New Obelisks Direct Visitors to Grayslake's 'Village Center'

Construction is underway at four different locations surrounding downtown.

At four different corners in Grayslake you'll notice new monuments being built: on Lake Street near Route 120, Lake Street near Grayslake Central High School, Center Street near Route 83 and on Library Lane near Route 83.

These obelisks, or pillars, will evenutally have signage to help direct traffic to what the Village calls the 'Villlage Center' - the downtown business district, and multiple municipal and public facilities.

The new signs will welcome visitors to the Village Center, thank them for visiting, encourage them to stop by the historic downtown, and direct them to key locations in the area such as parking, shopping, and major public facilities. The obelisks near sidewalks will include historical information about Grayslake.

The project also includes directional signs on major routes including Routes 45, 83, 120 and Washington Street to help get people passing through Grayslake to visit the 'Village Center' and downtown businesses.

According to Derek Soderholm, deputy village manager for Grayslake, these obelisks are part of the Village's comprehensive plan to encourage shopping and dining in the downtown business district and generally promote the Village Center. "We've had requests over the years from businesses for something like this," he said.

The project has a pricetag of roughly $64,000 which will come out of the Village's Capital Fund. No property tax dollars are used to fund any of the Village's capital improvement projects, Soderholm said.

The new signs are expected to be complete in the next few weeks. 

William Harms August 09, 2012 at 11:12 AM
These aren't obelists. Obelists are tall pointed pillars like the Wasington Monument.
marilyn August 09, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Obelisks? really? Hardly, these really don't fit the parameters of an obelisk. Village Capital Fund...where does that money come from, if it is not taxes? And if they have 64k for this, there are probably better ways to spend it....are anyone else's taxes more than there mortgage?
Brad Faxton August 09, 2012 at 12:51 PM
OMG - get off of your soap box. The village has no debt, is managed to a very high standard and spends $ very wisely. The titanic amount you are blabbering about amounts to about $1.12/day. http://villageofgrayslake.com/index.aspx?nid=173
cheryl August 09, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Brad, that $1.12 per day is enough to put 8 pounds of food into a food pantry, or 512,000 pounds of food, imagine how many people that would benefit, it could buy milk needy for school kids, it would pay for the needs of a developmentally delayed person in a group home for almost a year. Perspective-where is the perspective-a sign directing to the downtown shopping and dining district-for the whole 2 blocks? That aught to bring in wheelbarrows full of cash!
Marie August 09, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Although I feel a few Obelisks are a nice idea, the placement of these by the MIddle School will impair the safety of the students there. Many of them are walkers and will be invisible behind them. I can easily see one stepping out from behind it into traffic. How about we consider the safety of these "walkers"? How about painting some Pedestrian paths in front of the school entrance? How about spending some money on improving the safety of pedestrians in Grayslake, especially in and around 83?
Nightcrawler August 09, 2012 at 02:00 PM
No. Obelists are Nobelists with the "N" missing.
Angela Morrey August 09, 2012 at 03:54 PM
These obelisks are not completed yet. They will have a point once the top piece is installed at each location.
David Munson August 09, 2012 at 06:04 PM
The Markers are a welcome addition to Grayslake. However, the one at Lake Street and Route 120 is overwhelmed by the abandoned building on the northwest corner. This building has looked this way at least 14 years. Do something Village!
Regular Guy August 09, 2012 at 09:23 PM
The south one at Center and 83 cuts directly through the sidewalk there. Really...
Bob Miaples August 10, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Yes, promoting local businesses and attracting shoppers and tax money is a bad idea. How do you think your taxes got so high in the first place? No businesses equals high taxes for residents.
Nightcrawler August 11, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Nightcrawler August 11, 2012 at 03:31 AM
The question is will the money generated from these signs for local businesses exceed the cost of them? And if so, how long will that take? A year? 15 years?
Nightcrawler August 11, 2012 at 03:32 AM
You do realise it costs more money to buy a property, and to maintain it. Perhaps the economy has had something to do with it, among other reasons.
Nightcrawler August 11, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I think a big reason there isn't more business traffic in the downtown area is because of a severe lack of parking, a lack of interesting businesses in general, and traffic congestion to a lesser degree. Not to mention, it severely hurt business when the old Lakeland Building was removed. That place was a hub of activity for people with money who came to town advertising, etc.
Nightcrawler August 11, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Once Lakeland got sold and became the crappy Lake County Journal, a lot went downhill because they also used to promote the heck out of things locally with their stories. Just something I was thinking about.
Ralf Landmesser September 04, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Nice "obelisks." I guess squat rectangular columns with a pseudo-Burger King crown on the top is now the definition of obelisk. You would expect a town with obelisks for many street markers to know what one actually looks like. But I'm guessing someone has "Vocabulary Word of the Day" toilet paper, and decided to add to their already self-important aggrandizement by tagging those behemoths with a $2.oo hoi polloi description. Swing...and a miss, my friends,


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