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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Construction Complete - YIPPEE!


Special Event on Friday, July 24th!

Music, Food & Fun in Depot Park (11am-7pm)

Take a break from your shopping and re-energize your batteries.  DJ music in the gazebo all day.  Food will be available to purchase (or bring your own).  We will have tables and chairs setup, as well as some casual games available (hula hoops, baggo, bozo buckets, etc.). 


2015 Sidewalk Sales

July 23, 24, 25, & 26 (Thursday - Sunday)

Thursday (8AM-7PM)

Friday (9AM-6PM)

Saturday (9AM-5PM)

Sunday (the sales continue at many businesses!)

A bargain hunter's delight!  Merchants set up tables full of great merchandise at great prices.

Guaranteed to be something for everyone!

Rain or Shine!

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Get Your Tickets NOW!

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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.