The University Center of Lake County facility in Grayslake officially opened for classes on October 3, 2005.

This three-story building includes 27 classrooms, administrative offices, faculty offices, computer labs, and several interactive video classrooms. It also includes a cafe and an electronic library. A conference wing includes a 100 seat lecture hall with interactive video capabilities, a multi-purpose room that can be subdivided into three classrooms adjacent to a catering kitchen, and an executive conference room.

In March of 2006, the University Center of Lake County received the Thomas H. Madigan Award for Outstanding New Construction.

In April of 2007, the University Center was honored with a “Gold Award” from the Illinois/Indiana Masonry Council’s Excellence in Masonry competition. This was one of only two such awards given to a pool of 100 candidates.

When classes are in session, the University Center is open:


  • Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 10 pm

  • Friday, 8 am to 5 pm (unless evening classes are scheduled)

  • Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm


Evening and weekend hours are limited when classes are not meeting.  The building closes 15 minutes after the last class ends.  Students planning to use the building on the weekend to study may want to check the schedule with the receptionist.  It is not unusual for weekend classes (particularly those meeting on Sunday) to end early.  In those cases, the building will close early.


For the 2021-2022 academic year, both University Center facilities will be closed:

  • Monday, July 5

  • Monday, September 6 for Labor Day

  • Thursday, November 25 through Sunday, November 28 for Thanksgiving

  • Thursday, December 23 through Sunday, January 2 for Winter Break

  • Saturday, January 15 through Monday, January 17 for Martin Luther King Day

  • Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17 for Spring Break

  • Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day

Visitors and Parking

All visitors are invited to enter and exit through the main (north) door. Parking is located at the north and east sides of the building. Parking is free and does not require a pass or window sticker.  A bike rack is located on the north side of the building on the parkway between the main parking lot and the driveway that passes in front of the building.

Smoke-free Campus

All three of the College of Lake County’s campuses became smoke-free on January 1, 2015.  Because the University Center’s Grayslake facility is located on the CLC campus, the University Center is also observing that ban on smoking.  This change is in keeping with Public Act 098-0985 which required a smoking ban on all State-supported higher education campuses by July 1, 2015.

Printing and Photocopying

Copying and printing is available in the first floor student services area.

Reporting an Emergency

House phones are located in each classroom and in the hallways in each wing on each floor. In a medical emergency, you may dial 911 from any house phone. Please also alert the receptionist by dialing 4008. If it is a police emergency, dial 5555.  There is an automated electronic defibrillator located on the second floor near the main atrium. 

Public Art

University Center has long helped students see the world around them in new ways through its educational programs.  It also provides a more direct opportunity for seeing Lake County in a new way through its art collection.

University Center is the beneficiary of the State’s Art in Architecture program, created in 1977 through Public Act 80-241 “to promote and preserve the arts of Illinois by securing artwork of all media for public buildings constructed with State funds.”  Administered through the Capital Development Board (CDB), the Art in Architecture program spends one-half of 1% of the construction appropriation for each building to supply art created by Illinois artists for display there. 

Through the Art in Architecture program, the University Center of Lake County was able to commission two Illinois artists to provide public art for the University Center’s Grayslake facility.  Photographer Michael Brown created the art that hangs within the building.  In addition, bronze bas relief sculptures by David Seagraves are on display in the University Center’s courtyard.

Both Brown and Seagraves depict the natural environment of Lake County as it undergoes change.  Brown’s work portrays the seasonal changes within Lake County’s landscape.  Seagraves uses a series of pieces to chart the impact of industrialization and technology on the natural world and on human society.

In addition, through the generous donation of former University Center Governing Board member Suzi Schmidt, the University Center administrative suite is now home to Harold Gregor’s “Illinois Flatscape #11,” a large scale painting that provides an aerial view of Illinois farm country.

For more information about the work of both artists or to take a self-guided tour of the art, download the guide.

Guide to UC Art

Lost & Found

The University Center receptionist is the central contact for Lost & Found.  If you turn in a found object at the front desk, please note the day/time and classroom (or other) location where it was found.  If you have lost an item, please stop by the front desk or call 847.665.4008 with a detailed description.