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Tex Mex Rock: The Mavericks and Los Lobos Play Aurora's RiverEdge Park July 26
Posted on 06/26/2019 by  
AURORA, IL, June 26, 2019 – Get ready for a fun night on Friday, July 26, when Aurora’s Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park presents The Mavericks with special guest Los Lobos. Los Lobos, the three-time Grammy Award-winners and Rock and R...
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Tedeschi Trucks Band: Wheels of Soul Tour Rolls Into Aurora's RiverEdge Park
Posted on 06/24/2019 by  
AURORA, IL, June 24, 2019 - One of the most anticipated concert events of the summer, Tedeschi Trucks Band: 2019 Wheels of Soul Tour featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band with Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope, will make its only Chicago-area sto...
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Visit Aurora Museums After Hours This Summer
Posted on 06/11/2019 by  Marissa Amoni, Aurora Downtown
Aurora Museums After Dark welcomes visitors to downtown museums after hours on three Thursdays this summer. Aurora Regional Fire Museum, SciTech Hands On Museum, Grand Army of the Republic Museum, David L. Pierce Art and History Center, and Santor...
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3rd Annual Summer Concert Series at Chicago Premium Outlets Announced
Posted on 05/31/2019 by  
Chicago Premium Outlets announced the return of its popular summer concert series, expanding to the 14,000-square-foot green space on the East end of the center. “Party in the Park” will kick off on Friday, June 21, with one of America&rs...
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Explore the wonders of nature at Fermilab’s Family Outdoor Fair
Posted on 05/31/2019 by  
What could be better than spending a fun-filled day outdoors and learning about natural science at the same time? For the 11th year in a row, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is inviting families, scout troops and other youth groups to attend...
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Aurora Museum Week Kicks Off June 2
Posted on 05/31/2019 by  
Aurora Downtown is proud to sponsor the second annual Aurora Museum Week from June 2 to 8. Aurora Museum Week highlights and encourages the community to visit and explore all of Aurora’s museums. Participating Museums include Blackberry Farm...
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The Venue: Opening Soon in Aurora Downtown
Posted on 05/03/2019 by  Steve Warrenfeltz
Photo courtesy Fox Valley Music Foundation The story of The Venue begins with the Fox Valley Music Foundation.  The Fox Valley Music Foundation is a not-for-profit organization comprised of music lovers, music educators, arts enthusiasts, ...
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Aurora's Paramount Theatre Hosts an Outstanding Lineup of Events This Winter
Posted on 12/07/2018 by  
Paramount's event series features Swan Lake, Shen Yun, Boyz II Men, Blind Boys of Alabama, and the world premiere of August Rush: A New Musical!  Reserve tickets at Explore our website to learn how you can p...
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Visit Aurora's Tanner House this Holiday Season
Posted on 12/03/2018 by  Deena Bess Sherman
If you are looking for the perfect destination for holiday family fun, look no further than Aurora, Illinois! Along with the traditions everyone knows, like Aurora's Festival of Lights @ Phillips Park or Blackberry Farm's Holiday Express...
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Award-Winning Broadway in Aurora, Illinois
Posted on 11/27/2018 by  
Aurora's Paramount Theatre is home to Chicago's Best Broadway Series Since launching its own Broadway Series in 2011, Paramount has leapt to the top of Chicago’s musical theater scene, winning unanimous critical and audience acclaim, a...
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#GoOswego for holiday shopping & unique things to do this season
Posted on 11/05/2018 by  
Downtown Oswego is a winter wonderland for holiday shoppers—complete with reindeer! Here's what to expect when you #GoOswego this holiday season: independent shopping at an eclectic collection of boutiques and one of the region's m...
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Aurora Named #3 Millenial Destination in Illinois
Posted on 10/03/2018 by  
Aurora’s Ward 9 has been named the top millennial hot-spot in Illinois outside of Chicago by a nationwide housing search website. Adlai and Jen Mendoza moved from Chicago to Aurora's Ward 9 and have found it to be an ideal place to ra...
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Guide to Halloween in the Aurora Area of Illinois
Posted on 10/01/2018 by  
Want to know where you can find big scares (and big fun!) in Chicagoland's western suburbs? Read our #EnjoyAurora guide to the haunted houses & Halloween events of the Aurora Area.  Basement of the Dead Haunted House To...
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Grow Family Memories at Abbey Farms in Aurora, Illinois
Posted on 09/12/2018 by  Deena Bess Sherman
If you are looking for a place to unplug from technology and enjoy a day of wholesome family fun this fall, we have just the place: Abbey Farms in Aurora, Illinois.  Abbey Farms is situated just off I-88, less than 40 miles west of Chicag...
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Kayaking the Marge Cline Whitewater Course in Yorkville, Illinois
Posted on 08/30/2018 by  Julie Ap, Open Wide the World
Hanging from a capsized kayak, my body upside-down and under water, I was torn between exhilaration and panic. In the dark water of the river, I couldn’t see a thing. Time seemed to freeze as I held my breath, wondering how long I would be in t...
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Prost! Celebrating Oktoberfest in the Aurora Area
Posted on 08/21/2018 by  James Cardis
Hoist a glass and say Prost! Oktoberfest celebrations in the Aurora Area are a great way to ring in the autumn season with days and nights full of merriment, authentic German sausages from Wurst Kitchen, and the delicious craft beers o...
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What's Happening at Illinois' Oldest Farmers Market in Aurora
Posted on 08/13/2018 by  Deena Bess Sherman
Whenever my family travels, I consider myself lucky to find a farmers’ market. Each market is a window into the local community, where we not only find fresh produce for snacking and cooking, but also local crafts, information, specialty items,...
