Things to Do in the Aurora Area, November 2016

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 of the area's dining hot spots, and enjoy world-class shopping at destinations like the Chicago Premium Outlets.

Allen + Pepa Architects, Downtown Aurora First Fridays

Kick off your month with First Fridays in Downtown Aurora! Experience a full night of art, music, theater, dance, and more at downtown businesses and venues like the Art Bar at Two Brothers Roundhouse and other unique installations like the Allen + Pepa Architects building. Visit the First Fridays Facebook event page to access a full list of November's art, music, and more fun, free activities in Downtown Aurora.

Start Your Holiday Shopping Here

Holiday Shopping at Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora

Check out some of the area's best holiday shopping, from boutiques to brand names, vintage and antiques, and designer outlet shopping just 40 miles west of Chicago. 

Chicago Premium Outlets

Holiday Shopping at Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora

The premier outlet shopping destination in the Midwest, Chicago Premium Outlets offers over 150 brand-name and designer shopping locations at the largest outlet shopping center in Chicagoland. 

Fox Valley Mall & Route 59 Shopping Corridor

Holiday Shopping at Fox Valley Mall and Route 59 Shopping Corridor

Featuring over 130 stores on three levels of shopping, Fox Valley Mall has it all. Nearby dining options and hotels, plus close proximity to Chicago Premium Outlets, makes this an ideal weekend shopping getaway for you and your family. 

Boutique Shopping in Batavia

Boutique Holiday Shopping in Downtown Batavia

Locally-made and responsibly-sourced gifts, clothing, teas, oils, and more are yours to discover along the charming pedestrian streets of Downtown Batavia. Be sure to visit the Holiday Market Vintage & One-of-a-Kind Shop taking place Friday and Saturday, November 11th and 12th. This annual, holiday-themed show features unique & vintage wares from local makers and retailers. 

Antique Treasures in Sandwich

Boutique Holiday Shopping in Downtown Batavia

Sandwich, IL is the capital city of antique shopping in the Midwest, where attractive awnings address shop after shop packed with antique treasures -- you're sure to find the perfect holiday gift for that special someone in your family. Visit Christmas in the Country, Saturday & Sunday November 12th and 13th, as Sandwich plays host to over 150 specialty artists, crafters, and food vendors at three locations for this annual event perfectly timed for the holiday season.

Check out our Holiday Shopping Guide for more great holiday shopping destinations in the Aurora Area! 

This Thanksgiving, Leave the Cooking to Us

Looking for a staycation this Thanksgiving? Two of North Aurora's destination dining hot spots are hosting Thanksgiving dinners this year. For elevated holiday fare, look no further than The Turf Room and Hardware.

Thanksgiving at The Turf Room

Elevated holiday fare and Thanksgiving Dinner at the Turf Room in North Aurora

The Turf Room, a winner of three Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, is an eclectic American dining experience with a wine list that is as long as it is rare. This Thanksgiving, the Turf Room offers their full gastronomic dinner menu plus a special Thanksgiving dinner meal of Peacock Farms roasted turkey breast, sweet potato, and turkey confit hash.

Harware Sustainable Gastropub & Brewery

Elevated holiday fare and Thanksgiving Dinner at Hardware Sustainable Gastropub & Brewery Restaurant in North Aurora

Ranked one of Chicago's best new breweries, Hardware in North Aurora grows its own hops and produce and cures its own charcuterie in-house. A special smoked turkey dinner is planned from 12pm-9pm on Thanksgiving Day. Look for house beer pairings from the hop farm, organic wines, and taste one of over 350 whiskeys on the menu.

Upcoming Events in the Aurora Area

Englebert Humperdinck at Paramount Theatre in Aurora

Englebert Humperdinck

When: Saturday, November 5th

Where: Paramount Theatre, Aurora

He owns four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for "Entertainer of the Year", 24 platinum records, 150 million albums sold, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he's in town for one night only at the Paramount Theatre. 

Two Man Group: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre

Two Man Group: An Evening with Colin & Brad

When: Friday, November 11th

Where: Batavia Fine Arts Centre

Laugh until your sides hurt with expert improvisers Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from television's "Whose Line?" on their Fall/Winter 2016 Tour! This is the closest they'll get to Iowa this season, so get your tickets today.

Billy Gardell at the Paramount Theatre

Billy Gardell

When: Saturday, November 12th

Where: Paramount Theatre, Aurora

Stand-up comedian Billy Gardell, known to millions as the lovable Mike from CBS's "Mike & Molly" and from his unforgettable scene with Billy Bob Thornton in "Bad Santa" takes the Paramount Theatre stage for one night only with joke after joke on topics ranging from being brought up a wild child to the challenges of raising a family of his own.

SPHERUS A Cirque Performance at Fermilab

SPHERUS: A Cirque Performance

When: Saturday, November 12th

Where: Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series

What happens when an engineer falls in love with the circus? An award-winning blend of technique and effects that has thrilled audiences around the world.

Kevin Presbrey Band at the Law Office Pub and Music Hall, Yorkville

Kevin Presbrey Band

When: Friday, November 18th

Where: The Law Office Pub & Music Hall, Yorkville

Kevin Presbrey's latest creation is a marriage of catchy hooks and rootsy Americana. Collaborating with Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Rocky Votolato), Presbrey and band are back from the Pacific Northwest with an adventurous, organic acoustic sound.

The Giving Tree Band at the Sandwich Opera House

The Giving Tree Band

When: Saturday, November 19th

Where: Sandwich Opera House

Accessing hidden yet wonderfully potent tones, the Giving Tree Band's acoustic folk will resonate at this beautiful, intimate, and historic venue in Downtown Sandwich.

Disney's The Little Mermaid Broadway Production at Paramount Theatre

The Little Mermaid

When: Opens Wednesday, November 23rd

Where: Paramount Theatre, Aurora

The blockbuster Disney move comes to life in this awe-inspiring production perfect for all ages. Make a night of it and take advantage of "Under the Sea" staycation packages at area hotels.

For our full list of upcoming events visit our Things To Do page.

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