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10 TRENDS | Adding to Local Downtown Vitality


West Suburban Downtown Communities Continue to Blossom this Spring – We Invite You to Support Downtown Vitality All Season Long

#1 | Coffee Crawl

Downtown Geneva

Geneva Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Coffee Cup Crawl on April 10 from 10am-3pm in Geneva. Thirteen businesses will be serving samples of coffee, including coffee creations, and coffee with a kick (must be 21). Tickets are $26 and can be purchased online. Tickets and souvenir cups are limited.

#2 | Second Fridays

Downtown Batavia

Second Fridays are an interactive and vibrant experience around downtown Batavia working to complement the monthly art gallery opening at Water Street Studios. Businesses within the downtown area will offer nontraditional programming in their spaces on every second Friday of the month from 6pm to 9pm. Second Fridays will resume May 8th.

#3 | Live Music Open Mic Nights

Downtown St. Charles

Enjoy live music and open mic nights weekly at Flagship on the Fox. In addition, come see Country Music Artist Austin Hopkins perform on April 15th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. He will be playing a mix of country, pop and rock. Chris Richey will be laying down the beat! He'll play many of his original songs that have been played on radio including his hit award winning song "Right Now". Austin has performed on ABC 7 Windy City Live.

#4 | Sailing Into Summer

Downtown Naperville

There will be more than a dozen PAINTED SAILBOAT SCULPTURES arriving in late May, displayed at various downtown sidewalk locations for viewing. This will be combined with several ‘nautical‘ events in the summer months to help people enjoy the summer months while shopping, dining and enjoying Downtown Naperville’s shops, restaurants and spas!

Downtown Naperville

#5 | New In Town

Downtown Naperville

Downtown Naperville will welcome several new businesses, in addition to those recently opened including Sweetwaters

Coffee & Tea, Little Barn Baby, Treasures Naperville, Lovesac and Hizemans, as well as Andrew’s Garden, The NOW (Massage), Ben & Jerry’s, Warby Parker and more. Also this summer, Outdoor Cafe Dining via streetscape cafe dining will be available. Street cafes will be set up by May and people should make reservations to enjoy outdoor dining by calling the specific restaurant.

#6 | Fine Art Show

Downtown St. Charles

The St. Charles Fine Art Show showcases the original, juried work of fine artists in mediums including Clay/Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing/Illustration, Fiber (Non Wearable), Jewelry, Photography, Glass, Mixed Media, Oil Painting, Watercolor Painting, Acryllic Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Wood. All are exhibited and available for sale during this outdoor and free event May 29 & 30.

#7 | New, Fun & Fabulous!

Downtown Downers Grove

Downtown Downers Grove has been active in welcoming new businesses, in the midst of a global pandemic. It recently welcomed Gia Mia Pizza Bar, Head Space Barbershop, and Topiaire Plant Boutique; also new are Bar Chido and The Outpost Mexican Eatery.

#8 | Art & Market

Downtown Aurora

Art & Market is an indoor market in downtown Aurora. Shop at nearly a dozen vendor booths at a small, curated food and artisan market held inside Society 57, 100 S. River St. through May.

#9 | Come to the Table

Downtown Wheaton

Eat Drink and be charitable! Join the event of the year! One night a year only on April 28th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Support a local restaurant and the Downtown Wheaton Association while feeding the hungry in your community. Proceeds go to help support the Downtown Wheaton Association and People’s Resource Center.

Downtown Glen Ellyn

#10 | Wine & Finds

Downtown Glen Ellyn

Downtown Glen Ellyn’s 7th Annual Wines & Finds, a wine tasting and shopping event is scheduled for Thursday, June 17. Couples, friends and wine enthusiasts are invited to spend that Thursday evening enjoying Glen Ellyn’s historic downtown and all that it offers. You’ll receive your Wines & Finds tasting glass and a program detailing the participating businesses. Each store will offer two wine selections to taste and light appetizers specifically chosen to pair well with the wines. Tickets will go on sale May 17, 2021.







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