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Waukegan, the home of Jack Benny, Ray Bradbury and Otto Graham, is located on Lake Michigan, north of the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. The downtown area is home of the recently renovated Genesee Theatre. This section of the city, is currently the focus of revitalization efforts by community groups such as Main Street Waukegan and the Waukegan Historical Society.
Jack Benny Park with a wonderful statue of Jack with his violin is located diagonally from the renovated theatre.
Ray Bradbury's childhood home and references to his literary work, Dandelion Wine abound in this area. The bridge through Powell Park across the "ravine" from downtown still vibrates with the same terror felt by Lavinia Nebbs as she raced down the steps running from the "Lonely One" in the now classic anecdote from Dandelion Wine.
Views of the Lake can still touch the pedestrian as they stroll along Sheridan Road from the old Carnegie library at Washington Street north toward the Genesee Theatre. Waukegan's, "Walk of Stars" is also located on this stretch in a roadside park directly East of the theatre. Here the names of Waukeganites who have made their national mark are celebrated with star-shaped plaques with their likenesses etched in the surface. Benches and a meandering walkway provide those interested with a place to rest and view the historical markers.