In The News

Beacon Place programs are always in the news! Read the latest coverage….

Articles About Beacon Place

Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 1.35.07 PMHelp Them to Hope campaign ends with $67,855.27 in donations (Lake County News Sun)

The annual Help Them to Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need.

Agencies that benefit from donations this year are Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Christian Outreach of Lutherans, Community Social Services, Mothers Trust Foundation and Open Arms Mission.

“Read more…”


From the community: Community Purse Awards $14,150 to the Beacon Place Community Center in Waukegan (ChicagoTrib Local)

On December 10, 2015, members of The Community Purse awarded $14,150 to the Beacon Place Community Center in Waukegan.

“We are so grateful for this donation,” said Beacon Place Executive Director Barb Karacic of Lake Forest. “These funds will help us expand cooking classes for our neighborhood families, obtain technology to support our afterschool tutoring programs, and obtain fresh produce for our children during the summer months. The need is great in Lake County. We’ve been able to help more than 700 individuals in the area.”

“Read more…”


Namaste for Bacon…& Beacon Place (Daily North Shore)

HIGHLAND PARK – Shri Yoga Center is hosting a donation class to benefit Beacon Place on Friday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to support the non-profit…

“Read more…”


1_citadel_beacon_placeCitadel partners with Beacon Place to bring theater to disadvantaged kids (The Lake Forest Leader)

Fifty disadvantaged children and parents were treated to a performance of the play “Oliver!” at the Citadel Theatre Nov. 27.

The group was brought by Beacon Place, a neighborhood community center in Waukegan that offers roughly 700 children and family members resources and support in the areas of nutrition, overall health, academic support and life skills development.

Read more..

Untitled copy

Beacon Place Partnership(Prairie Crossing Farm Newsletter)

“I can play with kids without needing to spend money”

“I can speak some English without feeling embarrassed”
“I can learn to eat in a more healthy way”
“I can value myself as a woman and mother”

These are the “I can” statements of the Beacon Place MOMS program. Serving southeast Waukegan, Beacon Place is a community center that provides food, education, and enrichment to children and families with the ultimate goals of empowerment and transformation. The MOMS program serves nearly 80 women whose children benefit from programming while the women are empowered to learn new skills that enrich their lives and their families.

Read more…

House on the Corner (Forest and Bluff Magazine)

Can one house change a community? When it’s filled with local activists and volunteers, the answer is yes.

To call it a home would be generous. When Keith Wilson was growing up in Waukegan, across the street from the dilapidated blue house on the corner, it had already been abandoned for years. But that didn’t keep the adventurous away. Neighborhood kids used to play there, even though gangbangers were said to congregate inside every so often. But it overlooked a park with a baseball diamond and a swing set. How could you stay away?

Read More…

Untitled 9

Register for 5K run fundraiser in Long Grove (Daily News)

Registration is now open for 18th annual Long Grove Heritage 5K Run and 3K Walk, which will be Saturday, Sept. 12, at Kildeer Countryside School, Long Grove.

The race is organized by the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods. The club anticipates approximately 1,000 preregistered runners and walkers. Walk-ins are encouraged the morning of the event.

Read more…

hundreds walk to raise $10K

Hundreds walk to raise $10K for Waukegan’s Beacon Place (Lake County News-Sun)

Decked out in yellow Beacon Place T-shirts, a sea of children, parents, grandparents and dogs walked laps Monday on a makeshift trail in Waukegan.

During the Waukegan nonprofit’s second Walk-a-thon event, Beacon Place families stepped toward a goal of raising $10,000, which would double the efforts from last year’s inaugural event.

Read more…

BP grant12 social service agencies in Lake County share $159K grant (Lake County News-Sun)

In recognition of contributions made to the county’s health and human service sectors, the Lake County Community Foundation has awarded 12 grants to organizations that are committed to continuing that critical work.

The organizations were selected for making an impact in the community and each received financial support toward a program or goal that supports the shared mission.

Read more…

2014 Illinois Commission to End Hunger Report

Beacon Place Executive Director Barb Karacic is proud to have participated in creating the 2014 Hunger Report. While great progress has been made, more still needs to be done.



beacon-place-pic-2Light for Beacon Place (Daily North Shore)

Members of the Alpha Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma presented helped raise money to provide backpacks and school supplies for the children of Beacon Place in Waukegan.

