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Greenbelt Cultural Center



Address

1215 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064
847-968-3477

Hours

Open for special events or by appointment.

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Set within the native landscape of Greenbelt Forest Preserve, this community gathering place expresses the relationship between culture and the natural world through festivals, plays, concerts, and nature education and history programs. The trails around the Center lead to an interpretive nature pond and link to additional preserve trails.

The building also offers exceptional indoor and outdoor spaces, including two classrooms, a divisible multi-purpose room, and an outdoor amphitheater. Large windows offer panoramic views of the surrounding natural setting. Facility rentals are currently unavailable. For questions, please call 847-968-3477, or email Greenbelt@LCFPD.org.

Festivals

A variety of programs and events celebrating Lake County’s rich cultural diversity and natural world are offered here year-round. Subscribe to our e-newsletter or follow us on Twitter to stay informed.

  • Sounds of Summer features a series of outdoor festivals and concerts.
  • Monthly community campfires in the spring and fall offer a chance to experience nature at night.
  • The annual Profiles In Excellence program honors black history and African-American achievements each February.

Education Programs

Fun and educational opportunities are offered in the form of classes, camps, music, plays, and performances. 

  • School & Scout programs offer topics ranging from Illinois pioneers, to cultural experiences, to nature, and use our two large indoor classrooms and the surrounding preserve as a natural classroom.
  • Summer Camps are themed around fishing, art and acting.
  • Outdoor nature classes taught by our environmental educators. Many are free, drop-in sessions.

Facility Rentals Are Currently Unavailable

For questions, please call 847-968-3477, or send an email to Greenbelt@LCFPD.org.

Facility rentals are currently unavailable. For questions, call 847-968-3477, or email Greenbelt@LCFPD.org.

Facility rentals are currently unavailable. For questions, call 847-968-3477, or email Greenbelt@LCFPD.org.

Facility rentals are currently unavailable. For questions, call 847-968-3477, or email Greenbelt@LCFPD.org.

Facility rentals are currently unavailable. For questions, call 847-968-3477, or email Greenbelt@LCFPD.org.

History

The long-held dream of a community gathering place was first given life by a voter-approved referendum. An advisory committee of residents, government officials and local leaders oversaw the development of the Cultural Center to meet such goals as bringing people and nature together, providing a venue where everyone can enjoy and learn about the arts and the environment, and offering a place where the community and businesses can host meetings and special celebrations.

The Greenbelt Cultural Center opened in June 2000 through support of the community and assistance from corporate partners Abbott Laboratories and Grainger. An extensive building expansion was completed in 2011.

Location

The Cultural Center is located within Greenbelt Forest Preserve, which provides year-round outdoor recreation. The prairies, rolling hills, oak forest, marshes and lake make the preserve perfect for evening strolls, afternoon barbecues, cross-country skiing and other activities.

Free Parking

The entrance to the Cultural Center is on the east side of Green Bay Road (Route 131), between 10th and 14th streets, south of Route 120 (Belvidere Road).

For access to trails and fishing on the east side of Greenbelt Forest Preserve, use the Dugdale Road parking lot.

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