Welcome to Aurora
With more than 200,000 residents, the City of Aurora is the second-largest city in Illinois. It is a great fit for those looking to mix home and leisure. Historic downtown Aurora is home to the Paramount Theatre, a restored 1930s Art Deco theater. Attracting top national entertainers providing shows ranging from stand-up comedy to Broadway-style theatrical productions. The downtown Aurora Public Art Commission Gallery, Aurora Historical Society Museum, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, SciTech Hands On Museum, and other themed museums excite and educate residents and visitors year-round. The City boasts the new RiverEdge Park, an outdoor music venue on 30 acres along the banks of the Fox River. In addition to its historic downtown Aurora has many retail corridors, including Westfield Shoppingtown at Foxvalley and the well-known Chicago Premium Outlets. While you may never want to leave Aurora, it’s two Metra commuter train stations and easy access to the highway make visiting or working in Chicago a breeze.
Like the outdoors? Visit the Fox Valley Park District to learn more about their 168 parks and 48 miles or trails. Aurora also offers the Fox River Path, Illinois Prairie path and Kane County Forest Preserve which offer fishing, picnic areas, a boat launch & trail.
The City of Aurora is supported by multiple public school districts including Aurora East School District 131, Aurora West School District 129, Indian Prairie School District 204 and Oswego School District 308. In addition, Aurora and the surrounding areas offer a number of private school options and institutions of higher education.
These include Aurora University, Waubonsee Community College, North Central College, Benedictine University, College of DuPage, DeVry University, Governs State University, Northern Illinois University, and Universal Technical Institute.
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