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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Farmers Market will be OPEN on Saturday, July 4th

Click here to see who else is open in Downtown on the 4th of July.

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Big Improvements Coming Our Way!  

The Brink Street Market Parking Lot (corner of Grant & Brink) is being overhauled!  Watch for signs directing you to alternate parking.  And please, keep up the support for our downtown businesses!

Click here for a map to help guide you to alternate parking lots.


Thanks to the McHenry County Community Foundation for their generous grant of $5,000 to Downtown Crystal Lake.  The funds will be used to upgrade technology at our office located in the historic Raue House.

Photo: Robin Doeden (left) and LeeAnn Atwood (right) from the McHenry County Community Foundation present a $5,000 check to Diana Kenney (center), Executive Director of Downtown Crystal Lake.

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.