What are your current Covid-19 Pandemic rules (as of 10/1/20)?

The Break hours will remain the same throughout the fall and winter seasons, allowing for a maximum of twenty (12) individuals (this includes members, volunteers, guests, and staff, altogether “Individuals”) to be in attendance at the Break. The doors will remain closed to preserve heat throughout the cooler months. Individuals will be allowed in the building but must adhere to the following protocols:


1. All individuals must read, sign, and have a parent or guardian read and sign the COVID waiver on the website (found embedded in registration form on website).

2. When Individuals arrive, they must be wearing a face covering, wash their hands, and have their temperature taken. If a temperature is above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, they will be asked to leave immediately.

3. All Individuals must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when they are within 6 feet of others. Face coverings will be provided if needed.

4. All individuals must always maintain basic social distancing rules and remain 6 feet apart. If individuals are walking throughout the Break facility, they must be wearing a face covering. If individuals do not respect this rule, they will be asked to leave immediately.

5. If an individual is using a PC, laptop, gaming system, musical instrument, or other equipment, they must sanitize the equipment used with cleaning products provided by the Break or let a Volunteer know the equipment needs to be sanitized after their use.

6. COVID-19 symptoms are similar to cold and flu symptoms. Since we are entering the cold and flu season, if an individual is not feeling well (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4 degrees or above, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or other CDC-identified symptoms), do not enter the Break facility. This includes active allergies. If an Individual is consistently coughing or sneezing, it may make others feel uncomfortable and you will be asked to leave immediately.

The Break has adopted these rules per the State of Illinois’ Meetings and Social Events Guidelines issued on June 22, 2020. Please note, this information is subject to change within the upcoming weeks based on the latest data and guidance released by the State of Illinois. If you have any specific concerns, please email us at

If my teen was a member before the pandemic, do they get a membership extension?

Unless the member has graduated from High School, you will get a 3-month extension on your membership the next time you arrive due to the quarantine.

How did The Break get started?

The Break was established in 2013 by a group of sophomores from Crystal Lake South High School. The teens wanted a fun, stimulating, and safe environment to meet with friends, do their homework, and express their artistic abilities through art and music. Since then, The Break has become an outlet for all McHenry County teens to connect with their peers, be creative with art and music, play video games, and stay engaged with the community.

How does membership work at The Break?

When you arrive for the first time, you will get a tour of our establishment. We can send you home with a drop-in form, or you can choose to stay and experience the atmosphere of the center while you fill out the form. Either way, you will get seven days to spend with us! We ask that all drop-ins fill out a form for our records and agree to our very simple rules.

1.) Check in when you arrive
2.) Use appropriate language
3.) Clean up after yourselves
4.) Sign out equipment and return to proper location
5.) Respect other people's belongings
6.) Bullying and intimidating will not be tolerated
7.) Roughhousing and fighting are not allowed
8.) Respect all volunteers and staff

At the next visit, we ask that the registration form and waiver is signed by a legal guardian. After 7 days, membership is $10/mo, $27/3 months, or $99/yr.

If your family cannot afford a membership, is your child excluded from the center?

No. Simply contact a manager at We will discuss a reduction or waiver in fees.

Do the events at the Break cost money?

The vast majority are free! Pricing for an event will be listed on the advertisement if there is a fee. For example, our all-night Lock-Ins cost around $10 plus money for food.

How do I find out about volunteering at The Break?

Please fill out our volunteer application and background check form if you are interested in volunteering with us. Email brenda@clbreak to set up your volunteer interview and bring your $30 background check fee on your interview day. Please bring a copy of your completed volunteer application and background check form to your interview (unless you filled them out online). We thank you in advance for your interest in our organization!

My son/daughter has autism/behavioral issues. Would they fit in at The Break?

Anyone is welcome to The Break. However, we are not professionals when dealing with behavioral issues or someone diagnosed with a mental disability. We ask that you please inform us before bringing in your teen. If we feel the behaviors are out of our ability to provide a mentally and physically safe environment, we will ask you to pick them up. Please use your best judgement.

Is my teen allowed to come and go as they please?


There is a check-in process:

Middle schoolers: Parents must let us know if they would like their teen to have that freedom. Typically we will send a volunteer with them if you grant them that privilege. If they do not have parents’ permission they will need to stay at The Break until they are picked up by a parent or guardian.

High schoolers: We do not monitor the coming-and-going of high schoolers. Once they check in, they are free to leave the premises.

Do you accept other types of donations?

In-kind donations are greatly appreciated, however with our limited space, we ask that you contact management ahead of time to let us know what you have.

Are you a faith-based organization?

We are not, but we accept everyone! We only ask that you respect others’ beliefs.

Are you a counseling center?

We have various resources and can direct families towards them.
Here are a few-

Is The Break a substance abuse treatment center?

No. While we strive to provide a positive environment for our teens, our focus is not on substance abuse. We are not counselors, but we do have a list of resources available and always refer as we see fit.