Downtown Taste expands, moves to last Tuesday in July to debut downtown restaurant week

For the last 15 years, the second Tuesday in May is reserved for enjoying a taste of restaurants in downtown Aurora. This year, the Downtown Taste is moving to the last Tuesday in July and will kick off a new restaurant week within downtown.

Downtown Taste offers diners the opportunity to visit a variety of participating restaurants in downtown Aurora. Started by Aurora Study Circles, the popular event has grown under the direction of the Exchange Club of Aurora in recent years.

The event will now be run by Aurora Downtown, a nonprofit organization of business and property owners within downtown’s Special Service Area, and continue to benefit the Exchange Club and contribute to scholarships for East and West High students.

Tickets for the evening cost $30 and can be purchased online at through July 31. Tickets can be purchased in person, cash only, from 4 to 6 p.m. on July 31 at the welcome table at Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St.

One ticket includes four ticket passes to any participating restaurant. Ticket passes can be used at one restaurant or multiple restaurants to get a taste of downtown offerings including appetizers, small plates, and desserts.

Free trolley rides and entertainment are also part of the evening.

Exchange Club of Aurora proceeds contribute to scholarships for East and West High students. More at

For more information on downtown events and an updated list of Downtown Taste participants, visit or the Facebook event here.