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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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Gillerson’s Grubbery Celebrates First Anniversary in October

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Gillerson’s Grubbery Celebrates First Anniversary in October

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 (actual 1yr) 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...

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

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on An old, fictional saloon comes to downtown Aurora for one night only

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 per person, or $30 for historical society members.  There are several parking lots located behind business on...

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Aurora Arts Center Closer to Reality in Downtown

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Aurora Arts Center Closer to Reality in Downtown

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 rent restricted, loft-style apartments will give a strong leasing preference to those working at least part time in the arts.   The center will also include four dedicated apartments for exclusive use by the Paramount Theatre for out-of-town performers and directors involved in its Broadway Series.  Within the new development, the Paramount’s Performing Arts School will occupy about 30,000 square-feet of the large building.   Thanks to the Broadway Series, the Paramount’s annual attendance now exceeds 300,000 and the Arts Center is estimated to bring an additional 150,000 new visitors to the downtown each year. Officials believe the project will continue to spur restaurant and other development downtown and is believed to be a perfect complement to patrons of the Paramount.   “It’s remarkable the amount of enthusiasm there is right now for development in downtown Aurora including the arts center,” said Tim Rater, President and CEO of the Paramount Theatre. “The possibilities for the continued transformation of this great downtown just seem limitless.  It’s a really exciting time in Aurora and we’re glad to be a part of it all.”   Rater had a significant role in developing the Metropolis School for the Performing Arts in Arlington Heights which will serve as a model for Aurora’s facility and be managed by Rater. Within its first five years, the Metropolis School had an enrollment of about 2,200 students.   The majority of the project would be paid for by private investment that is facilitated by a variety of federal tax credits. Normally, the City will...

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Aurora Downtown Gifts Five Grants to Downtown Businesses

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Aurora Downtown Gifts Five Grants to Downtown Businesses

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 Access is going to host an art gallery and coffee shop with some light retail, and fun arcade and pinball games. The grant really kicked the project into high gear, and we will be putting so much more into the building to give Aurorans a place to be proud of,” said Mike Mancuso, owner of The Yetee and Public Access.   Aurora Downtown president Kim Granholm, owner of Aurora Fastprint, said that she is proud of the program and its success thus far. “It’s our goal to see downtown grow and be successful. These grants give businesses the boost they need and we’re all benefiting from what they bring to downtown,” she said.   Aurora Downtown started the grant program last year and has had success with first year recipients All Spoked Up, a bicycle shop at 14 W. Downer, and HealthMarkets at 40 W. Downer...

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Test New First Fridays Phone App on Oct. 7

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Test New First Fridays Phone App on Oct. 7

Test New First Fridays Phone App on Oct. 7

Be among the first to test a new First Fridays app that includes an interactive passport and helps you track the trolley before it is officially launched to the public. We want you to try out a First Fridays app that we’ve developed for patrons to easily navigate downtown Aurora during the popular night of art, music, and more. Aurora Downtown is working with a local designer on the app that has yet to officially launch. We want your input before the exclusive launch. Here is how to test the First Fridays app on Oct. 7. On an Android: Visit: http://oddlots.org/beta Tap the menu button (upper right) and tap “add to homescreen.” The icon will appear on your phone. Start using! On an iPhone: Visit: http://oddlots.org/beta Tap the “Share” button on the browser’s toolbar – that’s the rectangle with an arrow pointing up. Tap the “add to screen” icon in the Share menu. You’ll be prompted to name the shortcut before tapping the “Add” button. We welcome constructive feedback. If you are interested in testing the First Fridays app, please understand that this is not an official launch. We are excited to share this opportunity with you. Please email feedback to...

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

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on First Fridays Welcomes Fall with Wood Fire Conference, Tours of The Mayan, Gallery 1904 Opening

