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Greenbelt Cultural Center

The Cultural Center’s purpose is to provide a community gathering place to educate about the relationship between culture and the natural world. This mission comes to life through festivals, plays, concerts, classes and exhibits.

The anchor for the popular programming is the 18,500-square-foot building set within the native landscape of Greenbelt Forest Preserve.

Originally opened in June 2000, the Cultural Center underwent a major expansion in 2011. The improved facility has two classrooms, a divisible multi-purpose program room, two community art galleries, an outdoor amphitheater and an outdoor pond for environmental education programs. Large windows offer panoramic views of the surrounding natural setting.

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The Greenbelt Cultural Center offers a variety of cultural and entertainment programs for all ages.

Each summer we host the Sounds of Summer outdoor festival series. These kick off in June with Kidsfest, where young people enjoy active games and crafts that promote health and nature education. Also during the spring and fall we hold a series of monthly community campfires to experience nature at night.

Each October we host the popular Trick-or-Treat Trails Halloween event designed to give children a safe place to celebrate the fall holiday and enjoy the outdoors.

Throughout the year various events celebrate Lake County’s rich cultural diversity. One highlight is the annual Profiles In Excellence Program held in February to honor black history and African-American achievements.

Education Programs

Educational opportunities are offered in the form of classes, camps, music, performances, two art galleries and plays. 

  • Art Gallery Two galleries offer rotating exhibits by local and national talent that highlight the culture of the community. Gallery is open 11 am–5 pm, Tuesday–Friday.  
  • Field Trips Classes with topics ranging from Illinois pioneers, to cultural experiences, to nature are available for school and scout groups. Classes use our two large indoor classrooms and the surrounding preserve as a natural classroom. Field trip details. Teachers and scout leaders, sign up for field trip emails. 
  • Camps Each summer we host fun, educational camps themed around fishing, art, acting and more.
  • Programs Parents, enrich your child's life and involve them in healthy outdoor nature classes taught by our environmental educators. Many programs are free, drop-in sessions. To search for programs at Greenbelt, click here and select "Greenbelt Cultural Center" in the "where" menu choice. Or, view the Lake County Forest Preserves complete program calendar.


Tuesday–Friday: 11 am–5 pm
Saturday–Sunday: Open for special events or by appointment.
Closed Mondays

Available to Rent

The building can be rented for meetings, conferences, classes, retreats, weddings, showers, Quinceañeras, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, receptions, family reunions and other social gatherings.

Video Tours

Social occasion video: take a virtual look at the beautiful interior and surroundings.

Business event video: see why this location is perfect for meetings, employee training and more.

Plan your event. 

For more information or to arrange an appointment, call 847-968-3477.

Rental hours: Rent the building for private events between the hours of 7 am–1:30 am the following morning.

Rooms have large windows with picturesque views of the surrounding preserve. A selection of room sizes are available.

Rooms Capacity
Grand Woodland Banquet Hall 310*
Hawthorn, Walnut or Maple banquet rooms 100*
Two banquet rooms combined 200*
Meeting Room 30
Meeting Room (tile floor) 30
Meeting Room 8
* Based on banquet style seating


Social Events
Events held by nonprofit organizations
Meetings and events held by businesses

Additional Spaces

  • catering kitchen
  • food prep room adjacent to banquet hall
  • two art galleries
  • pre-function gallery
  • two patios
  • tutdoor amphitheater
  • break-out room that seats eight
  • outdoor pond
  • brides room/speaker prep room


  • full kitchen
  • state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment
  • outdoor amphitheater
  • stage
  • dance floor
  • artist gallery
  • parking

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The Greenbelt Cultural Center is located in North Chicago. [View on Google Maps]

The entrance to the Cultural Center is located 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.



The long-held dream of a community cultural center 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 2000 through support of the community and assistance from corporate partners Abbott Laboratories and Grainger.


The Natural Scene

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. The trails around the Cultural Center lead to an interpretive nature pond and link to additional forest preserve trails.


Contact Information

Greenbelt Cultural Center
1215 Green Bay Rd
North Chicago, IL 60064
847-968-3477 (phone)
847-968-3260 (fax)
© Chip Williams

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