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Crystal Lake is a city located in southeastern McHenry County in northeastern Illinois. It is named after Crystal Lake, a 230 acre (1 km²) lake 1.6 miles (2.6 km) west-southwest of downtown. The population was 38,000 at the 2000 census. Crystal Lake is the biggest city in McHenry county, and is the economic and cultural center of the far northwestern suburbs of Chicago, despite not being the county's governmental center. McHenry County is located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...

Woodstock and Williams streets in downtown Crystal Lake, Illinois
Woodstock and Williams streets in downtown Crystal Lake, Illinois

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History

Founding

The City of Crystal Lake traces its origin to two separate communities which were established in the 1800s. Those communities were generally known as Nunda and Crystal Lake. In 1835, Ziba S. Beardsley had come to the shores of the lake and commented that the “waters were as clear as crystal”, thereby giving the lake its name. Ziba Beardsley continued south to Naperville. In February 1836, the first white settlers, Beman and Polly Crandall and six of their ten children, came from New York State traveling to Crystal Lake in a covered wagon. Their original cabin was built in the vicinity of today's intersection of Virginia Street and Van Buren Street. Four of the Crandall children were born there. Najah Beardsley’s family was the second to settle in the area; his grandson, William Beardsley, was the first white child born on the Crystal Lake prairie, on May 7, 1837. Incorporated City in 1890. ... May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (128th in leap years). ... Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1837 - 1901) 1837 (MDCCCXXXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


The town was first known as Crystal Ville. It was changed to Crystal Lake sometime before 1840. The area known today as downtown Crystal Lake was first called Dearborn and later, Nunda, from an area in New York where many settlers originated. The village of Dearborn was founded in the 1850s after an extension of railroads through the area. The first train station was built in 1856, although it was pre-fabricated and shipped from Chicago on a flatcar. At that time, the main business district for the village of Crystal Lake was located on Virginia Street, about one mile southwest of the railroad station. The railroad served to connect both the people and industries of Crystal Lake and Dearborn to Chicago and the rest of the country. Dearborn grew quickly due to this new rail connection. Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...


On October 7, 1868, Dearborn’s name was changed to Nunda. The village was platted in 1868 by local surveyor, John Brink, after whom a downtown street is now named. The village included the area now generally bounded by Illinois Route 176 on the north, Crystal Lake Avenue on the south, Main Street on the east, and Walkup Avenue on the west. Much of the land was originally owned by two early settlers, Daniel Ellsworth and Simon S. Gates. The villages of Crystal Lake and Nunda were both incorporated in 1874. In 1908, the name of the village of Nunda changed its name to North Crystal Lake. Several attempts were made to consolidate the two villages, and finally, after much disagreement, the village of North Crystal Lake was annexed to the Village of Crystal Lake in 1914, and a consolidated city government was established. Illinois State Route 176 is an east-west state route that runs from Illinois State Route 23 (State Street) in Marengo to Illinois State Route 131 (Green Bay Road) in Lake Bluff. ...


The Dole family

Dole Mansion
Dole Mansion
Lakeside Center
Lakeside Center

Back in the 1860s, when the town of Crystal Lake was about 25 years old, Charles S. Dole purchased over 1,000 acres (4 km²) of land overlooking the lake. It was his dream to construct an elaborate estate that would reflect his position as a successful businessman. He was an early member of the Chicago Board of Trade, being associated with Armour, Dole & Co. in Chicago. To carry out his plan, he built a three-story mansion with adjoining gardens and stables. European craftsmen were imported to lay parquet floors, fashion archways and carve interior wood work from black walnut trees grown on the property. As a final touch, he brought in Italian artisans to build several marble fireplaces. According to Mr. Dole's obituary, construction costs exceeded $100,000, an enormous amount of money in those days. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 1158 KB) Summary Picture or Dole Mansion that I took Licensing Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 1158 KB) Summary Picture or Dole Mansion that I took Licensing Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 1168 KB) Summary front right side of Dole Mansion Licensing Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 1168 KB) Summary front right side of Dole Mansion Licensing Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) NYSE: BOT, established in 1848, is the worlds oldest futures and options exchange. ...

