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Santa on Broadway

December 9 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Visit businesses on Broadway in downtown Aurora on Saturdays in December. There will be cookies and photos with Santa.

Brought to you by Aurora Downtown and Broadway businesses.

Participating businesses:

Caperucita
Creaciones Morales
Colima Jewelry
Islas Marias
Seguro Mexico
Balavi Organic Salon
Tecalitlan
Sophisticated You
Delgado Jewelry
Happy Daze
Legends
Happy Times
La France
Chicago Style Barbers
La Central Bakery
PME Cake Decorating
Balderas Beauty Salon
La Quinta de los Reyes

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December 9
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Museums After Dark returns for 3 dates in 2018

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Museums After Dark returns for 3 dates in 2018

Museums After Dark returns for 3 dates in 2018

Aurora Museums After Dark welcomes visitors to downtown museums after hours on three Thursdays in 2018. Aurora Regional Fire Museum, SciTech Hands On Museum, G.A.R. Museum, The Pierce Center, and Santori Public Library stay open for an extra few hours for families to enjoy on March 29, June 21 and September 20. The museums open from 5 to 8 p.m. for Aurora Museums After Dark. Children are free with paid adult admission and members are free at applicable museums. The downtown museums highlight STEAM activities for all ages. Families are encouraged to pick up a museum passport and have it stamped at all locations in order to enter a raffle for a museum membership. Aurora Museums After Dark is sponsored by Aurora Downtown, a non-profit organization of downtown business and property owners within Special Service Area #One. Brian Failing, executive director of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, came up with the idea for the pilot season in summer 2017. “It allows us to bring families downtown to enjoy all that our great museums have to offer, and it allows us an opportunity to collaborate on new programming,” he said. Venture downtown when the stars are out, and enjoy a fun and educational treat for all...

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SciTech celebrates 30 years with 30 events in 2018

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on SciTech celebrates 30 years with 30 events in 2018

SciTech celebrates 30 years with 30 events in 2018

On November 28, 2017, SciTech began their year long celebration of the science museum’s 30th anniversary. As part of this milestone celebration, they are hosting 30 events over the next 12 months. Most of the events, like First Fridays, Super SciTech Saturday,the Family STEAM Nights, Egg Drop, and Giving Tuesday are all family-friendly events. The next event is SciTech’s NOON YEAR’S EVE celebration on Saturday, December 30 from 10 AM – 5 PM. With a balloon drop at noon and a 45-minute show with Jason The Juggler at 1 PM, the entire family will find fun and games throughout the day. There will also be raffles with amazing prizes, including:    * an escape room experience at Chicago Lock    * annual passes to Legoland Discovery Center    * Chicago Wolves hockey tickets    * Eli’s Cheesecake raffles Tickets are available for purchase at scitechmuseum.org for $10/person and will be $15/person at the door. In 2018, SciTech will be celebrating 30 years by having 30 events throughout the twelve months. These events include; Super SciTech Saturdays where children admission is free with a paying adult, First Fridays where all admission is free from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, special events for the entire family to enjoy, and events for just adults. Take a look at the 30 events below and help SciTech celebrate 30 years. November 28, 2017 – Giving Tuesday December 2, 2017 – First Fridays December 30, 2017 – Noon Year’s Eve Party January 27, 2018 – Super SciTech Saturday: Frozen Fractals with special guest Mr. Freeze from Fermi Lab February 2, 2018 – First Fridays February 22, 2018 –  Winter Family STEAM Night February 24, 2018 – Super SciTech Saturday: Healthy Me! March 2, 2018 – First Fridays March 30, 2018 – Egg Drop March 31, 2018 – Super SciTech Saturday: Women in STEM April 6, 2018 – First Fridays April 14, 2018 – Comedy Night Fundraiser April 28, 2018 – Super SciTech Saturday: Party for the Planet May 4, 2018 – First Fridays May 26, 2018 – Super SciTech Saturday: Racing Rivers June 1, 2018 – First Fridays June 16, 2018 – TBA June 29, 2018 – Super SciTech Saturday – Incredible Insects July 28, 2018 – Super SciTech Saturday: Amazing Animals with special guest: The Flying Fox Foundation August 3, 2018 – First Fridays August 9, 2018 – Summer Family STEAM Night August 31, 2018 – Super SciTech Saturday: Construction September 7, 2018 – First Fridays: Happy 30th SciTech September 29, 2018 – Super SciTech Saturday: Super Storms September 30, 2018 – 30th Anniversary Celebration October 5, 2018 – First Fridays October 27, 2018 – Super SciTech Saturday: Assistive Technology November 2, 2018 – First Fridays November 24, 2018 –  Super SciTech Saturday: Lighting the Future November 27, 2018 – Giving Tuesday SciTech Hands On Museum is the premier hands on interactive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) museum in the Aurora area. With its three levels of over 200 exhibits SciTech is able to welcome over 75,000 guests annually. The museum also offers various educational programing including; field trips, early childhood programs, outreach, summer camps, special events, scout programs, and much more. Happy birthday,...

