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Ballydoyle is situated along Restaurant Row in downtown Aurora and offers the best in comfort food and live entertainment. The friendly Irish pub and restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Enjoy mac and cheese bites at the bar or a vegetable boxty out on the deck that overlooks the Fox River. It’s a great place to get away from it all.
“The beautiful Calla Lily tea room is located in Historic downtown Aurora. The Calla Lily Victorian Tea Room serves the Chicagoland area making your event something more then just a tea party. Come for just lunch or plan a party with us.
We want you to know just how special your occasion is to us, even if the occasion is simply “Just because.” We serve the freshest foods and highest quality teas. You simply pick the date, pick your menu and leave the rest to us. We love creating personalized packages to fit every budget!” – https://callalilytearoom.com/
“An ice cream shop passionate about rich flavors and fresh ingredients.” A new ice cream shop in downtown Aurora. It’s officially called Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery in homage to the Silverplate building that it is housed in at the northeast corner of Downer Place and Stolp Avenue. The shop serves up about a dozen small batch, homemade ice cream flavors.
Doughballs Pizza is a great place to pick up a quick slice of yummy New York style pizza. Or call ahead and pick up a pie to eat in or go. A handful of tables offers the chance to sit and relax.
Endiro Coffee: A better menu, better coffee, better locations, and better careers. Enter the world of Endiro. A world that sees an end to child vulnerability. Enjoy lunch on their patio along the Fox River Trail or waffles on the deck, and read more about their mission HERE.
Mexican cuisine! It is open Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 8 pm.
Gillerson’s Grubbery is the place to grab a burger along Restaurant Row in downtown Aurora. Visit the Grubbery for good foods and craft brews. Stop by for dinner or drinks. Whether it’s tater tots and a seasonal or a juicy burger with bacon and blue cheese, you’ll be glad that you stopped in this neighborhood gastric pub. Hungry?
Kids eat free on Sundays!
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.
At Jake’s the bagels are made from scratch and steam-baked daily. Because the bagels are steamed and not boiled they’re soft both on the inside and out. Not only are the bagels homemade right in the shop, so is everything sold at Jake’s. With 15 different kinds of bagels and over 10 flavors of cream cheese, and a featured flavor of the month, there’s sure to be something to please everyone’s taste buds!
A local bakery found on East Galena.
Pick up cakes, bakery items, doughnuts, delicious flan and dos leches cake out of their eye-popping, lip-licking display cases. La France welcomes you with an elegant ambiance and delicious, sweet treats. Enjoy quality-crafted custom cakes or a dessert after dinner in downtown Aurora. They offer indoor and outdoor cafe seating.
Yelp review: “This place is really good! It is casual and perfect for my college life stature of living! I got two tacos for 3 bucks, and later realized they had a special: 5 tacos for 4 dollars!!
The tacos are amazing because they are completely handmade, fresh, and steaming when served on a foam plate. You can tell all of the ingredients are cut up and freshly served. I am very satisfied my new favorite spot!”
La Quinta de los Reyes is a fine Mexican restaurant located on the northwest corner of New York and Broadway. Famed for their fresh table-side salsa and guacamole, La Quinta is a stand out in downtown Aurora. The two-story building boasts lots of room and an outdoor patio. Live mariachi music and karaoke adds to the festive ambiance.
Facebook review: “My favorite place for tacos. Great portions. Pastor and Lengua tacos are awesome! Mi lugar favorito para comer tacos. Las porciones son excelentes
Review from Yelp: “This place is probably one of the best Mexican place I’ve ever eaten at. The staff is sweet, and the restaurant itself is nice and clean. They start you off with chips and salsa which is ridiculously delicious! The salsa is spicy, but so so good! Once you start eating the salsa you won’t be able to stop..we asked for seconds and the lady was more than willing to give us more.”
Want to grab a coffee? Or a quick pastry? Meet your friends at Tredwell Coffee in downtown Aurora and enjoy the quaint atmosphere and great coffee. The cafe is open Monday through Saturday. A full menu of coffee drinks is available, as well as teas, bottled and canned beverages, and more. Outdoor seating is available on the rear deck overlooking the Fox River.
Two Brothers Roundhouse is an Aurora destination. Passion for beer, love of food, and appreciation for great architecture flourishes in the walls of this historic 70,000 square foot facility.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Two Brothers Roundhouse is the oldest limestone roundhouse in the United States. As with their beer and food, the live entertainment has a local flair. Whether it be a wedding, reunion or corporate event, Two Brothers has a variety of spaces for friends and family to gather.
The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is located in Aurora’s old Central Fire Station. Open to the public regular hours, the museum features a variety of interactive exhibits designed to educate and inspire.
The museum’s primary exhibit, “Getting There, Getting Water, Getting Rescued ” traces the evolution of the tools and technology used by firefighters. Visitors can pass a leather fire bucket from the early 1800s. See the horse stalls and the “real” fire horses. Discover what was found under the floor boards of the old central fire station. Marvel at the strange looking Vajen-Bader smoke mask. See and hear how modern fire apparatus clears the streets with sirens, air horns and devices that change traffic lights green. Watch vintage film clips of firefighters and fire engines on one of five video touch-screens. All this in addition to five pieces of fire apparatus on display in a fully restored 1894 fire station.
The fire museum is a perfect day out with the family. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
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.
Come explore over 200 interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) exhibits which inspire education and imagination. SciTech sparks young minds of all ages to discover the world around them.
SciTech features several indoor exhibits plus a seasonal outdoor park overlooking the Fox River.
SciTech participates in First Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Downtown Saturdays.
The house has proudly been the home of the Aurora Historical Society since it was given to us by the family in 1936. The house was a gift to the Society from William Tanner’s children, Mary Tanner Hopkins and Martha Tanner Thornton, affectionately referred to as the Tanner twins. It was placed on the national register of historic places in 1976. The Aurora Historical Society is also housed in the David L. Pierce Art and History Center at 20 E. Downer Pl. in downtown Aurora.