Lakeside Center
Lakeside Center

The estate was known as Lakeland Farm. Mr. Dole lived there with his wife Julia, his mother-in-law, Mrs. Harriet Coffin, his two daughters, Mary Florence, Harriet (Hattie), and son Sydney. Dole maintained the estate for over 30 years, entertaining lavishly. As an example, for his daughter's wedding in 1883 he built a spur line from the Chicago and Northwestern railway tracks almost to his doorstep. A canopied and carpeted walkway extended 750 feet from the front door to the train enabling the guests to walk to the mansion for the ceremony and return to the train without concern for the weather. Notable wedding guests included Julian Rumsey (mayor of Chicago and Dole's first cousin) and Levi Leiter (first partner with Marshall Field). ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1485 KB) Summary Picture of the middle of the Dole Mansion Licensing Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1485 KB) Summary Picture of the middle of the Dole Mansion Licensing Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Levi Ziegler Leiter was a Chicago businessman and partner of Marshall Field who co-founded what became the Marshall Field and Company retail empire. ... Marshall Field (1834 -1906) was founder of Marshall Field and Company, the Chicago based chain of department stores. ...


Mr. Dole's interests changed throughout the years. He laid out a half-mile racetrack on his property and purchased the finest horses that money could buy, soon accumulating a string of horses that was the envy of northern Illinois. It is said that Mr. Dole loved to go up in his tower (currently closed off) and watch his horses run. When tired of the fad of his stable, he disposed of his beautiful and valuable horses by holding an elaborate sale. The Doles lived in the mansion until the late 1890s when the property was sold.


During the early 1900s, the property was owned and operated by several different ice companies. Ice was harvested from Crystal Lake and shipped by rail to nearby Chicago. The advent of refrigeration brought about the decline of the ice business. After laying vacant for several years, the property was sold in 1922 to the Lake Development Company. Today The Dole Mansion is owned by the Lakeside Legacy, along with Lakeside center, which is the building connected to The Dole Mansion.


Eliza Ringling

Ringling Road is an east-west road which curves from Country Club Road back up to Lake Avenue. There are less than one dozen houses that claim a Ringling Road address; but those houses range from a small, stone cottage to large, imposing mansions. It is no mistake that Ringling Road provides the northern boundary for the Dole Mansion property. The road was named after Eliza “Lou” Ringling who, as founder of the Lake Development Company, purchased the Dole Mansion in 1922 and converted it into the first Crystal Lake Country Club. The transaction involved nearly a half million dollars and was one of the largest real restate deals handled in the area. The original Crystal Lake Country Club faltered in the stock market crash of 1929, and Mrs. Ringling, with her group of investors (the Lake Development Company) subdivided much of the large Dole estate into what is known as the Country Club Additions subdivision.


Eliza “Lou” Ringling was the widow of the oldest Ringling Brother, of circus fame.


Recent history

On April 11, 1965, during the Palm Sunday tornado outbreak, a large and devastating tornado damaged or destroyed large portions of the city. Six people were killed by the tornado, and a further 75 wounded. Damages in the city totaled over $1.5 million, as 80 homes and a shopping center were completely destroyed. Disaster shelters were set up to house the homeless, and then-governor of Illinois, Otto Kerner, Jr., personally visited the city to view the damage. April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 1Time from first tornado to last tornado 2Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita Scale The first Palm Sunday tornado outbreak occurred on April 11, 1965 and involved 78 tornadoes (38 significant, 19 violent, 21 killers) hitting the Midwest. ... Otto Kerner, Jr. ...


In the past twenty years, the history of Crystal Lake has consisted mainly of the peaceful growing of suburban subdivisions, as the population increased to 38,000 in the 2000 Census from 21,823 in the 1990 Census. In order to deal with the growth, Crystal Lake South High School was opened in 1978. Previously, Crystal Lake Community High School (now Crystal Lake Central High School) had served the entire city of Crystal Lake since 1924. Even more recently a third high school, Prairie Ridge High School, opened in 1997 north of the city to accommodate the spread moving into the area between Crystal Lake and the two communities directly to its north, Prairie Grove and Bull Valley. Crystal Lake South High School, often referred to as South or CLS, is one of three high schools in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and has a body of 1916 students. ... chirp shorty chirp, what you know about that? Famous Alumni -Mike Myers - pitcher for the New York Yankees -David Radford, 2006 - American Idol contestant -John Bock - retired NFL offensive lineman New York Jets, Miami Dolphins Categories: | | ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... ... Bull Valley is a village located in McHenry County, Illinois. ...


