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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Mark Your Calendars!

Sleighride with Santa Contest (Nov 1 - 22)

Congratulations to The Gibson family of Crystal Lake!

Tim, Jennifer, Abby (9), and Sophia (4) will be riding with Santa and Mrs. Claus in their horse-drawn sleigh at the Festival of Lights Parade! 

Festival of Lights Parade - November 28th at 7PM

This is the only nighttime parade in Crystal Lake!  Join us for Santa's arrival from the North Pole.

New this year -- In order to make our parade route wider and safer, there will be NO PARKING the entire route (North Caroline Street, Crystal Lake Avenue, Grant Street, Woodstock Street & Williams Street).  Vehicles should be off these streets after 5PM, and can be parked in public/commuter parking lots.

Spectators must stay up on the curb -- plan your viewing options accordingly.

Click here for additional information about the parade.

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.