Downtown Alive! Concerts Alive and Well at RiverEdge Park this Summer Jul06

Downtown Alive! Concerts Alive and Well at RiverEdge Park this Summer...

Downtown Alive! concerts are at a new venue this year. The popular, family-friendly concerts bring exciting musical acts to downtown Aurora. The bands are some of the lucky few to break in the stage this summer at the new, state-of-the-art RiverEdge Park along Broadway. Bring a lawn chair and some of your best friends, and enjoy a night under the stars while listening to great music. Food and beverage vendors are available for your enjoyment. Downtown Alive! Concert Series Friday, Aug. 30 – Get the Led Out (All tickets are only $8.)...

Hot Summer Dining Al Fresco Style in Downtown Aurora Jul06

Hot Summer Dining Al Fresco Style in Downtown Aurora...

It’s summer in the city, and there is no better way to embrace the steamy days and balmy nights than eating and drinking under the stars or the shade of an umbrella. In downtown Aurora, outdoor mingling, noshing, imbibing and river-watching is foremost in summer recreation. Whether it’s sipping a martini on Restaurant Row, or savoring a scotch-a-roo riverside, downtown has it made in the shade. Here’s an alfresco dining guide that will help you to beat the heat this season. Restaurant Row If it’s late night breezes you seek, then there is no better spot than West New York Street to quench your moonlit appetite. Try the rear deck at Ballydoyle (28 W. New York St., 630-844-0400) for beer battered fish and chips and Ballydoyle’s signature drink with Jameson Irish Whiskey and ginger ale. If an urban streetside experience is more your style, then grab a slice at Doughballs Pizza Palace (40 W. New York St., 630-844-5205). The specialty pizza shop sets out a couple of bistro tables by their small storefront just east of Ballydoyle. Venture across the street to Chef Amaury at 33 West (33 W. New York St., 630-375-0426) to escape the everyday and enter into a foodie paradise that is on par with the dining scene in New York City and Chicago. Sit out on the back deck and enjoy a plate of seasonal fruit and cheese or local veggies from Panda Grove Farms in Dixon. Ask your server what they recommend to accompany your food choices on the impressive beer and wine list. Riverside There is a little more excitement this summer along the Fox River and it’s all the more reason to sit riverside and be entertained by bridge and park construction. River’s Edge Cafe (18 W....