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Downtown Alive! American English

August 1, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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August 1, 2014
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7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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RiverEdge Park
400 N. Broadway
Aurora, IL United States
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Octo Street Fest is full of wonder on Oct. 14

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Octo Street Fest is full of wonder on Oct. 14

Octo Street Fest is a new fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 14 in downtown Aurora. Held behind New York Street’s Restaurant Row on Pinney Street, Octo Street Fest brings artists, musicians, and street performers together for an afternoon of wonder. The new festival is unique and one-of-a-kind to downtown Aurora. It features the mystical, the magical, and the absurd. There won’t be any animals, but human performers will entertain with hula hoops, card readings, fire dance, and more. “Aurora Downtown’s events committee wanted to create a new event that paired up with a Saturday in fall and could really show off another side of our arts scene. It’s full of wonder. It’s magical. It’s dark. It’s absurd and mystical. Mostly, it’s entertaining and entirely downtown Aurora,” said Marissa Amoni, events and community outreach director for Aurora Downtown. Octo Street Fest will also showcase the restaurants and businesses along Restaurant Row, including Basement of the Dead, Endiro Coffee, Ballydoyle, Gillerson’s Grubbery, and others. Local artist Josh Schultz designed the event poster, which features an octopus wearing a top hat and holding a wand. “Schultz came up with the octopus idea, and we liked what an octopus represents. It’s not only a play on words with it being a festival in October, but an octopus could be doing so many things with those eight arms. In downtown Aurora, we’re doing a lot with arts and culture, so it seemed to be a great fit,” Amoni said. A dozen artists with a darker aesthetic are setting up along artist row, curated by Teresa Fiehn. Music by Brian Kovacs at 2 p.m., Luis and I at 4 p.m., and The Peachtree at 6 p.m. Katiepillar Performance Art performs throughout the day with a fire dance performance at 5 p.m. Gillerson’s Grubbery is hosting a beer tent, and Ballydoyle will have its Irish Rover serving bratwursts and more. Endiro Coffee is hosting a children’s area on their patio. Pinney Street will be closed for the event. Free parking is available in Lot W on River Street north of New York Street. Octo Street Fest is from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 on Pinney Street in downtown Aurora. Octo Street Fest is brought to you by Aurora Downtown, a nonprofit group of downtown business and property owners located in SSA #One in Aurora,...

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Leland Legends serves up great food, new ownership

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Leland Legends serves up great food, new ownership

By Brendon Kolodziej and Victoria Alexander Leland Legends is renowned for serving up some nostalgically-hip libations, as well as exquisite meals ranging from ribeye steaks to a wide variety of sandwiches. Located at the base of the iconic Leland Tower in downtown Aurora, the restaurant also recently welcomed its new owner, Ron Woerman. The proposition was offered to him one day out of the blue, he said. “Within weeks it went from a conversation—to us taking over (Leland Legends)” from its previous owner, David Karadema. No novice to the restaurant industry, Woerman is also the general manager of the popular Spartan House, located at 1032 Prairie St. in Aurora, as well as O’Malley’s Pub and Eatery, an Irish sports bar on Hill Ave. Currently focusing his energy on this new venture, Woerman, when asked about possible changes, explained, “Short-term, we’ve changed the menu,” condensed it, and “made it more practical for the size of the kitchen.” He mentioned that the previous menu was fairly extensive, but that a wider selection of beers is being adopted as well as new cocktails. He has no immediate plans to alter anything drastically, he said, such as changing the name or restyling the overall image, citing that the previous owner had done a “great job” with the restaurant’s direction. Woerman also expressed a willingness to be flexible in regards to the menu, stating, “If we put something [in it] that doesn’t work then we can always take it [out] and reprint it,” obviating at his readiness to tailor their menu towards what he thinks will better reflect the preferences of his clientele.   Woerman also understands that the rich history of the tower is something people cherish, and he fully plans to uphold its legacy while still embracing change. An advocate of progress and new development, he nonetheless believes strongly in retaining a historical building’s distinctive character, a credo he no doubt applies to the restaurant. He said that to a certain degree, he does feel inspired to promote the rich history of the former Leland Hotel, mentioning also how he loves the old building’s many “quirks,” unique design qualities, and architecture. The tower, built as a modern and fashionable hotel in 1928, has boarded the likes of Al Capone, Big Joe Williams, and John Dillinger. Nods to its bluesy, infamous past can be seen through posters and photographs adorning the restaurant’s walls. Such a celebration of bygone times even worked itself into the new drink menu, which keeps in style the classic and old fashion drinks the younger crowd has seemingly learned to embrace, while still retaining a balanced selections of wines and more modern staples. But when it comes to the atmosphere at Leland Legends, there’s something oddly satisfying about sitting at a table drinking the same drink as did Al Capone (a Tom Collins) in the very same building in which he did so. After spending fifteen years in Chicago, Woerman developed an appreciation for the exciting and artistic feel of city life, which he says is clearly reflected in the culture of downtown Aurora. To most people, running this modestly swanky restaurant and bar out of such a historic building may seem like the ultimate realization of a set goal. But Woerman has much more ambition than the average...

