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4th of July Parade

July 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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July 4
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Take a virtual tour of downtown Aurora projects

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Take a virtual tour of downtown Aurora projects

Take a virtual tour of downtown Aurora projects

Learn what is brewing in downtown Aurora. There is so much growth and exciting transformation to share. Join Derek Conley from Invest Aurora on his virtual tour of downtown Aurora. Take the tour HERE. Virtually visit downtown buildings that are being renewed. See all of the great things that are coming to downtown Aurora. Find out about 35 current projects and opportunities. If you are interested in leasing or purchasing a building in downtown, then contact Invest Aurora to find out...

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Fox Valley Music Foundation to open music venue in downtown Aurora

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Fox Valley Music Foundation to open music venue in downtown Aurora

Fox Valley Music Foundation to open music venue in downtown Aurora

Fox Valley Music Foundation (FVMF) is pleased to announce it has received a $125,000 redevelopment grant from the City of Aurora. These funds will support the partial demolition and repurposing of property located at 19-21 South Broadway in Aurora. The redevelopment grant will allow the Foundation to repurpose the space leased from the City. The redeveloped space will include offices, a small retail and museum space, and an intimate 250-seat performance venue for live music, including a proposed opening to the adjacent green space in Agnes Mundy Park. “This is the first step in realizing our dream. We imagine our new home in Aurora to be not unlike the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame rolled into one with a little bit of Austin City Limits and City Winery thrown in”, said Steve Warrenfeltz, president of the Fox Valley Music Foundation. FVMF plans to bring in local, regional, and national musicians for performances. Local singer songwriters, poetry and film groups will support the educational component, among other things. The space will serve as a central location for musicians and music lovers to congregate, interact, share, develop, and perform music, as well as for sharing the rich music history of the region with the larger community. Other funding is being obtained through membership, sponsorship, grants, donations, and concert revenue. Board members include Gina Moga, Melissa Mercado, Karen Christensen, Kevin Drendel, and Jeanne Norris. FVMF’s mission is to preserve, promote, and protect the wonderful music of the Fox Valley area of Illinois while providing music education to people of all ages and from all walks of life. www.foxvalleymusicfoundation.org...

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Approved! Updated downtown master plan gets green light from City Council

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Approved! Updated downtown master plan gets green light from City Council

  Aurora City Council approved the final updated downtown master plan on Nov. 14. Nearly two years after Aurora was awarded a grant through Chicago Metropolitan Agency of Planning (CMAP) to update its downtown master plan, the vision can begin. There are three over-arching themes to the Master Plan recommendations: Preserve, enhance, and build upon existing assets. Make downtown a great place for people who live here. Make it easy to be creative and do business. CMAP’s recommendations recognize buildings, streets, people, transportation, and the Fox River as downtown’s greatest assets. They also suggest focusing less on getting people to come downtown, and more on continuing to make it so wonderful that they want to come. The plan also highlights creating opportunities to help entrepreneurs and artists. CMAP held the first Downtown Aurora Visioning Workshop on January 21, 2016 at Waubonsee Community College’s downtown campus. Almost 200 people showed up, packing the room and requiring some to be turned away at the door. Over the last several months, CMAP’s Lindsay Bayley and her team visited downtown Aurora dozens of times to interview people, hold open houses, meet with city staff, and set up public kiosks allowing downtown residents and visitors to participate in a survey. Now that the plan is approved, CMAP will continue to work with city staff into the coming months (up to two years) to advise the city on implementation. See additional renderings and follow the plan on Facebook here....

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Win a family membership to a museum in downtown Aurora

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Win a family membership to a museum in downtown Aurora

Win a family membership to a museum in downtown Aurora

Aurora Downtown is giving local families the chance to win a free family membership to one of three downtown museums during December’s First Fridays event.   Families are encouraged to stop by Aurora Regional Fire Museum, SciTech Hands On Museum, and Aurora Historical Society at The Pierce Center on Dec. 1 to enter the raffle. You may enter once at each Museum.   Aurora Downtown is awarding a total of 17 family memberships. Winners will be notified after First Fridays. Visit www.auroradowntown.org for hours and participating venues for December’s First...

