Stay well. Ways to support small businesses in downtown Aurora during coronavirus (COVID-19).

As our community rallies together to stay well, here are some ways to support our incredible business community in downtown Aurora and keep our local economy healthy.

Bike Tune Up – All Spoked Up

Bring your bike in SOON to All Spoked Up at 14 W. Downer Pl. as their service schedule will fill up fast with warm weather approaching. They have quick turn around times even when busy and can schedule a spot ahead of time to minimize your time without a bike.  Call them to schedule an appointment (630) 801-9005.

*UPDATE: All Spoked Up will pick up and deliver your bike. Call them to schedule an appointment.

Theatre Tickets – Paramount Theatre

“The Secret of My Success” had a shorter than expected run, but the Paramount-produced show helped show that the historic theater is growing and thriving as it gets close to celebrating 10 years of its Broadway series. Buy your season tickets now to see Rock of Ages, Cinderella, Groundhog Day, and Ragtime. Buy two shows, get two shows free HERE.

Sign up for Summer Camp – SciTech Hands On Museum

Downtown museums are currently closed as a precautionary measure. Visit their Facebook pages and websites for re-opening details. In the meantime, peruse their summer offerings as it’s the perfect time to sign up for camps like “Chef” and “Race Car Engineering,” and get the kids excited about summer fun. Camp listings HERE.

Eat Local

All bars and restaurants in Illinois must close their doors to dine-in customers from the end of business Monday night through March 30, Governor JB Pritzker ordered Sunday, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

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Eating is essential. Carry-out and delivery options are available. Take a peek at our impressive dining directory HERE.

Tip the same amount you would if you dined in. Stock up on gift certificates/gift cards for a rainy day or to give friends/family/teachers year-round.

Drink Local

Downtown Aurora has the best bars. We also have the longest bar at Aurora Tap House. Enjoy a cocktail at Altiro Latin Fusion. Drink a beer at Gillerson’s Grubbery. Stop in at Miss Lee’s Lounge. Cozy up to the bar at Ballydoyle. Maintain social distancing of at least six-feet from the bargoer next to you.

Buy Plants – Branch Gardens

Plants help clean the air. That’s a good thing! Go stock up on your greenery while you are hunkering down. Pop into Branch Gardens, 77 S. Lake St., and grab some plants for home and office.

Shop Spring

*UPDATE: Some shops are closing for the COVID-19 shutdown. Please call them or check their social media pages for updates.

Vintage markets. Home decor shops. Cute boutiques. Now is the time to spruce up the house or wardrobe for spring. Visit a handful of darling shops in downtown Aurora for a new look. Stop by: Cotton Seed Creative Exchange*, Offbeat Thrift, The Hope Chest, Warehouse 55, Wyckwood House*, and Victoria’s Vintage Flair.

Consider calling ahead and asking when off-peak shopping hours are for each business, so you can avoid crowds, and shop during slow times.

Wyckwood House offers online shopping HERE.

Shop Warehouse 55 online HERE.

*These stores sell soap and cleaning products.

Relax – Get a Massage at Zen Loft

Enjoy a massage and some relaxation at Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl. in downtown Aurora. Stay well while supporting the local economy during COVID-19.

Hard to do, yes. But you will be a better parent/partner/friend/family-member with your nerves soothed. Consider stopping at Zen Loft Wellness Center for a massage, or Pure Skin Solutions for a facial. Visit Debi at Do or Dye Designs for a hair trim, or Clara at Balderas Beauty Salon for a new style. There are many salons to choose from HERE.

You can also buy a gift certificate for later use or to give as a gift to someone who might be affected financially during this time.

Coffee To Go

Update: Stay tuned to pick-up/delivery options as they are confirmed.

Endiro Coffee: Order pick-up. Call (331) 256-6683.

Tredwell Coffee: Buy a Gift Card HERE.

Society 57: Buy a Gift Card or book an event HERE.

Buy gift cards and share with friends and co-workers.

Virtual First Fridays

As mandated by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, and state and local health officials, Aurora Downtown is canceling all planned events scheduled for the next 30 days as a cautionary measure to help combat the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus), which includes First Fridays on April 3 and Egg Hunt on the Island on April 4. We will instead promote a virtual First Fridays, and patrons can tune into venues on Facebook for live belly dancing and more. Stay tuned to our Facebook PAGE for more info!

Stay Well

Whatever you are doing to stay well, your support of small businesses in downtown Aurora is appreciated. As news is changing daily, please check Facebook pages and websites for up-to-date hours and news for businesses.

We will keep you updated on upcoming events like First Fridays and the Food Truck Festival scheduled for May 1. Thanks for making the downtown community amazing. Stay well!

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