Introduction to Crystal Lake, Illinois
Crystal Lake, Illinois, in McHenry county, is 14 miles N of Elgin, Illinois (center to center) and 43 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The city is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Crystal Lake has a population of 38,000.
Crystal Lake History
The present day city of Crystal Lake was originally known as Crystal Ville. It was first settled in by the whites in February 1836. Beman and Polly Crandall from New York were the first settlers of the area. It was renamed Crystal Lake around 1840. The area which is now downtown Crystal Lake was originally known as the Village of Dearborn. The village was formed during the 1850s and the first train station was established in 1856. Dearborn was renamed Nunda on October 7, 1868. Both Crystal Lake and Nunda were incorporated in 1874. The name of Nunda was once again changed to North Crystal Lake in 1908. Crystal Lake annexed the village of North Crystal Lake in 1914 and established a consolidated city form of government.
Crystal Lake and nearby Attractions
- Crystal Lake
- Moraine Hills State Park
- Chester Gould Dick Tracy Museum
- Santa's Village - Illinois
- Racing Rapids Water Park
- Six Flags Great America
Things To Do In Crystal Lake
While staying in Crystal Lake you can visit the Winding Creek Park, Ken Bird Park, Lippold Park, Edgewater Park, Crystal Lake Park, and Wingate Prairie Nature Preserve. You can enjoy shopping at the Crystal Lake Plaza Shopping Center, Crystal Court Shopping Center, Crystal Point Mall Shopping Center, The Commons of Crystal Lake Shopping Center, and Country Corners Shopping Center. You can also enjoy boating on Crystal Lake.
Crystal Lake Transportation
International flights are available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
Crystal Lake Higher Education
McHenry County College is the local college. The William Rainey Harper College and Elgin Community College are other colleges that offer higher educational facilities.