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Painted lightbulbs shine a light on suicide in downtown Aurora

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Painted lightbulbs shine a light on suicide in downtown Aurora

By Brendon Kolodziej September 1 marked the start of National Suicide Prevention Month. To help spread awareness, a local organization kick-started a campaign utilizing the unique blend of art, culture, and community for which the city is widely known. Shine the Light on Suicide showcases the works of local artists in the form of large, masterfully-painted lightbulb sculptures, which can be discovered scattered around downtown Aurora. The artists’ work serves as a reminder to people, and the community at large: Suicide is a serious epidemic that cannot be ignored. In addition to the twenty art sculptures out on display on the streets of Aurora (14 are found in downtown Aurora), the Shine the Light on Suicide campaign created by Simply Destinee, a youth dance team whose mission is to encourage awareness and understanding when it comes to suicide, is sponsoring a slew of events all month long. Such events, from poetry readings on Sept. 19, to informative presentations by the Kane Co. Sheriff, Suicide Prevention Services, and Simply Destinee on Sept. 20, both at Santori Library, will focus on promoting both the awareness and prevention of suicide. The events and festivities began at Aurora Downtown’s First Fridays in September. Aurora Downtown, an organization of business and property owners within SSA #One is also a sponsor of the project.  More community events focused around Shine the Light on Suicide kicked-off Sept. 2 at Fox Valley Mall with a public meet and greet with the artists, as well as performances and speeches by Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, Hope for a Day, and the Aurora Police Department. On Sept. 5 at Aurora’s City Hall, Mayor Richard Irvin signed a proclamation allowing for the erection of street art associated with the cause. This proclamation officially gave artists and local city organizers the go-ahead to finalize the installation of the 20 lightbulb sculptures.    Liza Oliva, of Simply Destinee, founded the Shine the Light campaign last year.  “It originally started with the concept of lightbulbs because we want to shine a light on suicide; and last year we had no budget at all, we literally asked for mounds of donations of art supplies [to] try to find the most cost-effective way to make a lightbulb with the kids… It was essentially a group project,” Oliva said. “The point of the project was to have inspiring messages, to shine their light and spread positivity,” she added. Oliva explained that the project allowed kids to discuss the touchy subject. The initial aim, she said, was to get the artwork into schools and displayed in public places, where it could serve as conversation pieces, around which people could openly “talk about suicide and not have to feel ashamed or uncomfortable.” But this year, the Dunham fund, which encourages positive, educationally innovative community programs, chipped in to patron the building of the lightbulb art sculptures. “This way,” Oliva explained, “the lightbulbs would open the door to people speaking about the subject and for people to feel comfortable to speak up and address concerns [of their own]. The biggest stigma for suicide is that people feel embarrassed to reach out and ask for help. We know we don’t have all the answers, but if we can get people to talk about the subject, that’s half the battle.” One participating artist,...

