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American Diabetes Association – Tour de Cure

June 9, 2013

| $25.00
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American Diabetes Association is hosting Tour de Cure!   This event is a bike ride, not a race, starting at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, Illinois.  All proceeds will go towards research and funding for diabetes patients.  There are five different bike routes consisting of: 10 miles, 20 miles, 35 miles, 62 miles and 100 miles.  There is a $25 registration fee and a minimum $200 fundraising amount that participants must raise.  Participants may fundraise up to four weeks after the event.  Come and bring family and friends to raise support and stop diabetes!

*Registration the day of the event will be $30 along with the minimum fundraising amount of $200.

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First Fridays’ Summer Party Part Deux Brings Art, Music & Food to Downtown Aurora

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on First Fridays’ Summer Party Part Deux Brings Art, Music & Food to Downtown Aurora

First Fridays’ Summer Party Part Deux Brings Art, Music & Food to Downtown Aurora

First Fridays brings art, music, dancing, and more to downtown Aurora on the first Friday of the month. Join your friends and neighbors in downtown! Food trucks: Grumpy Gaucho; Gobble Doggs; Taco Grill Live music feat. The Moonlight Pickers and Jim Green at Millennium Plaza from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug 5 Venues: – Art – If These Walls Could Talk* (“Vintage” Photography Show ~ 7-11 p.m.) featuring Laura Towle & Jean Hess David L. Pierce Art & History Center (6-9 p.m.) The Light of the Heart* (What’s love got to do with it? ~ 6-8 p.m.) – Music – River’s Edge Cafe (open until 10 p.m.) Millennium Plaza (The Moonlight Pickers ~ 6 to 8 p.m. :: Jim Green ~ 8 to 10 p.m.) Ballydoyle Irish Pub (Blues musician: Joey Saye Jr. :: Artists: Allison Brooke and Nikki Marshall) – More – Pop Up Shop @ Block & Kuhl/Old WCC (6 to 9 p.m.) 5 E. Galena Blvd (enter on Stolp Ave) Biscocho’s Bettina’s Tea NostalChic by Rebecca Kittens of Industry AromaRoots Sir’ly Machinist Thrifty Upenyu Laura Lynne Art Short Bench Woodworks For You by Yani Artenimai – Artisan Jewelry SciTech Hands On Museum (6-8 p.m.) AKA Dance (Dance Party ~ 6:30-8 p.m.) Aurora Regional Fire Museum (Pokemon Go ~ 6-8 p.m.) Pokémon Take Over the Fire Museum! Join the fire museum for a Pokémon Go evening. They will have lures to attract Pokémon — hopefully some fire and water ones will be around. Check out the museum and participate in a virtual and physical scavenger hunt for Pokémon, post your pictures using #ARFMPokemon and be entered to win prizes. You can also dress up as your favorite Pokémon and be entered into a drawing for an exclusive Pokémon prize! They will also have other Pokémon-related activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Gotta catch’em all! Rocktown Adventures (FREE canoe/kayak ride ~ 6-7:30 p.m.) Detox Protocol (grand opening @ 6 p.m.) G.A.R. Museum (6 to 9 p.m.) _____ Trolley 7 to 10 p.m. Live music at Millennium Park on Stolp Avenue (between Downer & Galena) from 6 to 10 p.m. Food trucks are parked on the north side of Downer just west of Stolp Avenue from 6 to 10 p.m. *** *denotes art opening Pick up a free First Fridays map at any of the venues. Punch your passport and turn in at your last venue! *** First Fridays SPECIALS *** Free gift & raffle for 2 pairs of eyeglasses at Oxie Affordable Optical from 5 to 8 p.m. 15% off at All Spoked Up from 6 to 9 p.m. Discounted services at Sophisticated You from 7 to 9 p.m. 15% off at YM Boutique from 6 to 9 p.m. 25% off of sunglasses and eyeglasses at Eyeland Optical on the first Friday of the month. Open until 6 p.m. Culture Stock is $1 books! 20% off at PME Cake...

