Grand Frame News

Beginning Tomorrow- we’re on holiday hours, regular business hours will resume on 1/3/17

12/24 10a-2p

12/26 closed

12/27 – 12/29 10a-5p

12/30 10a-2p

12/ 31 closed

1/2 closed



Have a great Weekend! We will resume Regular Business Hours Wednesday July 6th



Tuesday December 29th 10A-5P

We will be closed December 30th-January 1st and will resume regular business hours Saturday January 2nd.

Happy New Year From The Staff at Grand Frame

We will be closed 9/5-9/7 for the holiday.  Have a great weekend!

You can tell a lot about a person or even a company by the items they choose to frame and hang on their walls. In a residence, you can discern the places the owner has visited, the teams they cheer for, the hobbies they pursue and the family they love, simply by gazing at their walls. At a corporation it isn’t uncommon to see the places they do business, the people who have led the firm and even the products they sell represented on their walls. Grand Frame, 209 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights has been framing items of personal, corporate, artistic and even historic value since 1974 when Gary Grana founded the shop with his parents, Rita and Greg.

 Today the venerable Arlington Heights business is largely run by the third generation.  Matt Grana, vice president, has been running the day-to-day operations with his mother, Carrie, and Father Gary for 13 years. “I was pretty much raised in the shop,” Matt admits, “so I know the business, inside and out.  Our 6,000-square-foot shop has the capacity to handle projects of all sizes.  We can frame 100 individual awards for a company ceremony at the same time we are creating a museum-quality frame for an expensive work of art and reproducing a huge photograph for the wall of a corporation.” “And we don’t just frame artwork and photographs.  We also frame sports memorabilia, historic artifacts, corporate products, flat screen televisions and so forth.  We can frame or shadow box pretty much anything anyone brings us,” he stated.  “We have even done work for Chicago Bears players and for the Chicago White Sox organization.” “My father invented and patented a shadow box display case that displays anything, but it’s fantastic for sports items,” Matt explained. “They are all custom-made to the specifications of the particular item, so you can display anything in them.”

 Give the hockey kid his stick that smacked the winning goal, gorgeously displayed in its own framed shadow box. Footballs, baseballs, soccer balls or basketballs can be similarly displayed if that is your sport. Grand Frame even has a professional seamstress on staff who excels in sports jersey framing – whether it is a Blackhawks sweater autographed by Jonathan Toews or the jersey your daughter wore to play high school volleyball or cross country. Grand Frame’s experts can also digitally restore and then frame that old photo of great-grandpa that got damaged or torn. And dad’s military medals that have been moldering in a box can be framed and presented to him on Father’s Day.

Recently, Grand Frame even did a special job for Nordstrom at Oakbrook.  The store earned the President’s Cup award from its headquarters in Seattle.  Besides the trophy, the store manager was given a fancy sash to wear for the awards ceremony and then she wanted that sash framed to hang on the wall in the store’s office. 

Grand Frame was chosen to handle the delicate job.

An investment property group in Chicago presented them with unique challenge recently.  They wanted to be able to quickly change out properties of the various properties they manage, depending upon who was coming to their offices on a given day.  So they asked Grand Frame to develop a frame which allows them to switch photos at a moment’s notice. So we developed a black wood frame with non-glare glass, especially for them.  The top of the frame can be quickly removed so that one photo mounted on foam board can be replaced with a different photo mounted on foam board. “The photos can be switched out in under a minute and hung back on the wall without anyone ever guessing that the photos had been changed,” Matt said.  “They brought us their problem and we designed a solution for them.” “I would estimate that half of our annual revenue comes from corporate accounts and they often present us with our most unique challenges,” he continued.

In fact, not long ago he and his staff created frames for gorgeous black-and-white photos with plaques commemorating the 90th anniversary celebration of Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights.  The special gifts were presented to 125 members. “And with our printing capabilities, we can make, print, mat and frame custom awards for retiring or outstanding employees,” he added.

“What sets us apart from our competition is our universally high standard of quality on every project.  The same person who framed a museum-quality piece of artwork or created a challenging product shadow box for a Fortune 500 corporation may be framing your vacation photos next.  And that person will give your project the same attention that he or she gave to the work which preceded it,” Matt stated. Grand Frame also strives to carry a very unique product line that can meet everyone’s individual needs and budgets from the inexpensive poster frame to the handcrafted gold leaf wood frame or the backlit shadow box.

They also have an amazing array of cutting edge equipment to help them do their jobs to perfection including a digital printer, a computerized mat cutter and a double miter saw for precision cutting frames. The digital printer gives Grand Frame the capacity to print photos as large as 30” by 40”, brought to them in digital form on a USB drive, frame them and deliver them to a customer.  In addition, they recently launched an e-commerce website ( through which customers can upload photos, choose a frame and have it sent to them. “We can print the photo they sent us, frame it the way they chose online and then ship it out to them,” Matt explained.

They also provide a full range of services to people and corporations in the local area, from chemical and digital restorations of artwork and photographs damaged by floods and other mishaps, to the blocking and framing of needlework, to the moving and re-hanging of entire houses or offices full of artwork and photographs, even if they were not the original framer. “We can even scan, enhance, print and then frame old newspaper articles about your company or family member,” he added. But if you just need something framed inexpensively and/or quickly, they can do that for you, too, offering 24 to 48-hour service on frames that they keep in stock.

For more information or to talk to someone at Grand Frame about your framing challenge, phone 847-253-9393 or visit  


  • Laurie Harp

    "The Grana family brings a sense of community. They are small businessmen, and have continued to provide excellent service and products through the years. They always find time to give back to the community." Read More

  • Peggay Jo McCallum

    "My family and I have been customers of Grand Frame Inc for over 35 years. I know if I need something framed, The Grana's will do an excellent job." Read More