Aurora, a large suburb of Chicago, is a city predominantly in Kane County and DuPage County, with portions extending into Kendall and Will counties. Once a mid-sized manufacturing city, Aurora has grown tremendously since the 1960s. Founded within Kane County, Aurora's city limits and population have expanded into DuPage, Will, and Kendall counties. In 1908, Aurora adopted the nickname "City of Lights", because it was one of the first cities in the United States to implement an all-electric street lighting system in 1881. 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 is home to an impressive collection of architecture, including structures by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bruce Goff and George Grant Elmslie. The Hollywood Casino Aurora, a dockside gaming facility with 53,000 square feet (4,900 m2) and 1,200 gaming positions, is on the river in downtown Aurora.
An American grill serving their famous brioche bun hamburgers.
This cozy diner offers breakfast items, such as waffles & omelets, plus sandwiches & burgers.
Breezy, casual restaurant with a patio offering a wide menu of American favorites & some Greek fare.
Tacos, burritos & other Mexican staples are on the menu at this casual venue with an outside patio.
Italian chain eatery featuring Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, plus pasta & sandwiches.
Floating gambling venue with table games, slots & poker plus live music & various dining options.
Broadway-style productions, performances & comedy acts on stage in an ornate, old-school playhouse. Also known as the Paramount Arts Center, opened in 1931.
Worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories.
Ugandan based coffee shop in Aurora serving quick bite, small plates, and great coffee.
Cozy pub for Irish & American bites, live music & events such as trivia & bean-bag tournaments.
Informal American joint featuring numerous craft brews & TVs in roomy digs with a pub -like ambiance.
Chicagoland's Premier Family Entertainment Center that offers a wide variety of activities for families, groups and individuals alike.
Bowling & Amusement Ultimate Experience in Nationwide Locations.
Indoor family entertainment centers focusing on all-over trampoline indoor setting.
Roller rink for all ages with DJs, organ music & theme nights plus figure & speed skating.
Vast city park comprising a golf course & pro shop, zoo, sporting fields & family recreation areas.
Interactive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) exhibits which inspire education and imagination for all ages.
Unique family-friendly agri-tourism farm.