Successful Weekend of Action in Downtown Waukegan

We kicked off our weekend of Action in Downtown Saturday June 23rd by partnering with MH Wozniak CPA and North Shore Printers in cleaning up the Amstutz!! We were joined by the Great Lakes Credit Union Team and Junior Miss of Illinois! We appreciate them dedicating time to help beautify our Downtown Arts & Entertainment District! In case you missed it we went Facebook Live.

We came right back on Sunday June 24th and focused our efforts this time with Heart of the City on the Downtown Arts & Entertainment District! We had over 50 volunteers come spend a few hours beautifying our Downtown on a gorgeous 80 degree day! Thanks to our Sponsors Family Chiropractic & Sports Rehab for the wonderful t-shirts, Quonset Pizza for the yummy food afterwards and Olson’s Ace Hardware for supplying gloves and garbage bags! Be on the look out for future weekends of Action! Come join us and #BeTheChange in the #WaukWarOnLitter!


What a Day in Downtown and in Waukegan!!!

What an amazing day in downtown Waukegan!  June 16th ArtWauk included SoccerWauk hosted by the City of Waukegan, Heart of the City, Puro Futbol, Three Brothers Theatre, The Parlor and La Canoa.  Kids had the opportunity to practice soccer in the streets with SISM Street Soccer and play in an inflatable soccer field on Genesee Street!!! Thanks to ESPN Deportes for coming to our Downtown Arts & Entertainment District and enjoying the fun!

Young and young at heart tried their talents in the inflatable soccer field.

SISM Street Soccer mesmerized the crowd, then invited kids to practice their skills.

Mayor Sam Cunningham and the City gave Heart of the City the first Soccer Day trophy, with the ceremony in front of the Genesee Theatre marquee welcoming everyone to the event.

Congratulations to the newly formed North Genesee International Merchants Block as it kicked off Saturday with a ribbon cutting!! We here at Main Street look forward to continuing our mission to partner and eagerly anticipate continuing our work with South – and now North – Genesee Merchants Blocks.

Congratulations to the business and property owners in the 100 north block of Genesee Street for establishing North Genesee International Merchants Block!

Prior to SoccerWauk, Juneteenth Celebration of Lake County kicked off at Bowen Park!  Food and plenty of vendors with live entertainment including our Bulldog High School Bands and a special performance by Waukegan’s very own Lee England Jr. If you missed the performances for Lee catch our Facebook Live Stream here.  If you missed the Bulldogs Band, catch our Facebook Live Stream here.  Congratulations to the Juneteenth Committee for hosting such a wonderful community event and we look forward to it next year!

Mayor Sam Cunningham celebrating Juneteenth!


Waukegan Police Department had a booth at Juneteenth.

Waukegan Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association helped with traffic control at the the event. They, and CERT, shared information with Juneteenth attendees.

Waukegan High School JROTC Color Guide at Juneteenth.

Remote broadcast from Bowen Park at Juneteenth.

One of the Waukegan High School bands entertaining the crowd at Juneteenth.

Memorial Day in Downtown Waukegan

What a picture perfect day as Waukegan celebrated Memorial Day at Veterans Memorial Plaza in the downtown Arts & Entertainment District! If you missed the ceremony please watch here.

The Waukegan Queens

Mayor Cunningham getting his picture taken with a young girl after the ceremony.

Waukegan High Schooll JROTC, second largest in the country!

Dignitaries after the ceremony.

Robert Abbott Middle School Band.

American Legion Homer Dahringer Post 281’s John Davis.

Queens in the parade.

Preparing for the 21 gun salute.

Waukegan Fire Department Honor Guard

Waukegan High School JROTC Color Guard