Gurnee Days festival and parade 2014

The Gurnee Days Corporation seeks nominations from the community for people who have made a meaningful contribution to make this area a better place to work and live. Gurnee Days Corporation is pleased to have such a devoted couple as James and Michelle Caldwell as the 2014 Gurnee Days Honorees and Parade Marshalls!

Gurnee Days 2014 information

Since 1973, Gurnee Days has provided the Village of Gurnee with a fun, family-oriented weekend of music, events, entertainment for adults and children, delicious food, carnival rides and games, as well as a fireworks display! This year Gurnee Days is celebrating their 42nd year with activities for all ages under the 2014 theme “Lil Bit Country, Lil Bit Rock ‘N Rol”.
Gurnee Days brings our entire community together to celebrate the best of what Gurnee has to offer; excellent schools, award winning park district and library, a world-class amusement park, a variety of unique stores and citizens dedicated to making Gurnee a great place to live, work, and visit!

gurnee days 2014 festivals six flags
gurnee days 2014 festivals six flags

Since the beginning, Gurnee Days has been put on by a group of citizen volunteers and the Gurnee Days Corporation, in cooperation with the Village of Gurnee and the Gurnee Park District. Visit our Volunteer page and BECOME A VOLUNTEER today!
Check out our exciting entertainment line up!

  • Final Say – Friday Night 7:30pm
  • Rockstar Rodeo Performing – Saturday Night 5 – 7:30pm
  • Shape Shifter Performing – Saturday Night 8 – 11pm
  • Patch 22 Petting Zoo and Pony Rides – Sunday 1-4pm

About Gurnee Days festival

Gurnee Days 2014 is an annual celebration that brings the community together for a safe, fun-filled family event. For 42 years, the festivities have been planned and orchestrated by the Gurnee Days Corporation, a not-for-profit, volunteer organization. The event is funded by contributions from area businesses and civic organizations. Gurnee Days will be held August 7-10, 2014, and most of the events take place in the Village Center (Viking Park, Peterson Park, Library, Viking School, and the Police and Fire Stations). The theme of the 2014 Gurnee Days event is “Little Bit Country, Little Bit Rock ‘N’ Roll.”

The Gurnee Days Corporation meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Gurnee Police Department. Meetings are open to the public, and new members are always welcome. Those interested in becoming members are encouraged to attend a meeting.

For more information about the Gurnee Days Corporation and the Gurnee Days event, contact the Gurnee Days Corporation directly at:

Gurnee Days Corporation
PO Box 111
Gurnee, IL 60031

Gurnee Days 2013

Ahoy Matey! It’s time for Gurnee Days 2013 festival and parade.  This year’s theme will set sail on Thursday, August 8th with carnival rides, food and vendor booths and live music from the band Final Say.  Gurnee Days 2013 festival and parade will feature Robin Williams and Julia Roberts and has many great family events this August and the pride of Illinois.
Friday and Saturday will be filled with live entertainment including performances by
  • Semple (Pop/Rock),
  • Friction (Modern Rock)
  • Modern Day Romeos (Top 40, 80’s hits)
  • Neon Tease (80’s)
  • Buckley Road Band (Country)
Friday night’s movie in the park is the family friendly classic “Hook” featuring Robin Williams and Julia Roberts.
Saturday Gurnee Days 2013 fest will light up the sky with an awesome fireworks display at Viking Park.
Sunday at Noon, Gurnee lines the streets for our annual Gurnee Days Parade, watch out for Pirates and Sea Creatures this year!
Also, for the first time ever you can win prizes with the Great Gurnee 2013 festival Adventure!  It is a scavenger hunt throughout the Village that highlights some of our local landmarks and businesses.
Other attractions at Gurnee Days include a Classic Car Show, Rib Eating Contest,  Art Show and more!
For more information including a calendar of events visit
Gurnee Days is an annual festival that celebrates our villages proud history, advancements and treasured residents. 

