A Record Year!

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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!

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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

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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 […]

Reminder — No Parking Along Parade Route!

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Remember….the streets must be clear on Friday night for the Festival of Lights Parade. No parking after 5PM along the parade route!  

Sneak a Peek!

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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/  

Johnny Appleseed Festival – Saturday, September 30th

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It’s time for Downtown Crystal Lake’s biggest and best one-day event — The Johnny Appleseed Festival! Start your day at the Pancake Breakfast (7AM – 10AM) at Bethany Lutheran Church, 76 W. Crystal Lake Avenue. Then come on downtown and make plans to spend the day!  We will have pony rides, wagon rides, giant slide, […]

Apple Scavenger Hunt

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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, […]

Eagle Scout Fundraiser benefits Downtown Crystal Lake!

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PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD! This Eagle Scout project will directly benefit Downtown Crystal Lake.  We need your support! Will you be one of the 88? Please consider dining in or carrying out lunch or dinner July 24th and July 25th at Georgio’s Pizza for Jay Dimopoulos‘s Eagle Scout Project Fundraiser. He needs to have 88 […]

2017 Best of the Fox Winners

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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 […]

Summer’s Here!

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Yes, Summer’s Here in Downtown Crystal Lake! Our favorite summer event downtown is the Farmers Market, held every Saturday in Depot Park (8AM to 1PM).  Stop by and enjoy!

Hoppy Easter! Dining Options in Downtown Crystal Lake

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Hop on down to Downtown Crystal Lake for Easter on Sunday, April 16th. Everything you need to fill your Easter Basket can be found downtown — toys, candy, chocolates, gifts, and gift certificates too!  Don’t forget to order your Easter desserts too! How about some Easter Sunday dining options?  We will be adding to this […]

Have a Heart Food Drive Results

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Downtown merchants and their customers collected 1,999.5 pounds of food for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.  Top collection sites were: Area 51 Tattoos (310 pounds) International Hairways (272 pounds) Wear Did U Get That (148 pounds) Crystal Lake Park District (109.9 pounds) Congratulations and thanks for your generosity!

Downtown Sparkles with Gem Award Winners

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The Downtown Crystal Lake/Main Street annual meeting and awards night was held Monday, February 6, 2017 at Old Towne Hall.  Members and guests celebrated with a delicious dinner, music, and lots of neighborly fun! Businesses and individuals were recognized and honored with a Downtown Gem Award from the Crystal Lake Main Street organization.  The Downtown […]

Extended Holiday Hours

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Many of our Downtown Crystal Lake merchants are offering extended hours this holiday season.  Check back often, as this list will be updated regularly. Agnes Oh!, 79 N. Williams St. Monday 12/19 (10AM – 5PM) Tuesday & Wednesday 12/20 & 12/21 (10AM – 6PM) Thursday & Friday 12/22 & 12/23 (10AM – 7PM) Benedicts La […]

Welcome Main Street America!

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On Thursday, November 3rd, Downtown Crystal Lake will host participants of Main Street America’s Community Transformation Workshop.  Visitors from 14 states (and the District of Columbia) will attend a workshop entitled Real Estate Development with Economic Impact in Main Street, presented by Don Rypkema.  Our guests will have an opportunity to explore Downtown Crystal Lake, […]

Holiday Sponsorship Opportunities

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Each holiday season, festive storefront windows, holiday music, visits with Santa, trees dotted with white lights, and lampposts adorned with garland and bows all transform Downtown Crystal Lake into a winter wonderland.  The holiday season is a chance for families and friends to gather together and experience that hometown holiday feeling. To help offset some […]

Pink Heals Firetruck at Ladies Night Out

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Ladies Night Out is THIS Thursday, October 6th (5-9PM). Over 30 merchants are participating and planning for a wonderful evening. There will be lots of specials for all the ladies. Check in at the Raue Center to receive a map and listing of businesses and their specials. Make plans to join us at the After-Party […]

Windows Shine for Downtown Events

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The windows in front of Lewke Partners Real Estate (43 E. Crystal Lake Avenue) are looking fabulous, thanks to the artistic skills of Cameron Wise, 7th grade student at Bernotas Middle School. Cameron painted the windows to promote our upcoming Johnny Appleseed Festival and Great Ball Race. He did such a fabulous job! We are THRILLED […]

Apple Pie Baking is Full!

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We have reached our limit in the Apple Pie Baking competition at this year’s Johnny Appleseed Festival!