Grayslake is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. It is located in the Chicago metropolitan area, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Chicago's downtown, 14 miles (23 km) west of Lake Michigan, and 15 miles (24 km) south of the Wisconsin border. The village's population at the 2020 census was 21,248.[3]

Grayslake, Illinois
Downtown Grayslake
Downtown Grayslake
Flag of Grayslake, Illinois
Official logo of Grayslake, Illinois
Location in Lake County and the state of Illinois
Location in Lake County and the state of Illinois
Coordinates: 42°20′54″N 88°1′57″W / 42.34833°N 88.03250°W / 42.34833; -88.03250
CountryUnited States
CountyLake County
 • MayorRhett Taylor
 • Total11.13 sq mi (28.81 km2)
 • Land10.90 sq mi (28.23 km2)
 • Water0.23 sq mi (0.58 km2)
 • Total21,248
 • Density1,949.18/sq mi (752.61/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code847
FIPS code17-31121

Grayslake is home to the College of Lake County, Grayslake North High School, Grayslake Central High School, the University Center of Lake County and the Lake County Fairgrounds. There are tentative plans to develop a lifestyle shopping center on the previous location of the Lake County Fairgrounds.[4] At the south end of Grayslake, there are plans for a 641-acre (259 ha) development containing light industry, office space and residential space.[5]

History edit

Early history edit

In 1840, Massachusetts-born William M. Gray settled along the then-unnamed Grays Lake. Other farmers trickled into the area in 1840s. Gray moved to Waukegan in 1845.[1]

In 1880, the Wisconsin Central Railroad built a line from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, to Chicago that passed by the east side of Grays Lake. In 1886, the railroad built a station there, naming it Grayslake. The village incorporated in 1895.[1]

Geography edit

Grayslake is located at 42°20′54″N 88°1′57″W / 42.34833°N 88.03250°W / 42.34833; -88.03250 (42.348271, -88.032428),[6] in central Lake County. Neighboring communities include Libertyville, Mundelein, Round Lake Park, Hainesville, Round Lake Beach, Lindenhurst, Third Lake, Gages Lake and Wildwood. Grayslake is predominantly within the boundaries of Avon Township, with a small portion in Fremont Township.

According to the 2010 census, Grayslake has a total area of 10.078 square miles (26.10 km2), of which 9.87 square miles (25.56 km2) (or 97.94%) is land and 0.208 square miles (0.54 km2) (or 2.06%) is water.[7]

Lakes edit

Grays Lake is located in the center of the village and is bounded by Route 120, Lake Street, Harvey Avenue, and Alleghany Road.[8]

Portions of Highland Lake (Illinois) are located within Grayslake.

Major streets edit

Demographics edit

Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2010[10] 2020[11]

2020 census edit

Grayslake village, Illinois – Racial and ethnic composition
Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos may be of any race.
Race / Ethnicity (NH = Non-Hispanic) Pop. 2010[10] Pop. 2020[11] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 16,578 15,180 79.10% 71.44%
Black or African American alone (NH) 667 920 3.18% 4.33%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 35 21 0.17% 0.10%
Asian alone (NH) 1,406 1,381 6.71% 6.50%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 3 4 0.01% 0.02%
Some other race alone (NH) 34 86 0.16% 0.40%
Mixed race/multi-racial (NH) 381 805 1.82% 3.79%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 1,853 2,851 8.84% 13.42%
Total 20,957 21,248 100.00% 100.00%

2010 Census edit

As of the 2010 US Census, there were 20,957 people living in the village. The racial makeup of the village was 83.73% White, 3.3% African American, 0.25% Native American, 6.75% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.42% from other races, and 2.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 8.84% of the population.

Transportation edit

Grayslake has two Metra lines providing rail service to downtown Chicago. A station in south Grayslake is used by the Milwaukee District North Line which provides service between Fox Lake and Union Station by way of Libertyville. Another station on Washington Street in north Grayslake is on the North Central Service which provides weekday service between Antioch and Union Station with a stop at O'Hare International Airport. Bus service is mainly served by Pace route 570 and the Round Lake On Demand service, although routes 565, 572, and 574 briefly enter the town to terminate at the College of Lake County campus in east Grayslake.

