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A Gorgeous Night in Downtown Waukegan at the Beach!

Smiling faces all around this past Friday for the 2nd Annual Waukegan Night Out/ Touch-A-Truck! The combined event was sponsored by the Waukegan Police and Fire Departments and the Waukegan Park District and included heavy machinery, a K-9 demonstration, bounce houses, face painting, and a tug-of-war between Waukegan Police and Gurnee Police Departments.

The weather was perfect and the beach was filled with children and families!

In addition to all the other fun, Chuck and Stacy Castellanos and their companion Finn reenacted French fur traders landing on the beach took place.  They took the time to explain what the fur traders did, that the canoe is a birch-bark replica of the canoe traders would have used in the 1600s, and discussed the danger and excitement of canoeing on the big lakes.  To close the evening, Zootopia was shown on the beach and free popcorn was provided by the Waukegan Park District!

Thanks to all of the vendors that came out to make this great evening successful! We look forward to seeing you all at this great family event next year! Photos courtesy of Explore Waukegan and Waukegan Park District.

Another Successful ArtWauk in the Downtown Arts & Entertainment District!

We didn’t let a little rain stop us from enjoying ArtWauk in the Downtown Arts & Entertainment District this past Saturday! The Lake County Dance Showcase brought together young people from across the County to the Genesee Theatre Saturday night! Are friends at Grub-N-Go was on the scene serving hot meals to theatre goers and ArtWaukers.

The Waukegan Public Library hosted Literacy for Libations and had Craft Beer!! How cool is that?!  This terrific event aimed to bring awareness to the amazing work the Waukegan Library Foundation Board is doing for the community!

President of the Waukegan Public Library Foundation Board of Directors, Octavius Hayes, addresses the crowd at Libations for Literacy.
President of the Waukegan Public Library Foundation Board of Directors, Octavius Hayes, addresses the crowd at Libations for Literacy.

 

Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing was one of the small breweries at Libations for Literacy.
Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing was one of the small breweries at Libations for Literacy.

 

Kelly Hodge BeLow from Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. was pouring their specialty beer at Libations for Literacy.
Kelly Hodge BeLow from Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. was pouring their specialty beer at Libations for Literacy.

 

The ArtPark was alive and festive as always and the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum was open for the night, as some of their representatives were staffing a Comic Con booth in San Diego; and Dandelion Gallery always draws a crowd! Make sure you join us next Month Saturday August 18th for ArtWauk and Waukegan ShredFest 2018 in the Downtown Arts & Entertainment District!

 

 

Maritza Alis, henna tattoo artist, was busy all night!
Maritza Alis, henna tattoo artist, was busy all night!

 

The public had the opportunity to check out what has been going on with the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum at 13 N. Genesee. The RBEM had a booth at Comic Con and is slated to open in 2020, Ray’s 100th birthday year.
The public had the opportunity to check out what has been going on with the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum at 13 N. Genesee. The RBEM had a booth at Comic Con and is slated to open in 2020, Ray’s 100th birthday year.

 

We had a Blast at Scoop Waukegan!

The Downtown Arts & Entertainment District was packed last weekend as we celebrated Scoop Waukegan! The Mayor and city officials opened Scoop with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

Also added to this year’s Scoop was Waukegan Carnival Days and Taste of the Caribbean!! Both were fun and the Taste was deemed a success with many different vendors and musical acts!! Thanks to all of the great vendors and sponsors of Scoop Waukegan and Taste of the Caribbean!

We here at Waukegan Main Street had a blast serving alcohol from our Beer Tent located at Genesee and Madison St.  In case you missed it we went Facebook Live.

Board member Karen Nystrom and volunteers Charlotte and Gwen.
Board member Karen Nystrom and volunteers Charlotte and Gwen.

Volunteers from Family Chiropractic & Sports Rehab
Volunteers from Family Chiropractic & Sports Rehab

Annette Darden and sons handing out information.
Annette Darden and sons handing out information.

 

 

A big thank you to all of our volunteers from Heart of the City, Norstates Bank, Jessica and Gwen Ferraro, Annette Darden, Jacquie Steuer, Waukegan School Board, and 4th Ward Alderman David Villalobos. Looking forward to seeing you in Downtown soon!