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.
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.
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 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.
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 High School JROTC is over 800 strong!

 

Waukegan Fire Department Rescue Squad was on hand.
Waukegan Fire Department Rescue Squad was on hand.

 

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

Wine & Art Stroll 2018 was a success in the Downtown District!

#ExploreWaukegan- Fall was in the air last Saturday in the Downtown Arts & Entertainment District, but it didn’t stop our members and visitors from enjoying our 11th Annual Wine & Art Stroll 2018!! On behalf of the Waukegan Main Street Board of Directors we would like to thank the Business District for participating and would also like to thank our vendors and the talented musicians! We also like to thank you for coming out and #EnjoyWaukegan !!

College of Lake County Lakeshore Campus was a participant again this year! The group in the next picture enjoyed the LIVE music and tasty appetizers at CLC Lakeshore!
College of Lake County Lakeshore Campus was a participant again this year! The group in the next picture enjoyed the LIVE music and tasty appetizers at CLC Lakeshore!

The place was hoppin’ at Tina Sellers Insurance!
The place was hoppin’ at Tina Sellers Insurance!

 

The Band 7501 warmed up the participants walking by Madison Street Plaza.
The Band 7501 warmed up the participants walking by Madison Street Plaza.

 

Blue Wave offered jewelry created using Lake Michigan beach glass outside of A Cuban Experience.
Blue Wave offered jewelry created using Lake Michigan beach glass outside of A Cuban Experience.

 

Judith Garcia Realty was the perfect starting point at Jack Benny Plaza.
Judith Garcia Realty was the perfect starting point at Jack Benny Plaza.

 

Patricia Collection sold handmade jewelry in Jack Benny Plaza.
Patricia Collection sold handmade jewelry in Jack Benny Plaza.

 

Browski Creations set up shop in Jack Benny Plaza.
Browski Creations set up shop in Jack Benny Plaza.

 

Sipos & Young entertained at Dandelion Gallery.
Sipos & Young entertained at Dandelion Gallery.

 

Chili at ArtPark – Waukegan was AWESOME!!!
Chili at ArtPark – Waukegan was AWESOME!!!

 

We appreciate any feedback you have on this event please email promo@waukeganmainstreet.org

 

Busy Day in the Downtown District!

Last week our friends at Heart of the City celebrated opening their new location at 114 South Genesee Street, Suite 303 with a Ribbon Cutting and Open House! The City of Waukegan Chamber of Commerce hosted the event as part of their monthly Business After Hours Networking Event! The food and alcohol were sponsored by Green Town Tavern in the Downtown District.

 

Later that same evening Waukegan Main Street partnered with Brandon Ewing- Waukegan School Board and Vance Wyatt- Lake County Board Member District 14 to host Millennials Connected- Forward Thinkers! The event was held at The Harbor’s Edge and featured an evening of over 150 millennials networking and connecting! Music was provided by DJ Smooth and Step 7501 Band! Thanks to Quonset Pizza for providing the raffle giveaways. Stay tuned for the next Millennials Forward event!

A Gorgeous Night in Downtown Waukegan at the Beach!

Smiling faces all around this past Friday for the 2nd Annual Waukegan Night Out/ Touch-A-Truck! The combined event was sponsored by the Waukegan Police and Fire Departments and the Waukegan Park District and included heavy machinery, a K-9 demonstration, bounce houses, face painting, and a tug-of-war between Waukegan Police and Gurnee Police Departments.

The weather was perfect and the beach was filled with children and families!

In addition to all the other fun, Chuck and Stacy Castellanos and their companion Finn reenacted French fur traders landing on the beach took place.  They took the time to explain what the fur traders did, that the canoe is a birch-bark replica of the canoe traders would have used in the 1600s, and discussed the danger and excitement of canoeing on the big lakes.  To close the evening, Zootopia was shown on the beach and free popcorn was provided by the Waukegan Park District!

Thanks to all of the vendors that came out to make this great evening successful! We look forward to seeing you all at this great family event next year! Photos courtesy of Explore Waukegan and Waukegan Park District.

Another Successful ArtWauk in the Downtown Arts & Entertainment District!