Four main traffic routes pass through Grayslake (Rte 120, Rte 45, Rte 83 and Washington Street) contributing to heavy traffic congestion during morning and afternoon rush hours.

Campbell Airport is a small, privately owned facility southwest of town.

For many years, there has been discussion about extending the Illinois Route 53 expressway north to Grayslake. It would end at another proposed expressway, the Illinois Route 120 bypass that would go from Gurnee to Volo. In a county-wide referendum in April 2009, 76% of voters voted in support of the extension. However, there are still no plans to build those highways anytime soon.

Public services edit

The Village of Grayslake has a full-time police department and is served by a full-time fire protection district.

Police department edit

The Grayslake Police Department employs 32 full-time sworn police officers, three part-time sworn police officers, and three non-sworn staff members that are dedicated to providing protection, crime prevention, and social service programs to the residents of Grayslake and Hainesville. The department's bureaus are Detectives, Bike Patrol, DARE, School Liaison Program and Directed Traffic Patrol. All police dispatch is handed by the Village of Glenview.[citation needed] The recently retired Chief is Larry Herzog, and the current Chief is Phillip Perlini. The Grayslake Police Department is fully accredited by the National Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Fire protection district edit

The Grayslake Fire Protection District currently serves 24 square miles (62 km2) in central Lake County, including the village of Grayslake. There are 33 career members and 30 part-time members. Career members include 21 firefighter/paramedics, three Battalion Chiefs and nine Lieutenants, all working 24-hour shifts on and 48 hours off. These 24/48-hour shifts allow for staffing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Grayslake Fire Protection District has three fire stations, with the headquarters station located in downtown Grayslake. They work with three engines, one ladder truck, four advanced life support ambulances, one brush unit, a water tender (tanker), two rescue boats and a number of staff and command cars. Through automatic aid agreements with the surrounding area, the village receives optimal emergency service. Communications are handled through Glenview dispatch center offering Enhanced 911 service, giving dispatchers the ability to quickly locate a caller. Dispatchers are Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) trained, allows them to give critical life-saving directions over the phone as paramedics respond.

Finances edit

According to an April 2021 article in Forbes Magazine,[12] Grayslake Village Manager Michael J. Ellis is the third highest-paid village or city manager in the state of Illinois, with an annual salary of $294,980.

Drinking water supply edit

The village's water supply comes from the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA) in Lake Bluff. CLCJAWA purifies water from Lake Michigan.

Politics edit

State officials edit

U.S. officials edit

Schools edit

Grade schools
  • Grayslake Middle School
  • Park Campus K–8
  • Frederick
  • Meadowview
  • Prairieview
  • Avon
  • Woodview
  • Westlake Christian Academy K–12
  • St. Gilbert (Catholic) School PK–8
  • Prairie Crossing Charter School K–8
High schools

Sports teams edit

Grayslake is home to AYSO region 396, a national soccer organization. The youth football team is the Colts. Grayslake Youth Lacrosse Association is the local youth lacrosse program. Central High School's teams are the Rams, and North High School's teams are the Knights. The high school ice hockey club is called Lakers Hockey (this club is a joint venture consisting of Grayslake Central, Grayslake North, Lakes, Antioch, and Grant).

Grayslake Youth Baseball Association (GYBA) is a volunteer organization in Lake County. It has girls' and boys' T-ball and baseball included. In 2008, the Grayslake Park District opened a new sports complex on Alleghany Road across from Campbell Airport. The facility includes five baseball/softball fields, tennis courts, a small recreational pond, numerous soccer fields and a concession stand. More baseball fields are planned for the future.

