Aurora IL

The City of Lights

Welcome to the City of Aurora, Illinois. A diverse city of 197,899. It is in one of 4 counties and 6 school districts.

In 1908, Aurora adopted the nickname “City of Lights”, because in 1881 it was one of the first cities in the United States to implement an all-electric street lighting system. Aurora’s historic downtown is located on the Fox River and centered on Stolp Island. The city is divided into three regions, the West Side, on the west side of the Fox River, the East Side, between the eastern bank of the Fox River and the Kane/DuPage County line, and the Far East Side/Fox Valley, which is from the County Line to the city’s eastern border with Naperville.

The Aurora area has some significant architecture, including structures by Frank Lloyd WrightLudwig Mies van der RoheBruce Goff, and George Grant Elmslie. Aurora is also home to a large collection of Sears Catalog Homes (over 50 homes) and Lustron all-steel homes (seven homes). The Hollywood Casino Aurora, a dockside gaming facility with 53,000 square feet and 1,200 gaming positions, is located along the river in downtown Aurora. Across the street from the Paramount Theater.

Kane County is 46 miles west of Downtown Chicago.

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In Aurora, you can experience award-winning Broadway musical theater, Chicagoland’s largest outlet shopping center, a masterpiece of modern architecture, and unparalleled outdoor adventure on and along the Fox River.


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The Aurora Area Discounts program is available to locals and visitors to the Aurora Area of Illinois. Attractions, restaurants, shops, and service-oriented businesses in the Aurora Area make offers available as part of this free program intended to increase exposure for the businesses that make the Aurora Area an outstanding destination to live, work, and play.


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