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With the area’s rich presence of Victorian and Italianate architecture, the region has countless numbers of certified National Register of Historic Places buildings. Several designated historic districts come with their own bed and breakfast inns, theaters, museums and more.


Aurora Architectural Tours Aurora Architectural Tours
Discover the diverse historical architectural heritage in Aurora. Follow the link to a variety of self-guided tours and historic districts. Discover h...View Details
Aurora Architectural Walking Tour Aurora Architectural Walking Tour
Downtown Aurora and the Stolp Island Historic District is an outdoor architectural museum, where you'll find dozens of registered historic places ...View Details
Aurora Downtown Outdoor Art & Science Walk & Public Sculptures Aurora Downtown Outdoor Art & Science Walk & Public Sculptures
The Art and Science Walk offers large-scale contemporary sculptures, each of which demonstrates intriguing scientific themes and principles. The purpo...View Details
Aurora Regional Fire Museum Aurora Regional Fire Museum
The museum features a variety of interactive exhibits designed to educate and entertain children, families, and firefighters. Visitors can pass a leat...View Details
Batavia Institute / Bellevue Place, 1853 Batavia Institute / Bellevue Place, 1853
Batavia Institute, a private academy, was chartered on Feb. 12, 1853 by 13 men, including Rev. Stephen Peet, Elijah Shumway Town, Joel McKee, John Van...View Details
Building Aurora - Sears Houses (1908-1940) Building Aurora - Sears Houses (1908-1940)
From 1908 to 1940, Sears Roebuck and Company ordered, manufactured and sold homes to hundreds of thousands of Americans. Sears homes were popular in t...View Details
Campana Factory, 1936 Campana Factory, 1936
Built in 1936, the historic Campana Factory was known for producing the popular Italian Balm during the Great Depression. The Streamline Moderne &...View Details
Chapel on the Green & Heritage Hall, 1855 Chapel on the Green & Heritage Hall, 1855
Dating back to 1855, and built from hand-hewn oak and walnut beams cut from woods along the nearby Fox River, this structure holds the unique distinct...View Details
Chicago, Quincy & Burlington Machine Shop & Roundhouse, 1856 Chicago, Quincy & Burlington Machine Shop & Roundhouse, 1856
The historic machine shops of this pre-Civil War railroad complex have been renovated into a multi-modal regional transportation center in a lime...View Details
Downtown Batavia Historic District Downtown Batavia Historic District
Downtown Batavia’s historic district incorporates many buildings, sites and features that stand as a testament to an enduring legacy, a communit...View Details
Farnsworth House Farnsworth House
Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, the Farnsworth House is the quintessential example o...View Details
Fermilab Fermilab
Whether you're interested in science or just fishing in the ponds near the American Bison herd you're welcome at Fermilab. Take a self-guided ...View Details
Ford House by Architect Bruce Goff, 1949 Ford House by Architect Bruce Goff, 1949
One of the most significant homes in Aurora is the Ford house, designed by architect Bruce Goff in 1949. Now a private residence, it is also commonly ...View Details
Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum (GAR), 1878 Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum (GAR), 1878
In the very heart of a thriving new community GAR, Aurora, Post 20 built a monument that would honor their fallen comrades while creating a legacy for...View Details
Gray's Mill, 1853 Gray's Mill, 1853
The Gray-Watkins Mill or Gray’s Mill was an early turbine mill that was later used by an automobile parts manufacturer and currently the home of...View Details
Hardware Sustainable Gastropub & Brewery Hardware Sustainable Gastropub & Brewery
With a mission of sustainability that extends from the reclaimed architecture to the “living wall” that greets you with fresh herbs and gr...View Details
Hinckley Historic Homes Hinckley Historic Homes
Five historic homes stand to represent the roots of Hinckley, Illinois. The August Bastian home (1888) has seen up to seven generations of B...View Details
Holbrook Mill, 1843 Holbrook Mill, 1843
Built in 1843 out of stacked limestone the Holbrook Mill is possibly the oldest industrial structure in Kane County. First Friday's Aurora Gallery...View Details
Isaac2 / Swimming Stones, 2001 Isaac2 / Swimming Stones, 2001
A kinetic water sculpture fountain sculpted by internationally acclaimed artist Christian Tobin "Isaac2 / Swimming Stones" brings Auror...View Details
John C. Dunham Pavilion @ RiverEdge Park, 2013 John C. Dunham Pavilion @ RiverEdge Park, 2013
RiverEdge Park’s stunningly beautiful John C. Dunham music pavilion is breathtaking. It was designed with signature lighting including dramatic ...View Details
Kendall County Historic Courthouse, 1964 Kendall County Historic Courthouse, 1964
Victorian Italianate structure opened in 1964 that towers proudly over the Fox River and the City of Yorkville. Listed on the National Register of His...View Details
Leland Tower, 1928 Leland Tower, 1928
Leland Tower is a twenty-two story tall building located on Stolp Island in Aurora, Illinois. Leland Tower was at one point the tallest building in Il...View Details
Montgomery Village Hall, 2008 Montgomery Village Hall, 2008
With two full floors the Montgomery Village Hall was considered the tallest building in downtown Montgomery, Illinois when completed. Finished in...View Details
New York Street Memorial Bridge, 1931 New York Street Memorial Bridge, 1931
Built in the Art Moderne style, the New York Street Bridge was dedicated on Armistice Day, November 11, 1931 as a memorial to World War I veterans. Un...View Details
Paramount Arts Centre, 1931 Paramount Arts Centre, 1931
The Paramount Arts Centre was designed by George and C.W. Rapp in 1931. Rapp and Rapp are renowned for their opulent movie palaces including the Chica...View Details
Sandwich Opera House, 1878 Sandwich Opera House, 1878
Built in 1878 and restored in 1986, the Opera House today provides performing arts from classical to country, dance, student recitals, summer theatre ...View Details
Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago, 1986 Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago, 1986
This Hindu temple blends ancient and modern, southern India architectural technology and has undergone two major expansions since it was built in 1986...View Details
Stone Mill Museum, 1859 Stone Mill Museum, 1859
A four-floor large museum located in a former stone mill, including items from the area and a room dedicated to Native America artifacts. A 24' lo...View Details
Sugar Grove Public Library, 2009 Sugar Grove Public Library, 2009
The Sugar Grove Public Library is a beautiful facility offering books, periodicals, audio-visual materials, a technology lab, teen spaces, meeting roo...View Details
The Homestead 1854 The Homestead 1854
Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds featuring a labyrinth and hedge maze, this 1854 Italianate country cottage is reminiscent of rural Tuscan v...View Details
William B. Greene Residence, 1912 William B. Greene Residence, 1912
In 1912, Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design a house for William B. Greene, one of the founders of Barber-Greene Equipment Company. Now over...View Details
William Tanner House, 1857 William Tanner House, 1857
The William Tanner House has proudly been the home of the Aurora Historical Society since it was donated by the family in 1936. The house was a gift t...View Details


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