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REGISTER: 8/6 APA-CMS Tour: Redeveloping the Aurora mall... for Fox's sake

Updated: Aug 2, 2022

WALKING TOUR (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

As communities throughout the country deal with the need to right size their retail, Aurora, IL is already taking proactive steps to reinvent the Fox Valley Mall and surrounding areas. Join City staff and development project team members on a walking tour of the Mall, where we’ll discuss the pivot to mixed-use multi family, the new retail concepts opening within the Mall, and more. After that, we’ll head across the street to Pacifica Square, a triumph of cultural place making. We’ll see how a once-struggling strip mall has been reinvented into an Asian-centric powerhouse, while retaining many of its existing tenants. We’ll explore the Park To Shop grocery store, and end with a delightful dinner-on-your-own (or with friends and colleagues) at the Park To Shop food court, or one of the many surrounding restaurants.

CARPOOLING: Whether you are driving and have room in the car, or live that car-free life and hope to catch a ride, fill out the survey to coordinate getting all planners on board. We guarantee there will be enough on-site parking ; )

DATE: Saturday, August 6, 2022


  • 3:00 PM - meet at My Perks Lounge conference room at Fox Valley Mall's Center Court (lower level beside Tapville)

  • 3:00 - 5:00 PM - Walking tour of the Fox Valley Mall and then, head over to Pacifica Square for a tour.

  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM - Dinner together or on your own

  • 6:30 - Happy hour at The Bit Theater

  • 6:30 - 7:30 Improv show "Unplanned Commission"


  • APA-IL Members: $12

  • Non-Members: $18

  • Students: $6


P.S. We realize this is a *Saturday* program. Drag the kids or significant other (S.O.) along to learn about planning and explore these redevelopments!


DINNER (5:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Take your exploration of the Park To Shop food court to the next level by sampling the food. Enjoy dinner on your own- or with colleagues- at the food court or one of the other establishments in the area.


IMPROV SHOW (6:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! Do you remember what it feels like to laugh? Come join us after dinner for happy hour and comedy at The Bit Theater, located in an outlot of the Fox Valley Mall for Unplanned Commission, an improvised comedy show directed and produced especially for APA-IL by Phil Green. Tickets for this extra event are $10 and are available in advance or at the door. REGISTER HERE for the IMPROV > >



Trevor Dick, FAICP, LEED AP

In his current role as Assistant Director for the Mayor's Office of Economic Development for the City of Aurora, IL, Trevor manages a variety of projects including long-range planning, economic development initiatives, development project management, ordinance updates, and capital project development. Trevor led the creation of the Route 59 Corridor Plan that helped set the stage for the mall’s repurposing.

Rory Fancler-Splitt

Land use and transportation planner for Kimley Horn. With a background in both the public and private sectors of the planning profession, Rory focuses on implementation and collaboration to deliver high-quality service and successful project outcomes.

Tracey Vacek

Tracey is a Senior Planner for the City of Aurora’s Zoning and Planning Department with more than seventeen years of experience in reviewing complex projects, presenting at public meetings, drafting regulations, and providing quality customer service. Tracey has been instrumental in the implementation of the mall’s redevelopment.


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