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Vista Health System Waukegan Criterium Hits the Streets Friday!

The inaugural Vista Health System Waukegan Criterium hits the streets of downtown Waukegan Friday, July 18th with multiple amateur bicycle racing categories followed by professional men’s and women’s racing and a popular kids’ race in the early evening.  The pace car leading the racers on the course will be provided by Classic Scion of Waukegan. Vista Health System is both the title sponsor and health care partner for the event.

“The Criterium and Block Party are a great way for the City to bring together residents, businesses, visitors and the bicycle racing community in a summer festival setting,” said Ron Oesterlein, Executive Director of City of Waukegan Chamber of Commerce.
The Criterium is a short course bike race with the planned route of Genesee Street north to Clayton Street, east to Sheridan Road, south to Water Street and back north on Genesee.  Men’s  and women’s categories ranging from amateur and professional to masters will take place all day, from 10:50am to 8:00pm. One afternoon highlight will be informal children’s races that Oesterlein called “almost the best part of the whole event,” with features like 4- and 5-year-olds doing a 200-yard sprint and 10- and 11-year-olds completing a single circuit.

The Downtown Summer Block Party will take place at the southwest corner of Sheridan Road and Clayton Street from 3:00pm to 11:00pm. “The Block Party is located inside the race course so people can easily watch the fast-paced race while enjoying the festivities,” said Jane Ferry, Executive Director of Waukegan Main Street.  “The Block Party will have family-friendly activities, food, and vendors, with local band, Angry Squirrels, taking the stage at 7:00pm.”

All related fun aside organizers say the big draw will be the sight of professional athletes whipping through the downtown area at speeds that would be illegal for a four-wheeled vehicle.

“It’s very explosive, very exciting,” Oesterlein said. “People are always amazed when they come and watch it for the first time. It’s a really high-energy experience, and really one of the most spectator-friendly sports there is, partly because the racers keep coming by every minute.”

For more information on the Vista Health System Waukegan Criterium, visit www.waukeganchamber.org/bike-race.html

Media Contact: Ron Oesterlein, (847) 623-6800, ron@cw-cc.org

Related links:  www.waukeganchamber.org, www.prairiestatecyclingseries.com/schedule/waukegan.php,


Eye Menagerie at ArtWauk

“Eye Menagerie”, a photographic art show by Nicole Romany, will open at Sidecar Studios on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The opening reception will be from 5-9 PM. Sidecar Studios is one of the new galleries at the historic Karcher Lofts, 405 Washington Street, Waukegan. Nicole is the featured artist at Sidecar for this month’s ArtWauk in downtown Waukegan.

Nicole Romany has a unique perspective on her approach to photography. “ I see every picture as a forgotten object.  It is something that we may see every day but because we are so accustomed to it, we take it for granted, thus it becomes ‘forgotten’. My work is a way to rediscover the world around us.”

Nicole’s work will be on exhibit at Sidecar Studios until July 11th.

Check out more ArtWauk information here!  And check out the show’s coverage in the Lake County News-Sun here!.

Video Waukegan!

Waukegan is enjoying being highlighted through the video creativity of both Visit Lake County, one of the talented artists at Karcher Artspace in our downtown and our own executive assistant.

Have you taken your own video highlighting the good, evolving, on-the-upswing Waukegan?  If so, post it on our Facebook page or send us a link.  We’re enjoy sharing good news about our downtown and the community.

Visit Lake County video – while the video is highlighting all of Lake County, check out the stops in Waukegan!

Artist David Carter’s video – one beautiful Saturday in Waukegan.

WMS staffer Juan Garcia’s video – one chilly ArtWauk (in Spanish).