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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 Walking Tour Aurora Architectural Walking Tour
Downtown Aurora and the Stolp Island Historic District is an outdoor architectural museum, where you'll find dozens of registered historic places ...View Details
Aurora Downtown Outdoor Art & Science Walk & Public Sculptures Aurora Downtown Outdoor Art & Science Walk & Public Sculptures
The Art and Science Walk offers large-scale contemporary sculptures, each of which demonstrates intriguing scientific themes and principles. The purpo...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
Batavia Institute / Bellevue Place, 1853 Batavia Institute / Bellevue Place, 1853
Batavia Institute, a private academy, was chartered on Feb. 12, 1853 by 13 men, including Rev. Stephen Peet, Elijah Shumway Town, Joel McKee, John Van...View Details
Building Aurora - Sears Houses (1908-1940) Building Aurora - Sears Houses (1908-1940)
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
Campana Factory, 1936 Campana Factory, 1936
Built in 1936, the historic Campana Factory was known for producing the popular Italian Balm during the Great Depression. The Streamline Moderne &...View Details
Chapel on the Green Chapel on the Green
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
Chicago, Quincy & Burlington Machine Shop & Roundhouse, 1856 Chicago, Quincy & Burlington Machine Shop & Roundhouse, 1856
The historic machine shops of this pre-Civil War railroad complex have been renovated into a multi-modal regional transportation center in a lime...View Details
Crothers-Jolly-Jeneson-Denney House (1850) Crothers-Jolly-Jeneson-Denney House (1850)
Built in 1850 of high quality limestone quarried in Joliet and prepared on the property Greek Revival style defined this John M. Crothers home. ...View Details
Downtown Batavia Historic District Downtown Batavia Historic District
Downtown Batavia’s historic district incorporates many buildings, sites and features that stand as a testament to an enduring legacy, a communit...View Details
Edith Farnsworth House Edith Farnsworth House
Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most influential modernist architects of the 20th century, the glass-walled Edith Farnsworth House ha...View Details
Fermilab Fermilab
What are we made of? How did the universe begin? What secrets do the smallest, most elemental particles of matter hold, and how can they help us under...View Details
Ford House by Architect Bruce Goff, 1949 Ford House by Architect Bruce Goff, 1949
One of the most significant homes in Aurora is the Ford house, designed by architect Bruce Goff in 1949. Now a private residence, it is also commonly ...View Details
Fox Valley Winery Fox Valley Winery
Experience truly unique award-winning Illinois wines at this premier boutique winery. Whether you prefer red, white, dry or sweet, you’ll f...View Details
Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Hall, Aurora Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Hall, Aurora
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Hall was a sanctuary. It served as a gathering place for those who had fought side by side on Civil War battlefie...View Details
Gray's Mill, 1853 Gray's Mill, 1853
The Gray-Watkins Mill or Gray’s Mill was an early turbine mill that was later used by an automobile parts manufacturer and currently the home of...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
Hinckley Historic Homes Hinckley Historic Homes
Five historic homes stand to represent the roots of Hinckley, Illinois. The August Bastian home (1888) has seen up to seven generations of B...View Details
Holbrook Mill, 1843 Holbrook Mill, 1843
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
Isaac2 / Swimming Stones, 2001 Isaac2 / Swimming Stones, 2001
A kinetic water sculpture fountain sculpted by internationally acclaimed artist Christian Tobin "Isaac2 / Swimming Stones" brings Auror...View Details
John C. Dunham Pavilion @ RiverEdge Park, 2013 John C. Dunham Pavilion @ RiverEdge Park, 2013
RiverEdge Park’s stunningly beautiful John C. Dunham music pavilion is breathtaking. It was designed with signature lighting including dramatic ...View Details
John Young House aka: Hardhead House (1897)
According to the Village of Oswego's 2009 Architectural Resources Survey this single-family house is an unusual style of architecture, exhibiting ...View Details
Kendall County Historic Courthouse, 1964 Kendall County Historic Courthouse, 1964
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, 1928 Leland Tower, 1928
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
Little White School Museum Little White School Museum
The Little White School Museum located at 72 Polk Street in downtown Oswego, IL holds the rich history of the community and reflects the spirit of its...View Details
Montgomery Village Hall, 2008 Montgomery Village Hall, 2008
With two full floors the Montgomery Village Hall was considered the tallest building in downtown Montgomery, Illinois when completed. Finished in...View Details
New York Street Memorial Bridge, 1931 New York Street Memorial Bridge, 1931
Built in the Art Moderne style, the New York Street Bridge was dedicated on Armistice Day, November 11, 1931 as a memorial to World War I veterans. Un...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
Paramount Arts Centre, 1931 Paramount Arts Centre, 1931
The Paramount Arts Centre was designed by George and C.W. Rapp in 1931. Rapp and Rapp are renowned for their opulent movie palaces including the Chica...View Details
Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago, 1986 Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago, 1986
This Hindu temple blends ancient and modern, southern India architectural technology and has undergone two major expansions since it was built in 1986...View Details
Sugar Grove Public Library, 2009 Sugar Grove Public Library, 2009
The Sugar Grove Public Library is a beautiful facility offering books, periodicals, audio-visual materials, a technology lab, teen spaces, meeting roo...View Details
The Homestead 1854 The Homestead 1854
The Homestead 1854 marries the past with the present, creating experiences that are bold, elegant, and refined. Escape the ordinary at this timeless w...View Details
William B. Greene Residence, 1912 William B. Greene Residence, 1912
In 1912, Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design a house for William B. Greene, one of the founders of Barber-Greene Equipment Company. Now over...View Details
William Tanner House, 1857 William Tanner House, 1857
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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