Aurora Downtown is an organization of business and property owners within Special Service Area (SSA) #One in downtown Aurora.
Downtown Aurora is where you can eat, drink, and play all year long.
Discover distinctive dining hot spots, award-winning theater, majestic river views, and family-friendly museums.
Discover your downtown!
A little history
Located 40 miles from Chicago, the city of Aurora is the second most populous in the state of Illinois. Our downtown is bisected by the Fox River and centers on Stolp Island (a real island), where settler Joseph Stolp constructed a woolen mill in 1835.
Stolp Island is now the site of the award-winning Paramount Theatre, the popular Hollywood Casino, as well as the Riverfront Playhouse, the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, and a number of restaurants, museums, retail shops and more. It takes about 10 minutes to walk the entire downtown region from one side to the other, and parking is plentiful.
For 100 years, downtown Aurora was a powerhouse of manufacturing, driven in part by the downtown location of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad’s roundhouse and locomotive shop. The railroad shops closed in 1974, and many of downtown’s historic buildings have since been reclaimed and repurposed for retail, education, dining and entertainment or as part of a burgeoning arts movement.
Aurora Downtown – the organization
In support of downtown Aurora’s revival, Aurora Downtown is an organization of property owners who work cooperatively with the city of Aurora to implement projects funded by a Special Service Area tax. Governed by a board of directors, the group’s income is used to underwrite a variety of downtown improvements, enhancements, and events.
The Aurora Downtown board meets at 8 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at 43 W. Galena Blvd. It is open to the public, and we invite everyone interested in downtown Aurora to attend.
The time is now!
Today, downtown Aurorans are enjoying a new sense of connectedness, enthusiasm – and opportunity.
We are bakers and salon owners, singers and dancers, chic designers, and monstrous T-shirt creators.
We invite you to join us. You’re just in time.
Downtown Aurora, it’s where it’s @! Find us on Facebook and Twitter @AuroraDowntown.