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Broadway businesses get festive with holiday window art

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Broadway businesses get festive with holiday window art

Broadway businesses get festive with holiday window art

Clara Diaz wanted to bring a little extra something to Broadway for the holidays. The four-lane thoroughfare in downtown Aurora features dozens of shops including Diaz’ Balderas Beauty Salon.   “We want to do something special,” said Diaz about the decision to not only bring Santa to a few shops during the month of December, but to also hire artists to paint about 16 storefronts along Route 25 from Benton to New York streets.   Diaz is working with a growing group of Broadway business owners to make Broadway the business district that it once was and that they believe it can be again with a little help.   The business owners have met monthly with the assistance of Aurora Downtown, a non-profit group of business and property owners in downtown.   The businesses, including La Quinta de los Reyes, PME Cake Supplies, Delgado Jewelry, and about 20 others, discuss traffic, parking, lighting, events, holiday decorations, and more.   This year, Aurora Downtown board member and streetscape committee chair Gina Salamone ordered hundreds of string lights for the trees along Broadway, which the city installed prior to the Winter Lights event on Nov. 17.   Diaz said that funding from a few Aurora alderpersons is helping to decorate the storefronts, along with a matching gift from Aurora Downtown and Invest Aurora.   Artist Lita Lu is working with local artist Jose Art on the window paintings for the holiday season.   “We need to show that creative side of this city,” Lu said.   The Broadway businesses hope that the windows can continue to be decorated year round with an emphasis on seasonal holidays.   As for Santa, he’ll be visiting businesses on Broadway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first three Saturdays in December. Children are invited to take a photo with Santa and participate in a fun activity. The event is free, but optional activities might be offered for a fee.   Santa will visit 24 N. Broadway on Dec. 2; PME Cake Decorating, 35 N. Broadway on Dec. 9; and SeguroMex Insurance, 31 S. Broadway on Dec....

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Art Commission celebrates 20 years of student art at The Pierce Center in downtown Aurora

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Art Commission celebrates 20 years of student art at The Pierce Center in downtown Aurora

Art Commission celebrates 20 years of student art at The Pierce Center in downtown Aurora

The Aurora Public Art Commission will host the Opening Reception of the 20th annual Winter Garden of Youth Art exhibit on Friday, December 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place.   On display through January 20, 2018, the Winter Garden of Youth Art is a dynamic exhibit of works of art by Aurora students in kindergarten through 12th grade from 31 schools. All of the works of art are chosen by art teachers or other faculty members from each school.   Participating schools include: Allen, Aurora Christian, Bardwell, Beaupre, Brady, Benavides, Dieterich, East High , Fred Rodgers, Freeman, Gates, Greenman, Hall, Herget, Hermes, Hill, Hope Wall, IMSA, Jewel, Johnson, Krug, McCleery, Nicholson, Oak Park, O’Donnell, Rollins, St. Rita, Simmons, Smith, Studio Nafisa and West High.   In this year’s exhibit, a variety of mediums will be on display, including paintings in acrylic, tempera, oil and watercolor; drawings in charcoal, pastel and pencil; printmaking, photography, sculptures, computer arts, jewelry, ceramics and 2D and 3D collages.   Visitors can view the exhibit for free during the opening reception and every Wednesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. until January 20,...

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Aurora Film Society looks for members

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Aurora Film Society looks for members

Aurora Film Society looks for members

A local group is aiming to bring more films to downtown Aurora. The group of Aurora residents formed Aurora Film Society (AFS) this September to accomplish that goal. AFS was formed to serve as an educational, social, and local resource that provides a shared cinematic cultural experience based in the city center. The film society will offer monthly screenings of curated films as well as special events such as single screenings and festivals that focus on genres such as documentaries, animation, children’s film, and music. Karl Nicholas is the board president. Board members include Jeanne Norris, Kyle Reeves, Vicki McCoy, Karen Nicholas, and Helen Ratzlow. The group seeks to hold screenings in 2018 at the movie loft at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway. The loft seats approximately 60. “These screenings will be held downtown so as to avail ourselves of local restaurants, pubs, and bars for post-screening discussion. Our special events and film festivals will draw patrons from the wider region, with the likely result of more patronage to downtown businesses,” Norris said. AFS is holding their first fundraiser and membership drive on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St. Tickets can be purchased here. The evening will include a silent auction and live jazz by Dan Pierson Trio. To vote on movie screenings for 2018, visit AFS’s website...

