Appears in the July 2019 issue.

Blackberry Market

Glen Ellyn market owners Bob and Anna Davison have opened a second suburban location in La Grange. Stop in to the fast-casual spot for gourmet sandwiches and salads, as well as baked goods—including its famous cinnamon roll—and craft coffee.

36 South La Grange Road, La Grange

Downtown Eateries

Amy Morton

By Karen Wojcik Berner

The west suburban “City of Lights” is getting several new restaurants over the next couple of months, including one from the daughter of Chicago restaurant legend Arnie Morton.

Opening in September, veteran restaurateur Amy Morton’s new upscale eatery aims to be the perfect place to grab a bite before catching a play next door at the Paramount Theatre. Located at 5 E. Galena Blvd., the venue promises steaks, pasta, and warm, welcoming ambiance in the 1920s art deco building once home to the old Bloch and Kuhl department store.

“In addition to serving delicious food in a terrific space,” says Tim Rater, president and CEO of the Aurora Civic Center Authority, “Amy and her team are committed to restoring the architectural and economic significance of downtown Aurora by redeveloping one of the most prominent properties in the city into one of the top dining destinations in Chicago’s western suburbs.”

One block down from the Paramount, at the corner of Stolp and Downer Place, a new ice cream shop will be opening this month in the 1869 Silver Plate Manufacturing Building. A throwback to the classic parlor, it will focus on using local ingredients and investive approaches to the summer staple.

“We will serve traditional and seasonal ice cream scoops, as well as bring a new, innovative approach to the classics,” says creator Esther Saltijeral.

A couple of blocks the other direction, at the corner of New York and River, Beebee’s Deli will feature freshly prepared deli sandwiches and vegan options, along with grab-and-go foods, snacks, and hand-dipped chocolate treats. It also will stock products from several local companies, including Galena Garlic Gindo’s Hot Sauce and the Aurora Bee Company’s honey. The deli will be the second location for chef Dan Emerson from nearby Gillerson’s Grubbery.

“Beebee’s will provide much-needed retail food service to a vastly underserved, highly traveled intersection,” says Joel Frieders, the deli’s spokesperson.