Nearly 2,000 people are employed in businesses located within downtown Aurora.
Our great neighbors include Ballydoyle Irish Pub, recognized by the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green Network as “the greenest Irish pub ever,” and Waubonsee Community College’s downtown campus, featuring 130,000 square feet of state-of-the art educational opportunities.
We won’t stop there. We’re also home to Endiro Coffee, a coffee shop with a mission; All Spoked Up, a bicycle service and repair show; Paramount Theatre and The Riverfront Playhouse; more than two dozen restaurants; several salons; cool barbershops; jewelry stores; bakeries; personal trainers; and so much more.
Downtown Aurora offers a full schedule of hugely-successful civic and cultural events (check out our events calendar), and Hollywood Casino is consistently rated as “simply the best” by its 1.5 million patrons each year.
We invite you to join us in downtown Aurora. Join people like Jimi Allen, who opened the Gravity Building; folks like Megan Paul with Vara Design; and dreamers like Cody Lorance, who opened Endiro Coffee’s first US location for the Ugandan cafe right here in downtown Aurora.
Now is the perfect time to bring your business to downtown, or to open that storefront you’ve always dreamed about.
How can we help?
Let us help you get started in starting or growing your business in downtown Aurora. Check out these amazing local resources.
- Illinois Small Business Center at Waubonsee Community College
- Women’s Business Development Center – Aurora
- Mayor’s Office of Economic Development
- Invest Aurora
- SCORE Fox Valley
- Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center
TIF-financed assistance is available from the city of Aurora for investors interested in rehabbing existing buildings. Contact Invest Aurora to start searching for your perfect location in downtown Aurora.
Learn more about the John C. Dunham Revolving Loan Program, the Finish Line Grant program, and the incentives associated with the River Edge Redevelopment zone here.
Start your search here.
Own a business in downtown?
Do you rent a downtown storefront? Curious about downtown guidelines for signage or other improvements? The downtown core and downtown fringe zoning districts adhere to architectural design guidelines and implementation strategies provided by the FoxWalk Overlay District Design Guidelines. The guidelines were updated in 2008 and can be viewed here.’
Interested in Aurora Downtown’s small business grants? Applications are accepted and reviewed in the meeting following the submission deadline There are three grant application deadlines annually: March 1st, June 1st, and September 1st. Click on the link at the bottom of the page for more information.
For more info, contact the Economic Development Division here.
Downtown Aurora is the heart and soul of Illinois’ second-largest city. Our thirty-block district boasts significant architecture, residential opportunities, and a diverse group of over 250 independently-owned businesses. We welcome visitors by plane, train, Pace Bus, Greyhound, car (Route 25, Route 31, and I-88), or bicycle (we have three Zagster rental stations in downtown).
Want to know more about downtown? Contact Aurora Downtown. We’d love to help you find just the right spot in downtown Aurora.
Everyone is welcome!