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*<see name="African-American Heritage Museum & Black Veterans Archives" alt="" address="126 S. Kendall St." directions="" phone="" url="http://www.narrowlarry.com/nlaahm.html" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Hundreds of sculptures of figures from African-American history displayed in the yard of Dr. Charles Smith's former home.</see>
  
African-American Heritage Museum & Black Veterans Archives <br>
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*<see name="Aurora Regional Fire Museum" alt="" address="Corner of New York & Broadway" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.auroraregionalfiremuseum.org/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A collection of unique firefighting memorabilia set in Aurora's old Central Fire Station, built in 1894.</see>
(815) 968-9770
 
  
Aurora Regional Fire Museum<br>
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*<see name="Blackberry Farm" alt="" address="100 S. Barnes Rd." directions="" phone="" url="http://www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/?q=node/2" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A living history museum of 19th century life spread out over 54 acres with a lake, ponds, a stream, and an arboretum.</see>
(630) 892-1572
 
www.auroraregionalfiremuseum.org
 
 
 
Batavia Depot Museum <br>
 
(630) 406-5274
 
www.bataviahistoricalsociety.org
 
 
 
Batavia Riverwalk<br>
 
(630) 879-5235
 
 
 
Blackberry Farm’s Pioneer Village<br>
 
(630) 892-1550
 
www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org
 
  
Cinemark Tinseltown USA <br>
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*<see name="David L. Pierce Art & History Center" alt="" address="Corner of New York & Broadway" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.aurorahistoricalsociety.org/museums.html" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The Aurora Public Art Commission hosts eight to 10 rotating exhibits displaying a full spectrum of innovative arts. The History Center has a collection of photographs, books, maps and other memorabilia. There is also a gift shop.</see>
(630) 906-0490 www.cinemark.com
 
  
David L. Pierce Art & History Center <br>
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*<see name="The Grand Army of the Republic Hall" alt="" address="23 E. Downer Place" directions="" phone="" url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Army_of_the_Republic_Hall_(Aurora,_Illinois)" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Built as a monument to Aurora's Civil War veterans in 1878, it's now a small structure next to the library that sticks out in its antiquity.</see>
(630) 906-0650 (History) or (630) 906-0654 (Art)
 
www.aurorahistory.net
 
  
Fabyan Dutch Windmill <br>
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*<see name="Paramount Arts Center" alt="" address="22 E. Galena Blvd." directions="" phone="" url="www.paramounttheatre.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Home to "Broadway in the Burbs," this lovingly restored Art Deco movie palace presents live entertainment by world-class performers, plays, touring musicals and other special events.</see>
(630) 232-4811
 
  
The Farnsworth House Estate <br>
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*<see name="Phillips Park" alt="" address="1000 Moses Dr." directions="" phone="" url="http://www.phillipsparkaurora.com/phillipspark/PhillipsPark_Splash.html" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">There's a golf course, a lake, some neat gardens, and a small free zoo filled specifically with North American animals.</see>
(630) 552-0052
 
www.farnsworthhouse.org
 
  
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory<br>
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*<see name="Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures" alt="" address="347 S. Gladstone Ave." directions="" phone="" url="http://www.aurora.edu/museum/general-info.html" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A museum on the campus of Aurora University with 4 major exhibits on native peoples.</see>
(630) 840-3351
 
www.fnal.gov
 
  
The Grand Army Of The Republic Hall <br>
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*<see name="SciTech Hands-On Museum" alt="" address="18 W. Benton St." directions="" phone="" url="http://scitech.mus.il.us/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">An engaging museum for kids that's rarely crowded.  You can park in the nearby garage for free if the museum stamps your ticket.</see>
(630) 906-0654 or (630) 897-7221
 
www.aurora-il.org
 
  
Goodrich Randall 15<br>
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*<see name="Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago" alt="" address="1145 W. Sullivan Rd." directions="" phone="" url="http://www.balaji.org/web/home.aspx" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A beautiful example of Indian temple craftsmanship.</see>
(630) 761-0501 or (630) 482-3456
 
www.gqti.com
 
  
Hollywood Casino – Aurora <br>
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*<see name="The Walter Payton Museum" alt="" address="18 W. Benton St." directions="" phone="" url="http://scitech.mus.il.us/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">An exhibit of Payton's entire life, from his football career (high school to pro, including his Super Bowl XX ring) to his auto racing and music interests.</see>
(630) 801-1234 or (800) 888-7777
 
www.hollywoodcasinoaurora.com
 
 
 
Kane County Cougars <br>
 
(630) 232-8811
 
www.kccougars.com
 
 
 
Kendall County Historical Society’s Heritage Hall & Chapel on the Green <br>
 
(630) 553-6777
 
 
 
Kane County Eagles <br>
 
(847) 727-2077
 
www.kceagles.com
 
 
 
Kendall County Historical Society's Heritage Hall & Chapel On The Green <br>
 
(630) 553-6777
 
 
 
Lyon Farm and Village <br>
 
www.kchs.us
 
(630) 554-3064 or (630) 553-6777
 
 
 
The Old Barn Museum <br>
 
director@theoldbarnmuseum.org
 
www.theoldbarnmuseum.org
 
 
 
Paramount Arts Center <br>
 
Home to "Broadway in the Burbs," this lovingly restored Art Deco movie palace presents live entertainment by world-class performers, plays, touring musicals and other special events.
 
