Thank you!

Downtown Crystal Lake wishes to thank you for your support throughout the past year.  We are looking forward to an exciting new year of activities and events!

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Johnny Appleseed Festival & Great Ball Race Saturday, September 24th

Crystal Lake's largest one-day event which brings families and the community together to celebrate Fall. Click here for additional details about the Festival.

The Great Ball Race is held in conjunction with the Johnny Appleseed Festival.  Click here to learn more about this exciting race!

VOLUNTEER and HAVE FUN!  Downtown Crystal Lake's largest one-day event is need of volunteers!  Can you help us?

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on

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Gazebo Dinner Fundraiser Raffle

Congratulations to our 2016 winner--
Tom Palermo!

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Farmers Market - Saturdays (8AM - 1PM)

Everyone loves the Farmers Market!  Join us each Saturday from 8AM - 1PM in Depot Park.  At the Crystal Lake Farmers Market, you'll find the freshest vegetables, fruits, breads, eggs, baked goods, and more!  Click here to view a full list of our vendors and their products.

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Follow along on a LIVE video tour of Downtown Crystal Lake

Thanks to our friends at Enjoy Illinois and Visit McHenry County for this opportunity to host a LIVE video tour of Downtown Crystal Lake.  You can follow along at:  We're proud to show-off our beautiful downtown!

Welcome to Downtown Crystal Lake!

Plan your perfect day in downtown.  Check out this VIDEO and you'll see why Downtown Crystal Lake is the place where "Hip Meets Historic".

Business Promotions

Many of our downtown businesses plan specials, open houses and other activities. Click here to learn more. The Business Promotions tab on this website will be updated often with new information about your favorite downtown businesses.

Remember -- Even though the Saturday after Thanksgiving is the "official" Small Business Saturday. We think EVERYDAY should be Small Business Day! Make plans now to "Shop Big at Small Shops" in Downtown Crystal Lake!

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Thanks to the McHenry County Community Foundation for their generous grant of $5,000 to Downtown Crystal Lake.  The funds were used to upgrade technology at our office located in the historic Raue House.

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What are people saying??

Longtime resident, Guyette Hunter, tells what she likes best about Downtown Crystal Lake.  (Click here)

Freddy Lagunes also shares his thoughts on Downtown Crystal Lake (Click here)

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A Little History and Information about Downtown Crystal Lake

Historic buildings in Downtown Crystal Lake showcase our community‚Äôs history.  During the late 1800's and early 1900's, Crystal Lake enjoyed nationwide fame through the manufacture of architectural terra cotta and TECO pottery. Downtown Crystal Lake has several buildings adorned with locally produced terra cotta including the newly renovated Raue Center for the Arts. This 1929 Spanish Mission style theatre features local and national productions.

Downtown Crystal Lake is a designated Illinois Premier Main Street Community.  The Main Street program is an economic-development, preservation-based program to restore and revitalize historic downtown districts.