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.


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.


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!


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.

Volunteers from Family Chiropractic & Sports Rehab

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.

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

Summer Beautification Underway in the Downtown Arts & Entertainment District

On Wednesday, May 23rd Waukegan Main Street with volunteers Sara Dorman and Jessica Ferraro teamed up with NRG Energy to kick off our Summer Beautification and Flowering Program! We spent the morning planting flowers throughout the District and hanging planters from our street lights!

We are pleased with how it looks and know you will be too!!

We are always looking for volunteers especially for our next two Clean Ups scheduled in June!  Saturday, June 23rd, we have partnered with MH Wozniak CPA, meeting up at North Shore Printers again to Clean Up the Amstutz from 9am-12pm!  Marty will provide lunch at one of the downtown eateries afterwards!

Then, the following day, Sunday, June 24th, we have partnered with our friends at Heart of the City to Clean Up the Downtown District from 1pm-3pm!  Pizza will be sponsored by Quonset Pizza! Please register at today and we look forward to seeing you in downtown!

Our 33rd Annual Lunch With The Mayor at Glen Flora Country Club was a Success!

Thank you to our Event Sponsor NRG, Contributing Sponsor ComEd and all of our Table Sponsors for our 33rd Annual Lunch With The Mayor at Glen Flora Country Club this May!

Special thanks to Mayor Sam Cunningham for addressing the business community and presenting a vision for our city! If you were unable to attend Lunch with the Mayor, please watch a few clips here.


Mayor Cunningham addressing the crowd at Lunch with the Mayor.




Congratulations to Heart of the City for winning the 2018 Mark MacLeod Award for making a positive impact on the Downtown District!

Mayor Cunningham, Waukegan Main Street Board President Tamika Jones, and members of Heart of the City – this year’s Mark MacLeod Award winner.


Lastly, thanks to the staff at the Glen Flora Country Club! Everyone was extremely helpful and very accommodating!

We look forward to you joining us next year! We appreciate your support and we’ll see you in Downtown soon!

Mayor Cunningham and the Waukegan Main Street Board of Directors.

StarWauk invades the Downtown District!

StarWauk was a big hit again this past Saturday evening in the Downtown Arts & Entertainment District! Tons of great costumes and even a few of the owners of the South Genesee Merchants Block decided to join the fun!!

Owners Trina Torres from Live Free Boutique and Charlene Craft from Hayze Vape.

Low-reen & the Lazy Dogs featuring Charles Hayes had the Jack Benny Plaza rocking on Saturday evening!

Down the street in the Madison Plaza Rum Ham brought the energy to the crowd!


Grub-N-Go kept us fed throughout the entire evening and special thanks to them! For more information on how to become a Food Truck Vendor please email to learn more!!

May the Force be With You! #StarWauk

Austin Cantu Photography set up in ArtPark at 14 S. Genesee

Downtown Spotlight: Trina Torres of Live Free Boutique

Owner Trina Torres of Live Free Boutique had the opportunity to talk with students at Webster Middle School! Recently we had the opportunity to catch up with Trina and listen to her experience.

Torres spoke about being an entrepreneur, becoming a leader and not a follower, and standing up for what you believe in! Trina’s approach with the students was to be as open and honest as possible, as she explained, “I wanted to share some of my personal story with you and show that you can, in fact, overcome adversity.”

Trina also spoke about following your dreams and pursuing them in adult life. She highlighted expressing yourself, and that she is an artist with a love of music, art, writing, creating, building, dance and modeling.

Looking for that good summer deal? Visit Trina at Live Free Boutique located at 100 South Genesee St in the South Genesee Merchants Block of downtown Waukegan!