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Harvard is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. It’s a city of history and tradition which takes great pride in its community and residents. It provides a quiet, rural living surrounded by country charm and the serenity of nature. Most of the residents in the area would agree that the best thing about Harvard is its people, who pride themselves in their resourcefulness and their community spirit. In an age of supposed self-interest, Harvard citizens care, and it is this concern that is the very fiber that ties the community together.

Our Community Guide, made possible by the companies advertising throughout the guidebook, is a valuable tool for anyone wanting to explore the many facets of our community. We hope you utilize this guide often when looking for quality services and reputable businesses, especially if you’re looking to relocate here to live, open a new business, or are planning a visit for pleasure.

Harvard’s residents come from a broad range of cultural and religious heritages blended into a resourceful ‘home town’ atmosphere.


The Harvard Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a full-time, professionally staffed business organization in McHenry County. While its principal activities are in Harvard, it also enjoys strong support from businesses located in and around McHenry County. Membership consists of approximately 200 individual business firms, ranging from the smallest one-person business to large regionally based firms and national/multi-national corporations headquartered in the area. About 90 percent of our members employ fewer than 20 people.

In the Harvard area, the Chamber is the collective voice of commerce, maintains and improves the economic environment, and provides leadership for improving the quality of life. Our goals are achieved through active participation and interaction of member firms, in a cooperative and coordinated effort, with all elements of the community.