Gurnee Days 2013 fest address

Gurnee Days 2013 festival and parade
4374 Old Grand Ave.
Gurnee, IL 60031
James and Michelle Caldwell are the 2014 Gurnee Days Honorees
The Gurnee Days Corporation is pleased to announce James (Jim) and Michelle Caldwell are the 2014 Gurnee Days Honorees. For over 40 years, the Gurnee Days Corporation has selected a deserving individual or couple to be honored during the annual Gurnee Days celebration. The testimonial dinner honoring the Caldwells will be held on Thursday, August 7 and traditionally kicks off the annual Gurnee Days festivities.
Jim Caldwell was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He resided in Chicago through his grade school years and then attended Round Lake High School. Jim earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. His family includes his daughter April and son James Caldwell III and four siblings, Kim, Shari, Brian and Jeff.
Michelle Caldwell was born and raised in Lake County, Illinois. She attended Zion Benton High School. Her family includes her father Chuck and four siblings, Bill, Nancy, Doug and her twin brother Mark.
Jim and Michelle started their venture together in 2006 and were married in March of 2011 in Arizona. They are the type of people who leave a mark on everyone they meet. Their friendly dispositions and willingness to volunteer have been recognized through their vocations and many community organizations. They are an amazing couple and so deserving of the title of 2014 Gurnee Days Honorees.
Jim has dedicated his 30 year professional life to law enforcement, the last 25 in the Village of Gurnee. He has risen through the ranks serving as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Commander and will retire this year as Deputy Chief of Police. He is probably best known for the ten years he spent as the Commander of the Detective Unit where he led many high profile investigations and established this group as one of the finest investigative teams in Lake County. It was during this period that this strong leader within the police department established himself as a key leader in the community. Jim has directed the expansion of the School Resource Officer from a single officer to the four full-time officers in each of the school districts. Recently, Jim was instrumental in implementing the Visitor Oriented Policing Team, a vision he conceptualized and researched years earlier.
In 1993, Michelle began her career at Warren-Newport Credit Union now Community Trust Credit Union (CTCU) as a teller. Over the years, she has been promoted to Teller II, Head Teller, Lending/Member Service Officer and will retire this year after 13 years as CTCU’s Marketing Director. She has been a staple within the State of Illinois Credit Union communities holding executive and/or board positions for many organizations including the Illinois Youth Involvement Council, Illinois Credit Union Ladies Golf Outing along with Legislative Forum Representative and officer positions with the Doig Chapter of the Illinois Credit Union League. Michelle just received the 2013 Spirit of Service Employee of the Year award from the Illinois Credit Union System at its 84th Annual Convention. This award recognizes credit union executives who through their outstanding achievement or innovation create stronger member and community awareness of credit unions.
Even with such demanding careers, Jim and Michelle have been heavily involved volunteering with many organizations. As a charter member of the Gurnee Fraternal of Police (FOP), Jim has also served as its president. Under his leadership, the FOP has an annual Pancake Breakfast, “Outrun the Cops” 5K Run/Walk and partners with the Gurnee Park District’s Fall Fest providing food to attendees. Proceeds from these events help to support the Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center. Jim’s a founding member of Gurnee’s Jon Callaghan Memorial Turkey Trot committee and has been the face of the Gurnee Police Department at this annual Thanksgiving Day charity event for twenty years. As a member of the Exchange Club of Gurnee, Michelle served as Treasurer and volunteers at many events. She has been actively involved with the Gurnee, Grayslake and Lake County Chambers of Commerce. Michelle volunteers her time with the Gurnee and Grayslake Relay for Life, Avon Breast Cancer Walk, and the Toys for Tots and Salvation Army Angel Tree programs. Jim and Michelle joined the Gurnee Days Corporation over ten years ago and both have served as President and on the executive board. Michelle chairs the Baby Contest while Jim chairs the Safety & Security Committee, Pancake Breakfast and the Bike Rodeo.
Jim and Michelle are exceptional people. They love spending time with their family and friends but they also devote so much time volunteering and their many accomplishments have greatly enhanced the Village of Gurnee and the Chicagoland area.
Each year, the Gurnee Days Corporation seeks nominations from the community for people who have made a meaningful contribution to make this area a better place to work and live. Gurnee Days Corporation is pleased to have such a devoted couple as James and Michelle Caldwell as the 2014 Gurnee Days Honorees and Parade Marshalls. For more information on Gurnee Days and the honorees, check the GDC website at



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