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Crystal Lake is the Clear Leader for Business – Crain’s Chicago Business

Crystal Lake, a northwest suburban Illinois community of 40,000, continues to experience rapid growth and development due to the city’s progressive attitude and welcoming approach to business. From charming downtown retail to high-traffic-count retail superstores, manufacturing facilities to housing developments, Crystal Lake stands for success.

Housing is booming with a new array of modern living options. More than 1,000 new housing units are anticipated to be added to the Crystal Lake community in the next few years. Woodlore Estates by Lennar is nearing completion on a 500-unit subdivision, and a 280-unit luxury apartment complex, The Springs of Three Oaks, is currently under construction.

“The City of Crystal Lake is an amazing place to do business, and it has a lot to do with the City’s attitude towards making it a special place, not only to work, but to live,” says Scott Guerard of Lennar Corporation.

Crystal Lake continues to be a strong magnet for national and regional retailers. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers will be opening next month, followed by McAlister’s Deli and then Guzman y Gomez Mexican Kitchen in the spring of 2022. Mercyhealth selected Crystal Lake as the home of a new $105 million hospital and multi-specialty medical campus, which is slated to open in the spring of 2023.

Local businesses received City assistance as well as community support through the pandemic, and new locally owned restaurants and retailers have continued to grow. When Jude’s, an international small plates and gin bar opened in downtown Crystal Lake across from the Raue Center for the Arts Theater, the choice was easy. “Crystal Lake is a clear leader in the Chicago area,” says Paul Leech, who also owns Hickory Hall, The Cottage, Cottage on the Beach and the brand-new Cantina 52. “Crystal Lake has a beautiful downtown, is welcoming to all, is easy to access by train and has ample parking.”

Growth is balanced by the high quality of life. “The school systems are some of the best in the state,” says Kevin Keefe, Owner of Brilliance Honda. “Crystal Lake is such a family-friendly community. With Three Oaks Recreation Area, Crystal Lake, the Park District, the Farmers Market, the array of independent businesses and national retailers and events every weekend, you can feel the inviting and welcoming energy.”

This approach helps as Crystal Lake lives up to its “clear leader” mantra.

As Crystal Lake continues to push ahead, business owners and residents alike know the Crystal Lake mix feels right. A charming downtown. Access to major retailers. Two train stations. Top-rated schools. Beautiful outdoor and lake areas. Abundant restaurants and retailers. It is all designed to create an outstanding quality of life, which continues to attract new residents, an ever-growing workforce and a vibrant business-friendly community. Always moving forward, Crystal Lake is the clear leader for business.


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