Dry Cleaners’ Pollution Sites Identified in McHenry County

An alert reader sent me this link to the Chicago Tribune’s

“Dry Cleaners’ Toxic Legacy:
Find sites near you.”

I typed in my zip code–60014–and found the list and map you see below (click to enlarge, obviously some duplicates):

Here’s what the symbols mean:

Next, I plugged in McHenry’s zip code.

Here’s the list and the map that appeared (click to enlarge):

That’s all I could found in and close to McHenry County.

So they can be searched online, I’ll type the cleaners’ names below:


  • KS Cleaners Inc.
  • Village Cleaners
  • Four Seasons Cleaner
  • Vogue Cleaners
  • Country Cleaners
  • Town Cleaners
  • In Town Cleaners
  • Lakewood Cleaners


  • Plaza Cleaners
  • Family Pride Cleaners
  • 14 Dry Cleaners

Crystal Lake:

  • Crystal Lake Vogue Cleaners
  • One Hour Crystal Cleaners
  • C-US Cleaners

Fox Lake:

  • Best Cleaners
  • Bavaros Cleaners

Fox River Grove:

  • Ohs Cleaners
  • Four Season Cleaners

Huntley – Huntley 47 Cleaners

Island Lake – Island Lake Cleaners

Lake in the Hills – Signature Cleaners


  • Shamrock Cleaners
  • 120 Cleaners
  • Mr Dons Cleaners Inc.

Wauconda – Liberty Cleaners


  • Vogue Cleaners
  • Stewart’s Cleaner

Two are high priority clean-up sites:

  • One Hour Crystal Cleaners at 52 East Brink Street in Crystal Lake and
  • Bavaros Cleaners (mentioned specifically in the Tribune article) at 41 East Grand Avenue in Fox Lake

Money obtained through fees from the industry used to be available for clean-up efforts, but, as the Chicago Tribune reports,

“More money could have been earmarked, but last fall former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and legislative leaders took $2 million out of the fund to help balance the state budget.”

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