Grayslake Travel Guide

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    1963-1965 Grayslake apartment upstairs
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  • Grayslake High School Today (2006)
    Grayslake High School Today (2006)
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  • Grayslake Water Tower in Downtown
    Grayslake Water Tower in Downtown
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Grayslake Things to Do

  • Biking and Hiking at Rollins Savanna

    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...

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  • Lovely Tribute to All War Veterans

    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....

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  • Enjoy the Turn of the Century...

    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...

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  • Visit the Grayslake Municipal Historical...

    The Grayslake Municipal Historical Museum Hours:Thursday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pmThe second Sunday of each month from 1:30 pm until 3:30 pmAnd by AppointmentI 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...

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  • Take Advantage of a FREE Massage

    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...

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  • Enjoy Market Day

    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...

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Grayslake Hotels

  • Comfort Suites Grayslake

    1775 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, Illinois, 60030, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Grayslake Restaurants

  • Sweets, Coffees, Sandwiches, Baked...

    The building where Sweet Susie's is located was originally a department store, and it used to be 3 stories highWhile revisitng Grayslake, I decided to try the "new to me" place called Sweet Susie's. It was the second time I had been in the shop. The last time, I ordered an ice cream drink. It was quite delicious (even though quite filled with...

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  • Dine in/Take out/Catering....

    Opened in 2003, Grinders Cafe & Eatery has become a popular place in Grayslake. This is a cafe and eatery that serves both coffees by the cup, or they will sell these flavorful coffees by the pound. They also sell teas.In addition, they serve sandwiches, soups, salads, chocolates, and other bakery treats. They do a big business in "Carry-out...

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  • Several Places to Eat in Grayslake

    We have tried several different restaurants in Grayslake, and here are a few that I would tell you to try:1. American: Whitney Street Restaurant (8.4)30 North Whitney Street(847)-223-0670Popular with the older crowd; several solid American fare at a very reasonable price2. Pub and Restaurant: Last Chance Saloon & Cafe (8.0)129 Center Street(847)...

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Grayslake Nightlife

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    by deecat Updated Aug 26, 2006

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    Although I have not been here, what I have heard and read is quite contradictory. People either love Charlie's or they hate it. It seems to be popular with the late-night crowd.

    The people who did not like it thought that it was to wild, "obnoxious" (their word), and smoke-filled.

    The people who liked it thought that it was fun, friendly, open late, and a place to "party".

    It does not sound like "my cup of tea", but until I go there, I will keep my opinions neutral.

    I know if it is smokey, I will have trouble with it because of my allergies to tobacco.

    I think it is an attractive place from just a walk-by.

    Dress Code: From what I have read, it sounds as though the dress code is non-existent. At least it is pretty liberal.

    Charlie's
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    • Road Trip
    • Food and Dining
    • Beer Tasting

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Grayslake Transportation

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    by deecat Updated Aug 30, 2006

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    People who live in Grayslake proper or the immediate area are quite fortunate because there are three different commuter trains that go from Grayslake to Chicago.

    There is a Lake Street Station that is served by Metra's Milwaukee District North line. This line runs between Chicago and Fox Lake. There is a station that is located on Lake Street (south of Route 120). You are able to park on a first-come, first-serve basis for $1.50 per day.

    The second train available is The Washington Street Station where Metra's North Central line runs between Chicago and Antioch. This particular station is located on Washington Street west of Lake Street. Parking is also available here on a first-come, first-serve basis for $1.50 per day. This is the newest station (2006) and makes it convenient for the people in the many sub-divisions outside the village proper.

    The third train is available on the North Central line that is served by the Libertyville/Prairie Crossing Station which is located on Harris Road and Route 137. Their parking fee is also $1.50 per day.

    I made it a point to drive to Washington Street to see the newest train depot. Four of the photographs are from this station.

    I took one photograph as a train was whizzing by on the tracks next to Lake Street as I was taking pictures of Central High School.

    The newest station: Washing St. for N Central Line Inside the Washing St. Station The North Central Line tracks (Chicago to Antioch) Signage for new Station Metra whizzing by:  Taken from Lake St
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    • Seniors
    • Women's Travel
    • Trains

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Grayslake Shopping

  • Paw Naturaw Organic, Raw, Frozen Diets...