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“Roots Aurora” Seeks Local Talent

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on “Roots Aurora” Seeks Local Talent

“Roots Aurora” Seeks Local Talent

The Roots Aurora cultural festival is seeking participants in its fourth annual talent show to be held Friday, September 2. Aurora-area youth are encouraged to audition for this fun and vibrant festival celebrating the city’s diverse culture.  Talent includes dancing, singing, musical performances, spoken word, and more. To audition for the competition, individuals or groups should provide either a DVD or a YouTube link of a performance. DVDs should be mailed or delivered to Family Focus, 550 Second Avenue, Aurora, IL  60505  (Attn. “Roots”). YouTube links should be sent to aurora@familyfocus.org (include “Roots” in the subject line). All submissions should include addresses, phone numbers and emails for the use of the preview committee.  The deadline to apply has been extended to August 15. Participation is limited to Aurora-area youth.  A first prize of $100 will be awarded, along with trophies to runners-up. The talent show will be held from 5-6pm during the festival and will be judged by local educators and arts supporters. Designed to showcase Aurora’s cultural diversity, Roots Aurora presents music, dance, cuisine, and history at the festival which will be held this year on Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora from 5-9 p.m. on September 2.  Aurora’s First Fridays, the popular arts walkabout, will be held concurrently with the event. For more information, call 630-256-7012 or visit...

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Pokémon Go in Downtown Aurora

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Pokémon Go in Downtown Aurora

Pokémon Go in Downtown Aurora

Do you play? Or have you noticed a lot more people hanging around in downtown Aurora lately? They might not see you because they are on the hunt for Pokémon. Pokémon Go is the latest app craze with a twist. It brings people outside. Similar to Ingress – it is an augmented reality game that requires its players to go outside and walk to try to find Poké Stops, Pokémon, Poké Balls, etc. There are even Poké Gyms. In downtown Aurora, the game is popular because of the high number of Google landmarks and museums. The sidewalks especially fill up after 7 p.m. with players collecting Poké Balls and catching Pokémon. Pokémon is short for “pocket monsters.” It’s a game that started with video games and collectible cards and never really went out of fashion since its debut in 1995. Some popular spots in downtown include the old Elks building on the northwest corner of Stolp and Downer and the nearby old library building and fountains just east of Stolp Avenue. There’s often a lure (a great place to catch Pokémon) around the fountain. To play the game, the Pokémon Go app is needed. Most smart phones can handle the app, which uses Google maps. It’s free to play and it’s a good excuse to get out and about. All a player needs to do is create it’s avatar and then go collect some Poké Balls to catch Pokémon. Poké Balls are available at Poké Stops – usually close to landmarks like Millennium Plaza or the G.A.R. Museum. Once a player reaches level five, they can start going to Poké Gyms where players can battle their Pokémon. There’s a gym at the Tivoli parking garage at River/Galena. Pokémon Go is also a great way to learn about some downtown history since it names each landmark and/or museum. Businesses are quickly catching on and creating lures to attract Pokémon and Pokémon Go players. On August 5 during First Fridays, Aurora Regional Fire Museum is hosting a Pokémon Go evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Patrons can dress up and participate in a scavenger hunt. There will be activities for the whole family. Next time you visit downtown Aurora, ask what Pokémon are hanging around. Then take a peek inside one of downtown’s four museums or grab a coffee from River’s Edge Cafe or Blue Bird Beat to power...

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The Man with the Plastic Sandwich opens July 29

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The Man with the Plastic Sandwich opens July 29

  The Man With The Plastic Sandwich by Roger Karshner July 29 – September 3 Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm A Touching Comedy After 20 years, Walter Price is unemployed.  A bench in a park somewhere in Los Angeles has become Walter Price’s haven. For six months he has stopped here to have a sandwich and coffee after fruitless mornings of job hunting. He’s depressed and frustrated and at a loss what to do with his life. Three uniquely different characters invade Walter’s life at the park, and though he tries to push them away, he is unable to ignore their presence or the perspectives on life they bring with them. Directed by Shawn Dooley, “The Man with The Plastic Sandwich” features Patrick Deering (Batavia) as Walter, Jennifer Schreiner (Plainfield) as Ellie, Gary Riggle (Aurora) as Haley, and Briana Reidy (Aurora) as Lenore.  Vicki White is assistant to the director and Analissa Morris is stage manager. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for students & seniors. Reservations are encouraged and can be made online or by calling the box office at (630) 897-9496. Groups of 10 or more should call the Riverfront Playhouse directly to obtain a group rate. Additional information regarding the show or the Playhouse can be found...

