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Things to Do in North Aurora, Illinois

The Village of North Aurora is home to some of the Aurora Area's most celebrated restaurants, perfect options for a hearty meal after you've worked up an appetite exploring the Fox River Trails or taking a guided nature hike at outdoor education centers. Whether you're dining family style or celebrating a special milestone, you'll find a great meal to begin or end your day in North Aurora. 


Notable examples of the kind of exceptional dining you can enjoy in North Aurora include The Turf Room, three-time winner of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for its extensive wine collection matching up to a seasonally rotating menu of eclectic American cuisine. Hardware, a sustainable gastropub and home to the B.B.G.B. Brewery and Hop Farm, has made a splash on the Chicagoland dining scene for its inventive menu of locally sourced ingredients—some of which are grown on-site at Hardware's greenhouse, orchard, and living wall—and the depth of its classic cocktail program, backed by shelves stocked with over 350 different whiskeys. Intimate, fireside patio dining is available at both locations and a perfect way to enjoy an evening with friends, family, or that special someone. 

Unique to North Aurora is one of the Midwest's longest-running consumer dairies, Oberweis Dairy. Its production location is available for group tours and you can visit the shop to enjoy a cone or sundae and watch the old-fashioned glass jugs fill up on their way out the door to distributors throughout the region.

Red Oak Nature Center is a prized piece of Fox Valley Park District property snug against the eastern shoreline of the Fox River. Home to the area's storied limestone cave, the Red Oak Nature Center offers outdoor educational programming for children and families year-round, with popular events like Maple Fest in spring and Bug Fest in the summer. In winter months, Red Oak is popular with birdwatchers aiming to get up-close views of the majestic migratory American bald eagles that nest in tall trees on the islands of the Fox River and along its shores.

The North Aurora River District Alliance's (NOARDA) beautiful Riverfront Park is where you can enjoy free concerts, festivals, and fun for the whole family in the summer months. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic basket to watch 4th of July fireworks over the Fox River, or delight in local favorites like pizza from Raimondo's and food trucks galore.

North Aurora's distinctive collection of retail shopping includes unique specialty shops like Cremer Guitarworks, where for over 30 years musicians from all over Chicagoland and beyond have trusted their beloved instruments to the expert treatment and care of this modest guitar store tucked into a mid-century style building on a busy stretch of the Lincoln Highway. 

Photo credit, eagle: Bill Peterson

Cremer Guitarworks Cremer Guitarworks
For over 30 years this small guitar shop tucked into a mid-century style building has been servicing musicians from all over Chicagoland and beyond wi...View Details
Fox River Trail Fox River Trail
The Fox River Trail features 43 miles of scenic biking, hiking, jogging or cross-country skiing. Paved and sometimes hilly this trail is a favorite be...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
Illinois Prairie Path Illinois Prairie Path
Red Oak 16-mile loop that includes the Fox River Trail and the Aurora and Batavia branches of the Illinois Prairie Path. Former right-of-way for the o...View Details
North Aurora Days North Aurora Days
North Aurora Days is a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend. Enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, craft booths, beer tent and parade. See their we...View Details
Oberweis Dairy, Inc. Oberweis Dairy, Inc.
Enjoy mouth-watering fountain treats, super premium ice cream, pies, cakes, hot bagels, fine chocolates, and of course, glass-bottled dairy farm fresh...View Details
Past & Present Shoppes Past & Present Shoppes
A unique collaboration of 19 cottage businesses. A wide mix of decor styles are represented, including Shabby Chic/Cottage, Paris Apartment, Mid-Centu...View Details
Pedal & Spoke Pedal & Spoke
Bicycles for sale, bike repair and accessories. See their web site for the latest ride: Pastry-Brest-Pastry and Werewolf Rides....View Details
Raimondo's Pizza & Pub Raimondo's Pizza & Pub
Two-time Culinary Champion Raimondo's pizzas and pastas are the best pizza and the best ethnic restaurant in the Aurora Area according to our loca...View Details
Red Oak Bug Fest Red Oak Bug Fest
Buzz on over to Red Oak Nature Center and Lippold Park for bug activities, bug games and bug searches! Free day of bugs that’s educational and f...View Details
Red Oak Maple Fest Red Oak Maple Fest
Tap the sweet taste of spring at the annual Red Oak Maple Fest! Naturalists from Red Oak lead visitors to various stations in the woods to view demons...View Details
Red Oak Nature Center Red Oak Nature Center
Nestled on the east bank of the Fox River, the Red Oak Nature Center (On Route 25, one mile north of Route 56 • 630-897-1808) is surrounded by 40...View Details
The Turf Room Restaurant The Turf Room Restaurant
Relax, this place has a winning combination of fine dining and exciting atmosphere. Cozy fireplace, fine wine, gourmet burgers. American eclectic menu...View Details
The Vintage Market The Vintage Market
Welcome to The Vintage Market, one of the largest vintage shops in the North Aurora area and housing over 60 unique vendors with 2 floors an...View Details
Valley Green Executive Golf Course Valley Green Executive Golf Course
Valley Green hosts a laid-back, unobtrusive environment perfect for those who are new to golfing, kids, leagues, or those experienced golfers who want...View Details
Wild Rose Florist Wild Rose Florist
The Art of Design...Flowers for your Life. The Wild Rose offers floral designs in fresh, silks, everlastings and garden-style. With a background in ho...View Details


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