Celebrate Juneteenth at our festival, where you can enjoy an enchanting atmosphere filled with music, delectable food, and captivating crafts. This vibrant event annually attracts over 25,000 visitors from across the Chicagoland region, coming together to honor our community. It’s also an opportunity to introduce our neighbors to the unique arts and culture of Lake County. Join us as we commemorate Juneteenth and embrace the spirit of unity and creativity in a family-friendly setting.
Over the years, we have hosted over 14 family-friendly multi- generational festivals and music from local, regional and international acts with the support of sponsors like YOU!
The Greater Waukegan Development Coalition, now GWDC, is a community development organization that fosters economic development in economically challenged communities. Because research has found that no one initiative or program can revitalize a community on its own, GWDC focuses on holistic economic and community development grounded in the values and resources of each community.
To inspire the community both economically and culturally while helping build the next generation of leaders.
To use the tools of economic development to strengthen communities through local entrepreneurship, transformative real estate development, and access to capital.
WHAT WE DO
GWDC fosters economic development in challenged communities by supporting, incubating, nurturing or creating core businesses, pursuing transformative and innovative real estate development and utilizing foreign direct investment in revitalizing and re-energizing commercial areas in the greater Chicago region.