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First Fridays welcomes two outdoor events, over 20 venues on Sept 1

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First Fridays welcomes two outdoor events, over 20 venues on Sept 1

  DOWNTOWN AURORA – First Fridays hosts two outdoor events plus more than 20 venues open with art, music and more on Sept. 1. Stolp Island Block Party, hosted by the Aurora Downtown organization of downtown business and property owners, features live art, live music, an outdoor market, a beer tent, and more from 6 to 10 p.m. on Stolp Avenue from Galena Boulevard to Downer Place. It’s the second block party of the year with the first one in August bringing more than 1,000 attendees. More than a dozen artists will once again create live art on Stolp in front of If These Walls Could Talk, who is curating the art portion of the evening. The First Fridays summer concert series caps off with The Desperate Bastards at 6 p.m. and Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts at 8 p.m. at the gazebo at Millennium Plaza. Aurora is the last stop for Nielsen’s summer tour before heading back to Rockford, Ill. An outdoor market features fresh, locally grown produce from Renewed Roots Initiative; baked goods by Frosted Fig and Atrevete Confections; homemade soaps from Aroma Roots; essential oils and more from Illuminate Space; and pickled goods from Just Divine Foods. Food vendors include Grumpy Gaucho, Wurst Kitchen, and . Gillerson’s Grubbery is setting up a beer tent at the festivities. Additional food vendors including Joe’s Street Kitchen, Yum Dum, and others will be set up on Water Street Mall from 5 to 9 p.m. for the annual Roots Aurora, a cultural celebration benefiting Family Focus. Roots Aurora offers a variety of diverse entertainment including Simply Destinee, youth performers from Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, and Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl. A talent show showcasing local youth begins the evening. Art openings, live music, and more are featured at First Fridays on Sept. 1 at several locations throughout downtown including: Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Blvd., kicks off a new season of art featuring the work of Dan Capo, Maureen Gasek, Chris Hodge, Leah Mitchell, Laura Lien Svencner, and Master Oil Painter David Hettinger. 7 to 9 p.m. Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St., is open with the Aurora Art League Annual Show and Sale. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens “Art of Nature: Danielle Ebersole.” 7 to 11 p.m. Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., hosts Respect the Mic spoken word. 8:30 p.m. Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., features “Four Artists in One Space.” 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, kicks off a new season with The Lucha Libre Show. 6 p.m. to midnight Repertoire Reservoir Studios, 14 W. Downer Pl. upstairs, is open with “Intonation Acclamation.” 7 to 10 p.m. Indie Studio Space, 105 E. Galena Blvd., hosts “Member Showcase: Michael Mulvaney & Robert Renteria.” 5 to 8 p.m.   David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., continues its WWI exhibit. 6 to 9 p.m. River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18, hosts Dan Becker and the Tourists CD release party. 7 to 9 p.m. Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, continues hosting a handful of area artisans at its monthly Pop Up Shops. 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by the GAR Museum,...

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Alley Art Fest returns to Water Street Mall on Aug 26

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Alley Art Fest returns to Water Street Mall on Aug 26

Alley Art Festival returns to Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26.   Alley Art Festival will fill the tree-lined, pedestrian-friendly mall between Downer Place and Galena Boulevard with local art, music, food, spectacle, and fun for the day.   The festival continues to be one of the largest gatherings of local artists in the Fox Valley, bringing more than 60 artists to display their original works, prints, and creations.     “Alley Art Fest continues to provide an opportunity for the community to support local artists while enjoying a fun day downtown,” said organizer Marissa Amoni.   Joining the hip and eclectic lineup of art this year is Dept., a group of teachers from Naperville Central High School including Daniela Cirone, Danielle Figueroa, Becky Mancuso, Amy Murphy, and Greg Padgett. Fox Valley Robotics will be demonstrating robots and have a Lego build activity. A children’s art tent will also feature hands-on, creative opportunities.   Alley Art Festival was started in 2010 by Marissa Amoni, Jen Evans, Lisa Green, and Nate Miller. The festival is supported by artists and volunteers, and is sponsored by Downtown Auroran Magazine, Aurora Downtown, and the City of Aurora’s Neighborhood Festival Funding.   The day-long festival is family-friendly, and welcomes patrons of all ages to patronize local artists, listen to local music, and support local food vendors.   To find out more about Alley Art Festival, visit Alley Art Festival on Facebook or online at...

