26 N Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014


Registration Open Now!

Saturday, August 3, 2024
10:00 p.m., rider check-in begins at 8:30 p.m.
Crystal Lake City Hall, 100 W. Woodstock St. Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Early Bird $25 | June 1st $30 | August 3rd $35 | children 12 & under $15
T-shirts are an additional $25 and can be purchased via our store on the registration page. 

Rider check-in (and the fun) begins at 8:30 p.m. Please come to the registration table so we can check off your name and give you your wristband and a t-shirt if you ordered one.

Most of the riding will take place on designated bike routes, lanes, and paths. The route is approximately 20 miles. There will also be a shorter, family-friendly route, which is 9-1/2 miles. The route may change based on current path/street conditions and road construction.

Safety is the number one priority for the Night Owl! Please review these items before coming to the ride:

  • Helmets are mandatory.

  • Lights and reflectors are mandatory.

  • Review the route before you start the ride.

  • Obey all traffic laws. (Officers may issue citations.)

  • Carry an ID and cell phone. – A cell phone number for at least one member of your group MUST be on file when you check in.

  • Bike must be in good condition.

  • Do not ride more than two abreast.

  • Please bring a reusable water bottle.

  • In the event of an emergency during the ride, please call 911

Watch our Facebook page for any updates on the ride. There will be no refunds for the ride.

Rest Stop

The rest stop is located at Woodscreek Park. Water, restrooms, snacks and first aid will be available here.


Exclusive 2024 Night Owl Bike Ride T-shirts are available for purchase for an additional $25 via the store button on the registration page.

Volunteers Wanted!

The Night Owl is not possible without our wonderful volunteers – would you like to help out during this fun event? We are looking for people to check in and register riders, course marshals, people to assist at rest areas and more!

The Night Owl is limited to 500 riders. Any rider 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult throughout the ride. The safety of Night Owl participants is of primary importance. The route is on public streets and must be shared with motor vehicles during evening hours. We require all riders to wear helmets, have lights on your bicycle and ride no more than two abreast. The Crystal Lake Police Department also reminds us to obey all traffic laws. This is NOT a race, but a RIDE! The Crystal Lake Police Department bike patrol will ride along with us to ensure a safe and fun ride for all participants. 

There are no refunds for the Night Owl ride.

Show your support for a bike-friendly McHenry County and get exposure with area cyclists and families!

The Night Owl is a great opportunity to showcase your business or organization.
There will be up to 500 riders assembling to pedal Crystal Lake at night, as well as many behind-the-scenes volunteers.

All proceeds from the ride support Raue Center For The Arts.

A variety of support packages are available to make this event a success!
Please make your commitment by June 14th to take full advantage of sponsor benefits.

Click Here for more info or contact Meredith Schaefer Flowers at mschaefer@rauecenter.org