Programs and Events



Fall Fun at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum

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.

Warren Township High School
On Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 PM the Grayslake Historical Society will host author and Warren Township alumnus Jim Lodesky, who will share stories about Warren Township High School which celebrated its 100th birthday this year.  The book will be available for purchase after the program. Refreshments served.

Dread-time Stories
On Friday, October 27 at 7:00 PM put on your favorite costume and join us for a bewitching hour of spooky stories and terrifying tales, as told by members of our own Grayslake Historical Society!  Donations appreciated.

Grayslake Heritage Center Programs:

Civil War Roundtable:  The Old Ball Game
On Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 PM the Roundtable will host Dave Oberg as he introduces the rules, history, cheers and jeers of 1850s baseball.  All are welcome to attend.

R. E. Olds
Join us at State Bank of the Lakes on Friday, October 13 at 7:30 PM to learn about early auto inventors, races and advertising strategies.  Presented by actor R. J. Lindsey as Oldsmobile founder R. E. Olds.

Saturday Kids:  Ice & Ice Cream
Bring the family to see how ice cream is made on Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 AM, compete in an ice (cube) harvest race, and explore the science and history of this cold and tasty treat.  Saturday Kids is a free, hands-on program series for families.

Special Hours Sunday, October 15 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Stop by the museum after the Exchange Club’s Annual Pancake Breakfast, right next door at the Grayslake Fire Station.  Explore the museum with the whole family!

Lake County Folk Club Concert
On October 15 at 7:00 PM enjoy a performance by the Lake County Folk Club, featuring Anne Hills with opener Jim Fine.  General Audience $18, Seniors $15, Lake County Folk Club members $13.

Behind the Song
Join the museum Sunday, October 29 at 7:00 PM to welcome host Chuck VanderVennet and artists Annie and Rod Capps for “Behind the Song,” presented by the Lake County Folk Club. General Audience $18, Seniors $15, Lake County Folk Club members $13.

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