Some challenges currently facing the city of Crystal Lake include a large and sudden increase in the Hispanic population, a city library which is over capacity, continued school overcrowding due to the continued construction of suburban neighborhoods, and an inconvenient road system leading to frequently snarled traffic. However, the overall quality of life and education in the city remains quite high. In addition, a robust city park system and continued revitalization of the downtown area, including a new city hall, have continued to make Crystal Lake an attractive community for new residents. Another positive note for the city is that Crystal Lake is the city where the tradition of anonymously giving gold coins to the Salvation Army began in 1982. Shield of The Salvation Army The Salvation Army is a non-military evangelical Christian organization founded in 1865 by one time Methodist minister William Booth. ...


Controversy erupted in the community in February 2006, when it was announced that the Gay Games, which were scheduled to begin July 15, 2006 in Chicago were seeking to hold the rowing events on Crystal Lake. The lake is uniquely suitable to hold such events because of its considerable length and width, and shape. However, Crystal Lake, situated in strongly conservative McHenry County, is home to many conservative Christians, who were opposed to the events on moral grounds. On March 2, 2006, the Crystal Lake Park District voted to reject the Gay Games' application to use the lake for their rowing events, after a tense meeting where over one hundred residents spoke before the board, the majority in opposition. The vote was 2-2, as Crystal Lake Park District President Jerry Sullivan was absent. The deadlocked issue was considered dead. The Gay Games indicated they may seek legal action against the city and the Park District, citing a recently passed Illinois law which prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Federation of Gay Games logo The Gay Games is a popular sporting and cultural event organized by LGBT athletes, artists, musicians, and others. ... July 15 is the 196th day (197th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 169 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The term Christian Right is used by scholars and journalists, to refer to a spectrum of right-wing Christian political and social movements and organizations characterized by their strong support of conservative social and political values. ... March 2 is the 61st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (62nd in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


However, the very next day, March 3, 2006, the president of the Crystal Lake Park District, Jerry Sullivan, who had been on vacation in Mexico, returned and set aside the previous night's vote, and set a new meeting for March 7, 2006. The meeting was held in a local banquet hall in anticipation of great attendance, but the hall proved too small as many people were turned away and cars had to be assigned to an overflow parking lot. The result of the single-issue, four hour meeting was a 3 to 2 vote allowing the use of the lake for the Gay Games. Several weeks later, in April, the Crystal Lake city council approved the event by a vote of 6 to 1, as mayor Aaron Shepley sharply reined in any discussions of morality. The next week, the Lakewood board of village trustees also approved the event, allowing the Gay Games to take place as originally planned. The community remained divided over the event. The rowing competition took place as scheduled on July 16, with no altercations between the estimated 650 spectators and 15 protestors. Organizers of the games said they considered the protests to be a non-event and that the Crystal Lake crowd was one of the largest at any July 16 event. March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (63rd in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... March 7 is the 66th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (67th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Lakewood is a village located in McHenry County, Illinois. ...


Geography and climate

Crystal Lake is located at 42°13′35″N, 88°20′8″W (42.226423, -88.335439)GR1. Image File history File links Adapted from Wikipedias IL county maps by Seth Ilys. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 44 km² (17 mi²). 42 km² (16 mi²) of it is land and 2 km² (1 mi²), is water The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Neighborhoods

Crystal Lake is a large city and has distinct neighborhoods. As the largest city in McHenry County, it contains three high schools, and has many separate neighborhoods. Because many adults work out of town, notably in Chicago, social life in Crystal Lake is determined largely by whom people's children go to school with, and who lives nearby. For this reason, two of the separate neighborhoods are technically in the neighboring city of Lake in the Hills, but are both socially and socioeconomically more a part of Crystal Lake, especially due to the inclusion of these neighborhoods in Crystal Lake schools. Incorporated Village in 1952. ...


