Our last big event of the summer was Saturday July 26th in Downtown Waukegan! Our Promotions Committee and staff worked diligently to secure participating locations, volunteers , a band to perform at the College of Lake County Lakeshore Campus Courtyard on Genesee and Madison, and sponsors. Many thanks to North Shore Gas, Vista Health System and Consumers Credit Union for sponsoring our seventh annual Wine and Art Stroll.
Nearly 250 people enjoyed the warm summer evening and walking to and through the galleries, shops and restaurants. ”What a nice success, topping off a month of events in our downtown,” said Jane Ferry, Executive Director of Waukegan Main Street. “We had different crowds for each event, although it was fun to see the familiar faces from one event to the next. We’ve also been very lucky with the weather from fireworks on the 4th through to Wine and Art Stroll on the 26th.”
In addition to showcasing artwork by dozens of local artists, the festival this year took on new dimensions with an exciting performance by an up-and-coming Afro-Latin musical group plus al fresco dining. Visitors equipped with souvenir wine glasses strolled through the Waukegan Arts & Entertainment District, and sampled a variety of wines at more than 20 participating specialty shops, galleries and restaurants including new businesses. As they strolled, art aficionados met featured artists, perused popup art exhibits, enjoedy live music and purchased unique treasures to take home.
“Wine & Art Stroll brings an eclectic crowd to downtown Waukegan—from college students to retirees, people who treasure traditional art and those who appreciate the avant garde,” said Ferry. “Whether people were looking for a date night or a girls’ night out, they really enjoyed getting to know the artists and our downtown merchants in a relaxed way.”
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“We already have ideas to make next year even more enticing!”