Crystal Lake is located 50 miles northwest of Chicago, a short drive from O'Hare International Airport, near several major highways and interstates. The Metra Union Pacific Northwest line provides easy access to Chicago. As a result, Crystal Lake residents enjoy the many employment, cultural, and recreational opportunities of a major metro city, yet live in a pleasant, friendly, small-town atmosphere.
Crystal Lake is truly a great place to live and work and it's also a great place to play! One of Crystal Lake's greatest attractions is its public parks system. These includes over 1,600 acres of parks and open space as well as 230-acre Crystal Lake for fishing, boating, swimming, skating in the winter...it's truly year-round fun! The Crystal Lake Park District sponsors many of the recreational programs held throughout the City and maintains much of the open space. An extensive library, superb Park District, state of the art healthcare, live theatre, top-rated schools...it’s all here!