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.

Reminisce Session: Gray’s Lake
On Saturday, August 19 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:

American Tall Tales Performance
Visit the Summer Days tent on Saturday, August 19 at 1:30 PM for a performance of American Tall Tales by actor and professional storyteller Terry Lynch. From Paul Bunyan to Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill and more, these stories will keep audiences of all ages spellbound.

*Date TBA* Jack Benny: From Waukegan to Hollywood
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.

Lake County Folk Club Concert
The museum will host the Lake County Folk Club on Sunday, August 20 at 7:00 PM featuring artist Briar Road with opener Jerry Thiel.  Tickets:  General Audience $18, Seniors $15, Lake County Folk Club members $13. The museum will be open before and after the concert.

Civil War Baseball
A Civil War rules baseball game will take place at the north end of Central Park on Saturday, August 26 at 4:00 PM. Learn to cheer and jeer as your Grayslake Athletics take on the McHenry County Independants. This event is the kick off for the Color Aloft Balloon Festival.

Toy and Model Car Show
On Sunday, August 27 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM stop at the museum to see toy and model cars on display by collectors Philip Bruno and Harold Flood. This event will coincide with the Oasis Car Show in downtown Grayslake.

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