There once was a farmer named Gray who settled along a lake – the largest in the land. The community around Gray’s lake grew into a village. The village became Grayslake.
The lake remains at the center of the community and is a year-round attraction with fishing, swimming and boating in the summer and ice fishing, hockey and skating in the winter.
Grayslake retains its rural ambience with a historic downtown district and hometown celebrations including a pet parade. There are also public golf courses, tennis courts and recreational areas with swimming pools, skate parks and ball fields. A 1,200-acre county forest preserve on the north side of town has a bird observation deck, trails, walkways and wetlands.
The Grayslake Art Festival, Taste of Grayslake and Grayslake Summer Days are popular attractions along with the Lake County Fair. Residents and visitors enjoy music, arts and crafts, carnival games and local food vendors.
Students attend Community Consolidated School District 46 and Grayslake Community High School District 127. Grayslake is also home to the College of Lake County with almost 18,000 students.
Grayslake has two train stations along Metra’s Milwaukee District North and North Central Service lines in addition to Pace bus routes throughout the village.