Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum

Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum is a state of the art history museum located in downtown Grayslake. The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum represents years of planning and cooperation.
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Working together, the Village of Grayslake and the Grayslake Historical Society opened the new facility on August 15, 2010. This state of the art history museum features multiple exhibition galleries, a classroom, a community room, archives and collections storage. It incorporates the original Village Hall, a former one-room school house moved to the site and expanded in 1895.

Operating as usual

Seeking: Pictures from the 2015 tornado that hit Grayslake. Do you have a picture of damage done to the high school, Cen...
09/23/2020

Seeking: Pictures from the 2015 tornado that hit Grayslake. Do you have a picture of damage done to the high school, Central Park, the Manor subdivision, etc.? We need you!

Help us spread the word!

We're collecting images for an upcoming exhibit. You can post pictures here or send them to [email protected].

#grayslakehistory #localhistory #ittakesavillage

09/21/2020

FB Live Test Post: Meet Fred with the Grayslake Historical Society

There's a party in our windows!We weren't able to host our annual Thank You event for donors, sponsors, and volunteers b...
08/31/2020

There's a party in our windows!
We weren't able to host our annual Thank You event for donors, sponsors, and volunteers but we still want you to know we're grateful. Thank you to everyone who donates their time, talent, and treasure--we wouldn't be able to do it without you!

The FreezeBefore it was home to a thriving business, this part of Hawley Street was home to a home. During World War II,...
08/27/2020

The Freeze
Before it was home to a thriving business, this part of Hawley Street was home to a home. During World War II, a local family recalled doing their part for war effort by using the land for a chicken coop and a victory garden. In 1957, Mr. and Mrs. Skoglund opened a Tastee-Freez on the site. (The Tastee-Freez franchise began in Illinois in the early 1950s, and by 1953 there were more than 600 locations.) Now called The Freeze, it's still a popular place to get ice cream.

Want to see a “Now and Then” pictures of the Freeze and Tastee-Freez? Visit the outdoor exhibit we created with the Grayslake Historical Society located in Village Center Commons at Seymour and Center.

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Thanks to everyone who came out to our first socially distant, limited capacity concert! In addition to those in the aud...
08/14/2020

Thanks to everyone who came out to our first socially distant, limited capacity concert! In addition to those in the audience, we saw people dancing on street corners and even parking their cars to listen to the music. If you missed the show, you can still listen have a DIY Tropical Vacation this weekend. We have a list of menu options to get you started:
#ShopSmall #EatLocal #MuseumFromHome #DIYVacation #LuvGrayslake

Stop by our @Mr Myers Band concert tonight! We have a few extra 10x10’ spots in our socially-distance grid. The concert ...
08/13/2020

Stop by our @Mr Myers Band concert tonight! We have a few extra 10x10’ spots in our socially-distance grid. The concert goes from 7-8:30 🎶🎶

We're at the Farmers Market today with Free Take Home Kits to make a Victorian Era Magic Trick and Grayslake 125 t-shirt...
08/12/2020

We're at the Farmers Market today with Free Take Home Kits to make a Victorian Era Magic Trick and Grayslake 125 t-shirts and hoodies for sale! Stop by to see us!

Stop by the Grayslake Historical tent today in front of 129 Center Cut.

Tickets to tomorrow's concert are sold out, but you can still make your own tropical getaway! Pick up or dine in at the ...
08/12/2020

Tickets to tomorrow's concert are sold out, but you can still make your own tropical getaway! Pick up or dine in at the restaurants below, put a little umbrella in your drink, and let that vacation feeling come to you. ☀️🌴🏖
#shopsmall #eatlocal #DIYVacation #VisitYourLocalMuseum

Need a tropical vacation? Make your own! We made a list of vacation-themed food and drinks available at Grayslake restaurants within walking distance of the Heritage Center. Get your free tickets to this Thursday's Mr. Myers Band Concert or play beach music at home (you can stream tunes from the Mr. Myers Band website) and enjoy a DIY getaway.

