The city of Marengo is located along the Chicago Northwest Suburbs Golden Corridor, aptly named for the “goldmine” of economic profit for communities in the area.
Less than 10 minutes from direct access to the I-90/Gold Corridor, 50 minutes from Rockford International Airport, and 45 minutes from Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Marengo is an ideal location for transportation, warehouse, and logistics operations. Additionally, Marengo has a deep aquifer offering substantial water reserves for a food processing location along the main Chicago Northwest Suburb transportation corridors.
In 2019 a new tollway exchange opened on I-90 and Route 23. The $33.4 million Illinois Route 23 Interchange Project on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) created a new, full-access interchange with local road improvements, including constructing a roundabout intersection at Illinois Route 23 and Harmony Road and new roadway lighting.
IL Route 176 and U.S. Route 20 (Grant Highway) connect to points east and west and intersect with IL Rte. 23, a major north-south corridor in the State.
The city experienced a steady rise in population growth over the last several decades. From 1990 to 2007, the community experienced an average annual growth rate of approximately 3%. With a current population of 7,648, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning projects Marengo to grow to 18,000 residents by 2030.
Several important businesses call Marengo home. These include Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas, Inc. (forklift manufacturer), Thomson Linear (Electromagnetic, mechanical & control technology), and Engineered Polymer Solutions (paint resins).
In addition to public services offered by the City of Marengo, the community is served by the Marengo Fire Protection District and the Marengo Rescue Squad District. Both provide full-service emergency response.
Quality education is available to students of all ages including two public elementary school districts, an award-winning high school district, and a private elementary school. Two and four-year colleges are available within easy driving distance.
Recreation and leisure activities are provided by the Marengo Park District with its 140-acre community park, including a fitness center, daycare, and a wide range of recreation programs. The McHenry County Conservation District offers camping and nature appreciation programming in areas that showcase the natural beauty of the County.