elementary Schools
Cary Public Schools 100 S Wulff St, Cary, IL 60013 847-462-1570 Elementary Schools
Deer Path Elementary School 2211 Crystal Lake Rd, Cary, IL 60013 847-516-6350 Elementary Schools
Maplewood Elementary School 422 Krenz Ave, Cary, IL 60013 847-639-2152 Elementary Schools
Oak Knoll Elementary School 409 1st St, Cary, IL 60013 847-639-3841 Elementary Schools
Three Oaks Elementary 1514 3 Oaks Rd, Cary, IL 60013 847-516-5533 Elementary Schools
Cary-Grove Community High Schl 2208 3 Oaks Rd, Cary, IL 60013 847-639-3825 High Schools
Cary Junior High School 233 E Oriole Trl, Cary, IL 60013 847-639-2148 Middle Schools
Cary History

The town of Cary was founded in the year 1841 when William D. Cary purchased 82 acres for $1.25 an acre. Three years later he bought 80 more acres. He continued to purchase acres until he reached 640. The Illinois & Wisconsin Railroad started a railroad line from Chicago to Janesville, Wisconsin in 1853. Economic problems stalled construction the following year and then in 1855 construction began again. In 1856 William Cary noticed all the activity in the area due to the railroad construction so he platted a town site one mile northwest of the Fox River. “Cary Station” came into existence and the railroad quickly accepted the site. Next to be established was a post office. Street improvements became necessary so in 1893 the residents incorporated their community and L.E. Mentch was the president. Cary served those who worked for the railroad as well as area farmers. In 1859, the railroad became the Chicago & North Western Railway.

Cary offered rolling grasslands which provided wonderful pasturage for dairy cattle. Borden Dairy opened a large bottling plant in Cary in 1903 and not long after that Oatman Milk Company opened its doors. Cary, located in the Fox River Valley, was quickly discovered by people to be a place where you can find pure air and clean, fish-filled waters. This area provided a marvelous setting for resort vacations, so family run resorts started to pop up on the west bank of the river around Cary.

The population of Cary has continued to grow steadily over the last 50 years. In 1950 the population was 943. That grew to 6,640 in 1980 and to 15,531 in the year 2000.”

Cary Trivia & Fun Facts

“One resorter on the west bank river of Cary was John Hertz. He made a fortune expanding the Parmelee Transfer Service into Chicago’s Yellow Cab Company.

Historical tornado activity is slightly below Illinois state average.

For the movie Groundhog Day, the interiors of Bill Murray’s room at the bed and breakfast were filmed in an empty warehouse in Cary, Illinois.