About Crystal Lake
Named after the crystal-clear waters of its namesake lake, Crystal Lake is a thriving community in McHenry County.
Recreation abounds, with the Crystal Lake Park District maintaining numerous parks including Veterans Acres and Lippold Park, where residents enjoy dozens of athletic fields, biking trails, a disc golf course and a golf center. One of the area’s most popular attractions is the Three Oaks Recreation Area, offering a swimming beach, fishing, boat rentals, scuba diving and more.
Crystal Lake is also home to several businesses and the acclaimed Raue Center for the Arts. The community’s historic downtown district boasts an assortment of restaurants and local shops.
Several suburban subdivisions can be found throughout Crystal Lake, offering large single-family homes on sprawling lots. Many homes are built around the lake, varying in size and age.
As the largest city in McHenry County, Crystal Lake has three high schools: Crystal Lake South, Crystal Lake Central and Prairie Ridge. Crystal Lake Community Consolidated School District 47 operates middle schools and elementary schools. Prairie Grove Consolidated School District 46 also serves a portion of northeast Crystal Lake, and McHenry County College is located here as well.
The Crystal Lake Metra station provides convenient transportation to Chicago on Metra’s Union Pacific Northwest Line.