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

First Fridays on Oct. 7 welcomes fall with a Pop Up Shop, a new art gallery, the Waubonsee Wood Fire Conference, and more. 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 will return for the summer season in May 2017. Free trolly rides from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit auroradowntown.org. Learn how to test a new First Fridays app that includes an interactive passport and helps you track the trolley before it is officially launched to the public. ****Oct 7 Venues**** – Art – Gallery 1904* (Grand Opening: A Celebration of Old & New ~ 7 p.m.) If These Walls Could Talk* (“Dark and Lovely: Angel E. Perez and Jorge Alvarez” ~ 7 to 11 p.m.) The Yetee* (Art of the Derby, Public Access Preview, Yetee Gallery Final show ~ 7 to 11 p.m.) Waubonsee Aurora Downtown Campus (“Wood Fired Exhibition” ~ 6 to 9 p.m.) David L. Pierce Art & History Center (Aurora Public Art Commission hosts “Train Kiln Invitational” ~ 5 to 8 p.m. Aurora Historical Society’s “Aurora Story” & The Museum Store ~ 6 to 9 p.m.) Emergent @ Metropolitan Coworking (Waubonsee Invitational ~ 6 to 10 p.m.) The ArtBar (TBA ~ 6 to midnight) Repertoire Reservoir Studios (“Life’s Rich Pageant” ~ 7 to 10 p.m.) Oxie Affordable Optical (Original Silkscreen Art Prints by Justin Lirot ~ 5 to 8 p.m.) – Music – River’s Edge Cafe (ToneDeft ~ 7 to 9 p.m. Photography by Tim Perroud ~ 5 to 9 p.m.) Ballydoyle (Joey Fernandez on the main stage ~ 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Artist Christopher Lucero ~ 5 to 10 p.m.) Leland Legends (Karaoke ~ 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.) – More – Pop Up Shop @ old WCC on Stolp ~ 6 to 9 p.m. The Mayan (tours of the former Elks Building ~ 5 to 8 p.m.) Culture Stock (Spoken Word Open Mic ~ 8 to 9:30 p.m.) SciTech Hands On Museum (6 to 8 p.m.) Aurora Regional Fire Museum (Hands-on Fire Prevention and Safety Activities, Great Chicago Fire Interactive, and Hidden in Collection Display ~ 6 to 8 p.m.) G.A.R. Museum (6 to 8 p.m.) Aurora Watershed Watchdogs with the Friends of the Fox at Fox River Boat Launch behind Waubonsee Community College. 4 to 6 p.m. Get hands-on with the Friends of the Fox and learn how you can be a Watershed Watchdog to help monitor the health of our Fox River. Get down to the river bank, take water samples, and learn about the amazing hidden world living just under the surface. For adults and kids of all ages. _____ Trolley 6 to 10 p.m. Stops: Downer/Stolp; Fire Museum; New York/River; The Yetee; SciTech. *** *denotes a continuing art opening Pick up a free First Fridays map at any of the venues. Punch your passport and turn in at your last venue for a chance to win a First Fridays goody bag filled with gift certificates and more! *** First Fridays SPECIALS *** 15% off at All Spoked Up from 6 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...

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STEAM Sunday comes to SciTech

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on STEAM Sunday comes to SciTech

STEAM Sunday comes to SciTech

As part of a strategic initiative to extend weekend hours for Fox Valley families, SciTech will kick-off the fall season with a preview of our new STARLAB for the first ever STEAM Sunday at SciTech Hands On Museum on September 18, 2016. The monthly event will be open to the public and held on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 12pm – 5pm. As part of this initiative SciTech has also extended its Saturday hours and is now open 10am – 4pm during Downtown Saturdays. All educators will receive free admission on September 18th with a current 2016-2017 school employee ID to see how the NEW Digital STARLAB® can enhance their current science curriculum. This offer includes one FREE Admission per school employee. The STARLAB® will be set up on SciTech’s main level and the lower level of the museum will be open for exploration (The main level and upper level will be closed for the day). STARLAB® is a portable planetarium that can travel to your school or special event year-round.This is a great opportunity to get an in-depth look at the night sky and learn more about our solar system. More information is available at www.scitechmsuem.org/starlab STEAM Sundays are an opportunity to engage your family in fun STEAM learning opportunities at SciTech Hands On Museum on the third Sunday of every month. Our monthly themes explore a different core science, technology, engineering, art or mathematics concept that coordinates with our Super SciTech Saturdays. Admission to the monthly feature includes show times at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm. $8 General Public ages 4-59   $6 Military & Seniors 60+ Free for children ages 3 years and younger   Upcoming STEAM Sunday Events   September 18: STARLAB* October 16: Phun Physics November 20: Harvest Time January 15: Celebrate Scientists February 19: Engineering March 19: Women In Science April 16: Forensics May 21: STARLAB* June 18: Simple Machines July 16: Solar Energy August 20:...

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Downtown Survey Seeks Input from Community

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Downtown Survey Seeks Input from Community

Downtown Survey Seeks Input from Community

Invest Aurora, the City of Aurora, and Aurora Downtown want to hear from you. What businesses do you enjoy having downtown? What do you want more of in downtown? What do you enjoy? What could be improved? We encourage you to take a few minutes to fill out this survey crafted by Invest Aurora. Click HERE to take the survey now. The survey ends at the end of the day on Sept. 7. Thanks for your feedback! Let’s make downtown great...

