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Nestled in the state of Illinois, Aurora is the state’s 2nd populous city with a population of over 200,456 people. In 1857, East and West Aurora were officially joined and become the City of Aurora. The city is also known as The City of Lights. The city adopted the name in 1881, as it was one of Unites States' first cities to advocate an all-electric street lighting system. Today, the city has become an international hub for commerce, architecture, history, technology and manufacturing. It is one of the fastest growing cities in Illinois that offers top tourists sites, amazing eats, eclectic shopping centers and happening watering holes.

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History of Aurora

Prior to the arrival of European settlers arrived, the today downtown Aurora was a Native American village. After the Black Hawk War in 1834, the McCarty brothers reached the banks of Fox River, owned land and opened a mill. Originally, Aurora comprises of two villages: East Aurora and West Aurora.

Untill the 1960's the Chicago, Quincy and Burlington Railroad were the town's largest employer. The Eastern side of the town had several heavy industries which provided many employments. Aurora soon evovled to be Fox Valley region's main economic center, resulted due to the combination of 3 factors— a huge river, a highly industrialized town and the Burlington's shops. The city welcomed many immigrants from around the globe and till date is a culturally diverse city. In 1851, the first free public school district was established.

Important Locations of Aurora

The historic downtown area of the city is located on the Fox River that is hemed on Stolp Island. Geographically, Aurora is divided into 3 regions -  The East Side that is located between the Kane/DuPage County line and the Fox River's eastern bank, The West Side which is located on the western side of the Fox River and the Far East Side or the Fox Valley that stretches from the County Line to the eastern boundary with Naperville. Aurora offers some of the best tourist places, including sites like The Hollywood Casino Aurora,

Some important locations in Aurora are mentioned below:

Hollywood Casino

The casino spans about 53,000 square feet and you’ll come across one blockbuster hit after another. Drop by here and challenge your lady luck. Click Here for more information.

Paramount Theater

Opened in 1931, The Paramount Theatre flaunts beautiful Art Deco style with Venetian elements. For more details, Click Here

Aurora Regional Fire Museum

With displays like photographs, artifacts, memorabilia & interactive displays and engines, this is an apt place to learn more about aurora's firefighting history. Get more details Here.

Phillips Park Zoo

Phillips Park Zoo is established in 1915 and welcomes visitors all year-round with free entry. For timings and other information, Visit the Website.

William Tanner House Museum

The William Tanner House Museum is a museum and historic residence that was built in 1857 in Italianate architecture. Explore more about this place.


Are you planning a vacation to Aurora? This guide will help you to plan your trip better.


People and Culture of Aurora

The beautiful culture of Aurora is reflected in their diverse ethnic groups. The city’s main racial makeup include  White, Native American, African American, Asian American, Pacific Islander and other races. The people living in Chicago are also called Chicagoans. The City of Lights holds a rich history of entertainment, with several theaters spread across the downtown neighborhood. Many popular films and TV shows are filmed in Aurora. The city has also strong ties with history and architecture. Aurora's downtown has many significant architectural landmarks and historic places, including the Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago - a major Hindu temple.


Time Zones and Phone Codes of Aurora

Aurora is in the Central Standard Time. Central Standard Time is abbreviated as as CST.
  • Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -6 hours
  • Daylight Saving Time: 1 hour
  • Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT -5 hour
  • Time zone abbreviation: CST

Phone Code of Aurora

Aurora area code: 630, 331
International code: 1

Zip Codes of Aurora

ZIP codes: 60502, 60503, 60504, 60505, 60506, 60599


Did You Know? Some Interesting facts about Aurora


Best Time to Visit Aurora

You can visit during April and May in Spring or between September and October. The temperature during these months are quite comfortable, with reasonable hotel rates. Also you can partake in many festivals and events that occur during the spring and fall seasons. Aurora attracts hoards of tourist in the summer months. The city experiences a very cold weather with snowfall in winter, so traveling to Aurora during this time of the year is not preferable if you cannot bear cold bites. However,  you can avail cheapest deals in airfare and hotels during winter times.

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