Just an hour northwest of the Chicago metropolitan area, Crystal Lake is ideally situated along major roads and highways, including Northwest Highway and Routes 176 and 31. There are two Metra train stations located in Crystal Lake, which provide service to Chicago along the Union Pacific Northwest line.

O’Hare International Airport, Chicago-Rockford International Airport, Chicago Midway International Airport, or General Mitchell International Airport are all options for air travelers. Additionally, private and commercial chartered flights are available through the Lake in the Hills Airport.


Crystal Lake is truly a great place to live and work, but it’s also a fantastic place to play! The City of Crystal Lake manages the Three Oaks Recreation Area, which includes grassy picnic areas, hiking trails, fishing, a playground/spray park, a concessions area and patio, and a sandy beach. The Crystal Lake Park District oversees the 238-acre Crystal Lake and its two beaches, many local parks, and numerous recreational facilities and programs.

Crystal Lake has so much to offer including an award-winning public library, state-of-the-art healthcare, live theater and musical entertainment, top-rated schools, and much more!

What's Nearby

Crystal Lake truly has everything to fulfill your dining and shopping needs. On or near Crystal Lake’s main thoroughfare, Northwest Highway, you will find major retailers and local shops, fine dining, fast food, and everything in between!

Our vibrant, charming, and historic Downtown boasts a wonderful array of shops and restaurants that you will not want to miss! We will bring new features to this website very soon, which will have comprehensive information about our dining and shopping opportunities.