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American Diabetes Association – Tour de Cure

June 9, 2013

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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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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.

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Going to a Concert at RiverEdge Park this Summer? Here’s your Insider Guide.

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

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Live Music at Millennium Plaza this Summer

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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Aurora Downtown Offers BIG Grants to Help Businesses Open

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Aurora Downtown Offers BIG Grants to Help Businesses Open

Aurora Downtown Offers BIG Grants to Help Businesses Open

In 2015, Aurora Downtown, downtown’s organization of business and property owners, successfully helped to open four new storefronts by offering grants to businesses that wished to locate in downtown Aurora. Encouraged by the success of the grant program’s first year, Aurora Downtown’s Business Attraction and Retention Committee is once again offering grants to businesses locating in the area that Aurora Downtown serves. The goal of the Business Incentive Grant Program (BIG) is to incentivize desired independently-owned for-profit businesses to locate or grow in downtown Aurora’s Special Service Area. Desired businesses include restaurants, bakeries, pubs, cafes, small grocers; hobby, music, clothing, shoe, and book stores; florists; and creative arts including artists studios, performing arts spaces, and the culinary arts; pet supply stores; exercise studios; and specialty furniture stores. The BIG program offers a grant for 30 percent of eligible expenses not to exceed $10,000 for independently-owned businesses to downtown Aurora that fall within the desired use category. Grants are available for projects that bring new business into Aurora or allow an existing business to expand in a significant way that will benefit downtown. Examples of acceptable projects for an existing business are landscaping to allow for more outdoor seating at restaurants, purchase of equipment that expands the services offered by a business, interior remodeling that allows a business to offer new goods and services or improve the experience of customers. Grant money is not available for inventory, payroll, deferred maintenance, or other routine expenses. The business owner must provide the following documentation: Business plan including detailed financial forecast Project overview including summarizing the project, explaining how the project will benefit downtown Aurora, and detailed expenses Property owner’s agreement For an existing business – two years of financial statements For a new business – funding breakdown / bank statements, two years of personal tax returns Eligible applicants will be interviewed by Aurora Downtown’s Business Attraction and Retention Committee. Once interviews are completed, the committee will make its final decision. BIG may be disbursed as a lump sum upon documented completion of the project. Alternatively, BIG may have partial disbursements upon documented completion of predetermined project milestones. Grants are provided on a first come first served basis and are dependent upon funds being available. For more information, contact Cadence Peterson at (630) 256-3170 or cadence@auroradowntown.org. View the application...

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A Parade! Memorial Day Schedule in Downtown Aurora

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on A Parade! Memorial Day Schedule in Downtown Aurora

A Parade! Memorial Day Schedule in Downtown Aurora

The City of Aurora will honor the service men and women who gave their lives for our country during the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30 at Noon in downtown Aurora.   SPECIAL PRE-PARADE CEREMONY Immediately prior to the parade, a special Re-Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. to commemorate the re-opening of the historic Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Memorial Hall.  This pre-parade event  will be held across the street from the GAR Memorial Hall at the parade reviewing stand in front of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place.   The GAR Memorial Hall will be open for public tours following the parade.   A CAPTIVATING PARADE The 2016 Memorial Day Parade steps off at 12:00 p.m. from River and Benton streets, heads east to Broadway Avenue, turns north to Downer Place and concludes at River Street.   Leading one of the largest Memorial Day Parades in recent Aurora history will be Grand Marshal Scott Roscoe.  The local labor leader, community organizer and member of Aurora Veteran’s Advisory Council is a Vietnam veteran.   The  parade will also feature local military groups, including Roosevelt Aurora Post #84, Amvets Post #103, Waidley VFW #468, the GAR Commission Post #20, the Fox Valley Marines, the Chicago Highland Rifles; and   Crowd favorite, The Southshore Drill Team, returns for the 2016 parade. Energetic school marching bands, including East Aurora High School, Scullen Middle School, Waubonsie Valley High School, West Aurora High School; and   Many other crowd favorites, such as the Lamplighters Chorus, the Phillips Park Zoo Tram, the Aurora Shriners Club, the East Aurora NJROTC, Aurora 88’s Roller Derby League, Simply Destinee Dance Team, the always-electrifying South Shore Drill Team, and many many more units.   The best viewing area will be the in front of the Pierce Art and History Center where the reviewing stand will be located.   FREE PARKING Free parking is available in downtown parking lots and the Stolp Avenue parking deck.  The deck can be accessed on Stolp from either Downer Place or Benton Street prior to the start of the ceremony.   The ceremony and parade will be recorded and televised on ACTV throughout the month of June. It will also be archived on the City of Aurora’s YouTube...

