Located just 37 miles west of downtown Chicago, Aurora is easily accessible by car, train or air.

In the beginning, the Aurora area was home to the Pottawatomie Indians governed by Chief Waubonsie who peacefully co-existed with the first white settlers, Joseph and Samuel McCarty. Aurora, named after Aurora, New York was established in 1857 with a population of 7,000. In 1881, Aurora was the first city in the world to illuminate all of its street lights with electric lights, giving birth to its current moniker, "Aurora, The City of Lights."

Today, Aurora is a young, diverse and vibrant community with an estimated population of 199,932, making it the second largest city in Illinois.

Aurora is the center of entertainment for the area. The RiverEdge Park delivers high quality entertainers at its picturesque outdoor venue and the critically acclaimed Paramount Theatre Broadway series heads into another year. Hollywood Casino Aurora is home to the largest poker venue in Illinois. The award-winning Fox Valley Park District is adding more amenities and Chicago Premium Outlets has become the largest outlet center in the Chicago market and ninth largest outdoor outlet mall in North America.

Mingled with its hub of arts, fabulous attractions, year-long events and outdoor adventure, Aurora has it all.




Fun Facts!

  • The first name proposed for the Lincoln Highway was the Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway.
  • By 1927 90% of Americans owned an automobile.
  • The Town of Fulton, Illinois has an authentic, working Dutch windmill.
  • Chicago Heights Illinois is known as The Crossroads of the Nation, because the Lincoln and Dixie Highways intersect.
  • The very first Seedling Mile is located in Malta, Illinois.