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Crystal Lake is a city of 40,000 people in Northern Illinois. It has a revitalized historic downtown district, which is home to many small specialty shops and businesses, and is a local shopping district.

Get in[edit]

Map of Crystal Lake

Metra Train- Union Pacific Northwest Line Crystal Lake Station is at 70 E. Woodstock, Crystal Lake or try the Pingree Station at 570 Congress Parkway. Parking lots can get busy during the summer festival times of the year, but it is still a very convenient way to get to and from Chicago.

Get around[edit]



  • Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive. Nicely maintained sandy lake beach with new facilities, boat rentals, lifeguards, snack bar and playground. Lots of parking. See website for fees.
  • 1 Crystal Lake Park District, One East Crystal Lake Ave, +1 815 459-0680, . For more than 80 years the district has been providing the community with programs, parks and open spaces.




  • Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria, 75 E. Woodstock St. M-Th 11AM-1AM, F Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 11AM-midnight. Try their Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Also, after 10PM, Georgio's turns into one of the few good bar scenes for the younger generations.


Go next[edit]

Routes through Crystal Lake
HarvardWoodstock  W  E  BarringtonChicago
HarvardWoodstock  NW  SE  BarringtonChicago

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