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!
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 www.heartofthecitysports.org today and we look forward to seeing you in downtown!
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!!
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 email@example.com to learn more!!
We’re deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Former Waukegan Main Street Board President Jamie O’Meara. She was a tireless advocate for the City of Waukegan and especially Waukegan Main Street! She was a good spirit and kind soul! Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult transition.
Owner Trina Torres ofLive 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!
What a wonderful and entertaining evening at our Annual Mardi Gras Casino Night Fundraiser! We raffled away gifts, enjoyed live music from the David Givens Band and gambled a little! On behalf of Waukegan Main Street we truly thank all of our table sponsors, donations and more importantly YOU the community for continuing to support our organization! We also would like to thank our Event Sponsor Tap Room Gaming and the entire team at the Glen Flora Country Club for outstanding service and food! Special thanks to Ace Rodriguez for our 2018 Mardi Gras video and Laura Rodriguez for great photos!! Photos can be found on our Facebook page! Thanks Waukegan and we’ll see you soon for Lunch With The Mayor