Get tickets here:
http://mrmeyers.eventbrite.com/

Visit Grayslake | First Draft Grayslake | Charlies | Freds Diner | Twisted Burger Grayslake | Emil's Tavern on Center | The Freeze | Whitney Street | Abel's Pizza & Mexican Food | The Vine - Martini & Wine Bar | Somethings Brewing inc | Light the Lamp Brewery | Village of Grayslake, IL | Visit Lake County, Illinois

Need a tropical vacation? Make your own! We made a list of vacation-themed food and drinks available at Grayslake restau...
08/10/2020

Need a tropical vacation? Make your own! We made a list of vacation-themed food and drinks available at Grayslake restaurants within walking distance of the Heritage Center. Get your free tickets to this Thursday's Mr. Myers Band Concert or play beach music at home (you can stream tunes from the Mr. Myers Band website) and enjoy a DIY getaway.

Get tickets here:
http://mrmeyers.eventbrite.com/

Visit Grayslake | First Draft Grayslake | Charlies | Freds Diner | Twisted Burger Grayslake | Emil's Tavern on Center | The Freeze | Whitney Street | Abel's Pizza & Mexican Food | The Vine - Martini & Wine Bar | Somethings Brewing inc | Light the Lamp Brewery | Village of Grayslake, IL | Visit Lake County, Illinois

Can you help our neighbors at the Grayslake Fire Protection District name all of Grayslake's Fire Chiefs?
08/07/2020

Can you help our neighbors at the Grayslake Fire Protection District name all of Grayslake's Fire Chiefs?

So here is something we've been working on for quite awhile. We want to know all the Fire Chiefs throughout the Grayslake Fire Department History. After extensive research this is what we have. The last piece, Chas. Kreuser in 1922, was just added last week (Thank you Charlotte Renehan). If anyone knows anyone that can shed some light or fill in some gaps please let us know. This is really important for us and our history.

G.M. Fitch - 1899 or 1900? to May 1905 (Still questions on when the fire department was truly formed)

L.A. Frank - May 1905 to June 1905 - G.M. Fitch resigned. Temp appointment until Village Board Meeting

A.A. Mcmillan - June 7 1905 to May 1909

?? - May of 1909 to December 1920 - ?

Frank Lawson - December 1920 to Jan 1921 (No Confidence Vote, Resigned due to health and personal)

?? – 1921-22

Chas. Kreuser - May 4, 1922

?? - 1923-1928

Arthur Rich – 1928 – May 1931

A.A. Mcmillan – May 1931 – 1954 (Death 7/22/53. Remained Chief on paper until next appointment)

R.S. Rockenbach – 1954 – 1993 (Acting Chief 1951-1954)

Donald Mobley - 1993-2008

Greg Formica (Acting Chief) December 2008 - February 2009

John Christian - 2009 – 2020

Daniel Pierre – 2020 - Present

Grayslake Dog n Suds Drive-InAs you drive into our historic Village Center, you can’t help but notice Grayslake's Dog n ...
08/06/2020

Grayslake Dog n Suds Drive-In
As you drive into our historic Village Center, you can’t help but notice Grayslake's Dog n Suds. Dog n Suds started in 1953 when two music teachers at the University of Illinois opened a food stand with hot dogs and root beer. Grayslake’s Dog n Suds was built 11 years later and is one of only 4 remaining Dog n Suds restaurants in Illinois. After their heyday in the middle of the 20th century, many restaurants with carhop service closed or converted from “drive-in” to “drive-thru”. Lucky for Grayslake, our Dog n Suds looks almost exactly the same today as it did when it opened in 1964!

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First Draft GrayslakeNow open, First Draft is the third Brandstetter building turned bar/restaurant highlighted in the e...
07/30/2020

First Draft Grayslake
Now open, First Draft is the third Brandstetter building turned bar/restaurant highlighted in the exhibit “Grayslake Bars & Prohibition”. First Draft features rooftop seating and large selection of beers on tap. It also returns the corner of Seymour and Center Street to its original use—Brandstetter’s stood at the same location and was one of Grayslake’s first saloons in the 1890s.
Want to see what the building has looked like over the last 100+ years? The Grayslake Historical Society has historic images on display in the our courtyard—stop by to see the transformation on your next walk through town!
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While you’re shopping small, eating local, and supporting Grayslake businesses, we want to tell you a little more about ...
07/30/2020

While you’re shopping small, eating local, and supporting Grayslake businesses, we want to tell you a little more about your favorite places. The Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum is highlighting Grayslake’s newest and best loved! If there’s a business or building you want highlighted, please let us know.

