Volunteers Appreciaton Celebration!

Have you volunteered for Waukegan Main Street?  Tonight we are celebrating you and all the wonderful work you’ve done for Waukegan.  You’ve worked events, stuffed envelopes, handed out flyers, and served on our Committees and Board.  Now it’s time to relax and enjoy an evening of appetizers and camaraderie!

Haven’t volunteered yet, but are interested in seeing what opportunities are available?  Here’s your chance to get to know us and join the fun! Looking forward to seeing you there!


Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at Jerry's Tacos on September 11th!

Labor Day Weekend Fun

Harbor Sunrise

Even though the Waukegan Schools are already back in session, Labor Day weekend signals the end of Summer for so many of us.  This weekend’s weather, however, may seem more like mid-July so find time to enjoy our beautiful Waukegan Beach.  Remember, it’s cooler near the lake.

Need some ideas for your weekend?  How about …

  • Live blues and jazz every Friday at Jerry’s Tacos from 6- 8pm
  • Karaoke every Friday at 17 North starting at 9pm
  • The Archie Parks Project every Friday at Big Ed’s starting at 7:30pm


  • Green Town Yoga at Stiner Pavilion, Waukegan Beach starting at 9am
  • Happy Time Breakfast every Saturday at Green Town Tavern
  • The Neil Rose Band this Saturday at Big Ed’s starting at 7:30pm
  • Fowl Mouth, Street Fist and The Forty Whacks this Saturday at the Burgundy Room at 10pm


  • Sunrise Breakfast every Saturday and Sunday at 17 North at 9am


And, if you haven’t seen our weekly calendar and highlights, check it out by clicking here.  You can even sign up to get the calendar emailed directly to you by clicking here.


Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!
~Jane Ferry, Executive Director

17 North/WMS VIP Event Tonight!

17 North is giving Waukegan Main Street members a great VIP perk and they want to tell you all about it tonight!

Waukegan Main Street VIP Program! 

Starlight Room at 17 North

TONIGHT from 5 – 7pm

Join us for an open house with free appetizers and get your 17 North VIP Card.  Using the VIP Card will take 10% off your bill every time you go to 17 North.   In addition, you will be registered in their Rewards Program, giving you points for enjoying good food and spirits.  When you reach 300 points, you’ll receive a $25 gift card.

Not a member of Waukegan Main Street?  You can sign up tonight!

Beach Clean-Up September 21st at 10am

Waukegan Beach

Looking for a family-friendly, fun volunteer activity?  Friends of Waukegan Beach and Waukegan Main Street are teaming up to clean up our own lovely stretch of beach as part of the Alliance for the Great Lakes annual September Adopt-a-Beach™ Event.  The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup where thousands of volunteers remove trash and collect data on their findings.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 21st at 10am.  We will provide bags.  Bring your own gloves or pickers if you have them.  Have fun giving back to the places you care about.  The Great Lakes shoreline – and especially Waukegan Municipal Beach – is right in our back yard.

The Alliance is devoted 100 percent to the lakes and works with scientists, policymakers, businesses, community groups and everyday citizens to protect and restore the world’s largest surface freshwater resource.  From forging forward-looking policies to promoting education to on-the-ground efforts to improve thousands of miles of Great Lakes shoreline, they are out front and behind the scenes, caring for the lakes since 1970. For more information about Alliance for the Great Lakes, click here.

ArtWauk and a Sense of Community

As Board President and Executive Director of Waukegan Main Street, Jamie O’Meara and I attend almost every City Council meeting.  We keep in touch with decisions being made and share upcoming events during Audience Time.  After the last City Council meeting, we were stopped by a couple who came to the August ArtWauk.  The woman said:

Our daughter went to school in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. When we visited, we couldn’t get over the sense of community.  People were friendly and welcoming.  You don’t feel that very often, but that’s what we felt at ArtWauk.

We thought we’d come downtown early just to see what it was like … and stayed until after 10!  We visited galleries, talked to artists, enjoyed music, had dinner, and from one place to the next we felt welcomed and that same sense of community.

Such positive feedback!  Have you been to ArtWauk lately?  Ever?  Your next chance is September 21st.  ArtWauk runs from 5 – 10pm with galleries, shops and restaurants open from Genesee Street south of Water Street to Clayton and County to the Karcher ArtSpace on Washington Street and MLK Jr. Dr.

New this ArtWauk, ambassadors will be handing out programs and helping guide people around the Arts District.  This month, too, Undercroft Gallery in the lower level of Christ Episcopal Church will be open from 3 – 6 with the show “Privileged 2B … the Photography of Ali Albakri”, including footage from the original ArtWauks 10 years ago.

Come out and enjoy the sense of community our visitors felt.
~Jane Ferry, Executive Director