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Overview

Introduction to Grayslake, Illinois

Grayslake, Illinois, in Lake county, is 10 miles W of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center) and 39 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area.

Grayslake History

The area now known as Grayslake was first settled in 1836. The Rich family from New York were one of the early settlers in this area. The Wisconsin Central Railroad station was built in 1886. The post office was also established in the same year. The first doctor in the area was Dr. Schaffer, who settled here in 1889. Grayslake was incorporated as a village in 1895. The Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad first entered the village in 1899.

Grayslake and nearby Attractions

  • Six Flags Great America
  • Volo Auto Museum
  • Chain O' Lakes Area ArtWorks Children's Museum
  • Lake County Discovery Museum
  • Illinois Beach State Park
  • Moraine Hills State Park

Things To Do In Grayslake

While staying in Grayslake, you can visit Round Lake and Round Lake Beach. The village also offers a recreational lake known as Gray’s Lake. In addition, you can visit Jaycee Park, Daniel Barry Memorial Skate Park, and Central Park. The Esper A. Petersen Foundation Family Aquatic Center is also worth visiting. In addition, the Village of Grayslake organizes a number of recreational events and programs throughout the year.

Grayslake Transportation

Air transportation is available from Kenosha Regional Airport.

Grayslake Higher Education

College of Lake County is the local college. Trinity International University and William Rainey Harper College are also nearby.

People

Total Population 21,117
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 8.1%
Employed Population 16+ 11,381
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 54.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 50.9%
Median Earnings25+ $51,469
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,871
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,315

Wealth

Median Family Income $100,248
% Above Poverty Level 94%
% Below Poverty Level 6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 5.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 4.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.3%
Median Gross Rent $981
Median House Value $211,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.8%
US/American 0%
English 7.9%
Irish 13.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grayslake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles W of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60030
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.344
Longitude -88.041

Grayslake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LAKE VILLA 2 NE
Distance 6.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Station KENOSHA
Distance 19.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 51 F
Jul Temp 64 to 79 F
Oct Temp 44 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Station CHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Grayslake, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Wildwood (60030)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hainesville 3,690 $100,469

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grayslake Public Libraries

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100 LIBRARY LANE
Grayslake, Illinois
(847) 223-5313
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Grayslake High Schools

GRAYSLAKE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
400 N LAKE ST
847-223-8621
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,057 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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