The first floor includes a courtyard used for public programs during good weather. The lobby contains several cases for smaller displays and new acquisitions. A former candy counter from the Grayslake Five and Dime is a particular favorite for long-time residents. The lobby also houses the museum store, which sells local history books and souvenirs.
The Community Room, near the lobby, provides a comfortable setting for year round programs and events. It seats up to 40 people with tables and chairs or 60 lecture style. An adjacent kitchenette is ideal for light refreshments.
A 425 square foot exhibition gallery hosts changing shows throughout the year. An adjacent classroom provides hands-on learning opportunities for children and fascinating images and information for adults.