Crystal Lake's ten neighborhoods are largely divided by wealth and school district. Starting from the north of the city, the ten neighborhoods are easy to trace out. The first has no de facto name like the others, but is referred to as "by Prairie Ridge", referring to the nearby high school of the same name. Houses in this neighborhood are large and widely spaced. The entire area lies just to the north of the city, from the downtown area to the adjacent community of Bull Valley. Next is downtown Crystal Lake, which rings Crystal Lake Central High School. Houses here range greatly in size and age, and it is the most diverse neighborhood in the city. Directly south of downtown Crystal Lake is the Coventry neighborhood, named for the major through street Coventry Lane. Students in the Coventry neighborhood attend either Central High School of Crystal Lake or Crystal Lake South High School. Coventry has seen a large increase recently in its Hispanic population. Oral tradition holds that Coventry was originally populated by pilots who fly out of O'Hare Airport. This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Bull Valley is a village located in McHenry County, Illinois. ... The Hispanic world. ...

The intersection of Waterford and Bennington, typical of the Four Colonies neighborhood.
The intersection of Waterford and Bennington, typical of the Four Colonies neighborhood.

To the southwest of downtown Crystal Lake is the sprawling Four Colonies neighborhood, which covers nearly 2.5 mi². All students from Four Colonies attend South High School. Four Colonies is a solidly middle class neighborhood. South of Four Colonies is The Villages neighborhood, which is named for its major thoroughfare, Village Road. An important feature of The Villages is Indian Prairie Elementary School, which is built on a large and steep series of hills that is a favorite sledding location during the snowy months. The Villages is solidly upper middle class. The residents attend South High School. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 2302 KB) Summary Description: Intersection of Waterford and Bennington, Crystal Lake, IL, USA Source: A picture I took myself Date: Taken May 18, 2006 Author: Ryan James Geibl, RyanGerbil10 Licensing Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 2302 KB) Summary Description: Intersection of Waterford and Bennington, Crystal Lake, IL, USA Source: A picture I took myself Date: Taken May 18, 2006 Author: Ryan James Geibl, RyanGerbil10 Licensing Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this...


The last two neighborhoods in Crystal Lake are de facto neighborhoods of Crystal Lake due to social and school district ties. These two neighborhoods are technically in Lake in the Hills. The Spring Hill subdivision bears a strong resemblance The Villages, but the houses are slightly smaller. Spring Lake residents attend South High School, as Spring Lake is across the street from The Villages. Spring lake mixes the middle class and the upper middle class. The final neighborhood of Crystal Lake is also in Lake in the Hills. This is the exclusive Boulder Ridge neighborhood, and it is a gated community centering on the Boulder Ridge Country Club. Lakewood, near the geographic center of Crystal Lake and on the south side of the lake also has social links to Crystal Lake and is, in many cases, considered part of the town. Lakewood is a village located in McHenry County, Illinois. ...


Other neighborhoods in Crystal Lake ring the town's namesake lake, and are called West End, North Shore, and the Vista. These neighborhoods consist of many older homes built on the lakeshore, and vary greatly in size and style.


Climate

The city's climate is much like that of its large neighboring city, Chicago. The city experiences hot summers and cold winters, with temperatures slightly more extreme than those of closer suburbs, because rural land still surrounds the city. Due to the lack of the urban heat island effect, Crystal Lake experiences colder nights and lower precipitation than recorded at Chicago. High temperatures are usually comparable to those in Chicago, with only a few degrees difference on most days.


The hottest month of the year is July, when the average high temperature is approximately 86°F (30°C). Temperatures in July, and in summer in general, can frequently exceed 95°F (35°C), and occasionally exceed 100°F (39°C), although this does not happen each year. The coldest month of the year is January, where the average high temperature is 23°F (-5°C). Overnight low temperatures are usually around 8°F (-12°C). In winter, the low temperatures fall below 0°F (-18°C) on many (often as many as fifteen or twenty) occasions per year. Extremely cold nights may record temperatures as low as -20°F (-29°C) or lower, but this is rare and does not happen each year.


The wettest month of the year is August, when thunderstorms contribute brief, heavy downpours of rain. July is the second wettest month of the year, also mainly due to thunderstorms. However, long dry spells can also occur at this time of year, sometimes lasting weeks. The two driest months of the year are January and February, where almost all of the precipitation falls as snow. In a typical year, total precipitation is 37 in (1 m) with a winter snowfall total of 40 in (1 m). Large snowstorms, although rare, do occur. In many years, at least one storm will deliver 12 in (.3 m) of snow in one day. Most snow-bearing systems are Alberta Clippers, while the more infrequent heavy snows are caused by Panhandle Hooks. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A Panhandle Hook is a type of storm that occurs in the United States. ...