For additional resources and information:
-Visit the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum during our open hours (Wed 12-7, Thurs-Sat 12-4)
-Check out the outdoor exhibits in the courtyard at the Heritage Center and at Village Center Commons (the park with the fountain across from Village Hall)
-Take a virtual tour by visiting www.grayslakeheritagecenter.com
-Contact us about purchasing the book “Grayslake: A Historical Portrait”
-Contact the Grayslake Historical Society about their archive of historic images, newspaper clippings, and other resources

This is your last week to vote!Grayslake Arts Alliance | Visit Grayslake
07/28/2020

This is your last week to vote!

Grayslake Arts Alliance | Visit Grayslake

Voting ends soon!! Don't forget to celebrate Grayslake's 125th anniversary by selecting a new Village of Grayslake Flag! The Village partnered with the Grayslake Arts Alliance to collect flag designs created by local artists. Votes will be accepted through Friday, July 31st and you can vote for your favorite flag at the link below:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZDYBNQ9

Get your Grayslake 125 merchandise and a FREE slime kit at our booth at the Grayslake Farmers Market on Wednesday!
07/22/2020

Get your Grayslake 125 merchandise and a FREE slime kit at our booth at the Grayslake Farmers Market on Wednesday!

As part of Grayslake’s 125th anniversary, a new flag will be unveiled and you get to help select it! To see the flags an...
07/01/2020

As part of Grayslake’s 125th anniversary, a new flag will be unveiled and you get to help select it! To see the flags and vote for your favorite design, click the link below. Votes will be accepted through Friday, July 31.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZDYBNQ9

#Grayslake125 #luvGrayslake
Village of Grayslake, IL | Visit Grayslake | Grayslake Arts Alliance | Grayslake Chamber of Commerce

We’re back! The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum reopens on Wednesday, July 1 with updated exhibits and a new Exhibit ...
06/29/2020

We’re back! The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum reopens on Wednesday, July 1 with updated exhibits and a new Exhibit Explorer Guide that will temporarily take the place of our hands-on play. Exhibits and public areas will be sanitized each morning and throughout the day for the safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff. Per state guidelines, capacity will be limited and face coverings will be required. Avoid big crowds and visit your local museum to learn about Grayslake during the Prohibition era, how our town got its name, and more!

While women across the nation got the right to vote in 1920, many states individually gave women the right to vote well ...
06/20/2020

While women across the nation got the right to vote in 1920, many states individually gave women the right to vote well beforehand. Illinois gave women the right to vote in 1913, while the territory of Wyoming gave women the right to vote in 1869 before it had even become a state.

A fun fact about the importance and prevalence of alcohol in America's history. The beer would store longer than water a...
06/06/2020

A fun fact about the importance and prevalence of alcohol in America's history. The beer would store longer than water alone.

Yesterday thousands of people peacefully marched through our village in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. For m...
06/06/2020

Yesterday thousands of people peacefully marched through our village in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. For many, history is a thing we learn in school. But we are living in history and have the power to shape how those in the future will think of us. Thank you to the protesters, police, and all others who participated for making history in Grayslake. Together we can show that racism and discrimination are not welcome here.

The building currently housing Charlie's has been a staple of Grayslake's downtown bar scene for the vast majority of Gr...
06/03/2020

The building currently housing Charlie's has been a staple of Grayslake's downtown bar scene for the vast majority of Grayslake's history. While it has changed hands several times during its tenure, it has always been an important fixture of Grayslake.

The concept of a "free lunch" for paying customers at a bar was a popular idea that allowed bar owners to serve patrons ...
05/22/2020

The concept of a "free lunch" for paying customers at a bar was a popular idea that allowed bar owners to serve patrons a variety of salty dishes that would promote thirst and greater sales.

Part of our Prohibition Exhibit explores the factors that led up to Prohibition and the reasons why alcohol consumption ...
05/13/2020

Part of our Prohibition Exhibit explores the factors that led up to Prohibition and the reasons why alcohol consumption became so commonplace in the United States until the 1920s. Sometimes alcohol wasn't created as a luxury, but as a necessity.

This week's reopening prep: reconfiguring all touchscreens so they're touch-free. Rather than swiping with your fingers,...
05/07/2020

This week's reopening prep: reconfiguring all touchscreens so they're touch-free. Rather than swiping with your fingers, the content will scroll automatically.
The way we see it, you'll be sick of scrolling and will want to look at the artifacts and other "real" things anyway.

