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Grayslake is a village located in Lake County, encompassing a total area of about 11 square miles. The community area is conveniently set between the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee and situated amongst scenic landscapes of lush foliage, rich woodlands, and incredible lakes— making the village an ideal place to call home for outdoor enthusiasts and all who appreciate nature’s beauty. Not to mention, Grayslake is also home an array of public libraries, numerous beautiful public parks, and beaches as well. 

Real-estate in Grayslake and its surrounding communities offer home buyers a variety of housing choices from vintages houses, modest single-family homes, to opulent estates, and modern waterfront condominiums. The Grayslake area is also located near several shopping centers, golf courses, and forest preserves. Click here for more


Grayslake area communities are located 40 miles from the city of Chicago, 15 miles from the Wisconsin border, and 10 miles west of Waukegan.

Towns nearby are Volo, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park, Lindenhurst, Libertyville, Gurnee, and Mundelein.


Famous residents from Grayslake community include best selling author Sara Gruen, Chicago Bearsplayer Adrian Peterson, former San Francisco 49er Tom Wittum, and the alternative rock band Chevelle.

Grayslake Population:
2000        18,506
2006        21,694
White        91.6%
Black          1.2%
Asian          5.2%
Other          2.0%
Median HH Income $87,901
Median resident age 33.5 yrs old
76.1 % Families represent population
Area code: 847
Zip code: 60030

Source: / 2006 & 2006 U.S. Census data

Gages Lake:
Population    10,415
White        89.5%
Black        2%
Latino        4.2%
Asian        3.1%
Median HH Income $88,851
Median resident age 35.3 yrs old

Source: / 2000 U.S. Census data

Population 2,129
White    82.3%
Black      1.7%
Latino    9.3%
Asian    5.6%
Median HH Income $84,068
Median resident age 29.8 yrs old

Source: / 2000 U.S. Census data

Third Lake:
Population    1,355
White        93.5%
Latino        3.3%
Asian        1.9%
Median HH Income $116,308
Median resident age 36.8 yrs old

Source: / 2000 U.S. Census data


Grayslake area was developed by a massive Wisconsin glacier that melted over 12,000 years ago. The melted glacier created several lakes and wetlands, including fertile soil suitable for farming.

The region’s earliest citizen was William M. Gray, from Massachusetts, who settled in 1840 near the shores of an unidentified lake. The area and lake was soon named Gray’s Lake after William Gray purchased the land around 1842.

The Wisconsin Central Railroad Company arrived in Grayslake in the early 1880s. The construction of the railroad helped put Grayslake on the map and linking the village to Chicago and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  The Grayslake railroad station was opened by July of 1886. Nine years later, in May of 1895, Grayslake was officially incorporated with a population of 325 residents.

Over the years, Grayslake’s area population grew slowly while preserving its scenic rural settings. The area’s peaceful lakes, natural wetlands, and green woodlands have remained undisturbed and enjoyed by many area residents. The population of Grayslake and the surrounding communities more than doubled during the 1990s.

Real Estate

Grayslake area communities are ideally located between Chicago and Milwaukee, while surrounded by beautiful lakes and forest preserves. For home buyers Grayslake’s real-estate features a variety of housing options with water frontage or scenic view of Gray’s Lake, everything from single-family detached homes, condominiums, and townhouses.
Grayslake’s single-family homes start in the high $100,00s and move up to $500,000 plus for larger luxury homes and estate properties with acreage. Prices for Grayslake condominiums and townhouses begin around $150,000 while water front properties and larger units begin at mid $200,000s or higher.
Average Home Price $222,236

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Public transportation in Grayslake and the surrounding communities are served by Metra which provides daily rail transportation from Grayslake to Chicago with a commuter time of 75 minutes. Plus, Pace suburban bus route 590 Call-n-Ride service is available.

Grayslake residents and surrounding communities have access to four airports: O’Hare International Airport, Milwaukee’s Mitchell Field, Waukegan’s Regional Airport and Grayslake’s Campbell Airport.

Plus, Grayslake area is located near major roads and highways. Access to the Tri-State Tollway (I-94) is only six miles east of Grayslake neighborhood with U.S. Route 45 bypassing on the eastside of the village. Other accessible roads are Routes 83, 120, and 137 that run through Grayslake.


