Aurora, Illinois

Aurora: The second most populous city in Illinois. It is located in the western part of the state. Aurora is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Aurora History Museum and the Paramount Theatre.

About

Aurora is a city located in the county of Kane in the U.S. state of Illinois. Its population at the 2010 census was 197,899 and a population density of 1,669 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 196,383 inhabitants.

The city was created 189 years ago in 1834.

As Illinois' second largest city, Aurora offers a diverse array of attractions. From historic architecture and performing arts to family attractions, Aurora provides small town charm just beyond Chicago's suburbs.

Historic Downtown Aurora

Aurora's lively downtown showcases impressive 19th and 20th century architecture. The Paramount Theatre hosts live performances in a stunning Art Deco movie palace. The neoclassical Grand Army of the Republic Hall stands as a Civil War memorial and event space.

Visitors can learn about Aurora's rise as an economic engine in the late 1800s at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center. The impressive Chicago Street Bridge provides views of the Fox River that supported Aurora's early prosperity.

Family Fun

Aurora offers many family-friendly cultural spots and outdoor activities. The Phillips Park Zoo features over 100 animals in naturalized habitats. At the Prisco Community Center, families have access to indoor and outdoor pools, sports courts, trails and playgrounds.

McCullough Park offers activities like mini golf, paddle boating, and train rides. In winter, the Mooseheart Winter Wonderland transforms with holiday lights and activities.

Performing Arts Scene

As a flourishing metro area, Aurora attracts major touring productions and artists to venues like the Paramount Theatre and RiverEdge Park outdoor amphitheater. Local theater companies like the Fox Valley Music Foundation also entertain crowds with musicals and plays.

For art lovers, the Aurora Public Arts Commission and Aurora Area Arts Council organize exhibitions, classes and events throughout the city all year long.

Between its wealth of recreation, history, and arts, Aurora packs a lot of enjoyment into its thriving community.

Aurora locator map
Location of Aurora on Illinois map.

Quick Facts about Aurora

Population : 196,383 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Illinois (United States)
County : Kane County
Postal code : 60503, 60502, 60505, 60504, 60506
Area : 118.55 km2
Official name : Aurora
Altitude : 722 feet / 220 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1835 (189 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−06:00, UTC−05:00
Local time : 18:45:51 (27th February 2024)
Density : 1,657 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -0.77% (2010-2020)
Aurora Stolp Island Fox R image
Aurora Stolp Island Fox R
Aurora Stolp Island Fox R image

Geography

Aurora is located at 41°45'38"N 88°19'12"W (41.7605800, -88.3200700).

Aurora map

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Demographics

According to census records, the population of Aurora decreased by 0.77% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 197,899 - census
2011 199,136 0.62% estimation process
2012 199,626 0.25% estimation process
2013 199,773 0.07% estimation process
2014 200,147 0.19% estimation process
2015 200,260 0.06% estimation process
2016 200,744 0.24% estimation process
2017 200,351 -0.2% estimation process
2018 199,243 -0.56% estimation process
2019 197,682 -0.79% estimation process
2020 196,383 -0.66% estimation process

Aurora zip code is 60502. County name: DuPage, County fips: 17043

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Best Things to Do in Aurora

1 Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) Temple

Rating: 4.8 (2540)

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Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) Temple

2 Phillips Park Zoo

Rating: 4.5 (1449)

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Phillips Park Zoo

3 City of Aurora- Phillips Park Zoo

Rating: 4.6 (1258)

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City of Aurora- Phillips Park Zoo

4 Blackberry Farm

Rating: 4.7 (1141)

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Blackberry Farm

5 RiverEdge Park

Rating: 4.6 (951)

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RiverEdge Park

Where ot Eat in Aurora

1 Two Brothers Roundhouse

Rating: 4.4 (2675)

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Two Brothers Roundhouse

2 Luigi's Pizza and Fun Center

Rating: 4.2 (1029)

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Luigi's Pizza and Fun Center

3 KFC

Rating: 3.5 (364)

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KFC

4 Dunkin'

Rating: 3.6 (291)

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Dunkin'

5 Subway

Rating: 4.3 (153)

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Subway

Where to Stay in Aurora

1 Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago/Aurora

Rating: 4.4 (601)

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Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago/Aurora

2 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora - Naperville, an IHG Hotel

Rating: 4.5 (532)

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora - Naperville, an IHG Hotel

People born in Aurora (158)

People born in Aurora, including novelist Elizabeth Linington, screenwriter Paul Scheuring, basketball sportscaster Chick Hearn, .

