Save the Date: May 12 - Lunch with the Mayor

Mark your calendar! The 29th annual Lunch with the Mayor will be May 12th. This year's Lunch with the Mayor will have a slightly different format with Mayor Wayne Motley fielding questions from an MC. If you have a question you would like to ask the Mayor, email Jane at or call at (847) 623-6650. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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It’s Spring! Volunteer to Clean Up!

After a too long Winter, we are finally seeing signs of Spring in downtown Waukegan.  Once the snow started melting a lot of garbage suddenly appeared.  On the first nice day, Juan and two volunteers took to the streets to clean up, both on Sheridan Road by the bus stop and on Genesee Street.  They did a great job!

Another person who has put in a lot of time cleaning is Fourth Ward Alderman, Harold Beadling.  He’s been removing piles of leaves and trash on North Genesee Street over the past week – so thank him when you see him!  If we all pitch in, the beauty of our Main Street District will shine through.

If you would like to help with the post-winter clean up, you have two opportunities this weekend:

  • Friday, April 11th, 8:30am and Saturday, April 12th, 8:30am – Garden Clean Up
    Hosted by Green Town Waukegan. Youth Conservation Corps will be helping to build additional raised beds and do a general Spring clean up. Green Town Waukegan  will  have experienced people  building the raised beds, so this is an awesome opportunity to learn.  Plenty of work for everyone.  Meet at Madeleine Fuqua Memorial Garden, South Genesee Street, anytime between 8:30am – 2pm.
  • Saturday, April 12th, 9:30am – South Genesee and Ravine Clean Up
    Hosted by South Genesee Merchants Block (SGMB.)  Garbage bags will be supplied, but you are strongly encouraged to being work gloves.  Light snacks will be provided following the clean-up.  Meet at Green Town Tavern, 110 S. Genesee Street, at 9:30am.

If you are busy this weekend, Waukegan Main Street cleans up before every ArtWauk, which is the third Saturday of every month.  If you would like to join us, call the office at  (847) 623-6650.

Anti-Poverty WHY I WALK/RUN May 3rd


Community Action Partnership of Lake County’s 7th annual Anti-Poverty WHY I WALK/RUN 2014

This year Community Action Agencies are commemorating the War on Poverty and the birth of Community Action.  Celebrate Community Action Partnership of Lake County’s (CAPOLC) 50 Years of Service in Lake County by participating in and supporting this year’s 7th annual Anti-Poverty “Why I Walk/Run” fundraiser on Saturday, May 3rd.  The 7K/4.3 mile Walk/Run begins at 10:00 am.  Check-in/ Registration runs from 9:00 to 9:30 am.  Start and finish at 1200 W. Glen Flora Ave in Waukegan. This event is open to the public.

The Walk/Run course winds through neighbors and the heart of downtown Waukegan.  Free parking, race check-in, healthy lifestyle vendors’ booths, and post-race snacks are available at the CAP of Lake County grounds.

For additional information, walk/run applications, course map, and other details, go to the WHY I WALK/RUN website. Paper applications are available at CAP offices at 1200 W. Glen Flora Ave or by contacting Lisa Hayes at 847-249-4330.

Can’t participate in the walk/run, but want to show your support? Become a SPONSOR for the Walk/Run 2014! For details, go to the WHY I WALK/RUN website. All proceeds support CAP of Lake County Food Pantry and Early Childhood Development programs.


CAPOLC is one of 1,000 agencies across the United States established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s War on poverty and the largest social organization in Lake County, providing a wide range of services.  For 50 years, CAPOLC, a nonprofit organization, has administered the Lake County Head Start (Early Childhood Development Program), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Youth and Family Services (Emergency Assistance, Food Pantry and Summer Day Camp), Weatherization, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and affordable housing programs.

For more information, call 847-249-4330.

“Sleepwalk with Me” Run Extended!



Mike Birbiglia has landed in Waukegan….sort of, well at least his show Sleepwalk With Me is playing at Three Brothers Theatre until March 29th.  This hilarious show has the audience roaring their seats with laughter everyone can relate to!  A little bit theatre, a lot standup comedy. Grab your tickets to see this show written by one of Hollywood’s best comics at 115 N. Genesee Street in Waukegan.

Audience members are raving, “Literally more than a laugh a minute” says Jim Neal.  Julie Donovan stated, “Lots of laughs tonight at THREE BROTHERS THEATRE with Nick Ostrem. His understated style was perfect for this show. And the Theatre looked great.  See it next weekend.”

What makes this show so special? Well, the show hasn’t been performed by anyone other than Mike Birbiglia.  “[The show] started out as a live show, then it became part of my book, and finally it became a feature film produced by This American Life.  The movie won the NEXT Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, and was distributed by IFC Films to more than 300 screens.” says Mike Biriglia, “I’m extremely proud of it, and I hope you like it.”

Founder of Three Brothers Theatre and Director of Sleepwalk with Me, Josh Beadle, talks about why they decided to produce the Off-Broadway, one-man show version of Birbiglia’s semi-autobiographical version of his life. Josh explains, “Nick Ostrem, one of our ‘Three Brothers’ came to me with the idea.  He had seen the show in New York and thought it was absolutely hilarious. The show is about how this struggling comedian is going through anxiety and relationship problems.  A common story for any regular Joe but his anxiety manifests itself at night through sleepwalking.”  The more the character avoids the issues the crazier places the sleepwalking takes him.  “I thought, well with such an intimate atmosphere at Three Brothers, this could really be a great venue for the show and it could be a wildly entertaining piece.  I’ll email Birbiglia and see what happens.  A few days later a message from the Birbigs himself hit my mailbox.  I looked at my wife and said, you’ll never believe who just emailed me.  Um, Mike Birbiglia likes the idea of us doing his show and is excited to give us the permission to produce Sleepwalk With Me.  The whole company was pumped up.  We are very excited for this show.”

Sleepwalk with Me also kicks off the 2nd season for Three Brothers Theatre in downtown Waukegan.  The season has a common thread, “Stories of the Silver Screen.”  All the productions were either adapted for film or adapted from film.

If you are interested in seeing a show about a guy whose personal sleepwalking journey takes him through a hotel window to hilarious stories about his life as a loser stand-up comic, don’t miss this amazingly funny award winning show.

Sleepwalk With Me runs Thru March 29th at Three Brothers Theatre, 115 Genesee Street in Waukegan.  Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm.  Please call 319-621-0024 to reserve tickets or purchase at the box office.  Visit Three Brothers Theatre online at

For additional information Contact: Caroline Beadle, Co-Executive Director, Three Brothers Theatre, 847-406-0089,