Crystal Lake Illinois Real Estate & Community Information

Crystal Lake Illinois Real Estate & Community Information

Crystal Lake, Illinois, located 50 miles northwest of Chicago, is a short drive from O'Hare International Airport, near several major highways and interstates. The Union Pacific rail 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 boasts three of the very best public school systems in the region. Real estate in Crystal Lake is truly a great place to live and work and it's also a great place to play. Today, Crystal Lake has a population in excess of 41,000, largest in McHenry County.

The land around the lake, called "clear as crystal," was first populated by Sacs and Fox Indians. With the defeat of Blackhawk in 1832, the United States government became the receiver of these prairie lands which encouraged the families of Crandall and Beardsley to homestead in 1836 and 1837. Others soon followed. In 1839-40 their village was laid out, which was until then called "Crystal Ville." It centered around a public square where the Chamber offices are now located.

Shopping & Dining in Crystal Lake

Residents of Crystal Lake enjoy a wide range of shopping and dining options. Downtown Crystal Lake is a popular shopping attraction, with a wide range of unique stores.  Antique shoppers will appreciate the 10 rooms of unique items at the Crystal Lake Antique Mall. They carry everything from games, china & crystal, Mudpaint, Kramer’s Restoration Products, vintage jewelry, WWII memorabilia, Star Wars collectibles, and more.  Looking for custom boots and footwear? Heisler’s Bootery has been making comfortable boots and other footwear for over 100 years.  For parents who want to find toys that encourage imagination and creativity, Marvin’s Toy Store has what you're looking for.

You'll also find an oustanding selection of places to eat in Crystal Lake.  There's no need to go to Chicago to get amazing Chicago-style pizza. Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria is rated as one of the best restaurants in Crystal Lake, where you can find the best pizza, calzone, sandwiches, ribs, wings, and pasta in town. And when you're in the mood for the perfect chili cheese dog, you can stop by Portillo's Hot Dogs where you can also enjoy amazing beef sandwiches. Kyoto Japanese Restaurant is another oustanding restaurant in Crystal Lake, serving Japanese steak and sushi, along with noodle dishes and soup.

Crystal Lake Parks & Recreation

The Crystal Lake Park District oversees a wide range of natural areas, playgrounds, splash pads, beaches, sport fields, and other attractions and activities in Crystal Lake.  Some of the larger natural areas include Sterne's Wood and Fen, Sunset Meadows Park, and Wingate Prairie. There are also 26 neoghborhood parks that feature a wie range of ammenities.

Crystal Lake Education

The educational needs of students living in Crystal Lake are cared for by two school districts. Community High School District 155 is in charge of the high schools in Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake Community Consolidated School District 47 runs the middle schools and elementary schools. The high schools include Crystal Lake Central High School, Crystal Lake South High School, and Prairie Ridge High School.  There are also 10 elementary schools and four middle schools in Crystal Lake.

Health Care

Five area hospitals: Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Centegra Memorial Medical Center in Woodstock, Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry, Provena-St. Joseph and Sherman Health provide services.

Long and short term care is available at Crystal Pines Health Care Center, Fair Oaks Health Care Center, The Fountains at Crystal Lake, and Sunrise Assisted Living -- all in Crystal Lake.

Contact Information

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The Rick O’Connor Group
Realty Executives Cornerstone
7115 Virginia Rd.
Crystal Lake IL 60014
Cell: 815-790-7200
Fax: 815-459-1112