Art + Galleries Come In!

Downtown Aurora is home to a number of galleries, museums, and festivals. Downtown Aurora has become a welcoming arts community that values the work of local artists. 


First Fridays

Aurora hosts a spontaneous art walk on the first Friday of every month at various downtown venues. From February through December, more than two dozen venues in downtown Aurora open their doors to art, music, and more.

Alley Art Festival

From noon to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of August, more than 60 artists set up along the pedestrian-friendly Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora.


Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery

23 E. Galena Blvd.
(630) 896-6666

Paramount’s upstairs gallery is grand with large walls full of exquisite works of art. Opens seasonally during First Fridays and features prominent local artists. Open to the public during performances.

Artesan Lofts Gallery

2 S. Stolp Ave.

Aurora Art Studios

50 E. Galena Blvd.
(630) 801-0818

Aurora Art Studios is a cooperative of area artists featuring water color, pen and ink sketches and mixed media work. The studios also hosts open gallery events, and features local artists. Aurora Art Studios is open by appointment only. 

Aurora Public Art

David L. Pierce Art & History Center
20 E. Downer Pl.
(630) 906-0650

One of the oldest buildings in downtown Aurora is home to both the Aurora Historical Society and Aurora Public Art. The David L. Pierce Art and History Center (lovingly known to locals as “The DLP”) 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.
The third floor features rotating art exhibits. Open Wed. through Sat. Call for hours.
Free to visit. Donations are appreciated.

If These Walls Could Talk

32 S. Stolp Ave
(331) 212-5962

If These Walls Could Talk​ ​is ​a ​new custom frame shop and gallery located on Stolp Island in Aurora. Customers are encouraged to bring their art and memories for framing that will last a lifetime. The shop​ ​offers gallery space to display their work, and is open every First Fridays with a new exhibit.

Brick Gallery at Endiro Coffee

29 W. New York St.

Endiro Coffee’s lower level showcases artwork with opening receptions during First Fridays.

French 75 Gallery & Lounge

56 E. Galena Blvd.

Inspired by the Paris art exhibitions and the emergence of impressionism, French 75 is reminiscent of that time period. It is a place for creatives and art enthusiasts as well as for those who can appreciate the art of the bar.

Gary Brown Art

7 S. Broadway

Enjoy a curated art show and live music during First Fridays at Gary Brown’s art studio off of Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. 


Swimming Stones

Benton Street (across from SciTech)


Santori Public Library

Sculpture Garden

20 E. Downer Pl. (next to David L. Pierce Art & History Center)

Painted Utility Boxes

Various locations throughout downtown


Bunnie Reiss :: Fox River Trail/New York Street underpass :: Commissioned by Aurora Public Art

Ruben Aguirre :: Broadway/Benton overpass :: Commissioned by Aurora Public Art

Josh Schultz & Rebekah Axtell :: S. LaSalle/E. Benton at Calla Lily Victorian Tea Room, 83 S. LaSalle St. :: Commissioned by Aurora Public Art

Sam Cervantes :: Wings at La France Bakery, 118 E. Galena Blvd. 

Pierre Lucero :: Commissioned by Sergio Furniture, 36 W. Downer Pl.

Aurora mural by Josh Schultz :: 5 S. Lake St. at Galena Boulevard :: Commissioned by Aurora Downtown

Unity mural by Catalina Diaz and Laura Lynne :: 210 E. Galena Blvd. :: Commissioned by Aurora Downtown

Diversity in Technology Mural by Rafael Blanco :: 105 E. Galena Blvd. :: Sponsored in part by Aurora Downtown

Alebrijes mural by Pierre Lucero, Catalina Diaz, Laura Reyes, and Janice Rodriguez :: BNSF underpass at E. New York St.

BOM’ da LOT includes work by 16 artists :: Lot H at Middle Avenue

Calaveras by Christopher Lucero :: 36 W. Downer Pl. :: Commissioned by Sergio Furniture

Want to find out about Aurora Downtown’s public art opportunities? If you are an artist looking to become involved in Aurora Downtown events and art happenings, then add your name to our Call for Artists database below.