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Bikes in Bloom in Downtown Aurora
Posted on 08/13/2018 by  James Cardis
Aurora's latest public art initiative brings colorful bicycle planters to Downtown Aurora.  "This is a fun and simple, yet symbolic, way to bring new art and energy to our downtown," said Mayor Richard C. Irvin. Mayor Irvin pr...
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Holiday Shopping in the Aurora Area
Posted on 08/07/2018 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 Chi...
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7 Water Parks Where You Can Beat the Heat & Make A Splash This Summer
Posted on 06/29/2018 by  James Cardis
From bumper boats and aquatic centers to thrilling adventures and breathtaking slides, you'll find an outstanding collection of water parks right here in the Aurora Area. If you're looking to make a splash and beat the heat, you're in the...
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Visiting the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois
Posted on 06/01/2018 by  James Cardis
Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, the Farnsworth House is the quintessential example of modern design. One of only three such examples of the intimate, domestic structures designe...
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Hardware, Wurst Kitchen Designated Illinois Made Destinations
Posted on 05/22/2018 by  James Cardis
Two Aurora Area destinations, Hardware Sustainable Gastropub and Wurst Kitchen, have been included in the Illinois Office of Tourism's Illinois Made program. The program, launched in 2016, spotlights the people, products, and experiences that are...
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Blues on the Fox 2018 at RiverEdge Park in Aurora
Posted on 03/29/2018 by  
Hold on tight, because downtown Aurora’s Blues on the Fox is back for its 22nd year with another killer lineup of longtime favorites and fresh talent. Early Bird Tickets Available Now Aaron Neville, Elle King, Sonny Landreth, Samantha...
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Spotting Bald Eagles on the Fox River
Posted on 01/23/2018 by  James Cardis
Photo courtesy Dave Soderstrom Christopher Cudworth, in an informative article on the bald eagles of the Fox River for the City of Batavia's "Batavia Plus" blog, writes:  Forty years ago, the sight of a bald eagle in the Fo...
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Craft Beer & Breweries in the Aurora Area
Posted on 01/19/2018 by  
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...
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How to get the most out of your time off when you visit the Aurora Area
Posted on 01/05/2018 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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Winter Lights Aurora & Holiday Fun for All Ages
Posted on 11/06/2017 by  James Cardis
Make your next holiday tradition in the Aurora Area with winter lights, destination shopping, and festive fun for the whole family. Read on for some great ways to #EnjoyAurora this holiday season.  Kick off the season in Downtown Aurora ...
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How Grammy Winners Find Their Way to Yorkville, Illinois
Posted on 10/20/2017 by  James Cardis
The story of The Law Office Pub & Music Hall and Summer Solstice Festival as told by friends and co-founders, Boyd Ingemunson and Jason Leslie.   Boyd Ingemunson introduces himself as proprietor of the Law Office Pub & Music Ha...
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Welcoming Bologna to the Aurora Area
Posted on 10/19/2017 by  
We're pleased to announce the addition of a new community to the Aurora Area... Bologna! Situated along Route 34 in the space between the historic rural getaways of Plano and Sandwich sits Bologna, a community at long last getting the rec...
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Fall Fun & Road Trip Attractions in the Aurora Area
Posted on 10/13/2017 by  James Cardis
Top Picks for a Fall Trip Award Winning Broadway Series at the Paramount Theatre Winter Lights & Holiday Shopping Outdoor Adventure & Fall Foliage on the Fox River Located just 40 miles west of Chicago, the Aurora Area is where...
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The Aurora Area Landscape Photography of Reeshema Wood
Posted on 10/05/2017 by  James Cardis
Reeshema Wood's colorful landscape photography from around the Aurora Area caught our attention on Instagram. With her eye for capturing scenes that depict the natural areas of the region as if transformed into a fairytale setting, her image...
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Everything You Need To Know About Fermilab's 50th Anniversary Open House
Posted on 09/05/2017 by  James Cardis
In 2017, Fermilab has planned its biggest Open House in decades to coincide with its 50th Anniversary. To get an insider's perspective on what Fermilab has planned for the celebration, we spoke to Deb Sebastian, Internal Communications Speci...
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Farnsworth House and Rocktown Adventures Fox River Giveaways
Posted on 08/28/2017 by  James Cardis
Two great giveaways offer you the opportunity to #EnjoyAurora with a visit to a masterpiece of modern architecture and get a unique view of fall foliage as you kayak gorgeous stretches of the Fox River. Farnsworth House Giveaway Enter to wi...
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Kayaking the Fox River with Brittany Tripp
Posted on 08/16/2017 by  James Cardis
If you’re out on the Fox River, chances are you’re going to meet Brittany Tripp. An artist, avid outdoor enthusiast and Aurora resident, Brittany’s fondness for the Fox and the Aurora Area shows through in her commitment to educatio...
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Yorkville Big Band and Farnsworth House Make For a Perfect Pairing
Posted on 08/09/2017 by  Emma Anderson
The perfect pairing of music and history is coming to Plano with Yorkville Big Band’s concert on the lawn of Farnsworth House! One of Mies van der Rohe’s most significant works, The Farnsworth House is internationally renowned as a sit...
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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.  Just an hour west of Chicago, the Aurora Area of Illinois is rich with historical structures and an eclectic mix of charming towns set along the scenic Fox River. Victorian and I...
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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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Outdoor Adventure on the Fox River in Aurora
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 Round...
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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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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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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  
#EnjoyAurora with magical miles of twinkling holiday delights at historic venues unlike any Christmas spectacle you've ever seen before. The best part? You can enjoy these dazzling lights from the warmth and comfort of your car! Before an...
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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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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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