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Go fund downtown: A trio of exciting things is coming to Aurora with your help

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Go fund downtown: A trio of exciting things is coming to Aurora with your help

Go fund downtown: A trio of exciting things is coming to Aurora with your help

Three big things are coming to downtown Aurora. They just need a little help getting off the ground. Read more about a new arts center, a comedy festival, and a vegan restaurant, and learn how you can help them to grow. An Arts Center Stolp Island Arts Center is a non-profit in downtown Aurora dedicated to fostering the continued growth of visual arts in Aurora and the surrounding areas. The organization’s mission is to be an integral part of the growing art community through mentoring, education, creation, exhibition, and inspiration of artists of all ages and skill levels by providing a creative, collaborative community. The team is led by executive director and artist Kit Sunderland. Board members include Jason Sunderland, Steve Ducharme, Jason Arthur, Gina Salamone, Tim Frederick, and Amy Song. The planned location is the ground floor of The Mayan at Stolp Avenue and Benton Street in downtown Aurora. Go Fund Me link: Click here. A comedy festival On the Fox Comedy Fest is a comedy festival planned for Aurora on September 28 and 29, 2018.  “We will bring an amazing collection of stand-up comedy shows and audiences to Downtown Aurora,” said comic Matt Drufke. Drufke reports that producers include local stand-up comedians as well as people who live in Aurora and “want to see the city host a fantastic event.” Drufke also hosts Still Not Friday, a weekly stand-up comedy showcase at Two Brothers Roundhouse. The groups goal is to crowdfund $5,000 within two weeks (they are currently at over $4,000. The campaign states that the money will go directly to help the organizers 1) contract nationally recognized comedians for the festival, 2) secure performance venues in Downtown Aurora, and 3) show donors and sponsors that an audience of comedy fans are hungry for a festival like theirs to launch in Aurora. Go Fund Me link: Click here. A vegan restaurant Isidore’s Table is a new vegan restaurant located at 46 W. New York St. that will open in early 2018. Owner Cathy India is excited to bring healthful food options to downtown, and is seeking to raise $30,000 to assist with startup costs. India says the restaurant will feature plant-based whole foods. She is currently working with a local team on a build out for the space that formerly served as a photography studio. Isidore’s Table will feature breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Only fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and grains allowed. No animal or dairy products here. Go Fund Me link: Click...

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Pop Up Shops at Winter Lights

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Pop Up Shops at Winter Lights

Pop Up Shops at Winter Lights

This year, Pop Up Shops are popping up along Downer Place and Stolp Avenue at Winter Lights from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 Aurora Downtown, a non-profit of downtown business and property owners in Special Service Area #One, is curating Pop Up Shops to coincide with the city’s Winter Lights festivities. More than a dozen vendors were invited to set up shop inside storefronts during the event. Come early and stay late to support local artisans and vendors. The following downtown locations will host Pop Up Shops at Winter Lights. All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 12, hosts Wheatley Design, a graphic design business selling cards, posters, and more; and Just Devine Foods, a canning and pickling company. If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., hosts Kryspykitty Kreations featuring repurposed jewelry and other accessories. Pure Skin Solutions, 26 S. Stolp Ave., hosts Thriftyupenyu featuring handmade African accessories, Aroma Roots Natural Bath and Body, and doTERRA Essential Oils. Do or Dye Designs, 24 S. Stolp Ave., hosts Frosted Fig with locally baked goods and Mamie’s Toffee. Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16, hosts Wyckwood House Holiday Market with a variety of local vendors featuring chic handmade home goods and more. Sergio Furniture, 36 W. Downer Pl., hosts Beans, Greens, and Proteins with oil-infused bracelets and necklaces along with holiday items. Leland Tower lobby, 7 S. Stolp Ave., hosts Usborne Books and Forever After Finds, ornaments and other handmade items. Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., will be open with one-of-a-kind gifts, live music, a henna tattoo artist, face painting, kids crafts, baked goods for sale, and more. Winter Lights is an annual event organized by the city of Aurora’s Special Events office. The holiday festival features a holiday parade, food trucks, Santa and Mrs. Claus along with costumed characters, fireworks, and more. Kick off the holidays in downtown Aurora. For more information, visit Aurora Downtown on...

