Halloween Handout

Wednesday, October 31st (3PM – 5PM) A favorite among young children!  Participating merchants throughout Downtown Crystal Lake open their doors to invite costumed children 12 and under to receive a treat. Participating merchants will have an orange “Halloween Handout” Pumpkin Flyer on their window. Click here for additional information

Johnny Appleseed Festival

Bushels of Fun for Everyone! Celebrate autumn at the Johnny Appleseed Festival!  One day of jam-packed opportunities for family memories from the early morning Apple Pancake Breakfast to the Great Ball Race in the afternoon.  Enjoy pony rides, petting zoo, wagon rides, pumpkin train, children’s games, craft fair, pie baking contest, pumpkin bowling, storytelling, scarecrows, […]

Gazebo Dinner Fundraiser

Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 Winner will be drawn August 30, 2018 The Gazebo Dinner Fundraiser is an annual event in Downtown Crystal Lake.  Raffle tickets are sold for $20 each (only 250 raffle tickets will be sold).  The lucky winner and seven guests are served dinner in the Downtown Gazebo […]


Downtown Crystal Lake welcomes the MCYSA International Baseball Tournament! We wish you a week full of fun, sportsmanship, and fabulous baseball! While you’re in town, take time to visit our historic downtown district where you will find plenty of unique stores and restaurants. Want to take a souvenir home?  Downtown Crystal Lake sells t-shirts, coffee […]

Lunch with the Bunny

Attention!  We have a limited number of Lunch with the Bunny tickets remaining.  You’ll need to HOP TO IT if you wish to attend!  Tickets are available at: Heisler’s Bootery, 50 N. Williams St. Dalzell Jewelers, 41 N. Williams St.

Have a Heart Food Drive

Start stockpiling your food items now for the 2020 Have a Heart Food Drive February 8 – 15 in Downtown Crystal Lake Hunger is an issue every minute of every hour of every day.  In order to combat this issue, many of your favorite downtown merchants are hosting a “Have a Heart Food Drive” in order to […]

A Record Year!

Santa says, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” And Downtown Crystal Lake says, “WOWZA!” 2,115 children plus their families visited Downtown Crystal Lake’s Santa House during the 2017 Holiday Season.

Shop BIG in SMALL Shops!

It’s countdown time!  No worries — come to Downtown Crystal Lake and find everything you need for a wonderful holiday season. Downtown Crystal Lake is home to over 180 individually owned businesses, ready to serve you. Don’t forget to Shop BIG in SMALL Shops!  Support the businesses that support your community.

Festival of Lights Parade Trophy Winners

Our 2017 Trophy Winners Are: Best Use of Lights – District 47 & 155 School Bus Drivers Best Use of Music – Crystal Lake Strikers Most Creative – Trinity Oaks Christian Academy Most Enthusiastic – Sage YMCA Piranhas Swim Team Judge’s Choice – 501st Legion – Midwest Garrison Best of 2017 Theme – A Candy […]

Sneak a Peek!

Holiday Open Houses will be held at many retailers throughout November (dates and times vary per store).  Sneak a peek for the best gift ideas available close to home.  Knowledgeable sales staff will offer personal service, demonstrations, gift wrapping, and more!  Visit our website calendar for listings. https://downtowncl.org/events/  

Apple Scavenger Hunt

The legend of Johnny Appleseed has been alive in Downtown Crystal Lake for 25 years, and this year’s event on Saturday, September 30th promises to be the biggest and best. Thousands of families attend the festival to celebrate the season, community, and enjoy a variety of apple-flavored delights.  It’s a great family event with rides, […]

2017 Best of the Fox Winners

Congratulations to Downtown Crystal Lake’s 2017 Best of the Fox Winners! Akasha Yoga Yoga – One of the Best Area 51 Tattoo Tattoo Shop – The Best Benedicts La Strata Breakfast – The Best Bloody Mary – The Best Omelette – The Best Outdoor Dining – The Best Pancakes – The Best Vegetarian – The […]