Gillerson’s Grubbery Celebrates First Anniversary in October...

  Starting on Tuesday, Oct. 4, Gillerson’s Grubbery is celebrating their first anniversary at 33 W. New York St. in downtown Aurora. Don’t miss these fun events. Tuesday 10/4: 1 year anniversary week kick off specials kids eat free all day long $1 drafts all day long Half Priced Apps (excluding Ma, Where’s the Meatloaf?) Wednesday 10/5: Founders Brewery Pale Joe Tapping and glass giveaway 5pm $4 Beer Flights all day! $1 fries all day! Thursday 10/6: 95.9 Live broadcast for Cock-A-Doodle PreParty from 4-7pm with Mitch Michaels and the River Road crew! Brewers from a few different breweries Special Beer Tappings and $3 cans all day (All can sales will be donated to Marie Wilkinson Food pantry) We will be accepting can good donations to help Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry! Friday 10/7: (First Fridays) Ribbon Cutting with Chamber Special Beer Tappings and $2 Miskatonic Drafts Free App with purchase of sandwich/burger (excluding Ma, Where’s the Meatloaf?) Saturday 10/8: Cock-A-Doodle Brewfest VIP Sponsor Special Beer Tappings and Prices 10 wings for $5 Other specials Announced during the...

An old, fictional saloon comes to downtown Aurora for one night only...

The Aurora Historical Society fall fundraiser, titled “When The Factory Whistle Blows”, will recreate the working class culture of 1910, complete with a fictional saloon on Broadway and a visit from the temperance crusader, ax-wielding Carry Nation.  The event will be from 5:30-8:30pm on Friday, September 30, 2016. The fictional O’Rory’s Saloon, modeled after the 36 saloons in 1910 that served  thousands of laborers, many of them immigrants, will be open for the evening at 24 North Broadway, 60505.  Dan Dolan, Sr., and Jeff Reuland, both grandsons of early tavern owners, will be celebrity bartenders.   Visiting the saloon will be Dr. Greg Fauth, whose great-great uncle, Fred Fauth, was the mayor of Aurora in 1910, and other citizens of the time. Carry A. Nation, who campaigned against alcohol and tobacco with theatrical acts of civil disobedience such as smashing up barrooms, setting fire to whiskey poured into the streets, and encouraging bystanders to sing along to the song of the movement, “The Whiskey Shops Must Go”, will confront party-goers and seek out any fallen women she might be able to save.   In her lifetime she was arrested more than 30 times and an encounter with the police cannot be ruled out. The location is the 1885 Danahy Building at 24 North Broadway, site of the former Tavern on the Fox.  The building is currently unoccupied but is scheduled to open under private management in January, 2017 as a new bar and grill, Tavern 25. Reservations for the evening may be made online at www.aurorahistory.net, by calling 630-906-0650, or by visiting the Museum Store at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., 60505, Wednesdays-Saturdays from Noon to 4om.   Typical barroom food and drink of the period will be served.  Price is $35...

Aurora Arts Center Closer to Reality in Downtown...

The Aurora Arts Center is one stop closer to reality with the announcement of a tax credit award worth over $15 million from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) toward the development of the center at the former Waubonsee Community College Building downtown.   The $35 million project will be developed by The Community Builders Inc. and consist of a first-class restaurant as well as a Paramount School for the Performing Arts to serve Aurora’s growing artistic community.  In addition, the Joseph Corporation building at 32 S. Broadway would receive a major capital upgrade.   The Waubonsee building has been vacant for about five years and is located directly next door to the Paramount Theatre at Galena Boulevard and Stolp Avenue. Invest Aurora purchased the building earlier this year for $350,000 in order to facilitate the development of the Arts Center.   “What we’re doing here is preserving history, legacy and beauty, while moving the city toward a brighter future,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner. “This is part of an overall game plan that enhances and leverages the Arts to create jobs, brings dollars to downtown, create tax revenue and helps strengthen our community in the long-run.”   “Combining investment in arts, education, recreation, and quality housing is a proven winning formula for downtown revitalization. But it’s been Aurora’s thoughtful and consistent execution of this strategy that attracted us most,” said Will Woodley, Development Director for The Community Builders. “The Community Builders is honored to play a role in downtown Aurora’s continued resurgence and thankful to IHDA for now joining in that effort.”   The Aurora Arts Center would also include artist-targeted loft apartments similar to the successful Cornerstone Apartments, another development by The Community Builders located in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Like Cornerstone, the Aurora Arts Center’s 38...

