Waukegan Apartments for Rent
One of the most august communities in the state, Waukegan, Illinois' history dates back to 1673. Early Waukegan, Illinois settlers were initially attracted to Waukegan (then called "Little Fort") as a port city and shipped produce and grain from Lake and McHenry County farms to Chicago, Illinois. In 1849, Little Forters voted to rename the community as Waukegan, Illinois, which means "fort" in Potawatomi.
Waukegan, Illinois kept increasing in size with the creation of the Illinois Parallel Railroad in 1855. More recently, the city added some 17,000 residents between 1990 and 2000, and today Waukegan, Illinois is the county seat of Lake County with a population of 91,323 residents.
Genesee Theatre in Waukegan
The 1,799 seat Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois was adorned with 1,200 yards of lush tapestries, seven tons of marble and a massive Barton Grande pipe organ when it first opened on December 25, 1927 to rave reviews. After sitting vacant for twelve years, the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan began its $23 million renovation in July 2001 as part of the City of Waukegan's downtown renovation project. With the help of over 120 volunteers, the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois was brought back to its original splendor. Every care was taken in the restoration to ensure the integrity of this great venue. All wall fabrics in the facility are exact replicas of the original wallpaper and coloring in the facility has been recreated as exactly as possible based on existing paint chippings. Many of the original plaster moldings, wooden railings and light fixtures have been kept intact. The marquee, installed on September 2, 2004, is an exact replica of the one which graced the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois in 1927.
Waukegan in Books and Movies
Surprisingly, Waukegan, Illinois has had its share of fame in literature, TV shows and movies. Science fiction author Ray Bradbury featured a 1920s version of Waukegan (named "Green Town") in several pieces, including the novel Dandelion Wine. In movies like The Blues Brothers, Groundhog Day, and Batman Begins, the viewer can identify Waukegan's Amstutz Expressway, commonly called "the highway to nowhere" by locals. Lastly, Waukeganites have reveled in passing references to their hometown in small screen programs like Married... with Children and That 70's Show.
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