Open your arms to the Aurora Area, ten cities and towns unique in their own charms, yet unified by the flowing Fox River that rolls throughout our valley. Check out all that Aurora, Batavia, Big Rock, Hinckley, Montgomery, North Aurora, Plano, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Yorkville have to offer.
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Aurora, named after Aurora, New York, was established in 1857. By 1881, Aurora was the first city in the world to illuminate all of its streets with electric lights, giving birth to its current moniker, “The City of Lights.” Today, Aurora is a diverse and vibrant community with a population of 157,000, making it the second largest city in Illinois. Aurora is home to three colleges and six major parks encompassing 450 acres.
Only 37 miles west of Chicago, the Aurora Area stretches out to parts of Kane, Kendall, Will and DuPage counties and offers savory dining, unique architecture, the coolest attractions, extreme shopping and hundreds of other options for a truly unique visitor experience. As the crossroads of big-city action and country charm, it is also one of Illinois’ most vibrant regions.
Whether you’re traveling from far-away lands, reside in the next town over, or call one of the nine towns comprising the Aurora Area home (or want to),you will experience world-class entertainment; scrumptious dining; outrageous shopping; excitement-packed festivals and events; inspiring outdoors; one-of-a-kind attractions; a haven for the arts; and awesome accommodations. Guaranteed.
Whether traveling in a pack or if it’s just the two of you, the Aurora Area delivers on a weekend brimming with enough opportunities for experiences to fill a scrapbook (or two). Expect the best.
Picture yourself here, in the Aurora Area, dancing, gaming, museum-hopping, relaxing, laughing and having the time of your life. It is all about you, isn’t it?