The purpose of the Historic Preservation Commission is to promote the protection, enhancement, perpetuation, and use of improvements of special character or historical interest or value in the interest of the health, prosperity, safety, and welfare of the people of the City of Waukegan by providing a mechanism to identify and voluntarily preserve the historic and architectural characteristics of Waukegan the represent elements of the City’s cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history; to promote civic pride in the beauty and noble accomplishments of the past as represented in Waukegan’s landmarks and historic districts; stabilizing and improving economic vitality and value of Waukegan’s landmarks and historic areas; and fostering and encouraging voluntary preservation, restoration of structures, areas, and neighborhoods and thereby preventing future urban blight. The City of Waukegan has 161 protected historic buildings.
The Historic Preservation Commission is an advisory body, forwarding all recommendations on landmark applications it reviews to the City Council. The City Council makes the final decision whether to grant approval on landmark applications brought before them by the Historic Preservation Commission. All Historic Preservation Commission meetings are scheduled on the third Thursday of every odd-numbered month between 4:30PM and 6:30 PM in the Planning and Zoning Conference Room on the third floor of City Hall.