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The Beatles and barbecue at Santori Library on Aug 26

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The Beatles and barbecue at Santori Library on Aug 26

Released on June 1, 1967, the music of the Beatles’ eighth album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was different, exciting and colorful.   That’s the idea behind the Aurora Public Library Foundation’s Beatles Barbecue, set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 in the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library’s Parker Garden.   “Two librarians – Robb Winder and Dan Smolla – suggested a 50th anniversary-type party with Beatles music, 60s fashions and a cookout, and the event committee loved the idea,” said Foundation President Kelly McCleary, who is busy working on themed décor for the outdoor celebration.   “This is a fundraiser to support early literacy and scholarships as well as delivery of library materials to the homebound,” McCleary said. “It will also help purchase technology and STEM tools for all library locations.”   But like the 1967 album, the event will be different from past Library Foundation events.   “We will have a live band (the Dog and Pony Show), dancing, karaoke, raffles, trivia and prizes,” said Foundation Manager Laura Stoney, “but there will not be an auction at this time. We just want people to come out and have fun and support their library.”   Tickets are available online at http://www.santorilibrary.com/beatles-barbecue-tickets/ for $50 each, which includes an on-site barbecue with all the trimmings by Reuland Food Service. Beer, wine, and a specialty cocktail created just for the occasion are included in the ticket price.   Call 630-264-4124 for information or...

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First Fridays plus a Block Party on Aug 4 in downtown Aurora

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First Fridays plus a Block Party on Aug 4 in downtown Aurora

Stolp Island Block Party adds some outdoor fun to First Fridays on August 4 and September 1. The block party, hosted by the Aurora Downtown organization of downtown business and property owners, features live art, live music, an outdoor market, a beer tent, and more. The block party is from 6 to 10 p.m. on Stolp Avenue from Galena Boulevard to Downer Place. About a dozen artists will create live art on Stolp in front of If These Walls Could Talk, who is curating the art portion of the evening. The First Fridays summer concert series continues on Aug. 4 with Ron Porter Trio at 6 p.m. and Scott Tipping Trio at 8 p.m. at the gazebo at Millennium Plaza. An outdoor market features fresh, locally grown produce from Renewed Roots Initiative; baked goods by Frosted Fig; homemade soaps from Aroma Roots; essential oils and more from Illuminate Space; and unique fresh air topiaries from Aurora Botanicals. Food vendors include Grumpy Gaucho, Taco Grill, and Gobble Doggs. Gillerson’s Grubbery is setting up a beer tent at the festivities. Art openings, live music, and more are featured at First Fridays on Aug. 4 at several locations throughout downtown including: If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., opens “Pencils and Pallets,” art from Eva Balek & Jennifer Hunger. 7 to 11 p.m. Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., hosts an annual urban art show from 4 to 9 p.m. Spoken word starts at 8:30 p.m. Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., features “Three Artists in One Space.” 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Indie Studio Space, 105 E. Galena Blvd., welcomes director Andre Boyd and photographer Ryan Lynch. 5 to 8 p.m.   David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., is currently exhibiting “Aurora Story; With the Colors of Aurora.” 6 to 9 p.m. River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18, welcomes musical act Chasing Rain. 7 to 9 p.m. Leland Legends, 1 S. Stolp Ave., is open with karaoke starting at 8:30 p.m. Fox Art Gallery is open in the lobby from 6 to 10 p.m. A number of downtown businesses are also open with offerings including AKA Dance, All Spoked Up, Zen Loft Wellness Center, and Rocktown Adventures. Rocktown Adventures, 107 Spruce St., offers free 15 minute paddle rides from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please note that river levels could affect rides. Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, continues hosting a handful of area artisans at its monthly pop up shop. This month, they also feature a fire demonstrations. 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by the GAR Museum, 23 E. Downer Pl., and visit the Museum Shop across the street at 20 E. Downer Pl. 6 to 9 p.m. SciTech Hands On Museum is open with their indoor planetarium StarLab from 6 to 8 p.m. Joining the First Fridays lineup, Christ Community Church opens Community Coffeehouse, 78 S. LaSalle St. with live music, coffee, and tacos from 6 to 9 p.m., and Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St., is open with Fresh Fridays, a mix of local produce and local art. First Fridays maps are available at all venues. Free trolley rides run from 6 to 10...

