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Aurora At a Glance

Quick Facts and Everything You Need to Know About Aurora, Illinois

The city of Aurora is an independent territory found in the state of Illinois, member of the Dupage, Kane, Kendall, and Will County. Aurora is the 2nd biggest city in Illinois and has a considerable amount of travelers each year for their local celebrations and historic landmarks. Because of that, we've rounded up a few fun facts about the city of Aurora you should know!

History & Etymology


Aurora has a rich origin story from being founded in 1834 during the tail end of settlement civilizations to its institution into the United States in 1857 and its status today as an independent city. From the festivities and events that the city holds on a regular basis, to the great local diners and bars both the locals and tourists love, Aurora is home to a diverse population and intricate culture and history.


Population Data and Figures on Geography


With a land area of 44.98 sq mi and a water area of 0.94 sq mi, Aurora holds a grand populace of 180,542. Ranking second in the state of Illinois and 144th in the whole United States, the city of Aurora is composed of a particularly varied mix of people, coming from all walks of life and backgrounds. And with ORD only a ways off from the heart of the city, it's not surprising that Chicago O'Hare gets hundreds and thousands of people coming and going into Aurora every day, whether for business or pleasure.


Culture and Popular Establishments


Coming from a complex history as a city and part of the state of Illinois, Aurora hosts a lot of the leading restaurants and world-renowned hotels. Take a look at our Top 5 lists of the city's finest dining experiences and fanciest hotel rooms for when you're in Aurora. And while you're here in town, you might as well explore some of Aurora's most popular landmarks to make the most of your trip here, like the SciTech Hands On Museum, Phillips Park Zoo, and Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Whether you're an art aficionado, want to enjoy a nice day out in the park, or want to take your young ones to see and learn about animals in the zoo, Aurora has got the place for you!

After, if you would like to unwind and enjoy a chill night in, you can go to some of the city's most well-known bars and joints to get a little bit of downtime and relaxation after a long day. If you time your vacation just right, you might even be able to catch one of our annual fairs and celebrations. You could even catch a game or two at Champions Arena Aurora while you're in town! Whether you come here regularly for work or are visiting on a holiday, we're sure you'll enjoy your stay at Aurora.

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