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Homewood Suites by Hilton Aurora Naperville Opens
Posted on 07/11/2017 by  James Cardis
Award-Winning Hotel Brand Brings 146 Suites to Suburban Chicago AURORA, Ill. and MCLEAN, Va. – July 7, 2017 – Homewood Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Home...
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Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Aurora Area this Summer
Posted on 06/19/2017 by  James Cardis
Looking for a last-minute vacation idea? We've got 10 great reasons you should visit the Aurora Area this summer. Lined up below is an action-packed list of things to do and places to go in the Aurora Area, an outstanding travel destination just ...
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Take an Architecture Tour of the Aurora Area in Illinois
Posted on 06/19/2017 by  
Aurora Regional Fire Museum / Photo credit: Randy Benzie.  An hour west of Chicago takes you to the Aurora Area in Illinois, known for its variety of charming towns, urban amenities and historic architecture. With the area’s rich presen...
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Blues on the Fox Celebrates Aurora’s Rich Musical History
Posted on 06/14/2017 by  James Cardis
The Bluebird sound, a pre-war forebear to rock n’ roll developed by musicians like Big Bill Broonzy, Washboard Sam, Tampa Red, and Sonny Boy Williamson at the famous Sky Club of the Leland Hotel in Aurora, is typified by a sly restraint and cha...
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Aurora, Illinois Named Best City in the United States to Live the American Dream
Posted on 05/24/2017 by  
Pictured: Patrick and Ingrid Roney and their sons — Shea, Kelly, and Casey — have found great opportunities living in Aurora. AURORA, IL - Aurora has been ranked the number one city in the country to live the American Dream. In its ...
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The NCAA Championships are More Than Just Golf
Posted on 05/01/2017 by  James Cardis
Not interested in golf? No problem! There are many reasons to attend the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms, May 19-31, 2017, and we've compiled the top five. Don't miss out on one of the b...
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Aurora: Top Things To Do and See by Bike on a Weekend Getaway
Posted on 04/24/2017 by  
Want to get away with friends for a weekend of outdoor recreation and Chicago-area culture? Better yet, do you want to get away for a weekend to a destination where there’s no car required? Then consider a weekend trip to the Aurora Area in the...
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Round 1 Bowling & Entertainment Center at Fox Valley Mall
Posted on 03/30/2017 by  James Cardis
Check out the new Round 1 Bowling & Amusement Center at Fox Valley Mall! Fox Valley Mall is home to the new Round 1 Bowling & Amusement Center, a 51,000 square foot entertainment center where you can relax, have fun, and enhance your shoppin...
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Things To Do in April around the Aurora Area
Posted on 03/28/2017 by  James Cardis
Things To Do in the Aurora Area this April Did you know this April has five weekends? That means you get an extra chance to enjoy the vibrant nightlife of the Aurora Area at First Fridays Downtown Aurora and spirited venues like Two Brothers Roundho...
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Cubs World Series Trophy Coming to Aurora
Posted on 03/24/2017 by  James Cardis
The Chicago Cubs World Series Trophy Tour is coming to Aurora on Monday, April 3rd at the Paramount Theatre! Here's what you need to know:  Trophy viewing is from 1-2pm on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 23 E. Galena Blvd in Aurora, IL 60506 ...
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Kesha & the Creepies - July 21st at RiverEdge Park in Aurora, IL
Posted on 03/23/2017 by  James Cardis
Kesha's bringing the party to RiverEdge Park The music of multi-talented singer/songwriter Kesha has topped charts, won awards, and soundtracked parties and good times worldwide. She's also written hits for fellow pop icons Brittney Sp...
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First Fridays in Downtown Aurora
Posted on 03/23/2017 by  James Cardis
First Fridays in Downtown Aurora First Fridays Downtown Aurora is a fun and festive night of art, culture, music, and performance at dozens of venues throughout the historic city center of Aurora, Illinois, the second-largest city in the state. Pa...
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Fun Family Activities this St. Patrick's Day Weekend
Posted on 03/14/2017 by  James Cardis
The Aurora Area has a lot to offer families looking for fun things to do this St. Patrick's Day weekend, like the interactive "Wonders of Science" show at Fermilab, an outdoor learning adventure at Red Oak Nature Center, and a kid-friendly ...
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Craft Beer & Breweries in the Aurora Area
Posted on 03/07/2017 by  James Cardis
The Aurora Area is home to some of the finest craft breweries Chicago has to offer. From the venerable Two Brothers Artisan Brewing at the historic Two Brothers Roundhouse, to brand new entrants like the B.B.G.B. Brewery at Hardware, a sustainable g...
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Things To Do in March around the Aurora Area
Posted on 02/24/2017 by  James Cardis
We've got your cabin fever cure. A spectacular production of Sweeney Todd, Two Brothers' 20th Anniversary at the Roundhouse, Riverdance at the Paramount, and Fermilab's ongoing 50th Anniversary series are just a few of the ex...
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2017 NCAA Golf Championships Hotel Info
Posted on 02/21/2017 by  
Hotel Information for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships Rich Harvest Farms, 7S771 Dugan Rd, Sugar Grove, IL 60554 Women’s Dates: May 19-24, 2017 Men’s Dates: May 26-31, 2017 The following ho...
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Springtime Fun on the Lincoln Highway
Posted on 02/20/2017 by  James Cardis
Springtime Fun on the Lincoln Highway Located just 40 miles west of Chicago, the Aurora Area is where travelers can find excellent options for rest and recreation at a great value. The Aurora Area is home to a diverse array of unique attractions j...
