New businesses set to open at Fox Valley Mall in Aurora – Chicago Tribune

2022-05-28 10:33:49 By : Ms. queency fabric

Shoppers walk inside Fox Valley Mall in Aurora late last year. Four new businesses will soon be opening at the shopping center, mall officials said. (David Sharos / The Beacon-News)

Four new businesses are coming to Fox Valley Mall in Aurora.

The new businesses include pop-culture retailer Box Lunch; Dream Academy of Dance Arts, a dance studio for all ages; Sweet Treasure, featuring candy-by-the-pound; and Deaf Welcome, a professional sign language service.

Box Lunch and Deaf Welcome are set to open in June, with Dream Academy and Sweet Treasure opening in July, mall officials said.

The St. Charles Public Library is hosting an exhibit of oil paintings by St. Charles resident Jose Rivas.

Rivas considers himself a surrealist, even though he has painted in many different styles, library officials said. The paintings are on display now through the end of June.

Rivas was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, and moved to Puerto Rico at the age of 10. His dream was to become an architect, according to a press release from the library. However, he entered the School of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico after missing the enrollment deadline for the School of Architecture.

Before his graduation, Rivas was commissioned to paint a mural for the 1979 Pan American Games hosted by San Juan.

Rivas moved to the Chicago area in 1986.

The exhibit of his paintings can be seen anytime the library, at 1 S. Sixth Ave. in St. Charles, is open. For more information, call 630-584-0076 or go to

The Batavia MainStreet group has announced the return of the Batavia Dinner Table event after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

This will be the fifth Batavia Dinner Table event, which will start at 4 p.m. Aug. 7 on North River Street in downtown Batavia.

The funds raised from the 200-person, family-style farm-to-table community gathering each year are donated to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry. To date, nearly $39,000 has been contributed from this event to the pantry.

Batavia Dinner Table is a shared table experience where individuals can dine and mingle with neighbors at one long table, organizers said. The food is farm-to-table and many of the ingredients are sourced from vendors at the Batavia Farmers Market.

Downtown Batavia restaurants and chefs will prepare the food for the event.

Tickets, at $85, include a multi-course dinner and beverages. The dinner does include wine and beer service, so all those attending must be 21 years old or older, according to organizers.

Tickets will become available June 1 at

Metra is reminding customers that as of June 1, it will no longer accept one-way and 10-ride tickets that have expired since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

Metra extended the validity periods of one-way and 10-ride tickets several times during the pandemic, understanding that many customers bought tickets but could not use them due to work-from-home orders and office closings.

The most recent extension was to June 1, but that deadline will not be extended, Metra officials said.

Paper one-way and 10-ride tickets with expiration dates between March 2020 and June 1, 2022, will be accepted for travel up to and including June 1.

For those with Ventra one-way and 10-ride mobile tickets with expiration dates between March 2020 and June 1, 2022, contact to extend them. Extensions will not be made after June 1, according to Metra officials.

The Quilters Dozen Quilt Club of Oswego has kicked off its annual fundraiser, the PrairieFest Quilt Raffle.

The winner will take home the 2022 PrairieFest Quilt named Japanese Garden. It is made entirely of cotton fabric and hand quilted by Quilters Dozen members.

The quilt raffle donation is $1 a ticket or six tickets for $5. Raffle tickets are now available from quilt club members and, in groups of six, online at the website.

Tickets for the raffle quilt will also be sold during the annual PrairieFest Quilt Show June 17 to 19 at Oswego’s Little White School Museum at 72 Polk St.

Proceeds from the quilt fundraiser will benefit Oswego American Legion Post 675 and the Oswegoland Park District’s PrairieFest Celebration.