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Leland Legends Opens to Great Fanfare in Downtown Aurora

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Leland Legends Opens to Great Fanfare in Downtown Aurora

Leland Legends is now open in downtown Aurora. On the first floor of the historic Leland Tower, the new blues-themed restaurant serves up a complete dinner menu in a comfortable atmosphere. Run by Karademas Hospitality, Leland Legends at 1 S. Stolp Ave. pays homage to the blues music that was recorded in the former Sky Club at the top of the 22-story skyscraper. Each table features rotating placemats that tell stories of the history. Burgers and fries are a specialty at Leland Legends. There are several burgers to choose from on the menu, but the Stolp Island Burger for $12.72 is a clever option. That’s what Joseph Stolp paid for the island in 1848. The blues decor brings smiles to local Aurorans. The multi-level restaurant allows patrons to sit back and relax while enjoying blues music on the speakers. A freshly remodeled bar brightens up the restaurant that had former lives as Midtown Pub, Dirty Duck, and Muddy Duck. A full bar including draft beers and a cocktail called the Aurora Borealis is available. The menu boasts fish and chips, nachos, fried pickles, and more. Leland Legends is open daily starting at 4 p.m. More info...

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Zagster is here! Rent a bike in downtown Aurora.

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Zagster is here! Rent a bike in downtown Aurora.

Zagster is a bike-share program that will provide Aurora residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around town. 18 cruiser bikes are available at three downtown stations for riders to use for on-demand, local trips. Stations are located at RiverEdge Park – 360 Broadway Ave., Aurora City Hall – 44 E. Downer Place and Santori Public Library of Aurora – 101 S. River Street. “We are excited about this partnership with Zagster, Inc. that will benefit the Aurora community,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner. “Aurora aims to be a bicycle friendly community and we are taking another step – or ride – in that direction through the Zagster Bike-Share Program,” he said. Riders join the program by signing up for daily, monthly or seasonal passes. Rides for members – who must be 18 or older – are free for the first hour, and then just one dollar per hour after that. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App – available for iPhone and Android – or online at zagster.com/Aurora-IL. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message.) A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy. Aurora’s bike-share features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that’s perfect for carrying groceries, takeout or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors. “According to the People for Bike’s national survey, 53 percent of Americans say they want to ride more, yet 52 percent say they don’t have access to a working bike,” said Tim Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. “Thanks to Aurora’s investment not only in bike trails but also bike sharing, residents and visitors will now have the ability to get out and ride.” Operating in more than 130 communities across North America, Zagster manages all aspects of its programs – from bikes and technology, to maintenance and...

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4th of July in Aurora: A Parade and Fireworks

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on 4th of July in Aurora: A Parade and Fireworks

