Crete is a village in Will County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,346 at the 2000 census. Originally named Wood's Corner, it was founded in 1836 by Vermonters Dyantha and Willard Wood.
Crete is located at 41°27′21″N 87°37′8″W (41.455910, -87.618798).
According to the 2010 census, Crete has a total area of 9.627 square miles (24.93 km2), of which 9.61 square miles (24.89 km2) (or 99.82%) is land and 0.017 square miles (0.04 km2) (or 0.18%) is water. Crete is located about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Illinois Route 394 and within 40 miles (64 km) of downtown Chicago.