About University Center

General Information

Café and Vending Services


Michael’s on Main at the University Center Cafe is located on the first level atrium area.

The Café is closed for the summer and will resume service on September 3, 2019.  LUNCH WILL BE BACK!

Fall Semester hours (effective 9/3/19):

Monday thru Thursday
10:30 am - 1 pm
4:30 - 8:00 pm

7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Closed Fri & Sun

The menu is available in the cafe and the reception area. Students interested in arranging for a class meal are asked to work with the cafe staff.  Pizza delivery directly to a University Center Grayslake classroom is now available. 

Vending machines for cold beverages are located on all three levels near the mid-section of the building. In addition, ice cream is available in a vending machine on the first floor and snacks are available in a vending machine on the second floor.

Building Hours and Holidays


The University Center in Grayslake 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
  • while classes are in session.
    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.

    The University Center at Waukegan is no longer regularly staffed.  If you need to visit the University Center at Waukegan, please call (847) 665-4000 to make an appointment to be met there.

    For the 2019-2020 academic year, both University Center facilities will be closed:

  • Thursday, July 4
  • Monday, September 2 for Labor Day
  • Thursday, November 28 through Sunday, December 1 for Thanksgiving
  • Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1 for Winter Break
  • Saturday, January 19 through Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King Day
  • Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12 for Spring Break
  • Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25 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 was built on the CLC campus and because the University Center’s facility in Waukegan is in a CLC-owned building, 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.

    Food and Beverages On Campus

    Food and beverages purchased within the University Center are allowed in the classrooms, but no food or drink is allowed in the computer labs; Covered beverages and tidy snacks are allowed in the library. Students and visitors should dispose of trash properly in the classroom wastebaskets and the recycling stations located on each floor.

    Printing and Photocopying

    Copying and printing is available in the first floor student services area.  The Center has just transitioned to a new print/copy solution, so please download a user’s guide for instruction in how to use the new system.

    UCLC Print-Copy User Guide - Students-Guests (2016-08.V2)

    Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs

    Smoking, alcohol and drugs are not permitted. Smoking is allowed outside the building near smoking receptacles. Please do not prop doors open to facilitate outside smoking. 

    Emergency Closings and Weather Closings

    The University Center handles emergency and weather closings in two complementary ways.

    The University Center has a direct notification system in place to alert University Center students and faculty when there is an emergency or weather closing.  Students and faculty may register to receive text messages or email or voicemail announcing any emergency that affects the University Center facilities in Grayslake or Waukegan. To register, please click on the Current Students item in the menu on the left and then select Emergency Notification System. 

    We urge you to register for this service and to update your personal profile as your phone number or email address changes.  Messages sent via this system will also appear on the University Center’s homepage.  This service will not be used for any marketing or non-emergency announcements.

    To notify the Chicago area media, the Center also works with the Emergency Closing Center. Closing notification will be made via their website and:

    - WBBM 780 AM
    - WGN 720 AM
    - CBS-TV Channel 2
    - NBC-TV Channel 5
    - ABC-TV Channel 7
    - WGN-TV Channel 9
    - WFLD-TV Channel 32
    - CLTV Channel 39

    Please look for announcements about the University Center of Lake County not the College of Lake County. Although we will undoubtedly coordinate with CLC, each institution will be making its own closing decisions.

    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. 

    For more comprehensive instructions about handling emergencies, download the “Emergency Preparedness Guide.”

    Emergency Preparedness Guide

    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

    Local Accommodations

    Comfort Suites Hotel in Grayslake partners with the University Center to offer a discount for University Center faculty, students, and visitors.  Ask for the “University Center rate” when making reservations.  For a wider list of local hotel accommodations, visit http://www.uclcconference.org/index.php/planner/local_accommodations.

    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.