Chicago is a great place to visit, but sometimes the crowd can feel a little overwhelming. Thankfully, the city of Crystal Lake, Illinois is less than 50 miles away. Since it has a population of about 40,000, you can find plenty of things to do. So, if you're looking for a quiet way to spend some time, skip the Chicago hotels—you may very well enjoy your stay more at one of the hotels near Crystal Lake.
Most flights for Crystal Lake land at O'Hare International Airport, about 35 miles away. Some Crystal Lake hotels have airport shuttle services that you can use, or you can get a cab or take the Blue Line to reach your hotel. Once you're settled into your room, rent one of the available Crystal Lake rental cars to make it easy to get around the area on your own schedule.
The Three Oaks Recreation Area is one of the most popular places to visit in Crystal Lake. It has two hiking trails that are open during all seasons. You can cross-country ski there if you're visiting during the winter. If there isn't any snow, you can walk or ride a bike. The large lake at Three Oaks offers plenty of recreational activities, including fishing, boating, and even scuba diving. Perhaps getting out in nature isn't really your thing. That's fine! The Raue Center for the Arts brings in both local and international musicians. When you're ready for refreshments, head to North Main Street between East Terra Cotta and East Crystal Lake avenues. You'll find restaurants that serve pizza, modern American, and Irish pub cuisine. Several of the cheap hotels in Crystal Lake are also in this area, so it's a convenient spot for travelers.
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