Gages Lake, Grayslake, Hainesville, Third Lake, and Wildwood communities are served by three school districts: Grayslake District #46Grayslake High School Dist. #127, and Round Lake District.

Grayslake Area Elementary Schools:
Avon (K-4) 1617 N Route 63, Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
Woodview (K-4) 340 Alleghany Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030
Prairieview (Pre-K-4) 103 E Belvidere Rd, Hainesville IL 60030
Meadowview (K-4) 291 Lexington Lane, Grayslake, IL 60030
Frederick (5-6) 595 Frederick Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030
Grayslake Middle School (7-8) 440 N Barron Blvd, Grayslake, IL 60030

Grayslake Area High Schools:
Grayslake Central High School (9-12) 400 N Lake St, Grayslake, IL 60030
Grayslake North High School (9-12) 1925 N Route 83, Grayslake, IL 60030

Round Lake Area Schools:
Early Education Center (PK-K) 882 W Nippersink Rd, Round Lake, IL 60073
Round Lake Village Elementary School (1-6) 880 W Nippersink Rd, Round Lake, IL 60073
Raymond Ellis Elementary School (1-6) 720 Central Park Dr, Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
Round Lake Beach Elementary School (1-6) 1421 N Ardmore, Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
Indian Hill Elementary School (1-6) 1920 N Lotus Dr, Round Lake Heights, IL 60073
W.J. Murphy Elementary School (1-6) 220 N Greenwood Dr, Round Lake Park, IL 60073
Round Lake Middle School (7-8) 2000 N Lotus Dr, Round Lake Heights, IL 60073
Round Lake High School (9-12) 800 N High School Dr, Round Lake, IL 60073


Bake’s Sports Bar & Grill (3251 N US Highway 45 Wildwood, IL 847-223-3430). Family owned and operated local sports bar offering good drinks, good food, and good times. The bar is filled great sports memorabilia and every booth has a flat screen tv! The menu offers a wide variety of great food from pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and tasty appetizers. A Full service bar is available. Open for lunch, dinner, and late night dining 7 days a week.

On Cue Billiards (1858 Belvidere Rd Grayslake IL 847-548-8980). On Cue Billiards has it all! Great pool tables, Golden Tee, dart boards, jukebox, karaoke, live music, Wii games, and a full service bar. Daily drink specials include $4 Long Islands, $4 Jaeger Bombs, and $1 Domestic Drafts. Plus, they have several televisions and a 10ft projection screen to view all the major sporting events. Open 7 days a week. Sign up and join a billiard or dart league today!


Volo Auto Museum (27582 Volo Village Road Volo, IL 815-385-3644). The Volo Auto Museum features over 300 classic autos from muscle cars to vehicles featured in movies and television shows. Here you’ll find the legendary General Lee from “The Dukes of Hazzard” show, the Batmobile, the Delorean from “Back to the Future” movie and many other cool cars. Plus, the museum has a huge display of vintage cars for sale! Admission $10 for adults, $6 for children 5-12, and free for children under 4. Open 7 days a week 10am-5pm

Six Flags Great America (1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee IL 847-249-4636). The popular amusement theme park, located off I-94 and Route 132 in Gurnee, is a perennial family favorite. The park offers great variety roller coaster rides like the American Eagle, Demon, and the Giant Drop.  Plus, the park features family-friendly rides, kid rides, and a huge water park. Check their website for the park’s season schedule and times. Don’t miss the park’s annual Halloween “Fright Fest” every October. You’ll have a frightfully ghoulish time!


Kawa Japanese Restaurant (100 South Atkinson Rd Grayslake, IL 847-548-3838). Open Mon-Thu 11:00am to 2:30pm & 4:30pm to 9:30pm, Fri – Sat 11:00am to 2:30pm & 4:30pm to 10:30pm, and Sun 12:00pm to 9:30pm. Kawa features the best Japanese and Asian cuisine in the region. The restaurant features a spacious dining room that has touch of elegance and chic to enhance your dinner experience.  Their Mongolian Grill features fresh vegetables and the finest cuts of meat to prepare your meals. And they serve the freshest sushi daily.


Grayslake and the surrounding neighborhoods offer a variety of outdoor recreational activities like golfing, swimming, fishing, and boating. Residents enjoy year round Community Events from summer parades and festivals to holiday events. Plus, the region is home to Hainesville Fest and the annual Lake County Fair.

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