A grant from DKG’s Lambda State Foundation for Educational Studies, along with a book sale at its chapter meeting, and a luncheon at Adler School in Libertyville netted nearly $1,000 for Beacon Place a facility that provides much-needed services to Waukegan-area families.

Read more…

06-13_karacicA Beacon of Hope (Forest & Bluff Magazine)

Beacon Place, a Lake Forest-based not-for-profit organization serving Waukegan and North Chicago, serves up summer meals, provides educational opportunities, and offers a safe haven for children and adults in need.

Food drives are often associated with the winter holiday season, when the weather is frigid and the thought of providing a warm meal for a family is prominent in many people’s minds.

Read more…

houseBeacon Place Asks Community to Step Up to Help Local at Risk Children and Families (Chicago Tribune)

With your help, the newly restored Beacon Place will serve as a safe haven for children and families ready to take a step up and a step forward. Donate today at

Eating three meals a day may seem a daily task for many of us, but for many children in Waukegan and North Chicago, it is a daily challenge.

Read more…

chi-b823415030z-1-20150215141840-000gkh7okccj-1-20150215 (1)

Help Them to Hope (Lake County News-Sun)

On Friday, Feb. 13, the Help Them To Hope Board of Directors presented seven organization leaders with the grant money that was collected through donations made by the community.

Serving the Lake County community since 1959, the Help Them To Hope Board of Directors met with this year’s grant recipients at Catholic Charities in Waukegan on Friday, Feb. 13.

Read more…


Chris Kennedy Promotes Top Box Program in Waukegan Deserts (Lake County News-Sun)

Chris Kennedy, founder of Top Box Foods, meets with supporters of the the hunger-fighting organization following an appearance at the Park Place Senior Center in Waukegan.

Chris Kennedy told a gathering Tuesday at the Park Place Senior Center in Waukegan about his path to delivering produce to the food deserts often found in low-income neighborhoods.

Read more…

strikearticleWaukegan volunteers organize free meals during strike (Chicago Tribune)

Students affected by the ongoing Waukegan teachers strike head to the Beacon Place on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, for a free meal and homework assignments.

Since teachers walked off the job Oct. 2, students in Waukegan Public School District 60 have missed 17 instructional days — more than twice as much absent time as Chicago students racked up during the city’s 2012 teacher strike.

Read more…

BP12-1024x833CQF Helping with Soccer at Beacon Place (Christopher Quon Foundation)

This summer, the CQF is helping Beacon Place with their soccer program!

Beacon Place provides a summer lunch program and a safe haven for up to 200 Waukegan and North Chicago children twice a week!  Many of the children enjoy playing soccer after lunch, and this summer the CQF was honored to provide all the soccer equipment.

Read more…

2013-alumni-pic-580x380Lake Forest High School Boys Soccer Team Hosts Chris Quon Fundraiser (Gazebo News)

On Saturday, August 23, the Lake Forest High School Boys Soccer team will host its annual alumni game/fundraiser, “The Christopher Quon Alumni Game” at LFHS, West Campus.

The game is named in honor of Chris, a LFHS 2005 graduate and varsity soccer and lacrosse player, who tragically lost his life from heart failure at the age of 22 in 2009. The Alumni Game will be held at 5pm.

Read more…

LakeCountyCommFound2014GrantRecipients2014 Competitive and Opportunity Grant Recipients (Lake County Community Foundation)

The Foundation allocated its competitive grant making resources to support nonprofit organizations that are responding to current needs, have a track record of achieving objectives and have strong partnerships in place for projects that will advance the Foundation’s impact goals for its priorities. In 2012, the Foundation designated funds for projects that fall outside the traditional grant cycle but align with the organization’s grant guidelines and strategic priorities.

Read more…

Past Newsletters

Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 3.10.35 PM

June 2016

Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 2.50.26 PM

May 2016

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 9.35.22 AM

April 2016

Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 2.14.26 PM

Jan/Feb 2016

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 9.56.52 AM

December 2015

November 2015

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 5.47.52 PM

October 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 8.38.45 AM

September 2015

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 1.32.50 PM

August 2015

Screen Shot 2015-08-09 at 11.38.23 AM

Walk-A-Thon, 2015


July 2015

June 2015


April 2015


January 2015

December 2014

December 2014

November 2014


October 2014


September 2014

August 2014


July 2014