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

Sea Level Diving

OnTarget Range & Tactical Training Center

Grounds Coffee Bar & Roastery

Taste of Benedict’s

Health & Beauty

Family Health Partnership Clinic

Visionworks – Crystal Lake

Pearle Vision – Crystal Lake

Lifetime Vision and Contact Lens Center

Shopping

The Green Read

Honda Northwest

The Park Ward Motors Museum

BMW of Crystal Lake

Services & Organizations

NEW!

Point of Action Marketing

Fork the Man Productions, LLC

ChillnTub

Crystal Lake Public Library


Event Calendar

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Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Around Town

Magazine

Vintage McCormick-Deering tractor at 5 Lazy K Ranch.
By Brian R. Brown
If you missed this year's Annual Autumn Drive, come along and enjoy a photo tour of just a little bit of what you missed.
McHenry Life logo Jack-o'-Lantern
By Brian R. Brown
Grab your costume and your treat bag! Before you head out though, be sure to check our annual McHenry County Trick-or-Treating hours list for your local treating times and events.
By Brian R. Brown
In celebration of our 7 year anniversary, we take a look back on the past and launch our biggest giveaway yet...$1,000 in prize money! Come celebrate with us!
One and only Steve McPhail, portraying Johnny Appleseed.
By Brian R. Brown
Downtown Crystal Lake always knows how to signal the return of fall with the annual Johnny Appleseed Festival; this year celebrating 28 years! If you missed it, we've got a taste for you here!
New Cary Metra Station, completed in 2019.
By Brian R. Brown
Hop a ride as we take a quick tour through the Cary Metra Station and the great facilities in downtown Cary.
By Brian R. Brown
We've made some subscription changes we think you're going to love! If you currently have or will be adding a listing to McHenry Life, you'll want to see this!