Welcome to Downtown Crystal Lake!

The businesses of Downtown Crystal Lake wish to thank you for your ongoing support and patronage. 

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In-Store Promotions

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

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!

Mark Your Calendars!

Santa House Visits

Children whisper their wishes during their visit with Santa in the comfort of his house at Brink Street Market.

Santa House Hours:

Thursday & Friday (6PM - 8PM)

Saturday (10AM - 3PM)

Sunday (Noon - 3PM)

The last day of visits will be Tuesday, December 23rd (6pm - 8pm). 

After that, Santa will be getting ready for his big ride!

Gingerbread for The Salvation Army fundraiser

Participating businesses in Downtown Crystal Lake will create their own Gingerbread Creation to display at their business near a countertop Salvation Army Red Kettle.  The public will be invited to view the various Business Gingerbread Creations.

Every dollar deposited in the corresponding Red Kettle is worth one vote.  The business who collects the most $$ through 12/24/14 will be the winner of the Business Gingerbread Creation contest.  In reality, the real "winner" is The Salvation Army and all the people they serve in our community. 

So here's your opportunity to (legally) STUFF the ballot box with votes (dollars)!! 

Click here for additional information

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)

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.