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First Place window design goes to …

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on First Place window design goes to …

First Place window design goes to …

Tim Frederick and Jen Rauch teamed up to get creative with their downtown window display this year. The business partners and owners of If These Walls Could Talk at 32 S. Stolp Ave. have installed clever displays in years past, but they never were able to snag the coveted glass Winter Lights award for outstanding window design. This year, Frederick made sure to take the extra steps needed to polish the frame shop’s window design. Naturally, a frame maker and woodworker, Frederick utilized his skills to craft the Ball Stacker 3000, a snowball-making machine. Frederick even made it appear that the machine connects from one window to another via clear plastic pneumatic tubing. No detail was spared and Rauch added her own ideas and suggestions, as well. In one window, it appears that snowmen are dressing behind opaque glass dividers. Judges for the Winter Lights window decorating contest awarded Frederick and Rauch first place for their creativity. The annual contest encourages downtown businesses to decorate their storefronts for the holidays in time for the Winter Lights event held on the Friday before Thanksgiving. View several storefronts in downtown Aurora that are decorated for the holidays including AKA Dance, All Spoked Up, River’s Edge Cafe, SciTech Hands On Museum, Pure Skin Solutions, Do or Dye Designs, and...

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First Fridays on Dec. 1: ‘Tis the season to be merry with art and cocoa

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on First Fridays on Dec. 1: ‘Tis the season to be merry with art and cocoa

First Fridays on Dec. 1: ‘Tis the season to be merry with art and cocoa

First Fridays aims to bring some holiday cheer on December 1. For the fifth year, If These Walls Could Talk is hosting “Pack the Pantry,” their annual art auction that benefits the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry. Visit the frame shop and gallery from 6 to 10 p.m. at 32 S. Stolp Ave. and bid on a piece of art handcrafted by local artists out of paper grocery bags. Also on First Fridays, two venues celebrate anniversaries. Gremlen Recording Studios, 130 W. Downer Pl. celebrates 20 years. Tour the studios and listen to live music from 5 to 9 p.m. Culture Stock, a used bookstore and community center at 43 E. Galena Blvd. celebrates its fifth anniversary from 6 to 9 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit as Dan Becker and the Tourists “Rock Around the Christmas Tree” from 6 to 9 p.m. at Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St. Aurora Fastprint, 54 E. Galena Blvd. is celebrating its 34th year of hosting the popular Wagon Wheel Party starting at 5 p.m. Visit pop up shops at Metropolitan Coworking, River’s Edge Cafe, and Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Art openings, live music, and more are featured at First Fridays on Dec. 1 at several locations throughout downtown including: Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., hosts “Mind Your Christmas” book release and signing by author and Yorkville Alderman Joel Frieders. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 2 Fools Cider tasting starts at 6 p.m. Fox Art Studio, 9 S. Stolp Ave., hosts a Jewelry Show with three designers. 6 to 9 p.m. Artist Cheryl Holz is hosting her annual open studio night at Aurora Artists Studios, 50 E. Galena Blvd. See Holz’ new Eco-prints, small works, and holiday ornaments. 5:30 to 8pm The ArtBar presents Deepayan Bose at The Web, 134 W. Downer Pl., from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. along with two shows at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway: The Face Show in the Cafe; “Life Goes On,” a solo show featuring Lita Lu in the Lounge. 6 p.m. to midnight. Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., hosts “Artists & Community 2017,” an end-of-year show, through the eyes, words, and sounds of artists including Randy Benzie, Amanda Meyer, Michael Sawdey, and Susan Ward Trestrail. Original Poetry written and performed by Susan Frances, Frank Rutledge, and Leo Zarko. Live music by Jim Green. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Pl., is open with a free children’s dance class at 6:30 p.m. and “Polar Express” reading at 7 p.m. Children can come dance in their pajamas and stay for a reading of “Polar Express” from the Conductor. Grand Gallery at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., hosts its Winter Gallery Opening with new art by the gallery’s resident artists. 7 to 9 p.m. River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 18, hosts pop up shops with Erica Stephan and the.elf.shop from 5 to 9 p.m. Family-Friendly Carol Singalong hosted by City of Light Anglican Church from 6 to 8 p.m. Free hot cocoa while supplies last. Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16, hosts Wyckwood House Holiday Market. Local vendors curated by Shannon Gutierrez will set up with chic home decor, holiday gifts, and more. 5 to 9 p.m. David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20...

