Just an hour northwest of the Chicago metropolitan area, Crystal Lake is ideally situated along major roads and highways, including Northwest Highway (Rt. 14) 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, Midway Airport in Chicago, or General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin are all options for air travelers. Private and commercial chartered flights are available through the Lake in the Hills airport.
With its close proximity to Chicago, Crystal Lake residents enjoy the cultural and educational opportunities of a major metropolitan city - in a friendly, small-town atmosphere.
Crystal Lake is truly a great place to live and work; it's also a great place to play!
If you are new to the city of Crystal Lake you can come visit us here at the Chamber where we will give you one of our Welcome Bags!
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.