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Summer (and mostly free) fun in downtown Aurora

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Summer (and mostly free) fun in downtown Aurora

Are you wondering what you’ll do with the kids this summer? Grab the kids and go enjoy these great, local activities in downtown Aurora, IL. Free fun at Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd. Kids enjoy crafts and stories at an event at the used bookstore. Culture Stock hosts activities and summer camps. Visit them on Facebook for more info. 1. SciTech. It’s a fun and educational place for the kids. You can also make a day of it and do lunch in downtown Aurora. Super SciTech Saturdays are free for kids with adult admission on the last Saturday of the month. If you’re downtown during First Fridays in Downtown Aurora, it’s free for the whole family to get in. Whee! 2. Swimming Stones. Across from SciTech on Benton Street are fabulous swimming stones that are kinetic and wet. Wonderful fun for free. 3. Saturdays in downtown Aurora. They’ve never been more fun. There’s the Aurora’s Farmers Market every Saturday morning (June to Oct) with kids crafts and more; there’s Summer Second Saturdays on the second Saturday of the month from June thru Sept at Millennium Plaza on Stolp Ave; and the last Saturday of August is Alley Art Festival – fun for the whole family on August 26. 4. Aurora Public Library. Check out the website and find lots of kids activities including storytime, Lego Club, crafts, and more! If you’re looking to meet other parents, the library is the BEST place. You can meet great friends there. (The Bookmobile parks at the Aurora’s Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.) 5. River’s Edge Cafe. They will save your life with their awesome kid-friendly play corner. Grab a latte and rest for a few minutes. They also have a beautiful deck with a river view that rivals Venice. There’s also Endiro Coffee – try their real juices in their comfy basement. Two Brothers Cafe has great pastries (scones!) and yummy coffee inside the Roundhouse. They do offer crayons and coloring pages, which is a plus. 6. Al Fresco dining. Park your bike behind Endiro Coffee at 29 W. New York St. and enjoy their scenic and European patio. Cross the river and enjoy chips and homemade salsa and guacamole on the patio at La Quinta de los Reyes on New York St. 7. Biking trails. The Gilman Trail and the Fox River Trail are your friends. Hop on the bike (perhaps a Zagster) with a picnic packed and you’ll have serenity now! 8. Pokemon. We’ve got battles. We’ve got raids. We’ve got stops. Downtown Aurora is Pokemon friendly. 9. Water Street Mall. Enjoy the peaceful and serence tree-lined pedestrian walkway between Galena Blvd. and Downer Pl. Pack a picnic, throw a party, skip, sit in the grass. Enjoy it! 10. Fish. Downtown is a great place to catch some fish! Cozy up to the beautiful Fox River and cast a line. For more information on water safety, visit Rocktown Adventures on Spruce St. 11. Culture Stock is probably the best place to hang on a rainy day or just a mellow day. A kid-friendly book corner will entertain them, and a couch and cup of coffee are calling your name! Visit their Facebook page for more events, like weekly storytime. 12. Downtown museums. Your whole family will fall in love with Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, and their new kid space on the second floor. The second-story “Aurora Story” exhibit courtesy of the Aurora Historical Society at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center is a must see...

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Downtown museums welcome Harry Potter fans on July 30

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Downtown museums welcome Harry Potter fans on July 30

