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

The Quarry Cable Park

Breaking Bread Catering & Deli – Crystal Lake

The Cottage

Buffalo Wild Wings

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

Veterans Path to Hope


Event Calendar

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Magazine

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.
Car fans of all ages.
By Brian R. Brown
Let us get your engine running with our guide to car shows all around McHenry County! From one-off events to recurring shows, we've pulled together a collection car events that will satisfy car enthusiast in everyone.
Foodie photo.
By Brian R. Brown
Come express your inner foodie! What are your favorite restaurants? Where's your go to cafe? Share your opinions and experiences with the restaurants, cafes, and pubs you frequent in McHenry County.
Audience sitting on park lawn.
By Brian R. Brown
Summer is here and we have the scoop on summer concerts around McHenry County. Check our Concerts in the Park guide for all the outdoor concerts.
Fireworks over Crystal Lake, July 4, 2012.
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!
Auto fans at the Cary Cruise Night.
By Brian R. Brown
Weekly car show fun without all of the hassle and expense! If you're itching for some candy apple red eye candy, then you'll want to check out this glimpse of what you might find at a Cary Cruise Night!