Italian Restaurant “Aliano’s” Coming to Restaurant Row Jan30

Italian Restaurant “Aliano’s” Coming to Restaurant Row...

Aliano’s Italian Restaurant, which opened up last year in downtown Batavia, plans to open a second location in downtown Aurora later this year. Read the full story...

“The Music Man” scores another home run at the Paramount Theatre, Aurora Jan25

“The Music Man” scores another home run at the Paramount Theatre, Aurora...

The Paramount Theatre’s second Broadway season is well underway and it’s been another hit so far. “The Music Man” is the historic theater’s latest offering and the classic musical is racking up great reviews. Read them here. Chicago Sun-Times Showbiz Chicago Chicago Critic Chicago Theatre Review Chicago Tribune Stage and Cinema Theater reviews by Dan Zeff Downtown Auroran The Music Man at Paramount Theatre in Aurora scheduled to end on February 3, 2013 for tickets, call (630) 896-6666 or...

Library Receives $10.8 Million in Grant Money for New Building Jan25

Library Receives $10.8 Million in Grant Money for New Building...

AURORA – Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has notified the Aurora Public Library it has been awarded a Public Library Construction Act grant of $10.8 million in reimbursements for construction costs of the new library in downtown Aurora. The entire $10.8 million will be applied to the $28 million cost of a new downtown public library. Construction is set to begin this spring. Secretary White will formally present a check to the library at a ceremony in March.    “The Aurora Public Library Board of Directors and I are extremely appreciative to Secretary of State White and the Illinois General Assembly, including our local lawmakers State Senator Linda Holmes and State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, for approving the program and releasing the funds,” said Eva Luckinbill, executive director of the Aurora Public Library. “This grant will lower the bond debt for the construction of the new library, thereby lowering the amount Aurora city property taxpayers will contribute toward the new library and other improvements to the library system.” Luckinbill praised Bonnie Sebby, special projects librarian, for her meticulous and professional work in writing the grant and managing the application process. City of Aurora Finance Director Brian Caputo was instrumental in assisting the library with various fiscal compliance requirements for the grant. Luckinbill said Aurora aldermen, who approved the sale of bonds for the new library in April, 2012, also deserve hearty thanks for their part in making sure the Aurora Public Library will be able to fund a state-of-the art library that is planned to open next year. Jeffry Butler, president of the Aurora Public Library Board of Directors, said he had been cautiously optimistic about the possibility of the grant award since the library made the application last April. “I can...

Downtown Aurora in the News Jan12

Downtown Aurora in the News...

In the last week, downtown Aurora is gaining a lot of notoriety. Whether its scenes of downtown shown on network news due to Aurora’s murder-free year in 2012, or columnists glowing about our downtown, we welcome the spotlight! Click on the links to see downtown Aurora in the news. Downtown might take you by surprise — Deena Bess Sherman, Beacon -News NBC news report on Jan. 8, 2013 Huffington Post report on Jan. 2,...

Coming Soon: New Downtown Businesses Jan05

Coming Soon: New Downtown Businesses...

Read about new businesses coming to downtown Aurora in the...