Art & Culture

Spend your getaway days surrounded by vibrant cultural and deep-rooted history. Fill your nights with the best in live entertainment from theatre to comedy. Immerse yourself in galleries, art centers and art studios. Visit hands on museums and awe at architectural wonders. Be moved by Broadway caliber theatre, live music, or family friendly cinemas.

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Air Classics is an aviation museum located at Aurora Municipal Airport - ARR where the aircraft actually fly. You can climb into the pilot's seat of a UH-1 Huey helicopter. The mu....
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This company has gained a reputation for producing cutting-edge dramas and comedies as well as family-friendly shows for over 40 years. Located on the third floor of the Batavi....
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In its ongoing effort to support and promote the arts, the City of Aurora has assembled the works of 11 Aurora-area artists for its 2015 Art in City Hall Fall Invitational Exhibit,....
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Rotating art exhibits at City Hall. Hours Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.....
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Paint your own pottery, take a canvas class, and more. Painting pottery is fun, relaxing and anyone can do it. No reservation is needed! Stop in anytime during studio hours an....
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Enjoy a self-guided driving tour of Aurora’s historic districts. Go back in time to Pre-Civil War era when Illinois' second largest city was being formed. Visit the Roundhouse, Sto....
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The Aurora Downtown Outdoor Art and Science Walk was initiated by the Aurora Public Art Commission in 1999. The Art and Science Walk offers large-scale contemporary sculptures, eac....
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A working artists studio with local artists Cheryl Holz, David Hettinger, Anne Von Ehr, Rafael Rocha Jr. and Andrew Cook. Open only by appointment. ....
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The Aurora Public Art Commission hosts rotating exhibits displaying a full spectrum of innovative arts. The History Center has a collection of photographs, books, maps and other me....
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The museum features a variety of interactive exhibits designed to educate and entertain children, families, and firefighters. Visitors can pass a leather fire bucket, marvel at a s....
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The Aurora Transportation Center is a staffed station on Metra's BNSF Railway Line and is served by numerous Pace bus routes. Aurora is the west end of the BNSF Railway Line from C....
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This much-lauded and beautiful auditorium hosts classical and popular musical events as well as popular lectures and recitals. It is located in Aurora University's Institute for Co....
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In addition to classes, Avenue J produces 4 large-scale productions each year, giving students the opportunity to show off their acting, singing, and creative skills.....
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From the southern midlands of Ireland to the Chicago suburbs Ballydoyle carries the tradition with classic Irish brews, excellent food and live entertainment. Irish fare, boxtys, e....
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At Batavia Academy of Dance, our mission is to provide exceptional instruction and development in the art of dance for all levels and all ages. In our nurturing and safe environmen....
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Housed in an 1854 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot, the train museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and comes alive with historic exhibits on rail....
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Opened to the Fox Valley on August 20, 2011, it provides arts education to the students of Batavia, an artistic outlet to organizations and patrons that pass through the doors. Wh....
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A Big Rock historical collection including school items, Plowing Match memorabilia, a military section from WWI through Iraq, home items and farm items. Opens for the season Ap....
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Nestled on 54 scenic acres, Blackberry Farm is a family-friendly destination that features unique play areas for all ages, live animals, amusement rides, and a living history museu....
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The Bliss House Museum is operated by the Sugar Grove Historical Society and houses historical exhibits about the village of Sugar Grove and surrounding area. Anyone interested ....
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From 1908 to 1940, Sears Roebuck and Company ordered, manufactured and sold homes to hundreds of thousands of Americans. Sears homes were popular in the railroad community of Auror....
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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 distinction of being Kendall County’s ....
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Your night out just got funnier! The Comedy Shrine is Chicagoland’s premier improv & stand up comedy theater. The Comedy Shrine provides Improv, Stand-Up and Comedy Writing classes....
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At the Crow’s Nest you can find genuine local goods, many created by folks right here on the farm, that can fit any need: functional, creative, decorative ceramics and other fine g....
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"The History of Writing and the Alphabet" by Paul Stoddard, a WPA mural donated to West Aurora High School by the Class of 1933 and saved from the wrecking ball in 2014 is being re....
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Join educator and fiber artist Natasha Lehrer in a memorable experience with nature’s beauty. Take a fiber art class and learn how to make handmade crafts and gifts from real home-....
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Master architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created the ultimate minimalist masterpiece, the Farnsworth House, in pastoral Plano. The stellar structure of floor-to-ceiling glass seem....
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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 tour of the laboratory, the Art Galler....
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Located in Wilson Hall, open before and after performances and lectures and by appointment.....
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Ramsey Auditorium is the site for Fermilab's series of music, dance, and theater, plus lectures on the arts, sciences and culture.....
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Site of Fermilab's Arts & Lecture Series of music, dance and theater plus lectures on the arts, sciences and culture.....
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One of the most significant homes in Aurora is the Ford house, designed by architect Bruce Goff in 1949. It is also commonly referred to as the “Round” or “Coal” house. Working on ....
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Gallery 125 features the work of a variety of local artists in the Kaneland and surrounding communities. Located in the beautiful Sugar Grove Public Library.....
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The Grand Army of the Republic Post 20 Hall and Museum has recently been reopened after being closed for more than 20 years as it has undergone important structural and restorative....
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1853, 5-story stone flouring mill is now home to the South Moon BBQ.....
       
