Originally named Wood's Corner, Crete was founded in 1836 by Vermonters Dyantha and Willard Wood. This village developed its distinctive identity and charm, evolving from patchwork farms, Iush woodland, serene lakes, and rural beauty. Because of the appealing atmosphere and bucolic nature, increasing numbers of new residents and businesses have been drawn to the area. In recent decades, the village experienced an impressive growth rate. Beautiful older homes harmonize with magnificent new construction throughout the community. Attractions include harness racing at Balmoral Park, the quaint downtown antique shops, and several popular golf courses that are close to home.The forest preserve along with Plum Creek (Goodenow Grove), a park with ice skating and sledding in the winter, and hiking in the summer. Families can enjoy camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, lake fishing, and horseback riding. Major hospitals and institutions of higher education are only minutes from home. Crete is home to the oldest recycling program in the state of Illinois.