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Paramount Theatre wins Best Musical for “Sweeney Todd”

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Paramount Theatre wins Best Musical for “Sweeney Todd”

Aurora’s Paramount Theatre is thrilled to announce it won eight Jeff Awards – more than any other Chicago theater – at last night’s Joseph Jefferson Equity Awards for its 2016-17 productions of Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Best Production-Musical-Large, arguably the night’s biggest honor, went to Paramount’s Sweeney Todd at Monday night’s annual derby of Chicago’s best professional plays and musicals. This marks the third consecutive year Paramount has won Best Large Musical. Paramount’s Les Misérables and West Side Story took top honors in 2014-15 and 2015-16 respectively. In sum, Paramount shaved off five 2016-17 Jeff Awards for Sweeney Todd, including Director for Artistic Director Jim Corti, Music Direction for Tom Vendafreddo (his first), Principal Actor, Musical for Paul Jordan-Jansen, and Lighting Design, Large for Nick Belley and Jesse Klug. Click any image above or here for photos of Paramount’s Jeff Award-winning musical Sweeney Todd (credit Liz Lauren) and (bottom, from left) Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti and Sweeney Todd Music Director Tom Vendafreddo. Paramount’s Disney’s The Little Mermaid was another big winner, swimming away with three awards including Scenic Design-Large for Jeffrey D. Kmiec, Costume Design-Large for Theresa Ham, and Puppet Design for Jesse Mooney-Bullock. Click any image above or here for photos of Paramount’s Jeff Award-winning musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Credit Liz Lauren “Thank you Chicago theater, where we get our actors, designers and our technicians,” Corti said while accepting his directing award for Sweeney Todd. “Also, I have to tell you, half of Aurora is here tonight. The mayor of Aurora, Richard C. Irvin, is here. Hercle the crossing guard is here. They’re all here! This is a great night ladies and gentleman. Thank you so much!” “We were honored to have so many of our Paramount family of artists nominated this year in so many categories. It’s a testament to the talent, dedication and creativity of these wonderful people,” said Paramount Theatre President and CEO Tim Rater. “Taking home the Jeff for the Best Large Musical for the third-year in a row is beyond words. I’m proud of every person that worked on Sweeney Todd and I’m thankful to have such an amazing group of people who poured their hearts and souls into this show.” Just three seasons ago, the Jeff Committee recognized that if its mission was to judge the best professional theater in all of Chicagoland, then it needed to expand its boundaries to include the Paramount. In its first year of eligibility, Paramount was honored with an unprecedented 16 nominations, winning five for Les Misérables, including Production-Musical-Large and Director for Corti. Last season, Paramount earned 14 Jeff nominations and won three, including Musical-Large for West Side Story, marking Paramount’s second consecutive Jeff Award for Best Large Musical. To see the full list of 2016-17 Equity Jeff Award winners, visit jeffawards.org. More about Paramount’s 2017-18 Broadway Series Paramount’s 2017-18 Broadway Musical Series launched in September with a box office smash, Million Dollar Quartet. Still to come are Elf The Musical (November 22, 2017-January 7, 2018), Cabaret (February 7–March 18, 2018) and Once (April 25-June 3, 2018). The Paramount Theatre is located at 23 E. Galena Blvd. in the heart of downtown Aurora. For subscriptions and single tickets, visit ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and two hours prior to evening...