4th of July in Aurora: A Parade and Fireworks

Parade: 10 a.m. Mayor Weisner will lead the pre-parade program at 9:15 a.m. on the mainstage located at the corner of Galena Blvd. and Stolp Ave. He will be joined by aldermen, Grand Marshals Tim Rater & Jim Corti and special guest performers to kick-off the holiday. With more than 100 units, the parade will step off at 10:00 a.m. from the Santori Public Library at the corner of River St. and Benton Ave. The NEW parade route for this year is: east on Benton to Broadway; north on Broadway to Downer; west on Downer to Stolp; north on Stolp to Galena; west on Galena to River St; and south on River St. to Downer. Parade-goers can watch from anywhere along the parade route. A prime viewing location will be near the Reviewing Stand located at the corner of Galena Blvd. and Stolp Ave. Bring the family downtown for another great parade in the morning and then again for a fun time at the fireworks in the evening. Fireworks: 9:35 p.m. The public can watch the fireworks from two prime downtown locations during the Fireworks Extravaganza and Family Fun Night. Both RiverEdge Park and McCullough Park at the Prisco Center will be buzzing with activities from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., with fireworks at 9:35 p.m. RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, will have an array of food vendors, good music and an amazing view of the fireworks. Entertainment includes: 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.: American Legion Band 7:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.: Fox Valley Orchestra 9:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Community Line-Dancing (Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, etc.) McCullough Park at the Prisco Center, 150 W. Illinois, will have a variety of food vendors, good music, bounce houses & games for the kids and an amazing view of the fireworks as well. Entertainment includes the band Evolution from 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. with a mix of live music from classical to current rock. At approximately 9:35 p.m., the City of Lights will live up to its name with a pyrotechnic extravaganza illuminating the night sky in a rainbow of colors! Fireworks can be viewed from both locations and along the banks of the Fox River. Shuttles: To make traveling to the fireworks easier, the City of Aurora is once again providing FREE shuttles from convenient locations throughout Aurora. Shuttles will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and then resume service immediately following the fireworks until 11:00 p.m. All shuttles will drop off downtown in close proximity to both RiverEdge Park and McCullough Park and take riders back to the original pick-up location after the fireworks. Shuttle information and additional details can be found at www.aurora-il.org. We are looking forward to another fun and safe Fourth of July in the City of...

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Going to a Concert at RiverEdge Park this Summer? Here’s your Insider Guide.

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Going to a Concert at RiverEdge Park this Summer? Here’s your Insider Guide.

Whether you are going to RiverEdge Park to see Willie or Weird Al, we’ve compiled some handy tips and tricks for you to navigate your way through downtown Aurora and the park. Have a great show! How do I get there? If you’re a local, then biking is by far the best way to get to the park. There are several bike racks in front and on the south side of the park entrances. There’s even a bike trail behind the park. If you’re in Chicago or on the train line, then Aurora is the last train stop from Union Station. If it’s a weekend show, the weekend train pass is a steal. I’m driving. Where do I park? To avoid any hassle, the best parking is in a city lot or along the streets in downtown Aurora. You can park for free and walk a block or two to the park. If you want to park close, then the Aurora Transportation Center has a $5 fee lot across the street on Broadway. There’s also a 10-hour lot behind the amazing Aurora Regional Fire Museum at the corner of Broadway and New York Street. Downtown has two public parking decks that are $5 max. Not bad. I don’t have tickets, but want to by them at the show. Starting at Noon the day of the show, you can visit the RiverEdge Park Box Office located at the main entrance gate 2, open on show days only beginning at Noon. Starting one hour before gates open, you may visit any of the brown remote Ticket Booth huts located outside the four entrance gates. How early should I arrive? That depends. Arrive early to claim a spot on the concrete to set up some chairs. Arrive at any time to stand. Arrive early to get a ticket. Entrance is a lot easier if you already have your tickets. The park is pretty casual, so just go with the flow. I’m bringing a chair. What should I know? You can set up your chair(s) anywhere behind the standing area. The best areas are on either side of the sound stage. There is a also a grassy hill towards the back of the park, but we think that’s best for blankets so that people can see. Also, if you bring a chair, then please sit in it. If you want to stand, walk up to the standing area. Other patrons thank you. Is the park family-friendly? Absolutely. Most families congregate on the grassy hill with picnic blankets and/or chairs. It’s common for Frisbee and other games to be happening, so heads up! We’re making a night out of this, so where can we eat before the show? Great question! Downtown has about a dozen, mostly locally-owned restaurants. Depending on your mood and dining preference, you can enjoy a variety of choices with little or no wait. If you go early, you can enjoy a tasty burger at Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., or some Brazilian goodness next door at U Samba? If you allow plenty of time, stop by Ballydoyle on New York Street for some Irish deliciousness or La Quinta de los Reyes for hits-the-spot Mexican food. Some treasures with no wait will likely be Tecalitan Restaurant with authentic Mexican food, New China Hut...