Demographics

According to the 2000 Census there were 38,000 people, 13,000 households, and 9,900 families living in Crystal Lake. The population density was 900/km² (2,300/mi²). There were 13,500 housing units at an average density of 320/km² (830/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 94% white, 0.56% black, 0.16% Native American, 2% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2% from other races, and 1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7% of the population. The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


45% of the households included children under 18, 64% were married couples living together, 8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25% were non-families. 20% of all households were made up of individuals and 8% had someone at least 65 years old living alone. The average household size was 2.9 and the average family size was 3.4.


In the city the population was spread out with 32% under the age of 18, 7% from 18 to 24, 33% from 25 to 44, 20% from 45 to 64, and 9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $67,000, and the median income for a family was $75,000. Males had a median income of $52,000 versus $32,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,000. About 3% of families and 4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3% of those under age 18 and 4% of those age 65 or over.


Culture and Sites of Interest

Clock located at the intersection of Brink and William streets
Clock located at the intersection of Brink and William streets

Crystal Lake, as a city, is large enough to entertain its own cultural institutions. However, it also shares many cultural opportunities with the city of Chicago, and the other large communities which surround it, as they are easily accessible from Crystal Lake, and vice versa. The city is home to the Northwest Herald, the only daily newspaper published in McHenry County. The newspaper deals mainly with local issues, but also carries national and world news. Several radio stations are located in Crystal Lake, including several Spanish language stations which serve the local immigrant community. Churches are also a large influence within the city, hosting many annual events. Another major radio station, Star 105.5, is located on MCC campus and broadcasts throughout the McHenry County area. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1728x2304, 562 KB) Clock located at intersection of Williams and Brink Streets, downtown Crystal Lake, Illinois. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1728x2304, 562 KB) Clock located at intersection of Williams and Brink Streets, downtown Crystal Lake, Illinois. ... The Northwest Herald is a daily newspaper in the US city of Crystal Lake, Illinois. ...


Another large presence in the city is the Crystal Lake Park District, which runs all of the city's numerous parks and the yearly events which take place within them. Two major parks run by the park district are Veterans Acres, along Walkup Road, and Main Beach, along the namesake Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake is open whenever weather is accommodating. However, boating is often restricted due to disputes with both the homeowners on the lake, as well as the city of Lakewood, in which approximately 30% of the lake lies. Near Crystal Lake lies the famed Dole mansion, where visitors can take tours for a small donation.


Among the city's sites of interest is the historic downtown district. The downtown district, which recently has undergone a revitalization, is home to many small specialty shops and businesses, and is a popular local shopping district. Also located in the downtown district is the Raue Center for the Performing Arts, which seats 700 and performs plays and hosts concerts throughout the year. The city is also home to the Crystal Lake Community Band and the Crystal Lake Community Choir.


Economy

The economy of Crystal Lake is fairly decentralized, as there is no one central industry within the city. There are several large companies, but none of them is a majority employer. The main economic activities in the city are retail, dining, and light industry. This includes small, specialized, local-owned shops and restaurants as well as broader-ranged national chains. There are several industrial parks in Crystal Lake, which are full of small, independently-owned businesses which engage in various industries, such as landscaping or automotive repair.


The shopping center for most of Crystal Lake centers around "the strip", a long stretch of road that runs along what once used to be Crystal Pointe Mall but is now a series of strip malls. The strip is located on Rt. 14 between Rt. 31 and Dole Ave. As the name suggests, this area has mostly national chains. Another major shopping area is the downtown district, which is where most of the small independent stores are located.


If any particular industry could be called prevalent, the city of Crystal Lake has a disproportionate number of car dealerships, and the south side of the city features several gravel quarries. Some of these quarries are already exhausted, and have been allowed to fill with water, forming an area known as the Vulcan Lakes. Redevelopment plans for the quarries are still pending, but the city has expressed an interest in turning the lakes into a park and recreation area.


An approval for a hospital for Crystal Lake was given by the board in Springfield, but has since met opposition. Illinois State law forbids the construction of new hospitals with less than 100 beds. The proposed Crystal Lake Hospital would hold 80-95 beds and be run by a Wisconsin corporation. Opposition from hospitals in Barrington Hill, Woodstock, McHenry and Elgin were immediately voiced and it remains to be seen just when the hospital will be built.