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First Fridays Plus Food Trucks, Live Music

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on First Fridays Plus Food Trucks, Live Music

First Fridays Plus Food Trucks, Live Music

First Fridays brings art, music, and more to downtown Aurora on the first Friday of the month. In June, First Fridays continues the summer party with food trucks and live music at Millennium Plaza. Read on for the full lineup of events on June 3. Food trucks: Grumpy Gaucho; Gobble Doggs; Taco Grill Live music feat. solo performers John Klatt at Eric Dinse at Millennium Plaza from 6 to 10 p.m. June 3 Venues: – Art – Aurora Fastprint* (The Printed Show ~ 5 to 10 p.m.) This year, Aurora Fastprint celebrates 40 years of outstanding service as a business in Downtown Aurora. A favorite among local artists, businesses, and everyone else in between, Aurora Fastprint continues to impress with the high quality of service they provide. All artwork shown has been printed exclusively at Aurora Fastprint. If These Walls Could Talk* (The ‘J’ Show ~ 7-11 p.m.) We found that we knew an unusual number of artists whose names started with “J”. We thought it would be fun to round them up and give them a show, so that’s what we did. Culture Stock* (Urban Art Show ~ 6 to 10 p.m.)   The Light of the Heart* (Jake Stone’s “Mixed Media” ~ 7 to 9 p.m.) Jake Stone, a digital artist, graphic designer and photographer, will be displaying his works in a solo show entitled “Mixed Media.”  From the artist: In my world, I see art and design in everything.  Emergent @ Metropolitan Coworking* (Group Show ~ 6-9 p.m.) Featuring artists Jason Arthur, Jason Delancy, Teresa Millies and Brittney Tripp Santori Public Library* (Peter Hagerty ~ 6-9 p.m.) David L. Pierce Art & History Center* (Jazz Occurrence feat. John Pazdan ~ 6-9 p.m.) Allen + Pepa Architects* (Organic Shadows by Georgia Schwender ~ 5 to 9 p.m.) “Organic Shadows,” features the historic photographic printing process, Cyanotype, using organic materials collected from the Illinois prairie landscape, then positioned with purpose and developed by the sun’s ultraviolet light. – Music – River’s Edge Cafe (open until 10 p.m.) Ballydoyle (Joey J. Saye Jr. feat. art by Nikki Marshall and fairy gardens) ~ 6 to 8 p.m.) Millennium Plaza (John Klatt ~ 6 to 8 p.m. :: Eric Dinse ~ 8 to 10 p.m.) – More – Gillerson’s Grubbery (Book Signing – Joel Frieders ~ 6 to 9 p.m.) Leland Tower (History of the Blues ~ 6 to 9 p.m.) SciTech Hands On Museum (6-8 p.m.) PME Cake Decorating and Supplies (Decorate your treats! ~ 5-6:30 p.m.) Aurora Regional Fire Museum (Children’s Discovery Room & Fire Sale ~ 6-8 p.m.) Join us as we unveil our new Children’s Discovery Room and a Fire Sale featuring items from our gift shop. The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is excited to offer another experience for families visiting the museum. Our discovery room, geared for those visitors under the age of 8, provides an opportunity for children with a safe place to play and learn about fire safety. In addition to this new space, we will be holding a Fire Sale filled with a variety of t-shirts, books, knick-knacks, and items at reduced prices. Rocktown Adventures (FREE canoe/kayak ride ~ 6-8 p.m.) Fox Valley Park District’s ‘Interrobang?!’ Adult Comedy Improv Troupe will perform on Water Street Mall, next to Culture Stock, at 6:30pm, 7:15pm, and 8pm. SCHEDULED PERFORMANCES: 6:30 p.m.‘Interrobang?!’...

