4 Saturdays Until Christmas! Come Shop Mall and Enjoy the Tree Lighting Ceremony!

We officially kicked off the holiday season last Saturday for #SmallBusinessSaturday. Businesses were open and filled with decorations, treats and great sales ready to serve you!

The Art-Park Waukegan also joined the fun by not only decorating the ArtPark but the old Carnegie Library and the Downtown District! You only have four Saturdays left so come down and find that unique gift!


Tomorrow, December 1st, is our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Jack Benny Plaza from 4pm-6pm! We have an array of vendors and ton of fun things for the kids!! Come take a Selfie with Santa provided by Heart of the City or enjoy a free book or craft courtesy of the Waukegan Public Library and Friends of the Waukegan Public Library! Pick up last minute gifts!  Warm up with chili! And … come countdown with us tomorrow! #EnjoyWaukegan  #ExploreWaukegan!

(Photos courtesy of Waukegan Main Street, City of Waukegan and ArtPark-Waukegan.)

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White at the Waukegan Public Library for Family Reading Night

#DowntownWaukegan- Last Thursday Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White visited the Waukegan Public Library for Family Reading Night.

The program is a Statewide bilingual story time and craft event!

The Secretary spoke about the importance of reading and education.


White was introduced by Mayor Sam Cunningham and joined by numerous local leaders and elected officials.

Follow the Waukegan Public Library of Facebook or visit their website. (Photos courtesy of Colleen Erbach/IL Secretary of State)

Good Times by All for our 1st Paint & Sip

Last Wednesday at 17 North in the Downtown Waukegan Arts & Entertainment District we held our 1st Annual Paint & Sip Fundraiser.

This event was created solely to assist our efforts in lighting up Genesee Street for the Holidays.

We’re happy to report it was a success!! Thanks to 17 North owner Tom LeBaron and the entire staff for their excellent service and hospitality!

Most importantly thank YOU for your continued support of Waukegan Main Street!! Looking forward to seeing you in the Main Street District!

2018 Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony Wrap Up!

#VeteransDayWaukegan- There was a spirit of thankfulness and remembrance in the air during the 2018 Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony in Downtown Waukegan! The parade was energetic and concluded at Veterans Memorial Plaza also in the Downtown District where the ceremony honoring all veterans took place! Here are some photos from  yesterday’s festivities.

The parade starts with the Waukegan Police Department.


Waukegan City Clerk Janet Kilkelly, Deputy City Clerk David Patterson, 5th Ward Ald. Edith Newsome and 9th Ward Ald. Ann Taylor were among the dignitaries walking in the parade.


The Waukegan Fire Department Color Guard represented all first responders.


The award-winning Waukegan High School Bulldogs Marching Band added music and flair to the parade.



Waukegan High School JROTC is over 800 strong!


Waukegan Fire Department Rescue Squad was on hand.


Parade participants and those watching gathered in Veterans Memorial Plaza before the ceremony started.


Mayor Sam Cunningham asked attendees to thank the veterans at the ceremony and talked about this being the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The Mayor also mentioned that the Waukegan American Legion post is named for Homer Dahringer who was killed in action in WWI.


Waukegan Fire Chief George Bridges gave the benediction.


Dignitaries included (left to right): Judge Charles Smith, 7th Ward Ald. Lisa May, 9th Ward Ald. Ann Taylor, 5th Ward Ald. Edith Newsome, 2nd Ward Ald. and veteran Patrick Seger, City Clerk Janet Kilkelly, Mayor Sam Cunningham, Fire Chief George Bridges, Deputy City Clerk David Patterson, Director of Public Relations David Motley, Police Chief Wayne Walles, and Fire Captain and veteran Matthew Burleson.


Photos courtesy of City of Waukegan and Waukegan Main Street Promotional Team.


Watch the full ceremony here.

Annual Meeting 2018 Wrap-up

#Downtown Waukegan- A new era was ushered in this past Tuesday as we introduced our new Executive Director, Josh Beadle, at our Annual Meeting! The Annual Meeting was held at City Hall inside of Council Chambers and lunch was catered by 17 North!  Some of the guests included 7th Ward Alderman of Waukegan Lisa May, Teddy Anderson of the Waukegan Park District, Selina- Gomez-Beloz of the Waukegan Public Library, Dawn Simerly of the City of Waukegan Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor Sam Cunningham just to name a few.

Three Waukegan Main Street executive directors! Newly named Josh Beadle is flanked by former directors Teddy Anderson and Jane Ferry

7th Ward Ald. Lisa May has been an avid supporter of Waukegan Main Street for years, putting her energy behind it as a Board Member for years.

Mayor Sam Cunningham welcomes the new Waukegan Main Street Executive Director, Josh Beadle! The City and Waukegan Main Street have had a strong partnership for years and look forward to continuing to build on it.

Heart of the City Executive Director, Scott McLellan sits with City of Waukegan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Simerly at the Waukegan Main Street Annual Meeting.

In case you weren’t able to make it, check out the meeting here!

We look forward to continuing to work together for a safe, fun and active downtown! Onward and upward!