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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 Driving Tour Aurora Architectural Driving Tour
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 for...View Details
Aurora Art and Science Walk Aurora Art and Science Walk
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-scal...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
Aurora Transportation Center Aurora Transportation Center
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 o...View Details
Building Aurora: Sears Houses Building Aurora: Sears Houses
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
Chapel on the Green & Heritage Hall Chapel on the Green & Heritage Hall
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
Farnsworth House Farnsworth House
Master architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created the ultimate minimalist masterpiece, the Farnsworth House, in pastoral Plano. The stellar structure ...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
Fermilab Art Gallery Fermilab Art Gallery
Located in Wilson Hall, open before and after performances and lectures and by appointment....View Details
 
Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium
Site of Fermilab's Arts & Lecture Series of music, dance and theater plus lectures on the arts, sciences and culture....View Details
Ford House by Architect Bruce Goff Ford House by Architect Bruce Goff
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...View Details
Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum (GAR) Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum (GAR)
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 Gray's Mill
1853, 5-story stone flouring mill is now home to the South Moon BBQ....View Details
Holbrook Mill Holbrook Mill
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
Hollywood Casino Aurora Hollywood Casino Aurora
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, incredib...View Details
Kendall County Historic Courthouse Kendall County Historic Courthouse
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 Leland Tower
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
New York Street Memorial Bridge New York Street Memorial Bridge
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...View Details
Paramount Theatre Paramount Theatre
Recently named one of the Top Ten Theatres in Chicago by the League of Chicago Theatres, the Paramount continues to provide world-class entertainment—...View Details
RiverEdge Park RiverEdge Park
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 ...View Details
Sandwich Opera House Sandwich Opera House
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
This Hindu temple blends ancient and modern architectural technology....View Details
Stone Mill Museum Stone Mill Museum
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 m...View Details
Swimming Stones / Isaac(squared) Swimming Stones / Isaac(squared)
A kinetic water sculpture fountain sculpted by internationally acclaimed artist Christian Tobin Isaac(squared) brings Aurora the most mysterious essen...View Details
William Tanner House William Tanner House
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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