Houses of worship edit

Recreation and amenities edit

Grayslake provides fishing, swimming, and boating opportunities in the summer and ice fishing, skating, and hockey in the winter. There are two public golf courses in Grayslake: Carillon, a nine-hole facility run by the Park District, and Brae Loch, a Lake County Forest Preserve course. There are numerous tennis courts run by the Park District, and both high schools feature over eight courts each, open to the public. Most neighborhoods have their own parks with recreational equipment.

On the north side of town is Rollins Savannah, a county forest preserve of 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) with a bird observation deck, trails and walkways through wetlands. Immediately east of the old downtown district is Central Park, which contains many recreational facilities, including:

  • The Esper A. Petersen Foundation Family Aquatic Center, opened in 2000. It features two water slides, recreational and lap swimming facilities.
  • The Daniel Barry Skate park is located across from the aquatic facility and next to a community garden.
  • Grayslake Library was moved to a brand new building in 1997. This larger facility, in addition to a book collection, features meeting rooms and computer/internet resources.
  • Central Park has baseball and softball fields and a football/soccer/lacrosse field with lights for night games, a concession stand, a band shell, a playground with a water feature for small children. There is a bocce court and shuffleboard court, and there is a disc golf course in the woods throughout the entire park. This is all within a walking distance of the Grayslake Senior Center.

Festivals and events edit

Grayslake Days edit

Grayslake Days generally takes place in mid-August for two days (Friday and Saturday) in the Municipal Parking Lot off Center Street in downtown Grayslake. This family music festival consists of music and fun activities for the whole family. The booths at the festival range from carnival games, to arts and crafts, beer and local food vendors. In addition, Grayslake days hosts the annual Bike and Pet Parade on the Saturday of the festival, usually from mid-morning to early afternoon. Children will decorate their bikes, and families will put their pets in their best costumes and parade them throughout the downtown area. The festival also hosts the "Grayslake's Got Talent" contest. The final parade of the festival, the Summer Days Parade, generally kicks off on Saturday evening.[13]

Taste of Grayslake edit

Similar to Grayslake Days, Taste of Grayslake is held in late June (usually the weekend prior to Independence Day) in Grayslake's Central Park. This festival's primary purpose is to showcase all of the local food vendors Grayslake has to offer. In addition, Taste of Grayslake features live entertainment throughout the whole day of the festival. The festival also offers many kid friendly activities for the family including, but not limited to: face painting, balloon animals, various obstacle and climbing courses. The Taste closes with a fireworks show around dusk.[13]

Grayslake Arts Festival edit

Grayslake's annual Arts Festival has been held for nearly two decades. Taking place in downtown Grayslake on Center Street every June, Grayslake offers arts and crafts from over 70 juried artists, and an art exhibit from the local high schools. The festival provides entertainment throughout the day, various local food vendors and activities for children.[14]

Notable people edit

Individuals edit

Collective entities edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Pfannkuche, Craig L. "Grayslake, IL - Encyclopedia of Chicago". Chicago Historical Society. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  3. ^ "Grayslake village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "Mall development on old fairgrounds held up in bad economy — Grayslake news, photos and events —". Archived from the original on July 20, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2022.
  5. ^ Graham, Doug T. (June 13, 2017). "Eight years later, Cornerstone project moving forward in Grayslake". Daily Herald. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  8. ^ Information about Gray's Lake Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  9. ^ "Decennial Census of Population and Housing by Decades". US Census Bureau.
  10. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Grayslake village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  11. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Grayslake village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  12. ^ Andrzejewski, Adam. "Why Illinois Is In Trouble – 122,258 Public Employees Earned $100,000+ Costing Taxpayers $15.8 Billion Despite Pandemic". Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  13. ^ a b "Autumn FTW! Achieve Squash Goals in Lake County, IL". Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  14. ^ "Grayslake Chamber of Commerce - Home". Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  15. ^ Fortnite star Ninja is 1st professional gamer to make ESPN cover. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  16. ^ "Jim McMillen Stats". Retrieved November 15, 2021.

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