Looking for something to do during Aurora’s Harry Potter Festival? Did you miss out on tickets? Sunday, July 30 welcomes wizards of all shapes and sizes to downtown Aurora. Aurora’s Harry Potter Festival is SOLD OUT and a magical spell won’t help you to get in; you’ll need a special wrist band to enter the festival, but don’t run under the stairs and hide in your tiny room. Check out these fun and magical events that do not require a festival ticket for entrance. Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway Noon to 5 Stop by the Aurora Regional Fire Museum from 12-5 pm on Sunday, July 30 for demos, activities, a Muggle Museum, Pop Up Vendors and more! The best part is, they are open by donation to all Muggles and Wizards! Admission: Donation SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join SciTech for a magical Fantastical Astronomy Fair! Hosted at SciTech Hands On Museum and only steps away from ‘Diagon Alley’, the Fair will captivate guests with lessons and magics of the sun, moons, and stars. Cost is $9 3/4 ($9.75 in advance/$15 at the door). THIS IS A SEPARATE EVENT WITH SEPARATE TICKETS! Admission: $9.75 in advance; $15 at door Aurora Historical Society, Tanner Museum 1 to 4 p.m. The 1857 Tanner House Museum, 305 Cedar Ave., will be open free of charge from 1-4 pm on Sunday, July 30 during the Harry Potter Festival in Aurora.  Both the Tanner Museum and David L. Pierce Art and History Center (The DLP at 20 E. Downer) will be featuring treasure hunts for innovations that are considered unremarkable or even quaint today but which seemed like magic at the time they were introduced in the 1800s and early 1900s.  Correct answers will be entered in a drawing to win an Andy Aurora t-shirt featuring the 1964 city brand image. Participants do not need a ticket to the festival to visit the Tanner Museum, although donations  are appreciated.  Tickets are required to enter Downer Place. Visitors who sign up for a yearly membership to the non-profit Aurora Historical Society will receive a membership extension through the end of 2018. The Tanner House Museum is located on the west side of Aurora at the corner of Oak Avenue and Cedar Street in the historic Tanner District. Admission: Donation Other wizardly events Paramount Theater’s Movie Marathon Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., will be showing the first four Harry Potter movies on July 30. $1 tickets will be sold for each film. Come see one (or all four!) and check out the Paramount’s themed drinks and snacks. Get details and show times on the Paramount’s website: https://paramountaurora.com/events/harry-potter/ Wizard Outbreak Basement of the Dead (behind Ballydoyle) is offering a special Wizard-themed event all weekend, and they have extended their hours for Sunday, July 30 so that festivalgoers can check out their laser wand battles and other activities. They will be open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on the festival day. Wizard Outbreak is offering a special coupon code for our festival ticket holders. If you enter “WANDS” at checkout, you will receive $5 off your purchase of a regular or VIP ticket for Wizard Outbreak. Get your tickets...

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Victorian Tea Room comes to downtown Aurora this fall

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Victorian Tea Room comes to downtown Aurora this fall

Downtown Aurora will soon be the home of a unique new hangout spot. A Victorian tearoom. A local business owner, Tanya Barkdoll of Lincoln Avenue’s Calla Lily Salon, is opening a the new Victorian Tea Room on LaSalle Street by early fall. Barkdoll hopes to bring an authentic tea room experience to Aurora. She previously apprenticed with a tea room owner in England. Her experience doesn’t end there; Barkdoll ran Calla Lily Victorian Tea Room in Montgomery, Ill. before relocating to Aurora. Barkdoll intends for her tea room to serve traditional English high tea as well as a more casual afternoon tea, functioning similarly to English tea houses. Though the tea room is based on foreign customs, Barkdoll has been working closely with local businesses for supplies. The tea blender is a Naperville native while the honey served in store will come from an Aurora beekeeper. The tea room will function like a complete restaurant, serving sandwiches and other finger food as well as more interesting options like honey tea infusions and tea pairings with desserts and such. Barkdoll says that though the tea room is open to everyone, she wishes for it to be a place for women to congregate and for it to feel like “lounging and relaxing at Grandma’s”. She said that the former Montgomery tea room felt like a dainty women’s club, which she wants to bring to Aurora because she thinks it is a place for women to “relax and kick back and not feel rushed or hurried”. She added that the tea room will continue to host bridal and baby showers as well as women’s groups after hours like the previous location did. The tea room will fit in well with Aurora’s culture since it has already been the host of Aurora University’s Women’s Club’s annual meeting for a long time. When asked about her move to the downtown, Barkdoll said that she was motivated by how “people are so energetic about the downtown” as well as the need for a larger space. She added, “Aurora has been wonderful and accommodating. The city has been so welcoming and receptive to new business; they’re encouraging you to come and be a part of the...

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