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Greenbelt Cultural Center



Address

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

Hours

Tuesday–Friday, 11 am–5 pm. Open weekends for special events or by appointment. Closed Mondays.

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Activities

Banquets/Weddings/Meetings
Exhibits
Self-Guided Trails & Exhibits

Amenities

Flush Toilets
Drinking Water
Public Parking
Trails

Programs

School & Scout
Volunteer at the Greenbelt Cultural Center

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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 forest preserve trails.

The building also offers exceptional indoor and outdoor rental spaces, including two classrooms, a divisible multi-purpose room, two community art galleries and an outdoor amphitheater. Large windows offer panoramic views of the surrounding natural setting. See "Other Information" below for facility rental details.

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 outdoor summer festival series, starts with Kidsfest in June and ends with Afrofest in August, with lots of concerts in between.
  • Monthly Community Campfires in the spring and fall offer visitors a chance to experience nature at night.
  • Trick-or-Treat Trails gives children a safe place to celebrate Halloween and enjoy the outdoors.
  • 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, performances, and two art galleries. 

  • Rotating art exhibits feature work of local and national talent.
  • 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 Rental

This expansive 18,500-square-foot venue is the perfect setting for any occasion, with both indoor and outdoor rental spaces available. It can be reserved for business meetings and retreats, showers, weddings, Quinceañeras, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, family reunions and a host of other social gatherings. The building features a divisible multi-purpose room, two large classrooms, two community art galleries and an outdoor amphitheater.

To schedule a facility tour, call or email us.

Grand Woodland Banquet Hall — Capacity 310*

Hawthorn, Walnut or Maple Banquet Rooms — Capacity 100*

Two Banquet Rooms Combined — Capacity 200*

Meeting Room (Carpeted) — Capacity 30

Meeting Room (Tile Flooring) — Capacity 30

Meeting Room — Capacity 8

* Capacity based on banquet style seating.

  • Catering kitchen

  • Food prep room adjacent to banquet hall

  • Two art galleries

  • Pre-function gallery

  • Two patios

  • Outdoor amphitheater

  • Break-out room that seats eight

  • Outdoor pond

  • Brides room/Speaker prep room

  • Convenient parking

  • State-of-the-art audio/visual equipment

  • North Shore Gas Living Wall

  • Stage

  • Dance floor

Design a package that fits your occasion and budget. Rates vary by services selected, event length, day of week and more.


We encourage our renters to shape their event to match their own tastes by adding special services provided by our approved vendors. You can also save money on your rental fee if you use one of our approved caterers.

Take a peek inside.

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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Hikin' Tykes: Voles

February 10, 2015 (09:30 AM - 10:45 AM)
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Time:09:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Nature-based story, craft and outdoor exploration (weather permitting) for you and your preschool child.
 

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