Just 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, Holiday Inn Chicago NW Crystal Lake Convention Center is situated in a community full of charm and personality. The Holiday Inn Crystal Lake is surrounded by lush acreage overlooking the quaint Lake Acorn. More than just a place for travelers to lay their heads, we’re proud to be the county's only full-service hotel with a 11,200-square-foot ballroom perfect for weddings, meetings, tradeshows, and social events. Being located near major companies like Snap On Tools, Stryker, Affinia Brake Parts and Northwester Medicine, our four breakout and two board rooms are convenient for getting business done. Our Community of Crystal Lake is an outdoor lover’s paradise! At Three Oaks Recreation Area or Crystal Lake, you’ll experience swimming, boating, fishing and wakeboarding. Get out in nature at The Hollows Conservation Area or Veteran Acres Park for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, or for a family picnic. Moraine Hills State Park, just a 15-minute drive from the hotel, is home to a recreational bounty in northeast Illinois. About half the park’s 2,200 acres are composed of wetlands and lakes perfect for boating and fishing. Rich in historical charm, discover the Dole Mansion, a Civil War era architectural masterpiece on a 12-acre park and center for the arts. Host to the annual Lakeside Festival at the Dole, there is always something to explore. The Colonel Palmer House was home to Gustavus A. Palmer, who built the Greek revival and federalist style brick home in 1858. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home is open for tours. In Fox River Grove, just a ten-minute drive from the hotel, Bettendorf Castle is a must see. The building was started in 1931 and took over 36 years to complete. It features a water-filled moat, wishing well, working drawbridge, observation tower, and courtyard. Visitors could spend a whole afternoon exploring Downtown Crystal Lake. From the stylish store windows to colorful flower baskets, shoppers will relish exploring all the shops along the pedestrian walkways including the Crystal Lake Antique Mall and lingering at one of the local coffee shops or restaurants. Downtown Crystal Lake also offers a year-round calendar of family-friendly events such as a Farmers Market, Johnny Appleseed Festival, and the Festival of Lights parade. With a complimentary shuttle ride to the nearby Pingree Metra Station, you can be downtown Chicago in no time exploring all the entertainment, theater, dining, and attractions that the second city has to offer. If you’re this close to downtown Chicago, you have to check it out for yourself. Catch the Bears play at Soldier Field or the Blackhawks at the United Center, or shop the Magnificent Mile. Explore Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, and the Art Institute of Chicago. No visit to Chicagoland would be complete without a slice of our famous deep dish Chicago pizza. When the sun sets on outdoor fun, Crystal Lake comes to life with nightlife. Crystal Lake Brewing is a family-owned local brewery committed to brewing world-class beer that is easy to drink and hard to put down! Raue Center for the Arts will keep you entertained with theater, music, comedy, and films in their restored 1920s vaudeville theater in the heart of downtown. With just a short drive, you can see theater or musical entertainment at the historic Woodstock Opera House, catch a movie with the whole family at the McHenry Drive-In Movie Theater, or head down to the Grand Victoria Casino resembling a riverboat. Explore all that Crystal Lake, Illinois has to offer and make your stay a great one at the Holiday Inn Chicago NW Crystal Lake Convention Center. Enjoy the resort-like indoor pool and pool deck with the family, work out in our fitness center when you’re traveling for business, and enjoy a delicious meal at Three Oaks Lodge Restaurant right on site.