Aurora Downtown Gifts Five Grants to Downtown Businesses...

Aurora Downtown announces the following grant recipients for the 2016 Aurora Downtown Business and Retention Committee (BAR) Grant Awards.   The downtown organization gifted five grant awards to both new and existing businesses this year.   Modest Coffee, a local coffee roaster, received $6,000 for a storefront at the northwest corner of Downer Place and Stolp Avenue to open at the beginning of 2017.   The following existing downtown businesses received $8,000 each: Oxie Affordable Optical, a new eyewear store at 131 W. Galena Blvd; Balderas Beauty Salon, a hair salon at 25 N. Broadway; and River’s Edge Cafe, a cafe open for breakfast and lunch at 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18.   “I am very excited to be one of the recipients of the BAR Grant. This will really help me grow the business. I plan to use the grant for advertising and new signage on the building along with new, updated, lens fabricating equipment and telephone system and additional eyeglass frame displays and shelving,” said Mia Oxie, owner of Oxie Affordable Optical.   Balderas Beauty Salon intends to utilize the grant money to help with the salon’s interior remodeling project.   “We plan on removing the current drop ceiling in an effort to expose an existing historic tin ceiling,” said owner Clara Diaz.   The Yetee, an online t-shirt retailer located at 110 Cross St. in downtown Aurora, received $10,000 for Public Access, a storefront opening early next year at the northwest corner of Downer Place and Stolp Avenue that it will share with Modest Coffee.   “We will be using the money to renovate the neglected building at 1 W. Downer. We are gutting the entire building, putting on a new roof, and freshening up the exterior. Once open, Public...

First Fridays Welcomes Fall with Pop Up Shop, Wood Fire Conference, Tours of The Mayan, Gallery 1904 Opening...

First Fridays on Oct. 7 welcomes fall with a Pop Up Shop at the old Waubonsee College building, a new art gallery on the lower level of the old library, Waubonsee’s Wood Fire Conference at three venues, and more.   First Fridays brings art, music, and more to downtown Aurora on the first Friday of the month. Free trolley rides run from 6 to 10 p.m.   Oct. 7 venues include:   Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., celebrates its grand opening with “A Celebration of Old and New” on the lower level of the old library, now owned by SupportTechs. 7 to 10 p.m.   If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens “Dark and Lovely: Angel E. Perez and Jorge Alvarez” in their storefront gallery for the month of October. 7 to 11 p.m.   The Yetee, 110 Cross St. hosts “Art of the Derby,” the last gallery show at the space until Public Access, a coffee shop and arcade, opens at 1 W. Downer Pl. Stop by for a preview of the new shop and visit Gobble Doggs food truck in the parking lot. 7 to 11 p.m.   Waubonsee Aurora Downtown Campus, 18 S. River St., presents the International Wood Fired Exhibition for ceramic arts in the campus library. The college is hosting three Waubonsee Community College ceramic artists: Doug Jeppesen, Dan Merkel, and Jon Pacheco. 6 to 9 p.m.   David L. Pierce Art & History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., is open with exhibits on the second and third floors. In collaboration with Waubonsee Community College, Aurora Public Art Commission hosts “Train Kiln Invitational” from 5 to 8 p.m. Aurora Historical Society’s “Aurora Story” and the Museum Store are open from 6 to 9 p.m.  ...