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Iconic Hobbs Building Now in City’s Hands

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Iconic Hobbs Building Now in City’s Hands

Iconic Hobbs Building Now in City’s Hands

Due to significant structural deficiencies, multiple unresolved citations and serious public safety concerns, the City of Aurora accepted the donation of the historic Hobbs building, 2 N. River Street, on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 21, 2016 and immediately began emergency repairs. The City of Aurora began the process by removing the “onion” dome, which had been deemed structurally unsound. It is the City’s intention to see that the dome is replaced when the building is redeveloped. “The Hobbs building is significant to our downtown, both historically and architecturally, and deserves to be preserved going forward,” said Mayor Tom Weisner. “We exhausted every measure in our attempts to force the owner of the Hobbs building to properly maintain the building. Unfortunately, the law gives us little leverage over property owners who let their properties fall into serious disrepair. As the City assumes ownership of this historic building, our first priority is to stabilize the structure and eliminate any possible danger to the public. Then, we will work with Invest Aurora on identifying a viable redevelopment partner. Over the past few years, there has been more than $100 million in investment in downtown Aurora along River Street. I firmly believe the Hobbs building is in an ideal location to continue this growth and development.” Over the past four years alone, the City has cited the Hobbs building owner 8 times for violations ranging from vacant property registration and zoning violations to more critical internal and external building violations, including an unsecured elevator shaft, frame damage, holes in the roof, broken windows and the unstable and shifting dome. For many of these violations, the City of Aurora stepped in to handle the repair work for the sake of public safety. Due to continued concerns, earlier this year, the City of Aurora filed legal action to require additional repairs. The owner recently agreed to donate the historic building to the City rather than assume any additional repair costs. Prior to accepting the property, the City of Aurora engaged two structural engineering consultants, both of whom concluded that the existing conditions of the building are dangerous to the public and further temporary efforts to salvage the dome are futile. The City immediately removed the leaning dome and will reframe the roof over the resulting opening and perform additional weatherproofing measures. Temporary lane closures on Eastbound Galena and Southbound River will be coordinated with progress of the work on the building, which is projected to last as long as 10 days. In order to satisfy the historic FoxWalk Guidelines, the permit being issued for the dome demolition will require replacement of the dome in the future as part of redevelopment efforts of the property. Prior to the news, a downtown resident organized a grassroots meeting to save the Hobbs building to take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5 at the gazebo at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Avenue in downtown Aurora. Dianne Sizemore, a resident at Leland Tower, said that words have been cheap and that people who care about the historic building need to organize to save it. The meeting is still scheduled for Tuesday. Built in 1892 as a furniture store and loft building, the Romanesque Revival building, located at the corner of Galena Blvd. and River St. in downtown Aurora, features...

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Live Music at Millennium Plaza this Summer

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Live Music at Millennium Plaza this Summer

After a successful pilot run last summer, Wednesdays at the Plaza returns for a longer stay this summer. Local businesses are again hosting a series of free live music concerts every Wednesday from June 15 until August 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Millennium Plaza, on Stolp Avenue in downtown Aurora. The inaugural Wednesdays at the Plaza series ran for four weeks last August. This summer will feature the following Fox Valley musical artists: June 15, Scott Tipping Syndicate; June 22, Greg Boerner; June 29, Crystal Gravy with The RPMs; July 6, Anderlik, Otto & Church; July 13, Saint Astro; July 20, Etha and friends; July 27, Jake Mack Trio; Aug. 3, A Light Sleeper; Aug. 10, Small Shiny Things; Aug.17, Town Band. “It’s a great opportunity to join the community in supporting local musicians and businesses in downtown Aurora. We encourage people to bring their family and enjoy a nice evening by the river,” organizer Marissa Amoni said.   The series is organized by Marissa Amoni and Tony Scott and sponsored by Vicki McCoy of Re/Max Town & Country, Ald. Mike Saville, City of Aurora, Konen Insurance, Karademas Management, AKA Dance, Aurora Downtown, Downtown Auroran Magazine, The Compounder, The Yetee, Aurora Fastprint, Rocktown Adventures, Culture Stock, and Reuland Food Service. Typically, one food vendor will be parked along Stolp Avenue during the concert. For more information, visit downtownauroran.com or Wednesdays at the Plaza on...

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