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".

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Ladies Night Out - Thursday, October 8th

Ladies -- bring your mothers, sisters, daughters, girlfriends (whoever!) downtown for lots of fabulous food, music, special deals, and more!  Click here for additional information.

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Johnny Appleseed Festival - September 26th

WOW!  What a picture-perfect day we had!  Click here on the Johnny Appleseed Festival event page to see photos and information (we'll be adding updates over the next week).  Thanks to all who attended -- we KNOW you had a wonderful time!


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Great Ball Race - September 26th

We had another exciting Great Ball Race and Great Big Ball Race.  Congratulations to our grand prize winners (they'll split the $1000 prize): Jake Lawson & Jimmy Collins.

Click here for additional information

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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.

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!

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.