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.
With more than two dozen restaurants, discover dining in downtown Aurora.
Arts & Entertainment
A member-driven business association, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for business development in the greater Aurora region. Within its four divisions — economic development, community development, member services and business advocacy — the Chamber provides more than 300 programs, services and activities for the benefit of its members.
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is 5 Star Accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; only two percent (2%) of the nearly 7,000 chambers in the United States can claim this distinction. To find out more, visit us today at AuroraChamber.com or stop by our offices in downtown Aurora on the northeast corner of Galena and River on the first floor of the parking garage.
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*Culture Stock is currently closed due to maintenance. Please check the store’s Facebook page for more info.* M.U.S.I.C. Mondays is being held at Endiro Coffee.
Culture Stock is a used bookstore in downtown Aurora run by the non-profit L.I.F.T. Aurora that features thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, and more. It also serves as a cultural center in the heart of Aurora offering free, community events including live music on Monday nights, poetry readings, and more.
One of the oldest buildings in downtown Aurora is home to both the Aurora Historical Society and the Aurora Public Art Commission. The David L. Pierce Art and History Center at 20 E. Downer Pl. is a three-story limestone-faced structure that was restored and reopened to the public as a museum in 1996; it was renamed in honor of the former mayor in 2003.
Each floor is filled with art and history. The first floor houses a gift shop with plenty of Aurora-themed items; the second floor is home to “Aurora Story,” an eclectic look at Aurora’s past through vintage, iconic relics; and the third floor features rotating exhibits hosted by Aurora Public Art.
It is free to visit the museum. Donations are appreciated.
Hours are Wed-Sat, Noon to 4 p.m. and First Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m.
Try award-winning steak at Fairbanks or treat yourself to a bite from Take Two. Hollywood Casino Aurora boasts some of the best casino dining options in the Chicago area. They offer a variety of choices, each with its own unique experience. From a quick bit to eat at Take Two between spins on the slots, to a truly fine dining experience at Fairbanks Steakhouse, Hollywood Casino Aurora dining can’t be beat.
Paramount Theatre is an exquisite and historical entertainment hall accommodating nearly daily productions.
Riverfront Playhouse is a tucked away treasure in downtown Aurora. Located along the bricked Water Street Mall, this local theatre company operates year-round providing entertainment nearly every weekend presenting comedies, murder mysteries, thrillers and original plays and some children’s productions. Ticket discounts available on Facebook and Foursquare. Check out their website or social media pages for the current offering.