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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.
Updated Aug 26, 2006
Address: 255 Center Street
Phone: (847) 223-4484
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.
Updated Aug 30, 2006
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
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
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
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.
Written Dec 10, 2006
Address: See Text
Phone: See Text