New Lake Michigan Destination: Waukegan, Illinois
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018
More than just a place to tie up your boat, Waukegan Harbor and Marina offers an array of amenities and award-winning service to those looking to navigate Lake Michigan. This boater’s haven offers an expansive season from April 1–November 1, which is just one of the many reasons to choose Waukegan as your next boating destination. The harbor features the finest in boating with a marina of over 1,000 slips, perfect for the freedom to meander Lake Michigan. The harbor and marina are able to accommodate any craft from sailboats to luxury cruisers. Additionally, the marina includes a variety of modern amenities such as a full washroom, laundry room, fish-cleaning stations, launch ramps, all-day security, excellent Wi-Fi, and much more. Visit the on-site store and gift shop to pick up all of the essentials you may need for your expedition. These luxuries make Waukegan the quintessential place to boat on Lake Michigan.
When opting for land over the water, Waukegan offers a plethora of things to do and see for groups of all ages. The Genesee Theatre provides live entertainment from world-class artists and performers. The extravagant and elegant building has brought some of the biggest names in entertainment and music to the town throughout its long standing history for nearly a century.
Known for its historic and beautiful downtown and Main Street, Waukegan hosts countless events and activities for tourists and locals. “ArtWauk” (pronounced ‘art walk’ and short for Waukegan), was an event developed by local artists to showcase professional and amateur talent. Paintings, sculptures, film, theatre, comedy, music, performance art, great food, and much more are highlighted when attending one of these monthly community-favorite events. One of the most exciting and diverse arts communities along the shore of Lake Michigan, Waukegan has been built on its rich cultural history and has been home to dozens of writers, actors, artists, and musicians including Ray Bradbury and Jack Benny.
Also known for its many fabulous restaurants, many of which are found on its Main Street, Waukegan has distinguished itself as a culinary hot-spot in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Dishes ranging from comforting to gourmet, Waukegan offers a variety of dining options, even for the pickiest of eaters.
As a hub of American history, Waukegan is home to multiple museums and historic markers that line the city’s diverse cultural background. Visitors can find themselves touring the ever-changing Tour of Homes or scour the many exhibits located at the Waukegan History Museum.
Home to over 49 neighborhood and community parks, Waukegan Park District offers a little something for everyone. Dozens of park amenities are available for the public to enjoy including hiking/jogging/walking and biking paths, courts and fields, plus much more.
Waukegan is home to some of the best boating, nightlife, arts, recreation, and dining in the Great Lakes region. Experience the pulse of this vibrant city first-hand on your next nautical excursion on Lake Michigan. Click on www.visitlakecounty.org to find out more.
This article first appeared in the Winter Issue (Jan/Feb) 2018 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.