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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, seeing Chicagoland's best Broadway Series at Paramount Theatre, or touring holiday light displays. 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. 

North Aurora Days is an annual 2-day community celebration attended by over 13,000 people each year. Learn more and plan your visit at 

After enjoying family-friendly attractions or a night out in the Aurora Area, enjoy destination dining in North Aurora, Illinois! Top-rated restaurants 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 400 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. 

Harner's Bakery and Restaurant has been kicking taste buds into high gear since the 1960's. This idyllic location on the Fox River has been a family favorite for decades, offering fresh-baked donuts and pastries along with hearty, good old-fashioned home cooking. Follow your nose down the Fox River Trails to this Aurora Area institution. 

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 beer from Brother Chimp Brewing

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. 

The Village of North Aurora is pleased to announce the completion of the Silo Restoration and Illumination project that will literally brighten up the town

Plan ahead for North Aurora Days, a fun-filled weekend of activities and entertainment to enjoy with family and friends. Look for North Aurora Days 2022 to occur the first weekend in August. 

Things to see & do in North Aurora

A&W Family Restaurant A&W Family Restaurant
Remember the days when great-tasting food was made-to-order with quality ingredients and always served up with a frosty mug and a warm smile? Well, th...View Details
Brother Chimp Brewing Brother Chimp Brewing
Handcrafted traditional beers, brewed with love in small batches. Above all, Brother Chimp believes beer should be fun! Enjoy traditional ales and lag...View Details
Bruno's Cheesesteaks Bruno's Cheesesteaks
For authentic Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches, look no further than Bruno's Cheesesteaks in North Aurora. This is a quick-service, family-run ...View Details
Comfort Inn & Suites Comfort Inn & Suites
This North Aurora hotel is conveniently located off Interstate 88 near attractions like Chicago Premium Outlets, Paramount Theatre, RiverEdge Park, Ho...View Details
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
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
Harner's Bakery, Restaurant & Catering Harner's Bakery, Restaurant & Catering
You can taste it in the air! Sweet bakery goods, cakes, cookies, donuts and spices. Well-known throughout the Fox Valley area Harner's has been ki...View Details
Illinois Prairie Path Illinois Prairie Path
Former right-of-way for the old Chicago Aurora & Elgin electric railroad was converted in the 1960's and has become a favorite among visitors....View Details
Juquilita Tacos Juquilita Tacos
Serving a wide variety of fresh, made to order Mexican food, Juquilita’s is best known for its tacos and burritos packed with a choice of f...View Details
Moka Moka
Drive-through coffee shop conveniently located on Route 31 just north of the I-88 expressway. Home to house and Jamaican blend roasted coffees, plus s...View Details
My Place Hotel My Place Hotel
All rooms include full size refrigerators with icemaker, two-burner cooktop, microwave, toaster and coffeemaker. Guests will enjoy complimentary high ...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
North Aurora Grain Silo North Aurora Grain Silo
Spot a lighted grain silo on your drive through the Aurora Area? That's not a beacon to your favorite superhero (though you're welcome to rega...View Details
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar Oak Street Restaurant & Bar
Oak Street Restaurant and Bar is where cozy sports dining and affordable deliciousness collide. The warm and friendly staff can seat in either of thre...View Details
Oberweis Dairy & Ice Cream Oberweis Dairy & Ice Cream
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
Rodeway Inn Rodeway Inn
120 guest rooms including King, Queen, Double Rooms and King Suites. Guest rooms are equipped with kitchenettes for guests’ convenience. Free Wi...View Details
Tecalitlan North Aurora Tecalitlan North Aurora
Enjoy tacos, camarones, comidas, specialty drinks, and more authentic Mexican cuisine in a quaint cafe-style shop. Serving breakfast, lunch ...View Details
The Rustic Fox The Rustic Fox
At The Rustic Fox you will find first-rate products and exceptional customer service. We’re a business made up of innovators and forward-thinker...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 Marketplace The Vintage Marketplace
Welcome to The Vintage Marketplace Co., one of the largest vintage shops in the North Aurora area and housing over 60 unique vendors with 2 ...View Details
Vietnam Gate Restaurant Vietnam Gate Restaurant
Delicious pho and authentic Vietnamese cuisine are served to a loyal fanbase at this family-owned establishment in North Aurora. Open Tuesday - S...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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