Just an hour northwest of the Chicago metropolitan area, Crystal Lake is ideally situated along major highways and railroads. Interstate 90 (the Northwest Tollway) and major local roads including
Northwest Highway (U.S. Highway 14) and Illinois routes 176 and 31 easily connect travelers to destinations near and far. Commuter rail service to downtown Chicago is a popular alternative to driving and is provided by Metra Train.
Crystal Lake air travelers use O’Hare International Airport, 35 miles away; Chicago-Rockford International Airport, 45 miles away; Midway Airport in Chicago, 50 miles away; or General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 75 miles away. The nearest airport is Lake in the Hills Airport, just south of the city, which provides full services for private and commercial chartered flights.