Education

The city of Crystal Lake has an unusual system of educational organization, as the high schools in the city are in a different school district than the middle schools and elementary schools. High schools in the city are run by Community High School District 155, which runs four high schools, including all three in the city of Crystal Lake. District 47 runs all middle schools and elementary schools in the city of Crystal Lake. The two districts are completely independent, having different budgets and administrations, including different superintendents. This arrangement, although highly unusual in the Chicago area, is not unique. The logo of District 155. ... The logo of District 47. ...


There are three high schools which serve the city of Crystal Lake. The oldest, Crystal Lake Central High School (Central for short), graduated its first class in 1924 and was known as Crystal Lake Community High School when it opened. It is located in the downtown area of the city, and has an enrollment of approximately 1300. In response to pressures from increasing population, Crystal Lake South High School (South for short), was opened in 1978. When it was completed, the school was ridiculed for being remotely located and surrounded by corn fields. It now stands boxed in by suburban development. Prairie Ridge High School (often simply called PR) opened in the fall of 1997, again due to increasing population pressure. The school stands on a hill off to the north of the city. This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Crystal Lake is home to nine elementary schools and three middle schools. Three of the elementary schools have been constructed since 1990 due to the increasing expansion of suburban developments, and all three middle schools, while maintaining satisfactory academic performance, are severely overcrowded.


Notable Residents

Crystal Lake is notable for having produced two contestants on American Idol who have reached the top 24: Jim Verraros and David Radford. Verraros made it to the show's final round during the first season, placing ninth. Radford appeared on the fifth season, making it to the semifinal round but being eliminated before reaching the show's "final twelve." AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ... James Conrad Verraros (b. ... David William Radford, born March 22, 1988 in Crystal Lake, Illinois is an American pop singer. ...


Crystal Lake is also the hometown of Mike Felumlee, musician and former drummer of the rock band Smoking Popes, who played drums for Alkaline Trio as well, replacing Glenn Porter, another Crystal Lake resident. Crystal Lake resident Marine Lance Corporal Jonathan W. Collins, who graduated from Crystal Lake South High School, was killed in Ramadi, Iraq by small arms fire in 2004. Mike Felumlee (circa 2003): Chicago-area drummer, musician and former member of the band Smoking Popes Mike Felumlee, a native of Crystal Lake, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), is chiefly known as the former drummer for the influential rock band The Smoking Popes. ... Smoking Popes is an American rock group from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1991. ... Alkaline Trio (commonly abbreviated to Alk3) is a punk rock band from Chicago consisting of Matt Skiba on guitar/vocals, Dan Andriano on bass/vocals, and Derek Grant on drums/back-up vocals. ... Glenn Porter is a drummer from Chicago, most famous for forming Alkaline Trio with fellow bike messenger Matt Skiba and Rob Doran, which he later left in 2000 after recording 2 albums with them. ... Saddam Mosque Ramadi (Arabic: ‎ ; BGN: Ar Ramādī) is a city in central Iraq, about 100 kilometers west of Baghdad. ...


Sister Cities

Holzgerlingen, Böblingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, since 1996 Holzgerlingen is a city in the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. ... Categories: Districts of Baden-Württemberg ... Baden-Württemberg is a state of the Federal Republic of Germany in the southwestern part of the country to the east of the Upper Rhine. ...


Sister City Committee of Holzgerlingen


See also

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According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, Crystal Lake was so dubbed when, in 1835, Ziba S. Beardsley came to the shores of the lake and commented that the “waters were as clear as crystal,” thereby christening both lake and community.
Today Crystal Lake is a diverse, vibrant community, with a friendly atmosphere for both residents and businesses alike.
Crystal Lake, Illinois - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4141 words)
Crystal Lake is a city located in southeastern McHenry County in northeastern Illinois.
The city of Crystal Lake has an unusual system of educational organization, as the high schools in the city are in a different school district than the middle schools and elementary schools.
Crystal Lake is also the hometown of Mike Felumlee, musician and former drummer of the rock band Smoking Popes, who played drums for Alkaline Trio as well, replacing Glenn Porter, another Crystal Lake resident.
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