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.
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The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum represents years of planning and cooperation. 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.

We're working on a fun event for families next month with our friends at Busy Brains Children's Museum… We'll give you t...
02/12/2020

We're working on a fun event for families next month with our friends at Busy Brains Children's Museum… We'll give you two hints:
Gelatin
Science

"Grayslake Bars and Prohibition" is now open! Adults can learn where you could get booze illegally during prohibition an...
02/08/2020

"Grayslake Bars and Prohibition" is now open! Adults can learn where you could get booze illegally during prohibition and kids can play with 1920s era toys and dress up clothes

It's the day we've all been waiting for! The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum will unveil its newest exhibit, "Graysla...
02/08/2020

It's the day we've all been waiting for! The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum will unveil its newest exhibit, "Grayslake Bars and Prohibition", tomorrow, February 8 at noon. The first 50 visitors will get a Prohibition-themed prize to take home. We hope to see you there.

So a bar walks into a museum...A HUGE thank you to Bella Vie Studio for this amazing photo!! Our exhibit "Grayslake Bars...
01/30/2020

So a bar walks into a museum...
A HUGE thank you to Bella Vie Studio for this amazing photo!! Our exhibit "Grayslake Bars and Prohibition" opens next Saturday and we can't wait for you to see this pre-Prohibition bar scene installed by Signarama.

Before the Grayslake Gelatin Company used its factory to produce gelatin for distribution across the United States, the ...
01/30/2020

Before the Grayslake Gelatin Company used its factory to produce gelatin for distribution across the United States, the Wisconsin Condensed Milk Company operated at the same location before selling the buildings to the Grayslake Gelatin Company.

Learn more about the story of the Grayslake Gelatin Factory and other historic Grayslake locations at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum!

Did you know that there used to be an outdoor drive-in theatre in Grayslake? The theatre was in business from 1949 until...
01/27/2020

Did you know that there used to be an outdoor drive-in theatre in Grayslake? The theatre was in business from 1949 until 1998. Learn more about how Grayslake grew and changed in "Embracing Change", the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum's permanent exhibit on Grayslake's local history.

Did you know that gelatin can be used for more than just the sweet and fruity desserts that we are accustomed to making ...
01/23/2020

Did you know that gelatin can be used for more than just the sweet and fruity desserts that we are accustomed to making today? Check out this blast from the past and arrange your own gelatin recipe at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum's gelatin exhibit!

With the end of December, our Giving Trees display is being taken down to make room for our next exhibit, Grayslake Bars...
01/11/2020

With the end of December, our Giving Trees display is being taken down to make room for our next exhibit, Grayslake Bars and Prohibition.

Come visit the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum starting at 12:00 PM on February 8 to learn all about local bars and connections to Prohibition!

We announced our Grayslake Giving Trees winners on Friday!  Congratulations to:Grayslake Arts Alliance, Best of Show | G...
01/06/2020

We announced our Grayslake Giving Trees winners on Friday! Congratulations to:
Grayslake Arts Alliance, Best of Show | Grayslake Greenery Garden Club, Most Popular | Mothers Trust Foundation, Most Creative | Saint Gilbert Catholic School, Team Spirit | Grayslake Lions Club, Best Illustration of Theme

Thank you for your beautiful trees and all that you do for our community!

01/03/2020

A BIG thank you to The Gift of Games and Tekhni for being the last two judges to evaluate this year's Grayslake Giving Trees display! The winners will be announced this afternoon 🌲🏆

01/02/2020
Little Women Movie

Have you seen the movie "Little Women"? On Saturday, January 18 you can Meet Louisa May Alcott as portrayed by actress and historical Leslie Goddard. Learn about Alcott's life and writing "Little Women"

A story of life, of hope, of sisters. #LittleWomenMovie now playing in theaters.

Join the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 28 as we pay homage to Grayslake's own d...
12/26/2019

Join the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 28 as we pay homage to Grayslake's own downtown mascot, a wandering turkey! Families can listen to a reading of "The Town Turkey" and do a turkey-themed activity.

The winners of the Holiday Window Competition Downtown Grayslake have been announced! Thank you to everyone who particip...
12/21/2019

The winners of the Holiday Window Competition Downtown Grayslake have been announced! Thank you to everyone who participated and voted!

We #luvGrayslake! Thank you to the amazing businesses that participated in this year’s @Holiday Window Competition Downtown Grayslake! We tallied more than 2,400 votes online and in person this year, and the winners are…
@Glam Street Salon, Social Media Choice
@A Matter of Style, Community Choice

Be sure to visit our winners—and all of our participating businesses—to see their beautiful holiday windows!

Have you seen what some of Grayslake's downtown businesses looked like in years past? Flip the panels in "Embracing Chan...
12/20/2019

Have you seen what some of Grayslake's downtown businesses looked like in years past? Flip the panels in "Embracing Change" to see what has and hasn't changed!

Do you know how the Village of Grayslake got its name? Learn more about William Gray and other Grayslake settlers at the...
12/18/2019

Do you know how the Village of Grayslake got its name? Learn more about William Gray and other Grayslake settlers at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum!

