Crystal Lake

The Town Of Crystal Lake, Illinois is your source for information on Crystal Lake. If your moving to Crystal Lake or just visiting, you will find all kinds of information on real estate, schools, areas, parks, churches, crime, things to do, places to visit, local businesses, dining, and much more!The progression of Crystal Lake from vast prairie lands to the burgeoning hub of industry and commerce that it is today was a natural one. From the beginning, Native American tribes were attracted to its ideal location; the “clear as crystal” lake from which the Village derived its name served as an abundant resource for Sac and Fox Indians. With the defeat of Blackhawk in 1832, the United States government became the possessor of the lands that now encompass Crystal Lake and encouraged settlement. The Village of Crystal Lake was laid out in 1839-40 and incorporated in 1874, centered around a public square where the Chamber offices are now located.

Rail transportation was extended through the area in 1855, acting as a catalyst for the region’s growth. Nunda, a village north of Crystal Lake, eventually became the business center of the area and enjoyed a steady and great population increase. Nunda was incorporated in January of 1874 and changed its name to “North Crystal Lake” in 1908 in compliance with a petition by its citizens. North Crystal Lake was annexed to Crystal Lake September 23, 1914.

With a population of more than 35,000 people, Crystal Lake continues to develop as an industrial and commercial leader, and is looking forward to a future as promising and dynamic as its past.

Crystal Lake is ideally situated just an hour northwest of the Chicago Metropolitan area. State Route 31 and Randall Road are direct north/south routes to Interstate 90, and State Route 176 runs east/west to I-94 and Lake Michigan, making the drive to Chicago and surrounding communities a breeze.

For those who would rather avoid the morning traffic and opt instead for a good book and cup of coffee, METRA has 24 commuter trains that make the daily trip to Chicago in about 70 minutes. Bus transportation is provided by PACE and Dial-A-Ride. For those who require air travel, O’Hare International Airport is only 35 miles southeast, and Midway Airport is 50 miles away. Mitchell Field in Milwaukee is a 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive. Lake in the Hills Airport, just a few miles south of the city, boasts a 3,800-foot runway and provides full services for private and commercial chartered flights.


School Address Phone Grade
Canterbury Elementary School 875 Canterbury Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-459-8180 Elementary Schools
Coventry Elementary School 820 Darlington Ln, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-459-4231 Elementary Schools
Crystal Lake South Grade Schl 601 Golf Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-459-1143 Elementary Schools
Husmann Elementary School 131 W Paddock St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-459-7114 Elementary Schools
Indian Prairie School 651 Village Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-459-2124 Elementary Schools
North Elementary School 500 W Woodstock St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-459-0122 Elementary Schools
Prairie Ridge Public School 6000 Dvorak Dr Crystal Lake IL 60012 815-497-0404 Elementary Schools
South Elementary School 601 Golf Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-455-1026 Elementary Schools
West Elementary School 100 Briarwood Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-459-2749 Elementary Schools
Woods Creek School 1100 Alexandra Blvd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-356-2720 Elementary Schools
Crystal Lake Central High Schl 45 W Franklin Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-459-2505 High Schools
Crystal Lake South High School 1200 Mchenry Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-455-3860 High Schools
West School 100 Briarwood Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-477-6982 High Schools
Beardsley Middle School 515 E Crystal Lake Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-477-5897 Middle Schools
Lundahl Middle School 560 Nash Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-459-5971 Middle Schools
North Middle School 170 N Oak St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-459-9210 Middle Schools
Crystal Lake History

“Crystal Lake traces its origins to two separate communities, Nunda and Crystal Lake, which were both established in the early 1800’s. In 1835, Ziba S. Beardsley had come to the shores of what is know today as Crystal Lake and commented that the “waters were as clear as crystal”. Her description named both the lake and the community. The first settlers came in 1836 in a covered wagon from New York State. What is known today as “Downtown Crystal Lake” was first known as Dearborn and then Nunda. In the mid 1850’s, after the railroads extended their lines through the area, Dearborn came into existence. In 1856 the first train depot was established and it was called the Crystal Lake Station. The railroad connected businesses, industries and people from both Crystal Lake and Dearborn to Chicago and also the rest of the country. While being so close to the railroad, Dearborn’s population and businesses grew quickly.

Dearborn’s name was changed to Nunda, on October 7, 1868, after an area in New York where the original settlers came from. In 1874, both villages of Crystal Lake and Nunda were incorporated. Nunda was changed to North Crystal Lake in 1908. After several attempts to consolidate the two villages, in 1914, the village of North Crystal Lake was annexed to the Village of Crystal Lake. A new city government was established.

Throughout the 1920’s, Crystal Lake had a reputation as a resort town. Wealthy vacationers built beautiful homes along the lake’s south shore. South shore residents were facing unwanted expansion from the city of Crystal Lake so they decided, in 1933, to incorporate as Lakewood. Population was stable from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. When Chicago O’Hare Airport expanded in the early 1960’s, this area became a hot spot for airline pilots to live. From the 1960’s to 1980 the population doubled, growing to 18,590 and by the year 2000 it had reached 38,000.”

Crystal Lake Trivia & Fun Facts

“Crystal Ville was what the town was first known as until sometime before 1840 it was changed to Crystal Lake.

Crystal Lake is the birth place of Joe Affrunti, PGA Tour golf player;
Sam Leewood, College basketball player (DePaul Blue Demons); and
Todd Babington, College basketball player (Austin Peay Governors).

A tornado in northeast Illinois took the lives of six people near Crystal Lake. In a single subdivision, 45 homes were destroyed, and 110 had major damage. The tornado touched down near Crystal Lake, and ended two miles north of Wauconda.”

Important Information For Crystal Lake:

Dog Licenses

McHenry County requires that all dogs be registered and vaccinated for rabies. Residents may bring a rabies vaccination certificate (obtained from their veterinarian) to the Municipal Complex and pay the appropriate fee to receive a rabies tag.

Vehicle Stickers

Residents of Crystal Lake are required to purchase vehicle stickers within 30 days after establishing residency for each car, truck or motorcycle owned. Renewal stickers go on sale June 1 of each year and must be displayed by July 15. The sticker is valid until June 30 of the following year.