Trick-or-Treat in Downtown on Oct. 28...

Put on your costume and come trick-or-treat in downtown Aurora on Saturday, Oct. 28. Visit dozens of participating businesses for treats and join in on our bat scavenger hunt throughout downtown. Noon to 3 p.m. Free! All ages welcome! The fun: *Visit participating businesses for treats. Look for orange paper pumpkin signs in the window. *Pick up a Halloween Scavenger Hunt! Scavenger Hunts are available at downtown museums. *Find a red paper bat hiding outside, along downtown sidewalks, and turn it into the downtown museum listed for a treat! *Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties is hosting a childrens’ activity table at Endiro Coffee. Start at Endiro Coffee and pick up a map of participating locations. Or just walk around downtown and have fun! This event is brought to you by Aurora Downtown, an organization of downtown business and property owners, and is part of Downtown Saturdays, a campaign to increase foot traffic in downtown Aurora on Saturday afternoons. 2017 Participating downtown businesses: – – – – – – – – LAKE STREET: Spizzico Pizza To-Go, 33 N. NEW YORK ST: Ballydoyle, 28 W. Basement of the Dead (behind Ballydoyle) Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. La Quinta de los Reyes, 36 E. Endiro Coffee, 29 W.  DOWNER PLACE: River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. AKA Dance, 14 W. All Spoked Up, 14 W. Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. upstairs David L. Pierce Art & History Center, 20 E. Eyeland Optical, 26 E. GALENA BLVD: La France Bakery, 118 E. Central Bakery, 110 E. Happy Times, 102 E. Culture Stock, 43 E. Oxie Affordable Optical, 131 W. STOLP AVE: If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Do or Dye Designs, 24 S. Pure Skin Solutions, 26 S. BENTON ST: SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W....

First Fridays on Nov 3: Calaveras & French Connection...

First Fridays is a monthly offering of arts and culture in downtown Aurora. Visit participating venues and explore downtown on the first Friday of the month. First Fridays is art, music and more! Free trolley rides from 6 to 10 p.m. See you at First Fridays! Pick up a map at any venue. A R T If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave. Open Spaces 7 to 11 p.m. The Web, 134 W. Downer Pl. The ArtBar presents Calaveras of Chicago 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The ArtBar @ Two Brothers Roundhouse Sci-fi Retro Show in the Cafe “Tattoo Dolls” Lindsey Roussel solo show in the Lounge 6 to midnight Fox Art Studio, 9 S. Stolp Ave. Grand Opening 6 to 9 p.m. M U S I C Ballydoyle, 23 W. New York St. See website. Leland Legends, 1 S. Stolp Ave. Karaoke See venue. M O R E Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16 One Poetic Voice presents French Connection 2017 6 to 9 p.m. Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St. Aurora Cosmopolitan Club 90th Anniversary Celebration Music, Snacks, Cash Bar, 50/50 Raffle & More 5 to 10 p.m. River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste 18 LIVE Match Game 6 to 9 p.m. AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Pl. Free Dance Class 6:30 to 7 p.m. David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl. “Back to School” mini photo exhibit; “Aurora Story”; World War I Exhibit 6 to 9 p.m. G.A.R. Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl. Open tours. Free to the public. 6 to 9 p.m. Culture Stock 43 E. Galena Blvd. Respect the Mic 8:30 to 10 p.m. SciTech, 18 W. Benton St. TBA 6 to 8 p.m. Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53...

Aurora Arts Centre closer to becoming reality in downtown Aurora...

With a real estate closing early in October, the former Waubonsee Community College building in downtown Aurora will soon become a regional destination arts center. As crews begin interior rehabilitation this week, officials are planning for a new era in the resurgence of the arts in the City of Lights. “Downtown is evolving right before our eyes, and we are all eager to see what it becomes,” said Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “As the Aurora Arts Centre project moves forward, so does the progress of the entire downtown area. The opportunity to take vacant property and transform it into a multi-use complex provides a blueprint for future projects throughout our city.” Vacant for more than five years, the former college is located directly next door to the Paramount Theatre. Invest Aurora purchased the building last year for $350,000 in order to facilitate the development of the Arts Centre. The 80,000 sq. ft. Aurora Arts Centre is a $35 million investment and the next major milestone in Downtown Aurora’s revitalization effort. “We have been working to make this happen for two years and are excited to see construction begin,” says Tim Rater, Paramount Theatre President & CEO. “This is an important opportunity in making the performing arts accessible for every age and socioeconomic background, while contributing to the future growth of Aurora’s downtown.” In partnership with the Paramount Theatre, the City of Aurora, and the Illinois Housing Development Authority, The  Community Builders, Inc.(TCB)-a leading nonprofit developer of affordable, mixed-income and mixed-use developments-will transform  two conjoined historic buildings into the Aurora Arts Centre, which will provide: Paramount School of Performing Arts (25,000 sq. ft.) Rehearsal space for the Paramount Theatre (8,000 sq. ft.) Restaurant adjacent to the Paramount Theatre (4,000 sq. ft.) 38 affordable apartments specifically...

First Fridays in October: Cemeteries, Ceramics & Celebrations...

First Fridays welcomes fall with cemeteries, ceramics, and celebrations. Waubonsee Community College opens “Students Ceramic Exhibit,” an exhibition of ceramics by students in the Waubonsee Community College Ceramics Club, at the Aurora Downtown campus library location, 18 S. River St. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “Going in Style – The Art of Cemeteries,” a photo exhibit of curious, quaint, and quirky tombstones from the Midwest is up from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St. The exhibit highlights photos by Robb Winder. “The Dread Show” is the monthly theme at The ArtBar, a pop up art gallery from 6 p.m. to midnight at the cafe inside Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway. Step into the Lounge Bar for “Susan May Romano: A Celebration,” a special show that applauds a local, living treasure after her recent battle with breast cancer. Art openings, live music, and more are featured at First Fridays on Oct. 6 at several locations throughout downtown including: If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens a solo show with Geo Alderson. 7 to 11 p.m. The Web, 134 W. Downer Pl., hosts “Black and White,” a show with work by Noah Gabriel and Chris Hodge. 6 p.m. until close Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., celebrates the one-year anniversary of Respect the Mic spoken word. 8:45 to 10:30 p.m. Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., features “Three Artists in One Space,” with Bill Austin, Joe Gagnepain, and Michael William Foster. DJ Marco will be spinning music. Shop at handmade artisan pop-up shops. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Repertoire Reservoir Studios, 14 W. Downer Pl. upstairs, is open with “Actions Speak Louder than Words.” 7 to 10 p.m. Indie Studio Space, 105 E. Galena Blvd., hosts “Member...