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Summer 2016 Downtown Events Guide

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Summer 2016 Downtown Events Guide

Summer 2016 Downtown Events Guide

JUNE   Friday, June 3: First Fridays w/ Food Trucks and Live Music (5 to 11 p.m.) Two Brothers Summer Festival @ RiverEdge Park (5 to 11 p.m.)   Saturday, June 4: Two Brothers Summer Festival @ RiverEdge Park (noon to 11 p.m.)   Saturday, June 11: Aurora Farmers Market starts (runs through Oct. 15) (8 a.m. to noon) Aurora Greenfest @ Prisco Community Center (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)   Sunday, June 12: Tour de Cure @ RiverEdge Park (5 a.m. to 4 p.m.)   Wednesday, June 15: Wednesdays at the Plaza @ Millennium Plaza feat. Scott Tipping (6 to 8 p.m.)   Friday, June 17: Blues on the Fox @ RiverEdge Park (6:30 to 11 p.m.)   Saturday, June 18: Picnic at the Plaza @ Millennium Plaza w/ Nate’z Dogs feat. Ali Morgan (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Blues on the Fox @ RiverEdge Park (2 to 11 p.m.)   Wednesday, June 22: Wednesdays at the Plaza @ Millennium Plaza feat. Greg Boerner (6 to 8 p.m.)   Friday, June 24: Kool & The Gang @ RiverEdge Park   Saturday, June 25: Willie Nelson/Kris Kristofferson @ RiverEdge Park   Wednesday, June 29: Wednesdays at the Plaza @ Millennium Plaza feat. Crystal Gravy with The RPMs (6 to 8 p.m.)   JULY   Saturday, July 2: Weird Al @ RiverEdge Park   Sunday, July 3: KC & The Sunshine Band @ RiverEdge Park   Monday, July 4: 4th of July Parade (10 a.m.) Fireworks @ RiverEdge Park/McCarty Park (5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)   Wednesday, July 6: Wednesdays at the Plaza @ Millennium Plaza feat. Anderlik, Otto & Church (6 to 8 p.m.)   Thursday, July 7: Hollywood Vampires @ RiverEdge Park   Wednesday, July 13: Wednesdays at the Plaza @ Millennium Plaza feat. Saint Astro (6 to 8 p.m.)   Saturday, July 16: Picnic at the Plaza @ Millennium Plaza w/ Gobble Doggs feat. Noah Gabriel (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Air Supply w/ Blood, Sweat & Tears @ RiverEdge Park Sunday, July 17: “On the Wall” Urban Arts & Hip Hop Fest @ Water Street Mall (noon to 7 p.m.)   Wednesday, July 20: Wednesdays at the Plaza @ Millennium Plaza feat. Etha and friends (6 to 8 p.m.)   Friday, July 22: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo w/ Melissa Etheridge @ RiverEdge Park   Saturday, July 23: Puerto Rican Festival @ RiverEdge Park (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Picnic at the Plaza @ Millennium Plaza w/ Nate’z Dogz feat. students from Fox River Academy of Music and Art (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)   Sunday, July 24: Puerto Rican Parade (noon) Puerto Rican Festival @ RiverEdge Park (1 to 8 p.m.)   Wednesday, July 27: Wednesdays at the Plaza @ Millennium Plaza feat. Jake Mack Trio (6 to 8 p.m.)   Friday, July 29: Downtown Alive! American English @ RiverEdge Park   AUGUST   Wednesday, Aug. 3: Wednesdays at the Plaza @ Millennium Plaza feat. A Light Sleeper (6 to 8 p.m.)   Friday, Aug. 5: First Fridays w/ Food Trucks, Live Music plus a Pop Up Shop The Beach Boys w/ The Temptations @ RiverEdge Park   Saturday, Aug. 6: Alan Jackson w/ Lauren Alaina @ RiverEdge Park   Sunday, Aug. 7: Sacred Heart @ RiverEdge Park   Wednesday, Aug. 10: Wednesdays at the Plaza @...

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G.A.R. Memorial Museum Reopens on Memorial Day

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on G.A.R. Memorial Museum Reopens on Memorial Day