See the mastodon diorama and displays of historic homes. Open Saturdays 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and by appointment.....
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Built in 1843 out of stacked limestone the Holbrook Mill is possibly the oldest industrial structure in Kane County. First Friday's Aurora Gallery at Allen + Pepa.....
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Hollywood Casino is the place for you! They'll add dazzle to your days and life to your nights with free admission, pulse-pounding games, incredible restaurants, and great giveaway....
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Custom frame shop and art gallery. If These Walls Could Talk provides 100% archival quality framing services as well as a gallery for our customers to enjoy, buy, and sell their ar....
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Victorian Italianate structure opened in 1964 that towers proudly over the Fox River and the City of Yorkville. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Olde Courtho....
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Vinyl records, CDs, turntables, DVDs, posters, T-shirts, incense, oils, clothing and curious.....
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Boyd, owner of Rogue Barrister Records has partnered with Jason Leslie, owner of Three Angels Brewing to produce the Summer Solstice Craft Beer and Music Festival since 2013. The p....
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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 Illinois outside of Chicago. Sto....
       
New Hites Studios & Gallery is a part of the thriving art scene in Downtown Aurora. The artists that call New Hites "home" work in a broad spectrum of media and an even broader ran....
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Spanning the entire Fox River, features include the circa 1930 “Memory” and “Victory” statues in honor of fallen soldiers from World War I. In 1930, Chicago sculptor Emory P. Se....
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Experience the heart of Downtown Aurora at your next event. With seven unique spaces available, Paramount Events can accommodate any occasion, big or small. Weddings, baby and brid....
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Recently named one of the Top Ten Theatres in Chicago by the League of Chicago Theatres, the Paramount continues to provide world-class entertainment—including dance, music, Broadw....
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Added on in 2006, the gorgeous Grand Gallery serves as the new lobby for the Paramount Theatre and can serve as the perfect reception space for your next event. Whether a wedding r....
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Home of the Blues on the Fox festival. The 30-acre park was designed in a way that would serve many purposes. From the canoe/kayak launch and natural landscaping to the VIP Rooftop....
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Come inside the intimate Riverfront Playhouse and discover a treasure. Since 1978, Riverfront Playhouse has been a destination in downtown Aurora. Located along the pedestrian-frie....
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Built in 1878 and restored in 1986, the Opera House today provides performing arts from classical to country, dance, student recitals, summer theatre workshops and children/senior ....
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Schingoethe Center is a collection of Native American artifacts as well as artwork by both Native American and non-Native American artists. Admission donations help provide serv....
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Come and explore over 150 interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) exhibits which inspire education and imagination. Bring the entire family! SciTech sparks....
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Tour the oldest remaining structure in the Village. The home was originally owned by Montgomery’s founder, Daniel Gray. A museum offers an educational history of the Village of Mon....
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Speakers to inspire, provoke & inform, entertainment to make you think, smile & dance and workshops to help craft the life you deserve.....
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Selected to represent Smallville in the films “Man of Steel” and “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Plano is now the home of the Smallville Museum. The museum collection conta....
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Spring Bluff has U-pick Christmas trees, fruits and vegetables, farm fresh eggs, honey, pumpkins, harvest decorations, nursery/greenhouse. Spring Bluff Nursery was established i....
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This Hindu temple blends ancient and modern architectural technology.....
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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' long mural depicts the different era....
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A kinetic water sculpture fountain sculpted by internationally acclaimed artist Christian Tobin Isaac(squared) brings Aurora the most mysterious essence of both science and art. He....
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This music venue was founded by three young men with a rich background in the arts and a richer plan to help shape a growing artistic community. Seating is limited. Talent is unlim....
       
Housed in a renovated 16,000 sq. ft. limestone historic building, Water Street Studios is a comprehensive nonprofit community art center featuring 26 artist studios, three classroo....
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Waubonsee Community College has art displays on campus, free and open to the public. For more information regarding their art displays, contact the art coordinator, Cecilia Var....
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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 to the Society from William Tan....
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Dance, music, theatre and fitness classes as well as private lessons for all ages and skill levels. See their web site for performance schedule.....
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