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Downtown Crystal Lake / Main Street

Downtown Crystal Lake “Where Hip Meets Historic”

Downtown Crystal Lake / Main Street was initially founded by local community volunteers in 1996 and

Corner of Williams & Brink Streets

organized as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Currently, there are 52 Main Street communities in Illinois. Downtown Crystal Lake has been designated as one of only five “Premier” Communities, which represents the top level of Main Street designation in the State of Illinois. Additionally, Downtown Crystal Lake has also received designation at the national level as a National Main Street Community. Only a small percentage of Illinois Main Street programs have earned this national designation. Main Street is a preservation-based economic development program geared specifically to historic downtown business districts.    

Interview with Diana Kenney, the Executive Director:

We had the opportunity to interview Diana Kenney the Executive Director for  Downtown Crystal Lake / Main Street and asked her to share the role the organization plays in the community. Diana is a familiar face around town and has been the  executive director since 2000.

Diana Kenny

Our organization is dedicated to preserving and revitalizing Crystal Lake’s historic downtown district. Our program operates under the Four-point Main Street approach which is a proven formula for downtown economic development and revitalization.

Briefly, the Four-point approach encompasses:

  • Building an effective volunteer-driven organization, with broad-based public and private sector support
  • Enhancing the design and appearance of downtown through historic preservation
  • Creating image and promotion strategies that bring people downtown
  • Developing appropriate economic restructuring strategies to sustain the economic vitality of downtown

Lunch in the Park

A fifth component used by Downtown Crystal Lake includes:

  • Establishing a comprehensive marketing campaign to attract visitors from outside the local market to Downtown Crystal Lake

What in your opinion, makes Crystal Lake so Special?

Downtown Crystal Lake is home to over 180 businesses, including specialty stores, restaurants, and services, which are all within easy walking distance of the Downtown Train Depot. The Historic Raue Center for the Arts is located in the heart of Downtown Crystal Lake, and offers a full lineup of both national and community acts.

Does the Downtown Crystal Lake / Main Street host any events?

Johnny Appleseed Festival

Downtown Crystal Lake provides a year-round calendar of events to bring people into our downtown.We host popular events such as Farmers Market, Lunch in the Park, Johnny Appleseed Festival, and the Festival of Lights Parade. For a complete listing visit us at

Can you tell us about your back-round?

Crystal Lake Historical Society – President & Co-founder
Crystal Lake Historic Preservation Commission – Appointed Member since 1998
Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce – Ambassador
Crystal Lake Bank & Trust – Board of Directors


Downtown Crystal Lake / Main Street
25 W. Crystal Lake Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014  Phone: 815/479-0835
Fax: 815/479-0884
Website:        Facebook Page:!/pages/Downtown-Crystal-Lake-Main-Street/317798516189?ref=ts


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