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Romantic Weekend in the Aurora Area
Posted on 02/08/2017 by  James Cardis
Valentine's Day Weekend is upon us, and we're here to help you plan a long, romantic weekend. The Aurora Area has plenty of unique events and attractions to keep you busy, from candlelit dinners to legendary crooners and tours through the charming do...
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Vacations are powerful. Take one in the Aurora Area this year.
Posted on 01/31/2017 by  James Cardis
Vacations are powerful.  They have the ability to recharge our minds and bodies and better connect us to the world – all while making lasting memories. Taking time off also has the ability to lift up the communities to which visitors trave...
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Your guide to a fun-filled February in the Aurora Area
Posted on 01/25/2017 by  James Cardis
Sweeney Todd, Wayne's World, and unique romantic events in the Aurora Area this February For the perfect getaway or staycation, enjoy our fun-filled February calendar of events. From Sweeney Todd at the Paramount Theatre to Wayne's World Brew n' Vie...
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Community Events in Aurora Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy
Posted on 01/11/2017 by  City of Aurora
From choir concerts and candid conversations to special performances and service opportunities, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored at a number of events in Aurora as the nation commemorates his birthday next week. ...
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The Best Holiday Lights in the Aurora Area
Posted on 12/01/2016 by  James Cardis
Mile upon magical mile of twinkling holiday delights await you in the Aurora Area, with majestic displays at historic venues unlike any Christmas spectacle you've ever seen before. The best part? You can enjoy these dazzling lights from the warmth a...
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Black Wednesday 2016 in the Aurora Area
Posted on 11/21/2016 by  James Cardis
Black Wednesday, aka "Thanksgiving Eve", is the busiest bar night in America next to New Year's Eve. Whether you're home for the holiday or visiting friends or family, your night out before Thanksgiving doesn't have to resemble a high schoo...
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Holiday Season Fun and Things To Do in the Aurora Area
Posted on 11/15/2016 by  James Cardis
Fireworks on the Fox River, holiday light displays, Santa Claus parades, Christmas Tree lightings, and holiday shopping in our communities offer the best way to start your holiday season celebration right here in the Aurora Area.  The Little ...
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Holiday Shopping in the Aurora Area
Posted on 11/02/2016 by  James Cardis
From boutiques and antiques to brand-name and designer deals, get all of your holiday shopping done this season in the Aurora Area. Start your holiday shopping trip at Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora. As the largest outlet center in the Chica...
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Randy Benzie's Fine Art Photography of the Aurora Area
Posted on 11/01/2016 by  James Cardis
Montgomery, IL based photographer Randy Benzie considers his work to live somewhere in the space between the technical craft of photography and the more traditional art form of painting. Fueled by an admiration for the lighting in old world paintings...
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Things to Do in the Aurora Area - November 2016
Posted on 10/31/2016 by  James Cardis
November in the Aurora Area is an ideal time to catch unique, one-night-only entertainment at the Paramount Theatre between seasons of its award-winning Broadway Series, check out the area's eclectic music scene, experience elevated bar fare at some ...
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The Fox River Valley Nature and Wildlife Photography of Bill Peterson
Posted on 10/25/2016 by  James Cardis
We’ve long admired local photographer Bill Peterson’s nature, bird, and wildlife pics. A professed amateur, Bill is as modest as he is talented; his lens captures the abundance of natural beauty on display up and down the Fox River and th...
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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO and #EnjoyAurora this weekend, 10/12-10/16!
Posted on 10/14/2016 by  James Cardis
It's a very musical Top 10 Things To Do & #EnjoyAurora this weekend! 1. Stock up for winter at the last day of the 104th(!) installment of Aurora's Farmers Market this Saturday! FREE hot cider, live music, and as always, tons...
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Fall Family Fun and Things To Do in the Aurora Area - October 2016
Posted on 10/10/2016 by  James Cardis
  October is a special month in the Aurora Area. The leaves begin to change colors, the cool weather invigorates us to get outside before winter begins to settle in, and our world-class attractions like Farnsworth House and Fermilab take on a w...
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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO and #EnjoyAurora this weekend, 10/7-10/9!
Posted on 10/06/2016 by  James Cardis
Art, Beer, and Haunted Houses top our Top 10 Things To Do in the Aurora Area this weekend, Friday 10/7- Sunday 10/9! 1. First Fridays Aurora: Oct. 7 in Aurora Downtown coincides with the International Wood Fire Conference at ...
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Awesome Aerial Footage of Fox River Paddling
Posted on 09/30/2016 by  James Cardis
Our friends at Rocktown Adventures sent us this amazing aerial footage from their first Hump Day Paddle on the Fox River in Downtown Aurora.   Rocktown Adventures offers rentals, lessons, and a calendar of Fox River kayaking, canoeing, and st...
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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO and #EnjoyAurora this weekend, 9/23-9/25!
Posted on 09/22/2016 by  James Cardis
1. Wurst Kitchen presents the 12th Annual PLANO OKTOBERFEST! All weekend, rain or shine under the big tent on Main Street in Downtown Plano. Featuring authentic German bands, a beer wagon with German beers and wine, traditional German food,...
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Summer of Blues, Rock, County and R&B Coming to Aurora’s RiverEdge Park
Posted on 05/19/2016 by  Aurora Area CVB
Published May 19, 2016 Chicago hottest line-up of summertime concerts is not in Chicago, but at RiverEdge Park, Aurora.  One of the Chicago area’s newest concert and event venues offers city views along the Fox River in Downtown Aurora.&n...
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