About Us

JLC Mission & History

Mission Statement

The mission of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County is to foster the cultural and aesthetic life of the district. To help fulfill this mission, the James Lumber Center operates with the following statement of purpose:

Statement of Purpose

  • Provide a state-of-the-art performance facility to support the academic programs at the College of Lake County
  • Encourage audience development by presenting artistic events of the highest quality that broaden and enrich aesthetic awareness and appreciation
  • Serve as a cultural resource center for Lake County and surrounding areas by offering diverse activities which represent a variety of disciplines and cultures
  • Provide access opportunities for Lake County residents, civic organizations and businesses for presentational needs


The Performing Arts Building was officially dedicated on March 8, 1997. The first full season began in September 1997. Since then, thousands of patrons have attended events held in this beautiful facility. Highlights from the first 10 seasons include a distinguished roster of stellar artists and performance groups:

  • Jazz legend Maynard Ferguson
  • Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor
  • Second City National Touring Company
  • Gospel artist Richard Smallwood
  • Country music stars BR5-49
  • Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval
  • River North Chicago Dance Company
  • Irish folk singers Cherish the Ladies
  • Internationally acclaimed Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Spanish Dance Theatre Ensemble Espanol Company
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • Vocalist Kathy Mattea

These are among many other fine artists showcased over the past 10 seasons in the Mainstage Theatre.

In August 2003, the Performing Arts Building was officially renamed to the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts recognizing founding trustee, James Lumber who served on the College of Lake County Board for over 35 years.

CLC Foundation

The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts is a project of the College of Lake County Foundation. The CLC Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation established in 1974, provides resources for projects not funded through the college's regular operating budget. Funds raised through donations, grants, and benefit events help provide student scholarships, support innovative faculty and staff projects and promote cultural arts development in Lake County. Please visit the CLC Foundation web pages for more information. (This is a link outside the James Lumber Center website, use your browser's back button to return to this page).

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Our Theatres

Excellent views no matter where you sit!

The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts is a beautiful, modern, air-conditioned facility with ample cushioned seating in both the Mainstage and Studio Theatres. The Mainstage Theatre is a 600-seat proscenium theatre. The Studio Theatre is a 250-seat thrust theatre. Both offer comfortable surroundings and excellent sightlines.

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Directions & Maps


The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts is located at the College of Lake County's Grayslake Campus at 19351 West Washington Street, Grayslake, Illinois, 60030.


From the southeast section of Lake County, (Highland Park and vicinity)

Take Route 41 north to Washington Street. Go west (a left turn) on Washington. Proceed through the stoplight at Route 45. The following stoplight at Lancer Lane is the entrance to campus.

From communities along the tollway (I-94)

Proceed north on the tollway (I-94) to the Belvidere Road (Route 120) west exit. Proceed west on Belvidere to the stop light at Route 45. Go north (a right turn) to the second stop light at Brae Loch Road and turn left to the college campus.

From the northwest section of Lake County (Antioch and vicinity)

Take Route 83 south to Washington Street and turn left. Take Washington Street to second stop light, Lancer Lane. Turn right onto the campus.

From the northeast section of Lake County, (Zion/Winthrop Harbor and vicinity)

Take Route 45 or 41 south to Washington Street. Turn right and proceed on Washington Street to next stop light, Lancer Lane. Turn left into the campus.

From the southwest section of Lake County, (Lake Zurich/Wauconda and vicinity)

Take Route 12 to Route 120. Turn east on Route 120 and continue to the stop light at Route 45. At Route 45 turn left to second stop light at Brae Loch Road. Turn left and continue to campus.

From Wisconsin, proceed south on I-94

Take the tollway (Interstate 94) south to Grand Avenue (IL 132 West) at Gurnee Mills Mall. Go west 3 miles, then turn left (south) on Route 45. Proceed 1.9 miles, then turn right (west) onto Washington Street. Go 0.5 miles to the second stoplight (Lancer Lane) and turn left into the college. A pull-in area with a large campus map is located on your immediate right.


View Grayslake Campus Map

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Contact Us

James Lumber Center Box Office
Phone: (847) 543-2300
Fax: (847) 543-2629

Box Office Hours

  • Monday - Friday Noon to 5 p.m.

*The Box Office is open 60 minutes prior to all James Lumber Center Performances. The college will be closed on Fridays June 12 through August 7.

James Lumber Center Staff

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