Harvard is located in northeast Illinois in McHenry County approximately seven miles south of the Illinois/Wisconsin border. Harvard is centrally located within the Chicago/Rockford/Milwaukee triangle and is served by Routes 14, 23, and 173. We are proud of our town and all of its amenities that exemplify a small town life. We have advantages of being only one hour from Chicago and Milwaukee and only 30 minutes from Rockford. Harvard is in close proximity to the Lake Geneva/Fontana recreational and resort area that offers many fine restaurants, beaches, swimming, boating, fishing and fine hotels. There are three ski hills within minutes and one ski hill in Historic Galena which is only 90 minutes from Harvard. The Harvard area has the largest number of dedicated conservation acres in the State of Illinois. The Union Pacific railroad also offers commuter train service to the Chicago Land area where you will find some of the best cultural activities in the world.
Harvard is in the upper reaches of the Kishwaukee River Basin, which drains into the Rock River. Two creeks within Harvard's planning jurisdiction are classified as Class A Streams. The Illinois EPA classifies streams from A to E based on fishery resources and water quality. These special environmental areas are unique and require special attention. The City of Harvard has passed ordinances to help protect these unique resources, including water retention regulations, erosion control ordinances and a wetland and stream protection ordinance. The Harvard City Council further amended the land use plan so that the regulations can extend past the corporate limits.
Source: U.S. Census data