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

NEW!

Family Health Partnership Clinic

Visionworks – Crystal Lake

Pearle Vision – Crystal Lake

Lifetime Vision and Contact Lens Center

Shopping

NEW!

The Green Read

Honda Northwest

The Park Ward Motors Museum

BMW of Crystal Lake

Services & Organizations

ChillnTub

NEW!

Crystal Lake Public Library

Crystal Lake Park District

Salvation Army – Crystal Lake Corps Community Center


Event Calendar

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Magazine

Heisler's Bootery's $40 shoes rack.
By Brian R. Brown
Okay bargain hunters, don't miss the Downtown Crystal Lake Summer Sidewalk Sale!
Lamborghini and Porsches at Motor Werks Cars & Coffee 2021.
By Brian R. Brown
If you are going to spend a Sunday strolling through a parking lot, Motor Werks' Cars & Coffee is a great way to do it. Care to take a stroll?
Torse Gerbe (Sheaf Torso) by Hans (Jean) Arp and paintings in the W.T. and Edna Dahl Gallery at the Des Moines Art Center.
By Brian R. Brown
Join us on an extra special journey as we launch a new magazine section and I share a few of my favorites. Cross over the McHenry County line as we road trip to Des Moines...art, Tasty Tacos, and Twin Bings!
Gavers Community Cancer Foundation grant check to Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund at Rush University Medical Center.
By Brian R. Brown
Steve Gavers is a cancer warrior. What follows is not only his Spotlight Story, but the story of his survivorship which lead to the Gavers Barndance and the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation...which has profoundly impacted the community.
More open space in the main area at the Crystal Lake Public Library.
By Brian R. Brown
The Crystal Lake Public Library is reopened after COVID restrictions are lowered and their repair project nears completion. Join me as a take stroll around, both inside and out, to checkout what's new!
Wings, Chicken Philly Cheesesteak, and Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla soup from Just Crock It.
By Brian R. Brown
Grab a cup or glass of your favorite beverage, cozy up in your favorite spot, and get ready for a fascinating Spotlight Story. Our very first Spotlight Story has me sitting down in McHenry with Maggie, the stay home mom of two, turned startup founder of Just Crock It. Hear