Did you know that Grayslake once had a Coca-Cola bottling operation? Learn about this and other historical Grayslake bus...
12/16/2019

Did you know that Grayslake once had a Coca-Cola bottling operation? Learn about this and other historical Grayslake businesses at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum!

You've probably seen some of the wonderfully decorated windows in Grayslake's businesses downtown. If you have a favorit...
12/07/2019

You've probably seen some of the wonderfully decorated windows in Grayslake's businesses downtown.

If you have a favorite, you can vote on it at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum.

The decorations are up and there's a jolly spirit in the air!  Don't miss the Holiday Open House this Sunday from 1-3
12/05/2019

The decorations are up and there's a jolly spirit in the air! Don't miss the Holiday Open House this Sunday from 1-3

Join us on Sunday for a festive afternoon.

Grayslake Giving Trees 2019
12/05/2019

Grayslake Giving Trees 2019

The Giving Trees make for an impressive sight at night!
12/04/2019

The Giving Trees make for an impressive sight at night!

We love this Grayslake Giving Trees tree by St Gilbert School!  St. Gilbert is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and the...
12/02/2019

We love this Grayslake Giving Trees tree by St Gilbert School! St. Gilbert is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and their tree is decorated with historic and modern images. On Friday night, people crowded around the tree, looking for people they recognized. Well done, St. Gilbert School!

Grayslake Giving Trees​ Sneak Peek #7:We had to put extra blurring on this picture so as not to give away the top of it....
11/27/2019

Grayslake Giving Trees​ Sneak Peek #7:
We had to put extra blurring on this picture so as not to give away the top of it. Wait until you see Mothers Trust Foundation's tree this year!

Grayslake Giving Trees Sneak Peek #8: Grayslake Lions Club is back! We love the poker-themed tree skit and dog stuffed a...
11/26/2019

Grayslake Giving Trees Sneak Peek #8: Grayslake Lions Club is back! We love the poker-themed tree skit and dog stuffed animals under their tree, a tribute to their poker fundraisers and the leader dogs they sponsor.

Grayslake Giving Trees Sneak Peek #6:What is blue and pouring down the Grayslake Arts Alliance Giving Tree? You'll have ...
11/25/2019

Grayslake Giving Trees Sneak Peek #6:
What is blue and pouring down the Grayslake Arts Alliance Giving Tree? You'll have to find out on Friday!

Grayslake Giving Trees Sneak Peek #5:This bright Exchange Club of Grayslake tree glows blue and features a much sought a...
11/25/2019

Grayslake Giving Trees Sneak Peek #5:
This bright Exchange Club of Grayslake tree glows blue and features a much sought after Exchange Club giveaway: a yoyo.

There's so much to do in Grayslake's Village Center during the Grayslake Tree Lighting / Santa Visits The Oasis! next Fr...
11/23/2019

There's so much to do in Grayslake's Village Center during the Grayslake Tree Lighting / Santa Visits The Oasis! next Friday!
Visit this year's great display of Grayslake Giving Trees from 4-8 PM at the Heritage Center AND:
-Santa at the Grayslake Oasis from 3-5:30 & 5:45-8 PM
-Grayslake Arts Alliance Holiday Fine Art Show & Sale! 5-8 PM at Village Hall
-Tree Lighting at 5:30 PM
-Grayslake Chamber Holiday Market 5-8 PM at the Heritage Center
-Save-A-Pet at the Grayslake Tree Lighting at Grayslake Fire Protection District Station #1 5-8 PM
-Canines 4 Comfort at Counseling Center of Grayslake 5-8 PM
-Caroling by Grayslake North High School students 5-6:30 PM
-Sleigh Rides 6-8 PM
-Vote for your favorite decorations in the Holiday Window Competition Downtown Grayslake

Businesses in the window decorating competition include:
The Alwin/ Event Space & Salon Studios
The Gift of Games
Somethings Brewing inc
Counseling Center of Grayslake
Affordable Interiors
A Matter of Style
Bombshell Beauty & Lash Bar Grayslake
This Old Book
Bella Vie Studio
The Hering Homes Team - atproperties
Alwin Anthony Salon / SALON Spaces
Glam Street Salon
27 Houses
Closet Traders
Twisted Burger Grayslake
Tanglewood Boutique
The Vine - Martini & Wine Bar

Grayslake Giving Trees Sneak Peek #4:Lake County Association for Home Community Education created this beautiful tree wi...
11/20/2019

Grayslake Giving Trees Sneak Peek #4:
Lake County Association for Home Community Education created this beautiful tree with a famous farmhouse feel 🌾❄️

Mark your calendars for Grayslake Giving Trees. On Friday, November 29 at 4:00 PM, you will be able to see a wide variet...
11/16/2019

Mark your calendars for Grayslake Giving Trees. On Friday, November 29 at 4:00 PM, you will be able to see a wide variety of holiday trees creatively decorated by local organizations at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum. Be sure to vote for your favorite!

