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North Pole CallingHands On History at Colonel Palmer House

Ages 5-10 with parent
Drop in between 12-2 pm and introduce your family to history! All Hands on History programs present a brief historical topic with a craft for children.




Saturday, February 7, Noon-2 pm: Victorian Valentine

Saturday, March 7, Noon-2 pm: Luck of the Irish

Saturday, May 2, Noon-2 pm: Silhouetted in the Past

For more information contact Mary Ott


Wanders at Wingate

Our natural area volunteers gather to share their vast knowledge of our spectacular Wingate Prairie during a picturesque nature hike. Meet at The Nature Center, 330 N. Main St, Crystal Lake. Admission is free but please pre-register online utilizing the code number listed by the corresponding date. This program is open to all ages with an adult.




9601-0 Sunday, May 24, 2015, 2-3 PM
9601-1 Sunday, June 28, 2015, 2-3 PM
9601-2 Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2-3 PM
9601-3 Sunday, August 30, 2015, 2-3 PM
9601-4 Sunday, September 27, 2015, 2-3 PM

For more information contact The Nature Center, (815) 455-1763,


2015 Kite Fest at Lippold Park

2015 Date: Sunday, May 24, 10 am-3 pm

Location: Lippold Park Soccer Fields, Route 176, Crystal Lake

This free event is a perfect way for families to enjoy Memorial Day weekend. Kite Fest includes performances by Team Chicago Kite, learn-to-fly lessons, family kite fly time, single-line kite flying and the first 250 children will receive a free kite and a learn-to-fly lesson. Keep your eyes to the as skies as kites of all sizes will be flying, some as large as 90 feet will be soaring for all to see. Chicago Kite will be on hand for all your kiting needs.

2015 Kite Fest Sponsors: Courtesy Buick GMC, Buffalo Wild Wings, Honey Baked Ham, Heritage Woods-Huntley and McHenry, Dunkin Donuts Crystal Lake, Jersey Mike's, Lou Malnati's, Chiro One Wellness

Contact: Jessica Ortega
(815) 459-0680, ext. 1213



2015 Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park

Location: Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake
Time: Concerts Start at 7 pm and last 60-90 minutes, Refreshments Available for Purchase

Inclement weather information: In the event of inclement weather, some concerts will be moved to Park Place, 406 W. Woodstock St, Crystal Lake. The decision will be made by 4 pm. Outside food and beverage are not permitted at Park Place.

June 9, June 30 and August 4 concerts will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.






Tuesday, June 9

Crystal Lake Community Band

Please note: in the event of inclement weather this concert will be cancelled.

Tuesday, June 16 Spoken Four (Pop Cover Band)
Tuesday, June 23

Cavern Beat (Beatles Cover Band)

Theme Concert Night! See info below

Tuesday, June 30

Voices in Harmony

Please note: in the event of inclement weather this concert will be cancelled.

Tuesday, July 7 One Foot in the Groove (Classic Rock)
Tuesday, July 14

White Saddle Band (Country and Rock & Roll)

Theme Concert Night! See info below

Tuesday, July 21

Tropixplosion (Caribbean Show Band)

Theme Concert Night! See info below

Tuesday, July 28 Classical Blast (Rock Music on Classical Instruments)
Tuesday, August 4

Crystal Lake Community Band

Please note: in the event of inclement weather this concert will be cancelled.

Tuesday, August 11 Bill Connell and the Chicago Skyliners (Big Band)



Theme concert nights on June 23, July 14 and July 21. Decorate your picnic table or 6' X 6' area, bring food that fits the concert theme and don't forget that 60's jumpsuit in the back of the closet. Best "Display" will win a Group Basket courtesy of the Crystal Lake Park District. Park District staff and Fox 103.9 will judge areas at 6:45 pm.

Print a 2015 Concerts in the Park Schedule

2015 Concerts in the Park Sponsors: Bickford Senior Living, Home State Bank, Baird & Warner (Don Prigge), McHenry County Living, Dunkin Donuts (Crystal Lake), Fox 103.9, Heritage Woods McHenry & Huntley, Lloyd's Paint 'n Paper, HoneyBaked Ham, Autumn Leaves, New Balance Crystal Lake, Holiday Inn Crystal Lake, Courtesy Buick/GMC, Raue Center for the Arts, Three Oaks Assisted Living

For sponsor information for the 2015 Season

Contact: Jacqui Weber

For booking information for the 2016 Season

Contact: Jessica Ortega
(815) 459-0680, ext. 1213


2015 Movies in the ParkMovies in the Park


Location: Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake
Time: Movies begin at dark. Come early for pre-movie festivities including

Inclement weather information: In case of inclement weather, the movie will be moved inside to the Main Beach Pavilion

Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Eating Contest at 7 pm

Enter Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Eating Contest at (click on Star on the Streets Calendar of Events)

Limited openings per movie, kids ages 5-13, one participation per summer. Contest begins at approximately 7:30 pm. Participants selected will receive email confirmation. Special thanks to Baskin Robbins, 4817 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, (815)477-4817

Best Seat in the Park

Enter to have the Courtesy Buick GMC Best Seat in the House including:

your family seated in the Courtesy Buick GMC Big Red Inflatable Chair for the movie

Lou Malnati's Pizza and Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Delivered to the chair

Enter Courtesy Buick GMC Best Seat in the Park Contest at (click on Star on the Streets Calendar of Events)

(entries accepted beginning 2 weeks before each movie date). Winner will be contacted 2 days prior to movie.

2015 Movie Schedule

Movies begin at dark.