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Artist Spotlight: Vincenzo Valenziano

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Featured News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Artist Spotlight: Vincenzo Valenziano

Artist Spotlight: Vincenzo Valenziano

Artist spotlight: Vincenzo Valenziano By Brendon Kolodziej and Victoria Alexander It isn’t surprising that Aurora is a city that breeds artists. Its vibrant architecture, history, people, and culture ensures the continuance of creative inspiration. Downtown Aurora is home to numerous talents and imaginative seers, non-linear thinkers, and poets. One such artist calling downtown Aurora home is Vincenzo Valenziano, whose Repertoire Reservoir Studios, located at 14 W. Downer Pl., brings a colorful, retro pop element to the art scene.  Valenziano houses and produces his work in his downtown studios on the second floor of the Metropolitan Business College building. They are a collection of rooms overlooking the Fox River, wherein a person is welcomed by a great wave of phantasmagoria and visually fantastic images. His oftentimes large scale, vivid prints beckon the viewer to come see through the artist’s eyes. Images ranging from photo-collages, city-scenes and architecture, snapshots of real life, to those of bright abstractness and subjectivity, tend to stir the senses and flood the mind with stunning shapes and saturations and electric colors whose boldness and vivacity continue to paint the lidded darkness even after the viewer shuts their eyes. Much of Valenziano’s art is based around the medium of photography, which, through secret, custom-made editing software, he is able to apply a seemingly infinite array of effects and exciting manipulations of color to scenes captured through the lens of his cameras, of which he has many. In one room, between hanging paintings, stand bookshelves lined with rows of vintage and rare cameras: miniature ones used by spies in the 1930s, ones with large protruding lenses, and ones of sentimental value that he had once used himself as a kid. The collection leaves one to wonder about all the different moments, places, and lives that those cameras have captured, saved somewhere on film reels and negatives or in an envelope with a hundred other Polaroids in some cardboard box in an attic. It leaves one to wonder about the fleeting nature of life, the infinity of happened and happening moments, and how art so very often seems to be the lone preserver of it, of the universe unfolding, of its creations and angles and states of being. Just like the cameras, such an array of perceptions and thoughts can be evoked by studying Vincenzo’s own work. It seems that it is his forte, too, this ability to flood the viewer with myriad possibilities for interpretations, sensations, and impressions upon the mind. Having only within the last two years returned to Aurora with his muses and his collection of cameras, Valenziano spent a majority of his adult life in California, creating and selling his artwork. But having grown up in Prestbury, and attending West Aurora High School, it is here he considers home. As a child, it was here he discovered that he wanted to be an artist. Nowadays he is, in his own way, a kind of painter of Post-Modern Life, a professional stimulator of the senses. When asked if he has any favorite original works, Valenziano stated that, “It’s kind of funny to say that some of my favorite stuff I haven’t even finished yet,” adding further that his favorite kind of art to create is unposed photography where he is just “capturing life.” Affording us a rare...

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Trick-or-Treat in Downtown on Oct. 28

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Trick-or-Treat in Downtown on Oct. 28

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. One East Benton, 1 E. RIVER ST: Santori Public Library, 101 S. Rocktown Adventures, 107 Spruce St. BROADWAY: Your Timeless Treasures, 61 S. Delgado Jewelry, 59 S. Sophisticated You, 57 S. Las Islas Marias, 15 S. Balderas Beauty Salon, 25 N. Chicago Style Barbers, 7 N. Colima Jewelers, 4 N. Arenkill’s, 11 N. Estrella’s Bridal, 12 N. Creaciones Morelos, 14 N. Bella Jewelry, 23 N. Aurora Jewelry, 29 N. Taco Grill, 31 N. PME Cake Decorating, 35 N. Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Balderas Beauty Salon, 25 N. LASALLE ST: Community Christian Church, 78 S. LaSalle St. Tag photos with #downtownaurora on social media. Please note that treats are available while supplies last. Event is rain or...

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First Fridays on Nov 3: Calaveras & French Connection

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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 N. Broadway Pop Up Shops 6 to 9 p.m. Indie Studio Space, 105 E. Galena Blvd. Photography & Photo Booth by Cloud Foto. Featuring Kimtastix. 5 to 8 p.m. Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl. $5 Mini Classes, Demos, Massage and More 6 to 9 p.m. T R O L L E Y Trolley stops from 6 to 10 p.m. 1) GAR on Downer 2) Rear Fire Museum (currently on Spring St. due to construction) 3) Restaurant Row on New York St. 4) Downer serving Lake St. and River St. 5) SciTech on...

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