www.paramounttheatre.com
 
 
 
Phillips Park <br>
 
(630) 978-4774
 
www.aurora-il.org
 
 
 
Phillips Park Zoo <br>
 
(630) 978-4700
 
www.aurora-il.org
 
 
 
Sunken Garden <br>
 
(630) 978-4774
 
www.aurora-il.org
 
 
 
Visitors Center & Mastodon Gallery – Phillips Park <br>
 
(630) 978-4774
 
www.aurora-il.org
 
 
 
Red Oak Nature Center <br>
 
(630) 897-1808
 
www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org
 
 
 
Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures <br>
 
(630) 844-7843
 
www.aurora.edu/museum
 
 
 
SciTech Hands-On Museum <br>
 
(630) 859-3434
 
www.scitech.mus.il.us
 
 
 
Walter Payton’s Roundhouse Complex<br>
 
(630) 892-0034
 
www.walterpaytonsroundhouse.com
 
 
 
William Tanner House <br>
 
(630) 897-9029
 
www.aurorahistory.net
 
*<see name="Blackberry Farm" alt="" address="100 S. Barnes Rd." directions="" phone="" url="http://www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/?q=node/2" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A living history museum of 19th century life spread out over 54 acres with a lake, ponds, a stream, and an arboretum.</see>
 
  
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*<see name="William Tanner House" alt="" address="Corner of Oak & Cedar" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.aurorahistoricalsociety.org/museums.html" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Built in 1857, this Italianate-style house was the home to prominent merchant William Tanner and his family. The house features high ceilings, oak grained woodwork, ornate plaster decoration, and antique furnishings.</see>
  
 
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Revision as of 14:07, 10 August 2009

Aurora is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, located about 35 miles west of Chicago. It is probably best known for being the setting of the "Wayne's world" movies

Get in

By Car: Aurora is just off the East-West Tollway (I-88) in Illinois. Take the Route 31 exit south.

By Train: Aurora is part of Chicago's Metra commuter rail system, the last stop on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line which leaves from Union Station in the Loop.

By Bus: Greyhound makes a stop at the Aurora train station on its Chicago-Des Moines-Omaha route, but the express buses will not stop there. Also, the Aurora train station is a local hub for PACE, the Chicagoland suburban bus service.

By Air: Aurora has a small municipal airport of its own, but the best way to go is to fly into one of the Chicago airports (O'Hare or Midway) and just take the train or a taxi to Aurora.

Get around

See

  • African-American Heritage Museum & Black Veterans Archives, 126 S. Kendall St., [1]. Hundreds of sculptures of figures from African-American history displayed in the yard of Dr. Charles Smith's former home.
  • Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Corner of New York & Broadway, [2]. A collection of unique firefighting memorabilia set in Aurora's old Central Fire Station, built in 1894.
  • Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Rd., [3]. A living history museum of 19th century life spread out over 54 acres with a lake, ponds, a stream, and an arboretum.
  • David L. Pierce Art & History Center, Corner of New York & Broadway, [4]. The Aurora Public Art Commission hosts eight to 10 rotating exhibits displaying a full spectrum of innovative arts. The History Center has a collection of photographs, books, maps and other memorabilia. There is also a gift shop.
  • The Grand Army of the Republic Hall, 23 E. Downer Place, [5]. Built as a monument to Aurora's Civil War veterans in 1878, it's now a small structure next to the library that sticks out in its antiquity.
  • Paramount Arts Center, 22 E. Galena Blvd., [6]. Home to "Broadway in the Burbs," this lovingly restored Art Deco movie palace presents live entertainment by world-class performers, plays, touring musicals and other special events.
  • Phillips Park, 1000 Moses Dr., [7]. There's a golf course, a lake, some neat gardens, and a small free zoo filled specifically with North American animals.
  • Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures, 347 S. Gladstone Ave., [8]. A museum on the campus of Aurora University with 4 major exhibits on native peoples.
  • SciTech Hands-On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., [9]. An engaging museum for kids that's rarely crowded. You can park in the nearby garage for free if the museum stamps your ticket.
  • Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago, 1145 W. Sullivan Rd., [10]. A beautiful example of Indian temple craftsmanship.
  • The Walter Payton Museum, 18 W. Benton St., [11]. An exhibit of Payton's entire life, from his football career (high school to pro, including his Super Bowl XX ring) to his auto racing and music interests.
  • William Tanner House, Corner of Oak & Cedar, [12]. Built in 1857, this Italianate-style house was the home to prominent merchant William Tanner and his family. The house features high ceilings, oak grained woodwork, ornate plaster decoration, and antique furnishings.

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Sleep

  • Comfort Suites Aurora Hotel City Center [13] 111 North Broadway. 630 896 2800. About 50 minutes away from the O'Hare International Airport and Chicago's Midway Airport, and 10 minutes away from the Aurora Municipal Airport. Has meeting facilities.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora [14] 2423 Bushwood Drive. 630 907 2600. 127 hotel guest rooms equipped with microwave and refrigerator, free internet, a 6,000 square feet Indoor Pool Complex, and five Meeting Rooms with Video Conferencing capability.
  • Quality Inn Aurora O'Hare Airport Hotel. 4005 Gabrielle Lane. 630 820 3400. 25 miles from O'Hare International Airport, 2002 Silver Hospitality Award winning hotel.[15]

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