List

  • Clive Cussler (American novelist) he was born in 15/07/1931
  • Vasile Louis Puscas (Catholic bishop) he was born in 13/09/1915
  • Brad Childress (American football player and coach) he was born in 27/06/1956
  • Dennis Hastert (American politician: U.S. Speaker of the House) he was born in 02/01/1942
  • Paul Sereno (paleontologist) he was born in 11/10/1957
  • Arthur Fickenscher (American composer) he was born in 09/03/1871
  • Phillip Johnson (American legal academic) he was born in 18/06/1940
  • Nathaniel (American Romanian Orthodox clergyman) he was born in 12/06/1940
  • Bob Carney (American basketball player) he was born in 03/08/1932
  • Charles Henry Dietrich (American politician (1853-1924)) he was born in 26/11/1853
  • Quavas Kirk (USSF D2 Pro League player) he was born in 13/04/1988
  • David Tilman (American ecologist) he was born in 22/07/1949
  • Earl Eby (American middle distance runner) he was born in 18/11/1894
  • Tom Petranoff (Athletics competitor, javelin thrower) he was born in 08/04/1958
  • Kenny Battle (American basketball player) he was born in 10/10/1964
  • Tim Mahoney (American politician) he was born in 16/08/1956
  • Aaron McGhee (American basketball player) he was born in 28/06/1979
  • Carl Thomas (singer) he was born in 15/06/1972

Schools in Aurora

College & universities near Aurora, IL

Code Name City ZIP
143118 Aurora University Aurora (IL) 60506-4892
145433 Hair Professionals School of Cosmetology Oswego (IL) 60543
149727 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove (IL) 60554-9454
147660 North Central College Naperville (IL) 60540
145619 Benedictine University Lisle (IL) 60532-0900

Stations (21)

Amtrak & bus stations near Aurora, IL

Code Name Address Type
NPV Naperville 105 E. Fourth Ave. RAIL
PLO Plano 101 West Main Street RAIL
JOL Joliet Transportation Center 50 East Jefferson Street RAIL
LAG La Grange Road 25 West Burlington St. RAIL
SMT Summit Archer Ave. and South Center Ave. RAIL

Post offices near Aurora

Post Office Name City ZIP
Aurora Post Office Aurora (IL) 60505
Montgomery Post Office Montgomery (IL) 60538
North Aurora Post Office North Aurora (IL) 60542
Eola Post Office Eola (IL) 60519
Moosehear Post Office Mooseheart (IL) 60539

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Other cities in Kane County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Kane County , IL. (more)

City Name Population Title
Elgin 110,196 The second most populous city in Kane County, Illinois.
Carpentersville 36,940 Village in Kane County, Illinois
St. Charles 32,974 Chicago suburb in Kane and DuPage counties of Illinois, United States
Batavia 26,442 City in Illinois USA
South Elgin 24,646 City in Illinois, United States of America
Geneva 21,674 County seat of Kane County, Illinois
Montgomery 20,181 Village in Kane and Kendall counties, Illinois, USA
North Aurora 18,144 City in Illinois, United States of America
Pingree Grove 9,986 Village in the United States
Sugar Grove 9,884 City in Kane County, Illinois, United States of America
West Dundee 8,768 City in Illinois, United States of America
Gilberts 8,071 Human settlement in Illinois, United States of America
Hampshire 6,207 Village in Illinois, United States
Elburn 6,098 City in Illinois, United States of America
Brookside 5,328 Township in Clinton County, Illinois
East Dundee 3,186 Village in United States of America

Distance to Other Cities

Aurora distances to largest Illinois cities