Explore & Experience Crystal Lake

Welcome to the city of Crystal Lake, Illinois. Officially chartered in 1914, Crystal Lake is the largest city in McHenry County, the 6th most populous county in Illinois.

The town, which was originally called Crystal Ville, was later named Crystal Lake sometime before 1840. This name came from the lake, Crystal Lake, which was so named for its "crystal clear" waters.

Crystal Lake features two train stations on the Metra's UPNW line and is home to such notable attractions as Veteran Acres Park, the Raue Center For The Arts, and the Lakeside Legacy Foundation, which maintains the Dole Mansion and Lakeside Arts Park and puts on the annual Lakeside Festival.

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Dining & Entertainment

Smash’D

Summer Moon Coffee – Crystal Lake

Hickory Hall

Health & Beauty

Sage YMCA

Pediatric POST®

You Just Get Stronger In-Home Personal Training

Lee’s Martial Arts Academy

Shopping

Marvin’s Toy Store

Out of the Box

On Angels’ Wings Resale Store

Double Take Consignment

Services & Organizations

Sunburst Corvette Club

Prairie Ridge High School


Event Calendar

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Magazine

2022 Cary Summer Celebration fireworks.
By Brian R. Brown
Get all your McHenry County July 4th fireworks show information in our newest guide. We've also added parade and festival information. We have details on dates, times, locations, maps, and more. Plan your Independence Day festivities now!
Movie in the Park.
By Brian R. Brown
Round up the family, grab chairs and blankets, and head to the movie in the park! Enjoy watching the stars on the screen under the stars in the sky with your favorite movies.
Heartache Tonight playing at the Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival.
By Brian R. Brown
Concerts in the Park season is upon us. From summer to fall, McHenry County is full of outdoor live music options. And if you're looking for your next concert, our Concerts in the Park guide is ready.
American flag flagpole waving in the wind against clouds and blue sky.
By Brian R. Brown
Take some time this Memorial Day to remember and honor those who gave their life serving in our Armed Forces. Check our guide for special Memorial Day ceremonies and parades around McHenry County.
Person on a skateboard at a skate park.
By Brian R. Brown
Rippers, groms, and kooks, we hope you'll be stoked about our newest guide as this ones for you. We've pulled together information on all of the skateparks in McHenry county.
Special section for Windy City BMW Car Club members.
By Brian R. Brown
It was a Windy City BMW kind of day at Crystal Lake BMW when they teamed up to for a Cars & Coffee car show. While they clouds were foreboding, the only rumbling was the engines.