Crystal Lake Centennial 1914 - 2014

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Crystal Lake Centennial Celebration

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Join the City of Crystal Lake as we plan and celebrate the 100th birthday since incorporation as a city. Whether your roots are in Crystal Lake or you are new to our city, we encourage your participation, businesses and community friends in the celebration of this important occasion. You can follow the celebration and see what events are occurring through this website, facebook, and twitter. The Mayor and City Council encourage the residents, businesses and community friends to partake in this unique and wonderful time.

The Closing Centennial Festival

The Closing Centennial Festival

The City of Crystal Lake’s year-long centennial brings with it another free family event this fall. The Closing Centennial Festival will be on Sunday, September 14, 2014. The celebration will be held in downtown Crystal Lake from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The festival, along Williams Street near the Raue Center for the Arts, will offer fun activities for the while family. Music, dance, entertainers, and cupcakes will be part of the birthday celebration. The closing Centennial Festival is free of charge and family friendly.
Full details about the closing festival can be found here.

Paddle Scavenger Hunt

Join the Propelling Into the Future Paddle Scavenger Hunt. Pick up your form and list of businesses at City Hall and track down these wonderfully decorated paddles. 35 Businesses have participated in this event, go to at least 14 businesses and collect a sticker from the business or group. Fill up your form and drop it off at City Hall.
Download the list of participating businesses now!
Download the paddle form now!

Geocaching Treasure Hunt

Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where a geocacher can place a geocache (container) somewhere in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology then share the geocache’s existence and location with others online. Get registered at and prepare your treasure hunting skills for the Crystal Lake 100-Years Geocoin Challenge. The 100-Years Geocoin Challenge will take you through the City where you will discover twelve hidden caches and explore some of Crystal Lake’s history along the way.
Be one of the first 250 registered geocachers to complete the challenge, log your finds online, and submit your passport for review and receive an email confirming your limited edition trackable CL100Years geocoin is ready for pick-up. The challenge passport will contain instructions, a list of the geocaches and designated areas for recording the code words you discover in each cache. A special thanks goes out to Mary Alice Fellers who put together this geocaching experience for everyone.

Download the passport now!

100 Years 100 Stories

100 Years 100 Stories

Everyone has a story, and we want to hear yours!
The 100 Years 100 Stories allows anyone to submit a story whether it is long or short, a drawing or a photo. Send us your Centennial stories to:

  • Email:
  • Twitter: 100yearsofCL
  • Facebook: 100 years of Crystal Lake
  • Instagram: cl100stories

NEW! - Crystal Lake Centennial Online Store

Looking for some great commemorative items to help celebrate the Centennial? Head on over to the Merchandise tab where you can purchase great apparel and Centennial specific gifts as well as our own unique Centennial Paddle!

Centennial Blood Drive

Centennial Blood Drive

In celebration of the City's 100th Year Anniversary, the City has teamed up with the Hearland Blood Centers to launch a "100 for 100 Campaign".

Click here the view the complete flyer with directions on how to register and schedule an appointment online
Please donate and help us reach our goal of 100 pints of blood during our 100th year anniversary!

Centennial Celebration Committee

The Centennial Celebration Committee is made up of representatives from the community’s service clubs, schools, community-based organizations, houses of worship, businesses, organizations and interested residents. The Crystal Lake City Council is very appreciative of their efforts in planning events and sharing our very wonderful history as a community.

During the celebration period there are many planned special events and partnerships to celebrate our cityhood. Many of these events are with our community partners who have made such a difference in Crystal Lake, and one of the prime reasons families speak so highly of the city and what it has to offer. The kickoff event will be on September 21, 2013 at Three Oaks Recreation Area with a year long celebration of exciting public events.

Download the complete final report from the Centennial Celebration Committee to see the entire listing of activities and individuals involved in planning the celebration.

The Crystal Lake Centennial is proudly sponsored by the following organizations