We didn’t let a little rain stop us from enjoying ArtWauk in the Downtown Arts & Entertainment District this past Saturday! The Lake County Dance Showcase brought together young people from across the County to the Genesee Theatre Saturday night! Are friends at Grub-N-Go was on the scene serving hot meals to theatre goers and ArtWaukers.

The Waukegan Public Library hosted Literacy for Libations and had Craft Beer!! How cool is that?!  This terrific event aimed to bring awareness to the amazing work the Waukegan Library Foundation Board is doing for the community!

President of the Waukegan Public Library Foundation Board of Directors, Octavius Hayes, addresses the crowd at Libations for Literacy.
President of the Waukegan Public Library Foundation Board of Directors, Octavius Hayes, addresses the crowd at Libations for Literacy.

 

Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing was one of the small breweries at Libations for Literacy.
Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing was one of the small breweries at Libations for Literacy.

 

Kelly Hodge BeLow from Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. was pouring their specialty beer at Libations for Literacy.
Kelly Hodge BeLow from Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. was pouring their specialty beer at Libations for Literacy.

 

The ArtPark was alive and festive as always and the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum was open for the night, as some of their representatives were staffing a Comic Con booth in San Diego; and Dandelion Gallery always draws a crowd! Make sure you join us next Month Saturday August 18th for ArtWauk and Waukegan ShredFest 2018 in the Downtown Arts & Entertainment District!

 

 

Maritza Alis, henna tattoo artist, was busy all night!
Maritza Alis, henna tattoo artist, was busy all night!

 

The public had the opportunity to check out what has been going on with the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum at 13 N. Genesee. The RBEM had a booth at Comic Con and is slated to open in 2020, Ray’s 100th birthday year.
The public had the opportunity to check out what has been going on with the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum at 13 N. Genesee. The RBEM had a booth at Comic Con and is slated to open in 2020, Ray’s 100th birthday year.

 

We had a Blast at Scoop Waukegan!

The Downtown Arts & Entertainment District was packed last weekend as we celebrated Scoop Waukegan! The Mayor and city officials opened Scoop with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

Also added to this year’s Scoop was Waukegan Carnival Days and Taste of the Caribbean!! Both were fun and the Taste was deemed a success with many different vendors and musical acts!! Thanks to all of the great vendors and sponsors of Scoop Waukegan and Taste of the Caribbean!

We here at Waukegan Main Street had a blast serving alcohol from our Beer Tent located at Genesee and Madison St.  In case you missed it we went Facebook Live.

Board member Karen Nystrom and volunteers Charlotte and Gwen.
Board member Karen Nystrom and volunteers Charlotte and Gwen.

Volunteers from Family Chiropractic & Sports Rehab
Volunteers from Family Chiropractic & Sports Rehab

Annette Darden and sons handing out information.
Annette Darden and sons handing out information.

 

 

A big thank you to all of our volunteers from Heart of the City, Norstates Bank, Jessica and Gwen Ferraro, Annette Darden, Jacquie Steuer, Waukegan School Board, and 4th Ward Alderman David Villalobos. Looking forward to seeing you in Downtown soon!

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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Mayor Sam Cunningham celebrating Juneteenth!

 

Waukegan Police Department had a booth at 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 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.
Waukegan High School JROTC Color Guide at Juneteenth.

Remote broadcast from Bowen Park at Juneteenth.
Remote broadcast from Bowen Park at Juneteenth.

One of the Waukegan High School bands entertaining the crowd 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
The Waukegan Queens

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

Waukegan High Schooll JROTC, second largest in the country!
Waukegan High Schooll JROTC, second largest in the country!

Dignitaries after the ceremony.
Dignitaries after the ceremony.

Robert Abbott Middle School Band.
Robert Abbott Middle School Band.

American Legion Homer Dahringer Post 281’s John Davis.
American Legion Homer Dahringer Post 281’s John Davis.

Queens in the parade.
Queens in the parade.

Preparing for the 21 gun salute.
Preparing for the 21 gun salute.

Waukegan Fire Department Honor Guard
Waukegan Fire Department Honor Guard

Waukegan High School JROTC Color Guard
Waukegan High School JROTC Color Guard