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    Waukegan Main Street Young Professionals 1st Fridays

    The Waukegan Main Street Young Professionals is a volunteer interest group that targets professionals ages 25-45 that work, live, play or have a passion for Waukegan, to empower the community and support the Main Street District. Our mission is to support the Main Street Movement through volunteerism, philanthropy and membership development. Waukegan Main Street is looking for people who are seeking an opportunity to make a difference. We are at a critical time in Waukegan’s history and we are looking to your talent, drive and passion to join this movement as a professional. Come join us!

The Holidays Hit Downtown Waukegan

During this season of giving we want to GIVE THANKS for all of your continued support of Waukegan Main Street and the businesses in our Main Street Business.  Small Business Saturday on November 26th was a resounding success with great weather, registers ringing and an all-around festive atmosphere including Santa at the Genesee Theatre and the tree lighting in Jack Benny Plaza.  If you didn’t have the opportunity to shop local on Small Business Saturday remember that the boutiques, shops and restaurants remain the mainstays for holiday giving!

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You have another big opportunity to enjoy holiday cheer in our Arts & Entertainment District on Saturday, December 17th with the annual HolidayWauk – December ArtWauk!  This fun event  offers free and inexpensive activities for the whole family, so bundle up, bring your camera and head downtown!  Here’s a smattering of the offerings:

We look forward to seeing you downtown and hope your holidays and the New Year are bright and happy!

 

 

New Business in Downtown Waukegan! A Cuban Experience

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Waukegan Main Street caught up with Gary LeVine to find out more….
WMS: So how did this concept come about?
Gary LeVine: It began as a group of friends, Cigar aficionados and boaters. We would meet in the summer at Waukegan Harbor on beautiful Lake Michigan enjoying our cigars while sharing boating stories. Over time, our cigar knowledge and experience grew into rolling cigars for our own enjoyment. We invested in a rolling machine, molds and a cigar press. With the experience of our Cuban friend, Luis Carbonell, we have learned the fine art of creating a fine cigar. We then started creating our own blends.

WMS: What will the experience be like?
Gary LeVine: The Lounge will have cigar smoking . Patrons can walk in and go back to our giant walk-in humidor, and pick out their own cigars. We’ll teach patrons about cigars; how to roll them, the different blends available in A Cuban Theme environment.

WMS: Why Waukegan?
Gary LeVine: We wanted it to be in Waukegan! Most of the partners are life long Waukeganites. We want to watch this downtown area grow. We want to be a part of this Cities growth.

WMS: What differentiates your cigars from other brands?
Gary LeVine: Some are mild, some are stronger. You can customize the cigars to make different sizes, and use different leaves from Brazil, Dominican Republic, Nicaraguan and Connecticut. We’ve gotten rave reviews!

WMS: When will you be opening?
Gary LeVine: We plan to have a soft opening the end of March.

Lounge Hours: 10am-8pm tentatively.
Cigars prices in all ranges.