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

Star 105.5

The Quarry Cable Park

Breaking Bread Catering & Deli – Crystal Lake

The Cottage

Health & Beauty

Lee’s Martial Arts Academy

Smith Physical Therapy + Running Academy

Family Health Partnership Clinic

Shopping

ABC Supply – Crystal Lake

The Green Read

Honda Northwest

The Park Ward Motors Museum

Services & Organizations

CASA of McHenry County

Advantage Painting Services

Nancy Merkling Productions, LLC


Event Calendar

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Magazine

Antique fire engine.
By Brian R. Brown
Get your dose of Christmas spirit with these photos from downtown Crystal Lake for the Festival of Lights Parade, tree lighting, arrival of Santa, and a stroll down Christmas Tree Lane.
Christmas trees tagged at the farm.
By Brian R. Brown
Whether you've ever had a real Christmas tree or not, our guide is here to help you navigate the challenges of having real trees. Be sure to check out our list of local Christmas tree farms.
Empty plate with fork and spoon.
By Brian R. Brown
We've compiled a guide for McHenry County food pantries, broken out by city. No one in our community should have to battle hunger. We hope this guide will prove helpful if you yourself or someone you know needs to utilize these services, or if you would like to help out
Shiny ornaments and lights on Christmas tree.
By Brian R. Brown
Looking for Christmas Tree Lighting near you? Craving a holiday light display or show? We've got you covered...at least if you're in McHenry County. Check out our guide to the Christmas tree lighting events & holiday light displays around McHenry County.
Visiting with Santa Claus.
By Brian R. Brown
He knows whether you've been naughty or nice, but here's a last chance to put in a good word! Grab the kids and check our guide for snapping some pictures with Santa.
Meadowdale Raceway Silo.
By Brian R. Brown
If you close your eyes, you can almost hear the roar of the engines as the cars worked their way around Meadowdale Raceway. Today though, you'll mostly hear some traffic from Hwy 31, the occasional sounds of mountain bikers, and nature. But you can still explore the old track.