Special Feature
Friday, June 12 Finding Nemo Help us find Nemo! Mini Scavenger Hunt in the Park
Friday, July 17 Big Hero 6 Wear your Super Hero costume
Friday, August 21 Muppets Most Wanted Find the clues to solve the movie mystery








Print the 2015 Movies in the Park Schedule

We welcome your movie suggestions for the 2016 Movies in the Park Season
email Jessica Ortega

For sponsor information for the 2015 Season, contact Jacqui Weber

Thank you to our generous 'Best Seat in the Park' 2015 sponsors:

Big Red Inflatable Chair Sponsor

Courtesy Crystal Lake


Best Seat in the Park Meal Sponsors

Lou Malnati's PizzeriaBaskin Robbins


Crystal Lake Park District Movies in the Park continue to be free for everyone due to the generosity of our 2015 event sponsors:

Star 105.5, Baskin Robbins Crystal Lake, Courtesy Buick GMC, Lou Malnati's, Home State BAnk, Jersey Mike's, Country Inn & Suites, Pump It Up, Buffalo Wild Wings, Mayfair Carpet & Furniture, Chiro One Wellness, McHenry County Living, Bickford Senior Living, Hoffman Orthodontics, Northwest Herald, Raue Center for the Arts


2015 FREE Summer Sundays at Colonel Palmer House

Free Summer Sundays at Colonel Palmer House


Click on the picture on the left, to visit the Colonel Palmer House web page for more information about the special events and programs at Colonel Palmer House




2015 Summer Sundays at Colonel Palmer House

Location: Colonel Palmer House, 60 E. Terra Cotta Rd, Crystal Lake

Time: 1-4 pm, Rain or Shine



Sunday, June 7

Civil War: The Ravages of War

Commemorating the end of the Civil War in April 1865, our event will interpret the effects of the war on Crystal Lake families. We are proud to host the 17th Corps Field Hospital which is a member of the Living History and Historical Intrepretations Associations. Learn about the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and the US Sanitary Commission. Volunteer historians will provide first person accounts of area residents and share their exhibits of Civil War artifacts and clothing.

Sunday, July 19

Farming in the Fabulous 1950's

During the 1950's, the land surrounding the Palmer House was still an active working farm. A recent donation to the Crystal Lake Historical Society from the Burman family gives us a glimpse into the working dairy and farmstead. Come see 50's faming equipment, cars of the era or enjoy a wagon ride around the farm. Kids can enter a Hula Hoop contest while listening to sounds from the 50's. Put on your poodle skirt or varsity jacket and join us for a blast to the past at Palmer's Corner.

Sunday, August 9

Wheels of Progress: 150 Years and Still Turning

From early settlers use of oxen to ready their fields, to the first trains that steamed through our area. Transportation has een the key to progress. The grounds will host a working team of oxen, the Wheelmen-a group of high wheel bicyclists, early automobiles and many more examples of transporation over the last 150 years. Complete your day with a wagon ride around Palmer's Corners.




























2015 Senior Fiesta

Contact: Jennifer Peterson
(815) 459-0680, ext.1219


2015 Black Diamond Blast on the Beach

2015 Date: August 8, 2015, 3 pm-9 pm (rain date August 9)

Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake

FREE Admission provided by Black Diamond.

Featuring Modern Day Romeos at 6 pm

Click here for the Blast on the Beach web page


2015 Blast on the Beach Fun Fair Sponsors

Contact Jacqui Weber, (815) 459-0680, ext. 1214


2015 Blast on the Beach Food Vendors & General Information

Contact Sam Thompson (815) 459-0680, ext. 1220


2015 Blast on the Beach Craft Fair Vendors

Save the Date Flyer for Craft Fair Vendors

Register for program code #4900-1 using any of the following registration options

  1. fax to (815) 477-5005
  2. submit in person at the Crystal Lake Park District Administrative Office
  3. drop in the 24-hour drop box on the east side of the Park District Administrative Office
  4. Mail to: Crystal Lake Park District, One East Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

After completing the registration form/waiver, print and fill out the Craft Fair Vendor Application form and Waiver and return to Jennifer Peterson (see address above) by July 26, 2015.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Peterson, (815) 459-0680, ext. 1219 


2015 Blast on the Beach Volunteers (individual & group volunteers for day of event)

Contact Jenny Leech, (815) 459-0680, ext. 1212


Lake Discovery Day

Including Fishing Gear and Small Watercraft Sale

Saturday, September 19, 2015, Noon-4 pm

Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake

Free Admission

Come check it all out! Fishing demonstrations, fly tying and jig making, crib and structure building, fish stocking and shocking, ice fishing information, lake safety, state of the lake presentation and fishing gear/small watercraft sale.

Fishing Gear and Small Watercraft Sale will be held at the Main Beach entrance-weather permitting. Sellers must bring their own table-no electricity available. There is no fee to sell. If you would like space to sell, contact Jacqui Weber at


Truck or Treat


Truck or Treat

TBA: October 2015, 10 am-Noon

Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake

This program will take place 'Rain or Shine'

Come dressed in your Halloween costume and see all kinds of big trucks and vehicles. Climb aboard and see how they work. Bring a treat bag as there will be lots of goodies by each truck. Be sure to bring a camera.

Contact Jessica Ortega if you have a truck or vehicle you would like to exhibit at Truck or Treat



Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa

It's our holiday gift to the community's children, a tradition for over 25 years helping Santa write letters to all of his fans!
Send us your child's letter by December 12, plus a stamped, self-addressed envelope and Santa will send you a reply before Christmas. Please note: your child's letter will not be able to be returned to you.
Mail letters to:
c/o Crystal Lake Park District
One East Crystal Lake Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014







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