Crystal Lake is a Prime Place to Live

Crystal Lake is in the Chicago metropolitan area and is approximately 45 miles northwest of Chicago. It is McHenry County’s largest city and is in the northeastern part of the state.


The population in 2010 was 40,743 with the median age being 37 and the median household income being $83,704.

Real Estate

According to Trulia, the median sales price for homes in Crystal Lake for March 23 to June 22, 2016 was $200,000 based on 205 home sales. However, listing prices on luxury properties for sale in Crystal Lake, Illinois with three, four, or five bedrooms usually begin over $300,000 and range to approximately $339,000.


There are 17 schools in Crystal Lake with very high ratings. Woods Creek Elementary School has a rating of “10“. A rating of “9” is held by Glacier Ridge Elementary School, Indian Prairie Elementary School, Prairie Grove Junior High School, Lundahl Middle School, Crystal Lake South High School, and Prairie Ridge High School. Hannah Beardsley Middle School and Crystal Lake Central High School have an “8” rating.

Things to Do

The Crystal Lake Park District is in charge of the city’s numerous parks and their annual events. Kamijima Park has a boathouse owned by the Crystal Lake Rowing Club.

The historic downtown district, which has had a revitalization, is a popular shopping district with small specialty shops and businesses. It also has the 750-seat Raue Center for the Arts that presents concerts and plays and became a regional destination when it held a Jazz Festival.

The Dole mansion was an elaborate estate with a three-story mansion, gardens, stables, a half-mile racetrack for his beloved expensive horses, and more. It was built in the 1860s by Charles S. Dole on 1,000 acres overlooking the lake. Construction costs exceeded $100,000, which was a huge amount of money in those days. Dole lived on the estate for more than 30 years and entertained lavishly. The Dole Mansion and Lakeside Center are currently owned by the Lakeside Legacy, and there is a festival on the grounds each year.