In the summer, visit Grayslake,Il, between 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm each Wednesday. Why? During that time period, Market Day brings this laidback village "alive!
Merchants set up small tents or tables to sell their wares. It is a vast array of merchandise from fresh produce to handmade jewelry.
Some of the products that I have purchased before are homemade bread, fresh tomatoes, peppers, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, dip mixes, soup mixes, pasta sauce, cheeses, hand-squeezed lemonade, &, my favorite, homemade fudge.
This Wednesday (August 23, 2006), I was fortunate to see a sign that said Kate's Homemade Fudge. Kate Taylor is an independent fudge maker. As she told me, these fudges came "straight from her kitchen"!
Kate freezes the fudges as soon as she makes them so when we purchase them, they do not turn "soft" as we shop the markets.
Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Pecan, Chocolate Walnut, Maple Walnut, White Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Mintchocolate, Peanutbutter, and Toffeecrunch.
Kate says that her top seller is Toffeecrunch which tastes similar to a Heath Candy Bar (and I know about Heath Candy bars since I grew up in Robinson, Illinois where the Heath family started that tradition).
I personally only eat dark chocolate (because it is far better for your health!) so, naturally, I selected the Dark Chocolate with Pecans...what a wonderful choice that was!
The fudge is wrapped in Seran Wrap, placed in a nice box that is labeled, then placed in a plastic bag & tied with a cloth ribbon.
Another interesting offer at Market Day was a man who made Cedar Bird Houses that were hand painted with different logos such as Chicago Bears, Cubs, White Sox, Bulls. Many people seemed quite impressed.
So, if you have an opportunity, visit the delightful village of Grayslake on Wednesday afternoon/evening to enjoy the Maket Day Activities.
The Grayslake Municipal Historical Museum Hours:
Thursday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
The second Sunday of each month from 1:30 pm until 3:30 pm
And by Appointment
I visited on Grayslake Market Day; they have been opening the museum from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Market days.
The Grayslake Municipal Historical Museum was dedicated at 164 Hawley Street in 1993
Fortunately for me, my "guide" through the museum was Charlotte Renehan. Charlotte was informative, helpful, & efficient. I probably would have gotten turned around while wandering the museum if she had not been there.
I discovered some information that I did not know prior to visiting the museum:
In 1842 a Mr. Gray settled and purchased property at the southeast shore of a lake in Lake County. A couple of years later, Gray purchased in this area, which included the lake, and that area became known as Gray's Lake. After more people arrived, a road was built from Waukegan all the way to Belvidere. That road is now called Route 120 & sometimes Belvidere Road. This road went by the Grays Lake.
Once the railroad build a line from Chicago to Wisconsin (early 1880s), a station was erected, called Grayslake. There's some question as to whether the village should be Grayslake or Grays Lake. Grayslake was not incorporated until 1895.
Growth was slow until about the 1950s when Chicago area people moved to the suburbs.
But, the real growth of Grayslake did not happen until the 1990s. In 1990, Grayslake's population was less than 8,000. Today, the population is over 23,000.
I enjoyed seeing:
A one-room school house
A doctor's office
A tribute to the Police
A "permanent" chair from Hazel White's Beauty Shop, the first beautican in Grayslake.
Volunteers run this museum, and it is free. But, donations are appreciated.
I know that I will return again when I have more time to really look & absorb this wonderful museum about Grayslake.
Since I frequently drive to Grayslake to purchase bird fee at the Grayslake Feed Sales, I have often seen the lovely tribute to all war veterans across the street. So, I finally brought along my camera to take photographs so I could write up a travel tip.
You cannot miss this memorial because the clock tower obelisk rises up to grab your attention. It has a sign that reads "Millennium Court
This is a quality memorial for all the veterans of wars: World War I, World War II, The Korean Conflict, and the Viet Nam War. The walkway is made of bricks that are engraved with the names of individuals and families and businesses that contributed to its existence. There are also large, beautiful plaques with the names of clubs and donors who gave large sums.
This Veteran's Memorial was built in 2000 and dedicated in 2001.
The photographs show the quality of this fine Veterans Memorial.
I especially loved the wall of slate and marble that is engraved with the names of the people from Grayslake who lost their lives in each of the four wars. It is to large to get a close-up (for reading purposes) of all four. I took pictures in sections, but am only presenting the one for the Viet Nam War
If you ever have the opportunity, be sure to see this wonderful War Memorial on Center Street and Seymour in the Village Center of Grayslake
If you happen to visit Market Day, be sure to visit the stand with the sign that reads, FREE MASSAGE!
On Wednesday, August 23, 2006, I did just that.
I stoped by the stand for The Grayslake Rehabilitation, and part of their gimmick to get citizens interested and aware of their services was to offer a FREE 5-minute massage from Intuitive Massage by Mark Novitovic
Intuitive Massage is available at Grayslake REhabilitation.%
He offers several different kinds of massages such as:
Swedish (relaxation and increased circulation)
Hydrotherapy (Use of hot and cold)
Joint mobilization (benefits joint range of motion through play)
Sports (warm up before and cool down after physical activity)
Connective Tissue (loosening up of restrictive tissues)
Deep Tissue (treatment of specific muscles and muscle groups)
Shiatsu (affects the energetic flow of the body
From experience, I can say that this 5-minute massage was revitalizing.
Grayslake REhabilitation is a complete physical therapy office right in the village of Grayslake. Their location is the new Plaza building at Lake and Center Streets.
Robin Erker is a physical therapist there, and Bonnie Richtman is the business manager.
Hours are by appointment only
Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm.
Friday from 7:00 am until 5:30 pm
Saturday from 7:00 am until Noon
What I really love about Grayslake is the fact they have saved their "downtown" area and left the turn of the century buildings as they should be. When they update, they keep the updates true to the architectual era.
Everywhere you look in the Village Center, you observe lovely details that denote another time, another era.
The 3rd photo still has the 1910 date at the top of the building.
I've seen photographs from long, long ago, and little has changed of the architecture. Of course, new buildings have gone up, and, unfortunately, some updates have been less than stellar. But those are few, thank goodness.
So, whenever you visit Grayslake, take a good look at the Village Center, it's buildings. Also, be sure to peruse the residential neighborhoods surrounding the Village Center to see some lovely Victorian "gems". (I've included 3 village houses in the extra photographs)
Rollins Savanna is a 1200+ acre preserve that serves as a prairie and wetland preservation. About 200 acres of the park are wetlands inviting a variety waterfowl including ducks, herons and cranes. The rest of the park has native prairie vegetation cultivated in hothouses on the premises on the park. Once fully mature, the plants are transplanted to various areas in the park depending on where they best could thrive.
Throughout the preserve, there are hiking trails that allow bikes as well. Trails have a gravel base for good drainage and sand cover for your hiking comfort. The trails run five and one half miles running by lakes, ponds and wetlands. Wherever there are wetlands, the park has bridges and boardwalks to allow you to view the wildlife more closely.