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Chicago Premium Outlets Announces Extended Holiday Hours
Posted on 11/18/2019
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Chicago Area’s Largest Outlet Center to Open at 6 p.m., Thanksgiving Savvy shoppers know that when the turkey cools down, the deals heat up a...Read On
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War Memorials & Museums in the Aurora Area of Illinois
Posted on 10/23/2019
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The New York Street bridge across the Fox River in Aurora is a memorial to World War I veterans, dedicated on Armistice Day 1931. It's j...Read On
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Aurora and Oswego featured in two new publications
Posted on 10/08/2019
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Two new feature stories in Chicagoland magazines provide in-depth coverage of Aurora and Oswego. In the October edition of Naperville Magazine, rea...Read On
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A Fun, Family-Friendly Fall Weekend in the Aurora Area
Posted on 09/27/2019
By  Julie Ap, Open Wide the World

Fall is settling in once again. We Midwesterners collectively say goodbye to the heat of summer and prepare to settle in for the cold of a Midwest win...Read On
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A Chicagoan’s Guide to Aurora's Haunted Houses
Posted on 09/24/2019
By  Patrick Hajduch

Halloween is around the corner, and if you are anything like me, you are getting into the “spirit” (spooky pun) of the season. Take it fro...Read On
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Holiday Shopping in the Aurora Area
Posted on 09/05/2019
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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 holi...Read On
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Aurora's Paramount Theatre Earns 16 Jeff Award Nominations
Posted on 09/04/2019
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Aurora, Illinois, September 3, 2019 – Aurora’s Paramount Theatre is pleased to share that it earned 16 nominations for the 2019 Equity Jef...Read On
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Prost! Celebrating Oktoberfest in the Aurora Area
Posted on 08/20/2019
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 o...Read On
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FloBowling PBA Summer Swing Returns to Aurora for Pivotal Tripleheader
Posted on 08/20/2019
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AURORA, Ill. – The Professional Bowlers Association returns to Parkside Lanes for a week-long, three-event series in late August, the finale to ...Read On
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Get Ready for Montgomery Fest in August!
Posted on 07/24/2019
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Photo courtesy Chris Rizzuto Photography The 2019 Montgomery Fest schedule is packed with a wide variety of fun family activities and entertainment...Read On
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On The Wall Promo Video Features Incredible Breakdance in Aurora Downtown
Posted on 07/17/2019
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In this video by Mad Motus Productions, Aurora's On The Wall festival is presented in a dizzying array of breakdance moves.  The ...Read On
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Music Legend Dionne Warwick to Perform Outdoor Concert in Downtown Aurora
Posted on 07/09/2019
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AURORA, IL – Six-time Grammy Award-winning music superstar and legendary cornerstone of American pop culture and music, Dionne Warwick will...Read On
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Tex Mex Rock: The Mavericks and Los Lobos Play Aurora's RiverEdge Park July 26
Posted on 06/26/2019
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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 Mave...Read On
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Tedeschi Trucks Band: Wheels of Soul Tour Rolls Into Aurora's RiverEdge Park
Posted on 06/24/2019
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AURORA, IL, June 24, 2019 - One of the most anticipated concert events of the summer, Tedeschi Trucks Band: 2019 Wheels of Soul Tour featuring Te...Read On
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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 Ha...Read On
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3rd Annual Summer Concert Series at Chicago Premium Outlets Announced
Posted on 05/31/2019
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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 ...Read On
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Explore the wonders of nature at Fermilab’s Family Outdoor Fair
Posted on 05/31/2019
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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...Read On
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Aurora Museum Week Kicks Off June 2
Posted on 05/31/2019
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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 ...Read On
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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 Founda...Read On
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Aurora's Paramount Theatre Hosts an Outstanding Lineup of Events This Winter
Posted on 12/07/2018
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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 Music...Read On
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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 ...Read On
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Award-Winning Broadway in Aurora, Illinois
Posted on 11/27/2018
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Aurora's Paramount Theatre is home to Chicago's Best Broadway Series Eight seasons. 32 productions. 1,362 performances. 41,000+ subscribers. ...Read On
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#GoOswego for holiday shopping & unique things to do this season
Posted on 11/05/2018
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Downtown Oswego is a winter wonderland for holiday shoppers—complete with reindeer! Here's what to expect when you #GoOswego this holiday se...Read On
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Aurora Named #3 Millenial Destination in Illinois
Posted on 10/03/2018
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Aurora’s Ward 9 has been named the top millennial hot-spot in Illinois outside of Chicago by a nationwide housing search website. Adlai an...Read On
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Guide to Halloween in the Aurora Area of Illinois
Posted on 10/01/2018
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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...Read On
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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 Aur...Read On
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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 could...Read On
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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...Read On
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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 on...Read On
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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 ...Read On
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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 o...Read On
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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 Ma...Read On
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Blues on the Fox 2018 at RiverEdge Park in Aurora
Posted on 03/29/2018
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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 t...Read On
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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 &q...Read On
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Craft Beer & Breweries of the Aurora Area in Illinois
Posted on 01/19/2018
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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...Read On
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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 lasti...Read On
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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 g...Read On
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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. Re...Read On
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Welcoming Bologna to the Aurora Area
Posted on 10/19/2017
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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 ...Read On
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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 &...Read On
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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 scen...Read On
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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 wha...Read On
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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 folia...Read On
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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, B...Read On
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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 va...Read On
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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...Read On
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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-pack...Read On
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Take an Architecture Tour of the Aurora Area in Illinois
Posted on 06/19/2017
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Aurora Regional Fire Museum / Photo credit: Randy Benzie.  Just an hour west of Chicago, the Aurora Area of Illinois is rich with historical s...Read On
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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 Wil...Read On
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Aurora, Illinois Named Best City in the United States to Live the American Dream
Posted on 05/24/2017
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Pictured: Patrick and Ingrid Roney and their sons — Shea, Kelly, and Casey — have found great opportunities living in Aurora. AURORA, I...Read On
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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 Har...Read On
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Outdoor Adventure on the Fox River in Aurora
Posted on 04/24/2017
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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 des...Read On
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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 Cente...Read On
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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 night...Read On
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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:  ...Read On
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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 soundtr...Read On
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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 venu...Read On
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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...Read On
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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, ...Read On
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2017 NCAA Golf Championships Hotel Info
Posted on 02/21/2017
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Hotel Information for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships Rich Harvest Farms, 7S771 Dugan Rd, Sugar Grove, IL...Read On
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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...Read On
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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 attracti...Read On
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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 ...Read On
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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 hono...Read On
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Holiday Lights Make Spirits Bright in the Aurora Area
Posted on 12/01/2016
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#EnjoyAurora with magical miles of twinkling holiday delights at historic venues unlike any Christmas spectacle you've ever seen. The best part...Read On
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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 ...Read On
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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 b...Read On
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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 mo...Read On
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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-winni...Read On
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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 tal...Read On
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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...Read On
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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...Read On
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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: Oc...Read On
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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.   ...Read On
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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....Read On
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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...Read On



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