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