MARDI GRAS 2015

The date has been scheduled for our next Mardi Gras event. The event will be on February 7, 2015. Below you may sponsor the event, sponsor tables, purchase program ads or become a member. Each link will take you to a form. To learn more about our Mardi Gras event go here. http://waukeganmainstreet.org/mardigras/

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    Event Sponsor

    Become an event sponsor and maximize your marketing potential to our base.

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    Table Sponsor

    Sponsor a table at our Mardi Gras Event. King, Queen and Krewe tables available.

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    Program Ads

    Purchase page ads for the Mardi Gras Program. Ads start at $50.00.

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    Membership

    Become a member today.

Expanding Learning Spaces at Waukegan Public Library

Downtown Waukegan will be full of construction project in 2015, with the Lake County Court Expansion and CLC’s new building both getting underway.  In addition, our award-winning library will go through a complete renovation of the main floor to better accommodate the needs of the community.  We at Waukegan Main Street are thrilled at all the positive changes in our downtown!

Architect’s rendering of the new main floor of Waukegan Public Library.
Architect’s rendering of the new main floor of Waukegan Public Library.

Starting January 10th, the Waukegan Public Library will undergo a major transformation of its main floor to accommodate the changing and growing needs of the community. Ensuring that the environment of the library is focused on learning and discovery, the redesign includes six new classrooms and collaborative study spaces, educational exhibits, upgrades in technology, better seating and lighting, and a large media wall.

In an effort to reflect the changing role of the library, the new spaces will further define the library as a Learning Center for the community. It will include functional, innovative, and engaging spaces that will help community members on their individual paths to success. The redesign is another step in increasing literacy rates by 25% by the year 2020.

For the last 30 years, the Waukegan Public Library has offered literacy programs for adults and families with the help of partner organizations and outside funding sources. However, current library classroom spaces and collection materials are no longer adequate to meet the demands of a growing population  in need of free resources and services.

New classrooms and collaborative study spaces on the main floor.
New classrooms and collaborative study spaces on the main floor

“In the past, we had to have had to be very creative in finding learning spaces for groups. Our classrooms are full every night of the week and our classes have long lists of students waiting for an opening. With two new classrooms and four collaborative study spaces on the main floor, we will be able to serve more members of the community,” said Gale Graves, Education and Literacy Services Manager.

“Libraries are … about reading, resources, and access to information,” said Richard Lee, Waukegan Public Library Executive Director. “We are committed to creating a community of readers from cradle to career. When our residents are successful, our city will be successful.”

The library will be open normal hours during construction except for the week of January 10-18. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015.

Waukegan Park District recognized for Conservation Achievements

Congratulations to our Waukegan Park District for receiving the Conservation and Native Landscaping Award from the Chicago Wilderness!  The Waukegan Park District is one of 13 sites honored.

From great woodlands to outdoor classrooms, the Chicago Wilderness Conservation and Native Landscaping Award recognizes sites within the greater Chicago region that demonstrate excellence in site-based restoration, native landscaping, and conservation design. These practices create and protect habitat for a variety of native plant and animal species, and result in important environmental benefits for both people and nature.

The Waukegan Park District received the award for habitat restoration in Bowen Park’s Glen Flora Ravine. Waukegan Park District President Terry Duffy stated, “The Waukegan Park District is fortunate to have such a great partner, the Waukegan Harbor Citizen’s Advisory Group, in the Bowen Park ravine restoration project. This award wouldn’t be possible without their significant contributions. The District’s restoration efforts will enable future generations to enjoy the ravine’s beautiful natural areas, special plants and animals. Ravine restoration also supports an important ecological purpose, purifying water as it travels to Lake Michigan. Receiving this recognition is like icing on the cake, thank you Chicago Wilderness!”

The natural areas of Chicago’s wilderness are home to a wide diversity of species and rare habitats, and provide the region’s residents with opportunities for recreation and exploration, as well as clean air and water, flood protection and so much more. Yet the region’s natural areas are threatened by fragmentation; invasive plant and animal species; pollution; and the impacts of climate change. To address these threats, through the restoration of the Glen Flora Ravine, the Waukegan Park District is demonstrating a commitment to maintain the health of local nature to benefit both people and wildlife.

“The Chicago Wilderness alliance is so pleased to recognize Waukegan Park District,” said Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Executive Director of Chicago Wilderness. “They are helping to ensure that our region’s natural heritage remains vibrant for generations to come.”

Ring the Registers: Small Business Saturday Hits 5th Year

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As Small Business Saturday celebrates its fifth year November 29th, downtown Waukegan businesses are ready for the big day.  From Jimmie’s Corner, the new coffee shop at 10 N. Sheridan Road serving up hot coffee and tasty treats, to Horsefeathers, the eclectic store that has been at 129 N. Genesee Street for over 30 years, small businesses downtown and around the country are gearing up for the holiday shopping season. According to the Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, released by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express, consumer support for independently-owned businesses is increasing. More than three quarters of shoppers say they will be spending more or the same amount on Small Business Saturday as they did last year, providing independent businesses with a welcome boost in sales.

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“We all enjoy knowing the people we’re buying from and knowing we’ll see the same friendly faces every time we visit the merchant,” said Jane Ferry, Executive Director of Waukegan Main Street.

“The downtown corridor will be busy all day from Grand Avenue to Lake Street and West Street to Sheridan Road. Along with the stores and restaurants, we’ll have five galleries – Tufo’s Galerie, Sidecar Studios, Karcher 405, Wildwood Studio and Dandelion Gallery – open this year, too!  The galleries offer a wide variety of art at a range of prices.  Being open will give artists a chance to meet their patrons, and consumers will also walk away with a one-of-a-kind gifts.”

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Dandelion Gallery’s featured artist in November is Mary Clare Jakes who will have ceramic ornaments, soap dishes, flower vases and jewelry priced from $10- $25 as well as larger ceramic art pieces from $45 – $200.  Lezlie Lenz will have her 1000 Angels series in holiday cards as well as cards by Bob Nonnemaker.  Sandie Bacon will bring her unique jewelry. Amy Lynn Ross’s ornaments using her unique acrylic cut-out style are on display. Check out other stops, sales and specials here.

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Held each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods and downtowns around the country. Five years after its inception, half of US consumers report that they are aware of and take part in Small Business Saturday. Just as important, 77% say Small Business Saturday makes them want to shop small all year long.  “Waukegan Main Street encourages people to spend money in locally-owned businesses throughout the year,” said Ferry.  “Money spent in these local, independent businesses has three times the impact on our community as money spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement, and promote community development.”

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Some businesses are having Small Business Saturday specials, such up to 50% off of merchandise at Alfredo’s Treasure Chest, 105 S. Genesee.  Another special are half-priced hamburgers and sandwiches for lunch at 17 North when people show a receipt from a local business.  “Hopefully that will encourage people to stay downtown longer,” said 17 North owner Tom LeBaron, located at 17 N. Genesee.

American Express is encouraging people to spend more by offering Card a $10 statement credit when they register then use their registered Card to spend $10 or more on a single in-store transaction at a qualifying small business location. Card Members can take advantage of this offer up to three times on the day. Registration is available at ShopSmall.com.

“We’re hoping for good weather and lots of ringing registers,” said Ferry.

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