    Grayslake Feed Paw Naturaw, America's first line of USDA certified organic, raw, frozen diets for dogs. They carry Grass Fed Organic Bison, Organic Beef, Organic Turkey, and Organic Chicken Diets. Each diet is complete and balanced for dogs of all life stages. The company even maintains a focus on bettering Pets, People, and the Planet. See more...

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  • Organic, Raw, Frozen Diets for Dogs

    Grayslake Feed Paw Naturaw, America's first line of USDA certified organic, raw, frozen diets for dogs. They carry Grass Fed Organic Bison, Organic Beef, Organic Turkey, and Organic Chicken Diets. Each diet is complete and balanced for dogs of all life stages. The company even maintains a focus on bettering Pets, People, and the Planet. See more...

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  • For Quality Fabrics for Quilts

    My friend, Jill Martin told me about Shoofly Fabrics, Quilts & Such Shop in Grayslake. She speaks very highly of it and its owner.It certainly is a darling shop. As you can see from the photo, it is housed in a "house"! The website if excellent, and shopping is available via the net.They really encourage people to shop locally and even promote...

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Grayslake Local Customs

  • Prairie Crossing, a Unique Community

    Grayslake has a very unique community called Prairie Crossing which emphasizes preserving the natural environment as well as providing energy efficient dwellings.The land was originally a farm until Gaylord Donnelley, a conservationist, bought this huge area which was located next to another farm he owned called Liberty Prairie Reserve. Donnelley...

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  • Unique Street Markers

    When we first moved to Grayslake in 1963, I was fascinated by the Village Center's unique Street Markers. As you can see in the two photographs, they are not the usual metal signs on poles. Instead, they are concrete and painted a shade of green.When I visited the Municipal Museum, I noticed that they had small replicas of these unusual Street...

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Grayslake Sports & Outdoors

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    by deecat Written Dec 10, 2006

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    Since Allan and I are golfers, we are always aware of the golf courses in the area. Since Grayslake is within five miles of our home, we have golfed on these courses:

    1. Brae Loch Country Club, Brae Loch Course:
    18 holes [5,876 years with a par of 70]
    This is a Municipal course 2 miles from center of Grayslake located at:

    33600 N US Highway 45
    Grayslake, IL 60030-2216
    (847)223-5542

    2. Carrillon North Golf C?) Grayslake Park, Carillon North of Grayslake Course

    This is a 9-hole course [1,187 yards with a par of 27]
    This is a Municipal course 2 miles from the center of Grayslake located at:

    2150 Drury Lane
    Grayslake, IL 60030
    (847)548-4713

    3. Stonewall Orchard Golf Club, Stonewall Orchard Course

    This is an 18-hole course [7,074 yards with a par of 72]
    This is a Public Course 6 miles from the center of Grayslake located at:
    This is also an award-winning golf course!

    25675 West Highway 60
    Grayslake, IL 60030-9629
    (847) 740-4890

    Equipment: You need golf clubs, shoes, glove. If you are walking, you either carry your clubs or you have a walking cart [can also rent one].

    If you do not walk, then you rent an electric or gas cart.

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    • Road Trip
    • Golf

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Grayslake Favorites

  • Meeting A Long Ago Friend and Student

    One of the nicest things happened to me today (August 30, 2006) as I revisited Grayslake again on Market Day. As I was walking down Center Street, I recognized a student from long ago ( the 1980's). Joan Hammel was at Market Day in Grayslake to promote her newest CD that is called "joanland". Naturally, I stopped to chat with her and purchased a...

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  • Grayslake's Newest High School

    For the second time in two weeks, I went to see a high school in Grayslake. This time I found the newest high school, Grayslake North.This new high school is huge. It's located on north on Route 83 in a beautiful, spacious location surrounded by some retention ponds and some woods. If you look at all the photographs, you will see that it is...

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  • Grayslake Village Hall

    After purchasing bird seed at the Grayslake Feed Sales, I noticed a building that I had not seen before; thus, I walked over to investigate.This new building turned out to be The Village Hall. I did not have enough time to investigate when it was built or the name of the architect, but that will come later.I think that it is quite attractive, but I...

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