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I Shop Crystal Lake Instagram Scavenger Hunt Rules:

  • The scavenger hunt will take place Friday 10/14, Saturday 10/15, and Sunday 10/16.
  • Each day clues will be posted about three Crystal Lake businesses each numbered 1, 2, 3.
  • Players must go to each business in order to collect game tickets.
  • Tickets from each day of the scavenger hunt are valid only on that day (so a ticket from Day 1 can’t be used on Day 2).
  • When a player arrives at a business, they need to go in and say, “I shop Crystal Lake” to receive a ticket.
  • The first player to get to the third business, with the first two tickets in hand from that day, will receive the third ticket and win the scavenger hunt and a $25 I Shop Crystal Lake Gift Check!
  • That player needs to take a picture of themselves with all three tickets, post it to Instagram, tagging @IShopCL and #CLScavengerHunt.
  • Each day the scavenger hunt will begin when the first business opens and end when the third business closes. If no one wins on one day, then there will be two winners the following day.

2016 Fall I Shop Crystal Lake Scavenger Hunt Contest Terms and Conditions:

  • The City cannot provide individual tax related advice, so please consult with your financial advisor, consultant, or accountant regarding prize winnings.
  • All contest entrants must be at least 18 years of age on the date that the entrant participates in the scavenger hunt.
  • City employees and employee’s family members are ineligible to participate in the scavenger hunt.
  • Questions regarding this contest can be directed via email to ishopcl@crystallake.org or by phone to (815)356-3798.

The City's Economic Development Committee developed a strategic branding plan for our "shop local" program, entitled "I Shop Crystal Lake".  The I Shop Crystal Lake program creates an awareness of the shopping opportunities in Crystal lake and enforces the message that buying from local retailers and service providers supports the local economy, preserves jobs, and enhances the tax base.  More importantly, the "I" of I Shop Crystal Lake sends a message of having 
pride in the local community. 

TOP 10 REASONS TO SHOP CRYSTAL LAKEIshopLogo1CroppedNoBackgroundNoWeb

1. Significantly more money re-circulates in Crystal Lake when your purchases are made at local businesses.
2. Crystal Lake businesses provide jobs to local residents.
3. Crystal Lake has one-of-a-kind businesses that are an integral part of our distinctive character.
4. Crystal Lake businesses invest in the community.
5. Competition and diversity leads to more choices for consumers.
6. Shopping in Crystal Lake reduces environmental impacts caused by traffic congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
7. Shopping locally encourages further investments in Crystal Lake.
8. Non-profits receive amazing support from Crystal Lake businesses.
9. Shopping at Crystal Lake businesses provides tax revenue to local units of government which keeps property taxes low.
10. Shopping in Crystal Lake is fun – everything you need is offered at Crystal Lake businesses!


I Shop Crystal Lake Gift Certificates can be used at any Crystal Lake business.  When you shop at Crystal Lake businesses, make sure to ask the business if they will accept your gift certificate before making your purchases.  Remind the business to process your gift certificates as a “check”.  

I Shop Crystal Lake gift certificates are available in $25, $30 and $50 denominations at the Administration Counter at City Hall, located at 100 W. Woodstock Street, Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Any questions regarding the Gift Certificate program can be directed to the City of Crystal Lake Community Development Department at (815) 356-3615.  You can also email the City at ishopcl@crystallake.org.


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