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This theatre has finally opened after being closed for decades. The opening act in December 2004 was Bill Cosby and the show was a hit! This theatre is both elegant and refreshing for a town that is hoping to become just that.
There's a bar to have a drink or two before the show. The architecture will marvel you while you wait for the entertainment to start. The staff is very courteous and helpful and there isn't a bad seat in the place.
With the reopening of Genesee Theatre, the Waukegan downtown will, hopefully, attract more patrons and businesses.
The goal is for the town that was once the "place to be" in Lake County to become that again!
Some shows/acts we've seen include:
1. Bill Cosby
2. 42nd Street
3. Jerry Seinfeld
4. Ringo Starr
5. Dennis Miller
6. Vicki Lawrence
7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off during Cinema Week
Some shows/acts we didn't see:
1. James Brown
2. Lord of the Dance
3. The Styx
4. James Taylor
5. Wanda Sykes
6. Kenny Loggins
7. Rick Springfield
Please visit and catch some of the upcoming events like Rent, David Copperfield and Lonestar!
Dress Code: There is no established dress code as the Genesee Theatre is the host of a variety of acts, so, you be the judge of what would match the show you're seeing that night. :)
Updated Mar 10, 2007
Address: 203 North Genesee St. Waukegan, IL 60085
Every Wednesday afternoon and Sunday morning an inexpensive car auction occurs up in Waukegan.
The cars have been donated to charities by people throughout Chicagoland. They're auctioned off, with prices starting at just $100.
Even if you're not planning on buying anything, it's still an interesting event to watch.
Note: If you can make out more than 2 words of what the auctioneer is saying then please let me know!!
What to pay: Often less than $500 per car
Written Oct 23, 2004
Address: 2731 Belvidere (Route 120) Waukegan, IL
Phone: (847) 662-0100
Try the North Shore Bikepath. It goes from Lake Bluff to Kenosha, following the Metra railroad tracks. Actually, the bike path is under a different name, I believe, if you wish to go farther north or farther south than these points.
Written Oct 5, 2002
Favorite thing: Living in the northern part of Waukegan, I was gracious enough to live right next to the airport. When we were kids, we use to ride our bikes up there and have fun. Living next to the airport and hearing the planes fly over your head during the summer is the coolest experience.
Fondest memory: Lakehurst Mall will always have a place in my heart. Before Gurnee Mills, Lakehurst was the center of attention to the people of Northern Lake County. There was no food court but random restaurants inside. The anchors were JCPenny, Carson Piere Scott, Montgomery Ward, Dunhams and many more throughout the years. Something about the place, I loved so much.
Written Feb 5, 2005