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First Fridays on Sept 2 feat. Art, Food Trucks, Roots Festival

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on First Fridays on Sept 2 feat. Art, Food Trucks, Roots Festival

First Fridays on Sept 2 feat. Art, Food Trucks, Roots Festival

First Fridays on September 2 is perhaps the biggest yet. Roots Aurora, an annual celebration of cultures, joins the lineup along with art openings, food trucks, and live music. 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 from 6 to 10 p.m. Live music feat. Summer Monkeys and Noah’s Arcade at Millennium Plaza from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept 2 Venues: – Art – Paramount Theatre Art Gallery (7-9 p.m.) Allen + Pepa Architects* (“Lines & Spaces” ~ 5-9 p.m.) Lines and Spaces, the basic drawings for written music, inspire this exhibit of oil, ink and encaustic paintings.  Until recently and for the past thirty years, I was a piano teacher, helping students to read and play music from the lines and spaces of the grand staff.  Together, my students and I have explored how composers picture the sounds that we love to play. Positive and negative spaces, natural and musical patterns that imitate nature have always inspired my art. I believe in a master design; we who create music and art participate in it.   For this exhibit I use the familiar medium of oil and ink on canvas and panels.  I also use encaustic, which consists of melted beeswax, damar resin and pigment on panels and on paper. Pat Lagger is an artist and musician. She has shown her work nationally and internationally, and has had her artwork chosen for a magazine cover and for set decoration on a nationally syndicated reality television series.  Pat lives in Aurora, Illinois. If These Walls Could Talk* (“Eyes of the Beholder” ~ 7-11 p.m.) Join us for our opening “Gallery Night” and enjoy free drinks, apps and good times. Come view a unique beauty through the eyes of painter Jacqueline Jayne Fowler. If you can’t make it for the opening night you can still stop by and check out the art anytime through October 5th during regular business hours. David L. Pierce Art & History Center* (“Collective Muse” ~ 6-9 p.m.) Collective Muse, Midwest Collage Society The ArtBar (The Fresh Blood Show ~ 6-midnight) Welcome to the new season of The Artbar! We’re kicking off next month with The Fresh Blood Show, featuring new artists to The ArtBar. New Season, new artists…and new location! The ArtBar will be utilizing both the Two Brothers Cafe and The Archive Bar to showcase art. Come on out and check out our new digs!     Repertoire Reservoir Studios* (“An Exploration of the Senses: Photography & Paints” ~ 7-10 p.m.) Ballydoyle (Artists: Katie Lentz & Damon Rowley ~ 6-9 p.m.)       Mission Possible (Artist Molly Haupt; Graffiti artist Milton Coronado; Musician Steve VanDenend ~ 6-9 p.m.) Molly Haupt – artist (inside) Milton Coronado – graffiti artist (live art outside) Steve VanDenend – music (live music outside) Santori Library* (Aurora Art League ~ 5:30-9 p.m.) 58th Annual Aurora Art League Members Show featuring recent works from over 25 local artists, including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings as well as photography. Many original works for sale in addition to cards and browse bins. Live music by acoustic guitarist, John Papadolias. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. Emergent* (Jeff Del...

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Kids Invited to Explore Downtown with new Kid-friendly Passport

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Kids Invited to Explore Downtown with new Kid-friendly Passport

Kids Invited to Explore Downtown with new Kid-friendly Passport

Children who visit downtown Aurora on a Saturday or any other day are invited to pick up a free Kids’ Passport at a downtown museum. The new passport features mostly free and kid-friendly locations throughout downtown. There are 14 stops on the passport including places to read books, museums to visit, public art to see, parks and cool buildings. The kid-friendly passport is an initiative of Downtown Saturdays, a campaign sponsored by the Aurora Downtown special service area that serves downtown Aurora. Downtown Aurora is unique in that it has four museums that are all family-friendly. When families stop by the museums, they can pick up a passport and check off the locations they visit that day. Passports can then be returned at a downtown museum for a coupon to use downtown. Downtown museums include SciTech Hands On Museum, David L. Pierce Art and History Center, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, and GAR Memorial Museum (passports available across the street at 20 E. Downer Pl.). Downtown Saturdays is a day for the whole family to enjoy downtown Aurora between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Other offerings include a kids eat free special at Gillerson’s Grubbery. On Aug. 27 between noon and 5 p.m., children can pick up the passport at Alley Art Festival on Water Street...

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