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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
First, a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our Official Tree Lighting in Jack Benny Plaza in downtown Waukegan on December 2nd! Wow! What a night, what a turnout, what a good time.
If you missed it, here are some the highlights:
The Waukegan Park District kicked off the fun with a Winter Wonder Walk around downtown. The Walk was part of their Go Waukegan initiative to get Waukeganites up, moving and healthier!
Judith Garcia – Realtor supplied hot chocolate to the crowd from her table in Urban Edge. She was incredibly busy. We were glad to have caught this picture before the mad rush!
Dawn Simerly, City of Waukegan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, helped people decorate ornaments in Urban Edge. She then wrapped the ornaments beautifully so they could be given as gifts. People, especially children, enjoyed displaying their creativity.
Holiday coloring pages were also available to children. The kids could hang their completed works in the windows or take them home.
Santa Claus sat at the Genesee Theatre for pictures during the late afternoon and evening. Earlier in the day, Santa walked around downtown, waving at cars and taking selfies with families going to the “Garfield Christmas”, also at the Genesee.
Outside, the crowd grew with anticipation as Mayor Sam Cunningham led the countdown to tree lighting then ceremoniously flipped the switch!
And finally, internationally acclaimed, Waukegan born and raised Lee England Jr. entertained the crowd of over 300 with holiday tunes, including “Jingle Bells‘ where he invited everyone to singalong.
We already have ideas for next year! Join us on Saturday, December 1st, 2018. Explore Waukegan. Join the fun in downtown Waukegan. #ExploreWaukegan
Nearly 50 Main Street American professionals from city across the United States participated in a hands-on workshop in Waukegan last week, as day two of a three day intensive workshop. The day spent in town concentrated on the economic impact of real estate development in revitalization. Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics, an internationally renowned expert in real estate and economic development, led the instructional sessions focused on various modeling, analyses and tools used to evaluate and predict the results of new incentives in specific conditions, determine feasibility of real estate acquisition and development of historic properties, and drive strategic decisions for vacant property.
The group toured the downtown, calculated the cost of an empty building and participants were given advanced tools and strategies to address complex revitalization projects and initiatives with a strong emphasis on Economic Vitality. Emphasizing the importance of partnerships and collaboration, this format provides a learning environment that draws upon the experience and expertise of both the instructors and the participants.
The group enjoyed lunch and a post-workshop networking session at 17 North.
Waukegan is a longtime Main Street community. Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Waukegan Main Street will be the host of a Day 2 of the Community Transformation Workshop offered by the Main Street America Institute. The Community Transformation Workshop is an intensive, interactive three-day experience, filled with educational sessions and exercises aimed to provide participants with advanced tools and strategies to address complex revitalization projects and initiatives through the lens of the refreshed Main Street Approach, with a strong emphasis on Economic Vitality.
Day 2 will concentrate on the economic impact of real estate development in revitalization. Donovan Rypkema, Principal, PlaceEconomics and an internationally renowned expert in real estate and economic development, will lead the instructional sessions focused on various modeling, analyses and tools. These tools are used to evaluate and predict the results of new incentives in specific conditions, determine feasibility of real estate acquisition and development of historic properties, and drive strategic decisions for vacant property. Waukegan is a longtime Main Street community and the instructor and participants will take on a hands-on assignment in which they will apply concepts learned during the morning session.
Join us in welcoming the group to the City of Waukegan!