Hot Events in October Sep29

Hot Events in October...

In honor of fire prevention month, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum in downtown Aurora is offering three free public programs — Firefighter Dayna and Molly the Fire Safety Dog, The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and Fire Strikes the Chicago Stockyards. Oct. 2: Firefighter Dayna and Tango the Fire Safety Dog  Wednesday, October 2nd, Doors open at 6:30pm  Firefighter and nationally recognized fire safety expert, Dayna Hilton, known as “Firefighter Dayna” to millions of children and their caregivers, will be at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum with her four-legged companion, Molly the Fire Safety Dog. Oct. 10: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 Thursday, October 10th, Doors open at 6:30pm  David Lewis, Curator of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, and a nationaly recognized historian on the Great Chicago Fire will present a lively forty-five minute discussion/multi-media presentation on the history of the Great Chicago Fire. Oct. 17: Fire Strikes the Chicago Stockyards Thursday, October 17th, Doors open at 6:30pm  John Hogan and Alex Burkholder, veteran Chicago newsmen and authors of the new book “Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards,” will discuss the extra-alarm fires at the Chicago Stockyards. Events are free, however, seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information,...

River Street Plaza Celebrates New Ownership...

Centrue Bank, along with Pilmer Real Estate and Dolan & Murphy, Inc., held a ribbon cutting on Friday, Sept. 27 to celebrate the recently completed Riverfront path and the grand re-opening of the River Street Plaza in downtown Aurora. The property, located on the 100 block of South River Street, began construction in 2006 and houses 93 residential condominiums and 46,000 square feet of commercial retail space.  After the death of the property’s developer, Joe Vantreese, in 2011, the project was in need of new leadership to carry out the original vision. Despite the ups and downs of the economy over the past few years, Centrue took steps uncharacteristic of most banks and engaged local professionals to work alongside the bank to assure that existing and future residents of River Street Plaza would enjoy this urban diamond for years to come. Centrue arranged end loan financing for purchasers and became active in the City’s longstanding efforts to add even more local attractions for the visitors and residents of downtown Aurora. Commenting on the project, Jason Penman, market president at Centrue, remarked, “We don’t just want to say we’re a community bank.  We want our actions to support that. When the exceptionally well-conceived and well-designed riverfront condominiums at River Street Plaza needed new sponsorship, we saw that as both an opportunity and a responsibility.  We’ve worked closely with the Mayor of Aurora and his staff to assure that River Street Plaza fulfills the promise and excitement it generated when it was first constructed.”   Bill Wiet, chief development officer for the city of Aurora, previously recognized Centrue as “team players who lend their time and talents to making Aurora a better place to live and work.” “Centrue Bank saw the completion of this project as...

First Friday: Italy and some screams Sep22

First Friday: Italy and some screams...

First Fridays in downtown Aurora are already growing just one month after their debut this September. October’s First Friday in downtown Aurora brings a taste of Italy and some screams as two additional venues jump on board with First Fridays in downtown Aurora. The  Aurora Historical Society  is holding the opening reception for Flavors of Aurora:  Stirred, Not Shaken – ITALY at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center (The DLP)! The night along with the exhibit is a tribute to Aurora’s Italian community. There will be traditional Italian food, drink, and plenty of music. Free, cash bar. Also, the Riverfront Playhouse is opening the bloody and popular “Night of the Living Dead: The Musical.” It’s a not-to-miss show that will get you ready for the spooky Halloween season. October’s First Friday in downtown Aurora events: The DLP, 20 E. Downer, opens from 5 to 8 for Flavors of Aurora: Stirred, Not Shaken – Italy! Riverfront Playhouse, 11 Water Street Mall, shows “Night of the Living Dead: The Musical” at 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd, “In the Heights” and art in the Grand Gallery from 7 to 10 p.m. If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave. from 7 to 11 p.m. Two Brothers Roundhouse: ArtBar featuring TV-themed art from 6 to 11:30...

Critics Love “In the Heights” Sep19

Critics Love “In the Heights”...

The reviews are in for Paramount Theatre’s latest take on Broadway “In the Heights.” From “first-rate” and “remarkable” to “exuberant” and “contemporary,” the critics love it! Read Chris Jones’ review in the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ent-0917-paramount-review-20130916,0,2847574.column Read Hedy Weiss’ review in the Chicago Sun-Times: http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/22549722-421/in-the-heights-blends-best-of-old-and-new.html Don’t miss out on seeing “In the Heights” at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora. Visit www.paramountaurora.com for more...

Yetee Gallery Opens to the Public...

  The Yetee opens its doors at 110 Cross St. in downtown Aurora on Friday night. The public is invited to a grand opening celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. at the t-shirt distribution center and art gallery. The Yetee is a popular online specialty t-shirt business based in downtown Aurora. Owner Mike Mancuso turned part of the warehouse that he leases into an art gallery that will feature local and regional artists on a rotating basis. On Friday night, the art show focuses on Yetee-themed art. A yetee (a play on yeti) is more commonly known as an abominable snowman. The show is free, and will feature local artists Don Picton, Chris Evans, and others. For more information, visit Yetee Gallery on Facebook.    ...