Programs and Events



Summer Fun at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum

Now Open on Sundays! Take advantage of our hands-on children’s area and air conditioning this summer.

A Good Time Was Had By All Exhibit
Learn about dances so packed with people the floors had to be reinforced from below and about what was thrown on the homecoming bonfires.  You can build a parade float or play Atari in the exhibit.  A good time will be had by all!

New Exhibit Open:  The Lure of Gray’s Lake
You know our town was named for it, but what else do you know about Gray’s Lake?  Our latest exhibition dives into the lake’s science, sports, people, places and adventures.  Little lake lovers will get hooked on our hands-on kid activities.

Grayslake Historical Society Programs:

Grayslake Historical Society Search and Share Genealogy Group
Join local genealogists in the museum’s Archives the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00 PM for a lively discussion on researching family. Share your own stories or come for advice from other genealogists.

*CANCELLED* Reminisce: Gray’s Lake
On Saturday, July 22 at 10:00 AM visit the museum and share your stories of Gray’s Lake, the body of water that inspired our community’s name, or come to listen and learn. Refreshments served.

Grayslake Heritage Center Programs:

Concert in the Park
On Sunday, July 9 at 2:00 PM enjoy a performance by the Chicago Metropolitan Brass Ensemble at Centennial Park in downtown Grayslake. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets for a patriotic concert full of family favorites. Centennial Park is located at the corner of Whitney and Center Streets.

*CANCELLED* Jack Benny: From Waukegan to Hollywood
On Wednesday, July 12 at 7:00 PM stop in for great stories and guaranteed laughs in the name of beloved entertainer Jack Benny. Waukegan History Museum Supervisor Ty Rohrer will share the life and legacy of this famous Waukegan native. This program will be rescheduled.

*CANCELLED* Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop
The Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop will perform classic and modern jazz standards in the museum’s courtyard on Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00 PM. Bring your lawn chairs for a night to remember under the stars.

*CANCELLED* Lake County Folk Club Concert
The museum will host the Lake County Folk Club on Sunday, July 30 at 7:00 PM featuring Joe Jenks with opener Marcia Krieger.  Tickets:  General Audience $18, Seniors $15, Lake County Folk Club members $13. The museum will be open before and after the concert.

Drum Circle Jam facilitated by Helen Bond & Fode Camara
Join us for this Free Community Event on Friday, August 4 from 7 to 8:30 PM, where we will create music together.  Bring your drum, shaker or rattle to join in.  Some instruments will be available.  We will be playing outside in front of the building should weather allow.  No experience necessary!  The core rhythm jam will be held by Helen’s students on the bass drums.  All dancers welcome! Sponsored by: Grayslake Heritage Center, Motherland Rhythm Community & Medusa’s Musical Mysteries.

For more information about the Grayslake Historical Society, call 847-223-7663 or email  For more information call us at 847-543-1745 or email us at For more information about the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum, click here to visit the Village of Grayslake website