G.A.R. Memorial Museum Reopens on Memorial Day

GAR MEMORIAL HALL REOPENS ON MEMORIAL DAY A multi-year restoration effort culminates this Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016, with the reopening of Aurora’s Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Memorial Hall and Museum in downtown Aurora.   A ceremony re-dedicating the GAR Hall and Museum will be held during pre-parade events, beginning at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, at the parade reviewing stand, across the street from the GAR Hall, in front of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place.   Civil War re-enactors of the 36th Illinois Infantry Regiment will post the colors for the ceremony. The Memorial Day parade begins at noon and the GAR will be open following the parade until 3 p.m.   RESTORATION AND REOPENING The GAR Museum is a memorial to area veterans of the Civil War. Built in 1877-78, GARMemorial Hall, Post 20, was closed in the mid-1990s because of structural concerns. But after a 15-year restoration project, the historic building at 23 E. Downer Place in downtown Aurora, will reopen in time for Aurora’s Memorial Day celebration.   Reopening Aurora’s GAR Memorial Museum on Memorial Day 2016 is particularly appropriate since 2016 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the national Grand Army of the Republic veterans organization in 1866.   The GAR project has focused on restoring and stabilizing the exterior of the building, and restoration and creation of exhibits for the Angel Room, the main display area. For the reopening, the Angel Room is filled with unique exhibits on the Civil War and the GAR, on the brave Aurora soldiers who joined in the fight, and on everyday life in post-Civil War America.   The $3.5 million restoration effort – involving about 80 percent local funding – was assisted by grants from local, state and national organizations. Grants were awarded to the project from the Kane County Riverboat Fund; the Partners in Preservation Chicagoland initiative, with American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation; the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; and Illinois Department of Natural Resources.   HISTORY OF THE GAR MUSEUM Dedicated on July 4, 1878, the GAR Hall was a place of refuge for Civil War veterans to gather, socialize, and cope with the horrors of the battlefields. And it was a community centerpiece for the rapidly growing city of Aurora in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.   Construction of the GAR Hall was funded entirely by contributions from Aurora residents, and the Hall was built on land donated by Aurora businessman Joseph Stolp.  Over the next 70 years, more than 700 veterans from 70 Civil War regiments would become members ofGAR Post 20.   To date, the GAR Museum collection has more than 2,500 artifacts – photographs, scrapbooks, medals, flags, and items dating from the Civil War through the Vietnam War. At the GARResearch Center, in the David L. Pierce Art & History Center at 20 E. Downer Place — across from the GAR Museum — residents and researchers can find assistance and access to the Museum’s many artifacts.   Parts of the collection also can be viewed at the GAR Virtual Museum on the City of Aurora website, www.aurora-il.org. The Aurora Public Art Commission, assisted by the GAR Commission, oversees the...

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Jazz and Art Create Music at First Fridays Art Opening in Aurora

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Featured News | Comments Off on Jazz and Art Create Music at First Fridays Art Opening in Aurora

Jazz and Art Create Music at First Fridays Art Opening in Aurora

The Aurora Public Art Commission is featuring a pair of multi-artist exhibits in downtown Aurora beginning in May. “ROOMS of the MIND”, the 3rd annual Jazz Occurrence Art Exhibition, will run through July 23 at the Public Art Commission’s third floor gallery at 20 E. Downer Place. The free exhibit features the works of 15 visual artists — Lewis Achenbach, Renee Baker, Lauren Deutsch, Martel Chapman, Elliot Cowan, Lisa Flahive, Ton van Meesche, Burrell Sunrise, Daniel Young, Rolf Schroeter, Michael Jon Skura, Wes Douglas, Ronan Dexter and Grace Madeline. Lewis Achenbach is the founder of the Jazz Occurrence series (www.facebook.com/jazzoccurrence and www.lewisachenbach.com). Jazz Occurrence shows have been held in many venues in the Chicago area, including City Winery, the Velvet Lounge, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art Chicago, Instituto Cervantes Chicago, Glen Ellyn Bookstore, and the Green Mill. Jazz Occurrence “ROOMS of the MIND” can be viewed during regular Public Art Commission gallery hours, Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. As part of the First Fridays celebration of June 3 in downtown Aurora, veteran Chicago area bassist/synthesist John Pazdan and his group “The Empty Set,” featuring Eve Szokolai: Chimes, Viola, Voice and Electronics and Bil Vermette: Synthesizers will perform at the Public Art Commission gallery. Drawing from decades of recording and international touring experience, Pazdan will present a low-fi mix of modern acoustic/electric/electronic free improvisation. The free performance at the Public Art Commission will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The second multi-artist exhibit, “Art At City Hall, Spring, 2016: Construction Zone,” runs through Jan. 6, 2017, at Aurora City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place. “Construction Zone” showcases the assemblage art works of Bill Austin, Gary Brown, Charles Heinrich, Kip Pasta, Anton Witek, Jeff Thompson, James Jenkins, and Rosie Martindale. Assemblage — art made by grouping found or unrelated objects — offers an infinite number of mediums for creating art.  Whether abstract or representational, assemblage is defined by juxtapositions between textures, colors, images and forms. The free exhibit can be viewed on all five floors at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on the exhibits or the Aurora Public Art Commission, visit the City of Aurora’s website at www.aurora-il.org or call 630-256-INFO-(4636.)...

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