Special Events

The Crystal Lake Park District organizes a variety of special events for everyone! We bring communities together with events that make lasting memories! For specific information on pricing and program dates, please view the links provided below. All one day trips and special events are also posted on our calendar of events.

Current EventS


----park place logo white FOR WEB.jpgPARK PLACE BANQUETS LIVE MUSIC

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 DOORS OPEN AT 6 PM

PARK PLACE - 406 W. WOODSTOCK ST.

Hang out with us at Park Place for some great live music with friends and family. Local favorite SLIM'S GARAGE BAND will perform at 7 pm followed by BOURBON COUNTRY. We are requesting a $10 donation AND food donation to benefit the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Cash Bar.

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----haunted home logo for WEB.jpg HAUNTED HOME DECORATING CONTEST

JUDGING TAKES PLACE TUES OCT 23 & WED OCT 24 FROM 6-8 PM

New this year! We have extended the contest to all Crystal Lake residents, so get your boo on and enter your spooktacular house today! Winner gets full bragging rights and a trophy donated by TOBG Engraving.

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DARE TO SCARE: JR HIGH HALLOWEEN WAGON RIDE & BONFIRE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 5-8 PM

STERNE'S FEN - 5617 E. HILLSIDE DRIVE

Grab your friends and head over to Sterne's Woods for a night that is sure to SPOOK you! Enjoy pumpkin painting, a haunting wagon ride through the woods and scary stories around a roaring fire. Hot dogs and s'mores provided. Registration deadline October 17.

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----17 TRUCK OR TREAT LOGO.jpgTruck or Treat

saturday, october 27 10 am - 12 pm

MAIN BEACH - 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE

Throw on your Halloween costume and come out for our annual Truck or Treat bash. Dozens of trucks, construction and safety vehicles are on hand for your little tykes to climb on, in and around...while getting Halloween treats! In our Main Beach Pavilion we offer free carnival games to keep your goblins busy. Don't forget to bring your favorite Halloween bag to collect your candy.

THANK YOU SPONSORS

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----puzzlepalooza logo for web.jpg PUZZLEPALOOZA! JIGSAW PUZZLE TOURNAMENT

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 10 AM - 2 PM

THE RACKET CLUB - 9101 S. ROUTE 31, ALGONQUIN 847-658-5688

Teams (up to 4 people) race against each other to complete the same 500 piece puzzle. Bring snacks and enjoy an afternoon with family or friends. Ice cream sundae bar for all participants provided by Baskin Robbins Crystal Lake. Awesome prizes for winners. ALL AGES WELCOME

----baskin_robbins FOR WEB.jpgTHANK YOU BASKIN ROBBINS CRYSTAL LAKE FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATION!

Contest Rules

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----Light Up Crystal Lake logo FOR WEB.jpgHOLIDAY LIGHTS!

Do you have the Clark Griswold complex? Sign up for our HOLIDAY LIGHTS competition and get rewarded for your hard work. We are pushovers for twinkle lights and plastic Santas! CLPD staff will judge your home on Tues Dec 18 & Wed Dec 19 between 5-7 pm. First 20 homes registered will be judged. Trophy is awarded to each winning home. For more information contact Lindsey Pollina at lpollina@crystallakeparks.org.

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SANTA'S HOLIDAY EXPRESS

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 1-4 PM

GRAND OAKS RECREATION CENTER - 1401 W. ROUTE 176

NEW! Join us for a magical afternoon filled with holiday fun on Santa's Holiday Express! Enjoy a variety of games, activities and even a visit from Santa HIMSELF! Beginning at 2 pm, cozy up for hot chocolate and a movie to end the afternoon. Ages 3-10. Registration deadline is Nov. 28.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2019 - tbd 8 AM

CRYSTAL LAKE/MAIN BEACH PAVILION - 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE

A 49-year tradition in Crystal Lake, the Chili Open features a traditional 9-hole golf tournament held on our frozen Crystal Lake! This February tournament is steeped in generations of memories. Foursomes receive a great gift and chance to win prizes throughout the day.


----forts on the courts logo FOR WEB.jpgForts on the Courts

SATURDAY, MARCH 2019 TBD 6:30-8:30 PM

THE RACKET CLUB - 9101 S. ROUTE 31, ALGONQUIN

The Racket Club introduced its first Fort Building battle in March 2017 which turned out to be a great success! Teams made up of family and friends are given three sheets of cardboard (96 w x 48 h) and one roll of duct tape to design and build a fort of their choice. Additional materials are allowed to finish the masterpiece. This battle combines quality time, team work and creativity to ultimate heights. Gift baskets were awarded to the MOST LIKELY TO SURVIVE AND EARTHQUAKE, BEST THEME and FAN FAVORITE. A complimentary ice cream bar from Baskin Robbins Crystal Lake finishes off a fun-tastic March evening!

LIST OF APPROVED FORT BUILDING MATERIALS

Register for forts on the courts

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----CONCERTS LOGO FOR WEB.jpgSummer Concerts in the Park Series

Main Beach - 300 LakeShore Drive

Each year, the Crystal Lake Park District hosts a regional band to perform at Main Beach. Pack a dinner, pull out a blanket and enjoy a great night of free entertainment lakeside. Concerts are held on Tuesdays at 7 PM beginning June-August. Food and beverage (beer and wine) and small charcoal grills are allowed (no glass please.) In the event of inclement weather, decision to hold concert will be made by 4 pm.

PARKING

Please park in the following areas for concert evenings: Main Beach parking lot, grass triangle across the street from the Lakeside Legacy property and South Elementary. Please do not park at the boat gate, Lakeside Legacy property or Seminary Park.

THANK YOU PARTNERS

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----KPP LOGO for web.jpgKids Party in the Park

august 2019 7 PM - 10 PM

MAIN BEACH - 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE

A free summer evening on the lake with lots of kid's games and activities, entertainment and ice cream eating contest! Bring your blanket as you snuggle under the stars and watch the blockbuster movie COCO. In case of inclement weather, we will move to the Main Beach Pavilion Room.

Star 105 will be on hand to keep the party going! Don't miss this FREE, FUN event!

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----colonel palmer house logo FOR WEB.jpg Summer Sundays

Colonel Palmer House - 660 E. Terra Cotta Road

Travel back in time as we celebrate the 19th Century and all its wonder. Each summer, the Colonel Palmer House creates a fun, interactive and informative event featuring a topic of the era such as farming, transportation, the Civil War and more. Our costumed staff will make you feel like you were there! Each Summer Sunday is held rain or shine from 1-4 PM and is free to everyone.

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST 2019 - TBD


CRYSTAL LAKE PARK DISTRICT Kite Fest

sunday, SEPTEMBER 16 10 am - 2 pm

LIPPOLD PARK LACROSSE FIELDS - 851 W. ROUTE 176

Hang on to your string as we fly kites up, up in the sky! Our Lippold Park Soccer Fields are speckled with colorful kites in assorted styles and sizes. Watch professional kite flyers give us a spectacular show with colorful, 25 foot kites. You may purchase a professional kite or build our free paper kite handed out to the first 250 kids on site. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy watching the kites. Rain or shine!

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