Cary Homes For Sale

About Cary and Trout Valley

The Village of Cary, with a population 18,271 (2010 census), was founded by William D. Cary in 1833 and was incorporated in 1893. The village is located in picturesque McHenry County and is approximately 45 miles from downtown Chicago and 30 miles from Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Easy access to the City of Chicago by way of the Metra train that passes through the heart of downtown Cary makes the village an ideal residential and business location. 
Size & Surrounding Communities
The village covers 5.9 square miles and is bordered by the Village of Algonquin to the south, the City of Crystal Lake to the northwest, the Village of Lake in the Hills to the west, the Village of Oakwood Hills to the north, and the Village of Fox River Grove on the east. The beautiful Fox River borders the southern boundary of Cary. The village is a recipient of the Governor's Home Town Award and has been recognized as a Tree City USA community since 2008. 

With its small town character and professional, state of the art services, the Village of Cary offers abundant opportunities to residents and businesses! (source:


About Cary and Trout Valley

Cary History

Cary's founder was William Dennison Cary, who purchased 82 acres of land in 1841 for $1.25 an acre in what would become Cary Station. Mr. Cary continued to purchase land and built a house for his family on part of his property located at 9 West Main Street. Shortly after Mr. Cary's land was officially recorded on February 23, 1859, the railroad purchased a strip of his property and built a single track railroad. The train station would also be built on this property and Cary Station became the first name for the community.

A Vote for a Village
In 1893, Cary Station had 300 residents and they voted to incorporate as a village. At that time, approximately one-third of Illinois' 3.8 million residents were farmers and Cary was no exception. Cary's earliest families can be traced to the farms they owned. With a rail line running through the community, Cary's farmers were able to diversify, utilizing their produce for a lucrative pickle business that brought buyers from Chicago and St. Louis. This business enterprise was the beginning of Cary's evolution from an agriculturally-based community to the suburban community it is today.

Books detailing the history of Cary, "Cary Me Back" and "The Loss of an Era", can be purchased at Village Hall for $8. (source:

Cary History
Cary History



Trout Valley is secluded with many amenities to support a rich and varied style of living. Whether your passions include equestrian sports, tennis, swimming, hiking, fishing or just plain entertainment of friends, Trout Valley provides member-only access to facilities for support of these activities. Access is available to the Fox River and Chain-of-Lakes from a private beach area, which includes a playground, basketball courts, a marina, boat launch area, and a state-of-the-art community center. There is a second community center available for larger gatherings. The Valley has its own swimming pool and tennis courts whose membership is open only to residents. Formal and informal clubs exist to further interests and knowledge in such areas as gardening, books, and area history. Several times a year, the residents can enjoy Association- and Village-sponsored social events geared to young and old alike. 

Trout Valley offers many advantages. Lots and houses are large, with wonderful views. Many areas are heavily wooded, attracting many birds and other wildlife. The area is convenient to public transportation and major highways, making it easy to get to work or play. The Cary-Fox River Grove area boasts fine schools at all levels and has easy access to both McHenry County College and W.R. Harper College for continued learning. Nearby are first-class shopping areas, fine restaurants, and varied commercial services. McHenry County has numerous parks and recreation areas and Trout Valley is within the Cary Library and Park Districts. (source:

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Updated: 19th April, 2019 11:03 AM.