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Santa on Broadway: Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Santa on Broadway: Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16

Santa on Broadway: Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16

Come see Santa on Broadway in downtown Aurora this December. Santa is stopping by shops along Broadway on the first three Saturdays of the month. Children can enjoy a visit and pictures with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A variety of activities will also be offered at the different locations that Santa will be visiting. On Saturday, Dec. 2, Santa will visit the old tavern at 24 N. Broadway. Children can complete holiday coloring pages, and enjoy light refreshments courtesy of La Quinta de Los Reyes. On Saturday, Dec. 9, Santa will stop by PME Cake Decorating, 35 N. Broadway. Visit Santa at the corner of New York St. and Broadway for a cookie decorating party. Each child gets one free cookie donated by La France Bakery and La Central. While supplies last. On Saturday, Dec. 16, Santa will be at SeguroMex Insurance, 31 S. Broadway. An optional make and take ornament for $7 per child will be offered. The event is free. It is sponsored by Broadway business owners with assistance from Aurora alderpersons and Aurora Downtown, a non profit organization of business and property owners in downtown. Families are encouraged to bring their camera or phone for photos with Santa. Children will also receive a free candy...

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Shop Local for the Holidays in Downtown Aurora

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Shop Local for the Holidays in Downtown Aurora

Shop Local for the Holidays in Downtown Aurora

Avoid the Black Friday crowd. Shop local in downtown Aurora. We have blocks of fun and unique shops. Here are just some of the things you can fill your bags (or stockings) with at businesses located right in downtown Aurora. Did we mention the free parking and river views? NOM NOM NOM If you have foodies on your list, then downtown Aurora — with around a dozen eateries — is a great place to fill up on gift cards, gift certificates and more. Here is a sampling of tasty options: Gillerson’s Grubbery. Located at 33 W. New York St. along Restaurant Row, this fun burger joint does up burgers right and was recently featured on WGN’s Chicago’s Best for its Rebel Duck burger. Gillerson’s also features a cozy bar with tasty cocktails and an impressive craft beer selection. River’s Edge Café. A favorite lunch spot in downtown, River’s Edge Cafe offers fresh baked scones, muffins, brownies, and muffins – perfect for filling a holiday gift basket. Gift certificates are the perfect gift for teachers, hair dressers, and others who deserve a treat. Leland Legends. Newly opened on the ground floor of the historic Leland Tower, this blues infused restaurant is welcoming with its decor and its comfort food. Endiro Coffee Right along the river sits a cozy 2-story cafe full of community. Pick up a t-shirt, a mug, a bag of coffee, or stay for delicious waffles or a portabello sandwich. Visit www.endirocoffee.com/. Other foodie options: Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Grill, Doughballs Pizza, U Samba? BEAUTIFUL THINGS Wardell Art Glass Studio. You might not need stained glass, but Wardell Art Glass Studio has a small gift shop in front of the large street level workshop. Ceramic art tiles, gift cards and other unique gift items are available. 28 S. Stolp Ave. The Museum Shop. The David L. Pierce Art and History Center is a great place not only to soak in some art and culture, but also to shop. A gift shop to the left of the entrance is filled with handmade jewelry, gift cards, historical Aurora items and books. Check out the new Andy Aurora and Goddess of the Dawn ornaments. Aurora Historical Society puts out a popular calendar available at the end of the year, too. 20 E. Downer Pl. Glanze Boutique. Shop for stylish women of all ages in downtown Aurora. 40 E. New York St. Delgado Jewelry, Bella Jewelry and Aurora Jewelry. All located along our fantastic Broadway Mercado District, these local jewelry stores will make the holidays sparkle. Located on Broadway. THEATER Paramount Theatre. Make someone really smile with tickets to entertaining performances, tours and concerts on the grand stage of the historic Paramount. If you want to be thanked for the next 10 years, buy them tickets to this season’s remaining Broadway Series shows: “ELF,” “Cabaret,” and “Once.” Riverfront Playhouse. The Riverfront Playhouse along Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora is a treasure that keeps on giving. Every year, the small local theater puts on quality plays that are worth seeing and telling friends about. Since they don’t have regular box office hours, call 630-897-9496 for tickets or order them  online. THIS AND THAT If These Walls Could Talk. Shadow boxes of jerseys, memorabilia, or just a sweet framed family photo could be just what you’re looking for this holiday season. Don’t forget to...

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Take a virtual tour of downtown Aurora projects

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

Take a virtual tour of downtown Aurora projects

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

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