Scroll windows to view local Event Calendar, Community Groups, and Businesses. Local History of how Wonder Lake was formed, and Landmarks in McHenry County. Local Parks with Trail Maps.

Upcoming Events

Visit Your local Christmas Tree Farm to "cut your own" or select a quality pre-cut tree: Ben's Christmas Tree Farm, Harvard, IL LINKRichardson Tree Farm, Spring Grove, IL LINK

November 24th, Woodstock IL, Get into the Holiday Season by heading to Woodstock for the Lighting of the Square at 7pm, but come early for the Gingerbread House Walk, 5pm, at the Old Courthouse, and the Christmas Tree Walk, at the Opera House!

For the Special person in your life, you can give the gift of horseback riding. Horseback riding builds strength and confidence and is excellent exercise. Visit Krussell Stables and ask about their holiday riding special!

Saturday, December 2nd from 9am-3pm at Nativity Lutheran Church, 3506 East Wonder Lake Road, Wonder Lake IL 60097.

Santa is coming to the Wonder Lake Chamber on Saturday December 2nd from 10am - 1pm. Please join us! Event activities include: Pictures with Santa, Face Painting, Madrigal Singers, Touch a Truck, Raffles, 50/50 Raffle, and Crafts and Games for the Kids. Vendors will be available to assist in your Christmas Shopping. Bring a new, tagged toy in and earn an extra raffle ticket to benefit the children of Turning Point Emergency Shelter. Contact the Chamber for more information, 815.728.0682.

Annual Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the McHenry County Historical Museum, 6422 Main St. in Union. Free holiday open house. Enjoy holiday music, homemade cookies, browse our bake sale, make old fashioned Christmas ornaments and search for unique gifts in the gift shop. For information call 815-923-2267.

December 3rd, 9 am, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, this popular event helps raise financial assistance for those kids in McHenry County who need help! Come out and see the huge sea of Santa's going through the downtown streets in Crystal Lake. All the proceeds of this event stay in the county. For more info....

Visit RavenStone Castle December 8th, 12pm-5pm, and 9th & 10th from 10am-5pm, Enjoy a cup of hot cider while browsing through their collection of unique gifts. LINK

Looking for music for your special event or Holiday Party? Contact Heelan Music for more information.

This museum exists to educate - they'd like the whole world to know about fire equipment and it's stellar history! Visit their website for more information, and make sure you call ahead before dropping in as private tours are all they offer at the moment. (815-568-8950)

The Volo Auto Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It features roughly 400 classic, antique, muscle and Hollywood cars. Admission is $14.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. For other information, visit, or call 815-385-3644.

Just For Fun offers skating lessons and space for birthday and private skating parties. With more than 20 years of experience providing an arena for family fun and entertainment, they are one of the area's premier venues for fun, providing a safe environment for everyone. Visit their website for hours.

Annual Ice Fishing Derby, 6 AM- 2 PM. Sponsored by the Wonder Lake Sportsmans Club . This Catch & Release Fishing Derby is Sunday January 28th.

A snowmobile safety certification is required to operate a snowmobile. A child under 10 cannot operate a snowmobile. Classes are available online and are open to anyone Ages 12 -16 are required to have a certificate to operate a snomobile. Those who have a valid driver's license may operate snowmobiles without the certification but those without a license must complete eight hours of instruction and the final examination to receive the certificate and the legal right to drive a snowmobile. Two Providers-On-line Snowmobile Safety Course And Certification:

America's Largest Railway Museum, located in Union Illinois. See their website for train scheduls, dates & times.

Tickets for a variety of events are available at the Opera House box office, online or by calling 815-338-5300.

Save time and money, shop locally in Wonder Lake for your family meals. Wonder Foods has daily specials for every day items, visit this link to view their sale prices! For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the county's tax base. If our local businesses were in the village boundaries, our tax dollars would benefit VWL directly.

WL Business Directory

Click on name for address, phone & website link.


Auto Body

Auto Repair


Catering Services

Community Groups

Computer Repair



Driveway Repair




Funeral Services

Gas Stations


Graphic Arts and Printing

Heating and A/C


Internet Services



Legal Services



Medical Services


Pet Care


Real Estate


Religious Organizations



Septic Systems


Snow Removal


Storage Services

Taverns & Pubs



Tree Removal

Well Services