Even an act as simple as drinking water before boiling it could be dangerous before knowledge of the existence of micros...
05/07/2020

Even an act as simple as drinking water before boiling it could be dangerous before knowledge of the existence of microscopic bacteria was widespread.

The Vine - Martini & Wine Bar opened its doors in 2006 and has made a home in the heart of Grayslake, becoming well-know...
05/06/2020

The Vine - Martini & Wine Bar opened its doors in 2006 and has made a home in the heart of Grayslake, becoming well-known for its involvement with area events and local charities. Its building is 104 years old and began as an automotive garage operated by George Brandstetter. When you look around The Vine's front door, you can see how the large the garage door was! For most of the building's life, it was used to sell, store, and fix cars & trucks.

Bonus Fun Fact: This property flyer, shared c/o The Vine, shows Word of Mouth Pizza & Sandwiches in the building in the 1980s.

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Light the Lamp Brewery opened in 2012 at 10 N Lake Street and moved to this historic building in 2018. You wouldn't know...
05/05/2020

Light the Lamp Brewery opened in 2012 at 10 N Lake Street and moved to this historic building in 2018. You wouldn't know by looking at it now, but in 1916 Fay and George Brandstetter started an automotive garage here. They operated the business together until 1921, when Fay gained sole ownership and George opened his own automotive garage down the street. Do you know which Grayslake popular restaurant is in George Brandstetter's building? To Be Continued...

Bonus Fun Fact: "Light the Lamp" refers to the red light behind a hockey net that turns on when a goal is scored. It's a tribute to the restaurant and brewery's hockey theme.

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We asked Grayslakers "How or when did you realize this coronavirus was going to significantly impact your life? What did...
05/04/2020

We asked Grayslakers "How or when did you realize this coronavirus was going to significantly impact your life? What did you do next?"

Here are some replies:

Until you can come visit us again, we're going to meet you online and outside. We've installed our first pop-up exhibit ...
04/30/2020

Until you can come visit us again, we're going to meet you online and outside. We've installed our first pop-up exhibit in the courtyard, a reprisal of our 2018 exhibit "Where the Fun Grows" about the Grayslake Park District.
Check it out on your next walk! Please be sure to practice safe social distancing and keep 6' apart.

Thank you for taking and sharing our survey! We're working on a follow up to the #MusuemAlphabet we finished last week. ...
04/29/2020

Thank you for taking and sharing our survey! We're working on a follow up to the #MusuemAlphabet we finished last week. We need to get outside and take pictures, but it's been a leeeetle wet out there...

Turns out, being stuck at home = making history.
Please help us preserve this moment in Grayslake’s history by sharing your experiences. You know you want to let it all out! Answer one or all the questions in our survey then share the links with friends and family.

Adults (18 and up)
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XKVJPVM
Students (18 and under)
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MZBBNHX

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Turns out, being stuck at home = making history. Please help us preserve this moment in Grayslake’s history by sharing y...
04/28/2020

Turns out, being stuck at home = making history.
Please help us preserve this moment in Grayslake’s history by sharing your experiences. You know you want to let it all out! Answer one or all the questions in our survey then share the links with friends and family.

Adults (18 and up)
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XKVJPVM
Students (18 and under)
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MZBBNHX

Visit Grayslake

Many of Grayslake’s bars had giveaways for customers, including matchbooks and coasters. Be sure to come see these and o...
04/27/2020

Many of Grayslake’s bars had giveaways for customers, including matchbooks and coasters. Be sure to come see these and other Grayslake artifacts in our Prohibition exhibit when we reopen!

04/24/2020

Maintaining a social life and keeping in contact with one’s friends has always been important throughout history. How are you keeping in contact with your friends these days?

Did you know that many bars before Prohibition did not offer stools or seating for customers? Customers were expected to...
04/20/2020

Did you know that many bars before Prohibition did not offer stools or seating for customers? Customers were expected to stand and rest their feet on a foot rail beneath the bar. Seating began to be offered to women, who were increasingly accepted as regular patrons, beginning after Prohibition.

Address

164 Hawley St
Grayslake, IL
60030

Opening Hours

Wednesday 12:00 - 19:00
Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00

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(847) 543-1745

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join us for a woodwind quintet concert this Sat. at 2pm - reception to follow :)
Story on line and should be in the paper tomorrow or Friday.