Who We Are

Nationally Recognized:

As a Main Street America Accredited program, Downtown Crystal Lake is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.  All Main Street America Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

Illinois Main Street:

Downtown Crystal Lake is a leader in the Illinois Main Street network.

Locally Driven:

Raue House, Offices of Downtown Crystal Lake/Main Street

Raue House, Offices of Downtown Crystal Lake/Main Street

Downtown Crystal Lake / Main Street is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization founded by local community volunteers.  Downtown Crystal Lake’s support comes from businesses, organizations and individuals from throughout the Crystal Lake community.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to revitalize and promote a vibrant and inclusive community in Main Street Downtown Crystal Lake by fostering a welcoming and engaging environment as the heart of our city, for residents, businesses, and visitors. We strive to preserve the unique character and charm of our historic downtown district while promoting economic growth, environmental sustainability, diversity, and a high quality of life for all who live, work, and play in our community.

What is Main Street?

Main Street is a comprehensive community revitalization program that promotes historic preservation and economic development of a community’s traditional business district.  Downtown Crystal Lake is an accredited member of the Main Street America network.  The four-point Main Street approach involves the following committees:

  • Design – Enhancing the visual image of the Downtown, giving special attention to signage, storefronts and streetscapes.  Accentuating those historic features that make Downtown Crystal Lake truly unique.
  • Organization – Building partnerships with the public and private sectors to develop the untapped potential of Historic Downtown Crystal Lake and create a common vision of uniqueness.
  • Promotions – Enhancing the image of Downtown Crystal Lake as a dynamic and exciting place through special events and festivals.  Communicating to the public the vitality of the area and reinforcing its meaning to all the citizens of Crystal Lake.
  • Economic Vitality – Improving the economic appeal of Downtown Crystal Lake by strengthening its existing assets and diversifying its economic base by recruiting new businesses to fill market voids and working with existing businesses to improve their market share.

Board of Directors
Ben Volling, President
Lori McConville, Vice President
Kathryn Cowlin, Secretary
Kathleen Narusis, Treasurer
Carla Baldwin
Mary Behrens
Zac Dolezal
Stephanie Ormsby
Randy Leggee
Jimmy Tomasek

Lynn Reckamp, Executive Director
Email: info@DowntownCL.org