Grayslake Giving Trees Sneak Peek #3The Grayslake Greenery Garden Club! Be sure to look carefully for the clever little ...
11/15/2019

Grayslake Giving Trees Sneak Peek #3
The Grayslake Greenery Garden Club! Be sure to look carefully for the clever little creatures hidden throughout this beautiful tree 🐝

Grayslake Giving Trees Sneak Peek #2This sliver, sparkly tree belongs to The Village of Grayslake Pageant!  The ladies d...
11/15/2019

Grayslake Giving Trees Sneak Peek #2
This sliver, sparkly tree belongs to The Village of Grayslake Pageant! The ladies did a wonderful job decorating! 🌟

Grayslake Giving Trees are coming in! Here's a sneak peek of the Grayslake Area Public Library's tree
11/14/2019

Grayslake Giving Trees are coming in! Here's a sneak peek of the Grayslake Area Public Library's tree

We are always looking to expand our Sounds, Smells, and a Smokestack: Remembering Grayslake Gelatin exhibit with your me...
11/13/2019

We are always looking to expand our Sounds, Smells, and a Smokestack: Remembering Grayslake Gelatin exhibit with your memories of the gelatin factory, how it affected your experiences in Grayslake, and even just what your favorite flavor of gelatin is! Visit the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum and leave a memory that will become a part of the exhibit.

Do you have an affinity for folk music? Then you may be interested in the Lake County Folk Club’s concert on Sunday, Nov...
11/11/2019

Do you have an affinity for folk music? Then you may be interested in the Lake County Folk Club’s concert on Sunday, November 17 at 7:00 PM. Michael P. Smith, who was referred to by Rolling Stone as “The greatest songwriter in the English language,” will perform that night. Reserve a ticket now at https://thelakecountyfolkclub.org/reservations.html.

Have you ever wondered about the history of the buildings and businesses in downtown Grayslake? Next week, on Wednesday,...
11/09/2019

Have you ever wondered about the history of the buildings and businesses in downtown Grayslake? Next week, on Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 PM you can learn about the history of Center Street by listening to the Grayslake Historical Society’s Center Street Now and Then presentation at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum.

There are only a few days left to visit the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum to see our Where the Fun Grows exhibit ab...
11/07/2019

There are only a few days left to visit the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum to see our Where the Fun Grows exhibit about the history of Grayslake’s Park District. Sunday, November 10 will be the last day to see the exhibit before we prepare for this year's Grayslake Giving Trees.

10/25/2019

We're ready for tomorrow's @Grayslake Chamber of Commerce & Industry's Downtown Trick-or-Treat! See you from 11 to 1

10/24/2019
Hop'n'Shop Raffle Winner

The time has come to pick the Hop'n'Shop raffle winner! One lucky person will be the recipent of a HUGE table of prizes donated by businesses throughout Grayslake's Village Center. And the winner is...

Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum's cover photo
10/24/2019

Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum's cover photo

Thank you, Shear Genius Salon, for donating a prize to the Hop'n'Shop raffle!  Even the 3-in-1 is beer-themed! 🍺
10/15/2019

Thank you, Shear Genius Salon, for donating a prize to the Hop'n'Shop raffle! Even the 3-in-1 is beer-themed! 🍺

Our courtyard is lovely in the fall 🍁
10/12/2019

Our courtyard is lovely in the fall 🍁

Only about an hour left to win a pair of tickets!
10/10/2019

Only about an hour left to win a pair of tickets!

Have you heard about the upcoming Grayslake Hop n' Shop event in downtown Grayslake on October 19th from 3-6pm? Tickets are $25 and include a limited edition tasting glass, an opportunity to try over 30+ beers at 15 local businesses, special shopping discounts, and a chance to win a custom gift basket 🍻

Here's a chance to win a FREE pair of tickets to the event!
To enter:
• Share this post &
• Comment below with the brewery you're most looking forward to tasting
Contest closes Thursday, October 10th at 6:30pm CST, and winner will be chosen at random. This contest is in no way sponsored by or associated with Facebook. No purchase necessary to win.

Don't want to wait? Grab your tickets here before they sell out! http://hopnshop.eventbrite.com 🎉

Grayslake turns 125 next year! Like Celebrate Grayslake 125 on Facebook to follow the festivities.
10/02/2019

Grayslake turns 125 next year! Like Celebrate Grayslake 125 on Facebook to follow the festivities.

Mayor Taylor signing the Celebrate Grayslake 125 proclamation tonight at the Village Board meeting!

Can’t wait! 2020 is going to be a great year in Grayslake!

10/01/2019

Have you gone by a business in downtown Grayslake and wondered what it's like inside? Enjoy craft beer tastings in 15+ Village Center businesses and support the Grayslake Heritage Center Foundation. Hop'n'Shop tickets are $25 and on sale now!

Visit Grayslake

Due to impending storms, the Rescheduled: Earthmother Concert for tonight has been canceled ⛈Stay safe and dry!
09/27/2019

Due to impending storms, the Rescheduled: Earthmother Concert for tonight has been canceled ⛈
Stay safe and dry!

09/26/2019

Do you have your tickets for the Hop'n'Shop, Grayslake's first beer walk? For $25, you can taste more than 30 craft beers while exploring stores and businesses in Grayslake's Village Center.

Address

164 Hawley St
Grayslake, IL
60030

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(847) 543-1745

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