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Aurora (Illinois)

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[[Image:Paramounttheater.JPG|thumb|300px|print=lead|The Paramount Theater and Leland Tower downtown]] '''Aurora''' is a the second-largest city in the [[United States of America|U.S.]] state of [[Illinois]] a state in , located about 35 miles west of [[Chicago]]. It's at the Midwest very edge of the [[United States of AmericaChicagoland]]and, situated on the Fox River, has many opportunities for urban, suburban, and rural recreation. Often overlooked, Aurora in fact has many surprisingly interesting attractions and a downtown unlike that of a typical suburb. 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 southfor downtown and most other things, and take the Farnsworth exit south for Phillips Park Zoo, Aurora Transportation Center, and Walter Payton's Roundhouse.
===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 ===The Aurora train station is a local hub for PACE, the Chicagoland suburban bus service.
===By air: plane===Aurora has a small municipal reliever airport with services provided by a variety of its own, but the best way operators. Scheduled air carriers do not provide service to go is Aurora Airport. Due to fly into one of the Chicago airports ([[O'Hare International Airport|O'Hare]] or [[Chicago/Midway Area|Midway]]) and just take the train or a taxi close proximity to Aurora, however, it is a preferable choice for charter and personal aircraft users.
==Get around==
As is commonplace in the suburbs, the easiest way to get around is by car. However, PACE Bus also has extensive service in Aurora (it being Illinois's second largest city, after all), and multiple routes connect the Aurora Transportation Center with the rest of the city as well as [[Elgin (Illinois)|Elgin]], Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia, and [[Naperville]].
[[Image:Sunkengarden.JPG|thumb|The Sunken Garden in Phillips Park]]
[[Image:GARHall.JPG|thumb|The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall]]
*<see name="African-American Heritage Museum & Black Veterans Archives" alt="" address="126 S. Kendall St." directions="" phone="" url="" 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>(815) 968-9770 see name="Aurora Regional Fire Museum<br> (630) 892-1572" alt="" address="Corner of New York & Broadway" directions="" phone="" url=" Batavia Depot Museum <br/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">(630) 406-5274wwwA collection of unique firefighting memorabilia set in Aurora's old Central Fire Station, built in Batavia Riverwalk<br>(630) 879-5235 Blackberry Farm’s Pioneer Village<br/see>(630) Cinemark Tinseltown USA <br>(630) 906-0490 David L. Pierce Art & History Center <br>(630) 906-0650 (History) or (630) 906-0654 (Art) Fabyan Dutch Windmill <br>(630) 232-4811 The Farnsworth House Estate <br>(630) Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory<br>(630)
The Grand Army Of The Republic Hall *<br>(630) 906-0654 or (630) 897-7221 see name="Blackberry Farm" alt="" address="100 S. Barnes Rd." directions="" phone="" url="" 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>
Goodrich Randall 15*<brsee name="David L. Pierce Art &amp; History Center" alt="" address="20 E. Downer" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">(630) 761-0501 or (630) 482-3456wwwThe 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.gqti There is also a gift</see>
Hollywood Casino – Aurora *<br>see name="The Grand Army of the Republic Hall" alt="" address="23 E. Downer Place" directions="" phone="" url=",_Illinois) 801-1234 or (800) 888-7777www" 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</see>
Kane County Cougars *<br>(630) 232-8811see name="Paramount Arts Center" alt="" address="22 E. Galena Blvd." directions="" phone="" url="" 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>
Kendall County Historical Society’s Heritage Hall & Chapel on the Green *<brsee name="Phillips Park" alt="" address="1000 Moses Dr." directions="" phone="" url="" 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) 553-6777
Kane County Eagles *<br>(847) 727see name="Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures" alt="" address="347 S. Gladstone Ave." directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A museum on the campus of Aurora University with 4 major exhibits on native</see>
Kendall County Historical Society*<see name="SciTech Hands-On Museum" alt="" address="18 W. Benton St." directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">An engaging museum for kids that's Heritage Hall & Chapel On The Green rarely crowded. You can park in the nearby garage for free if the museum stamps your ticket.<br/see>(630) 553-6777
Lyon Farm and Village *<br>see name="Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago" alt="" address="1145 W. Sullivan Rd." directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A breathtaking example of whitewashed Indian temple 554Don't worry about going and taking pictures -3064 or (630) 553-6777everyone else is doing it too.</see>
*<see name="The Old Barn Walter Payton Museum <br>[email protected]" alt="" address="18 W. Benton St." directions="" phone="" url="http://scitech.mus.orgwwwil.theoldbarnmuseumus/" 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</see>
Paramount Arts Center *<br>Home to see name="William Tanner House" alt=""Broadway in the Burbs,address=" this lovingly restored Art Deco movie palace presents live entertainment by world-class performers, plays, touring musicals and other special Phillips Park <br>(630) Phillips Park Zoo <br>(630) Sunken Garden <br>(630) Visitors Center Corner of Oak & Mastodon Gallery – Phillips Park <br>(630) 978-4774 Cedar" directions="" phone="" url=" Red Oak Nature Center <br>(630) Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures <br>(630) SciTech Hands-On Museum <br>(630) Walter Payton’s Roundhouse Complex<brhtml" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">(630) 892Built in 1857, this Italianate-0034wwwstyle house was the home to prominent merchant William Tanner and his family.walterpaytonsroundhouseThe house features high ceilings, oak grained woodwork, ornate plaster decoration, and antique William Tanner House <br/see>(630)
[[Image:Hindutemple.JPG|thumb|The Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago]]
*'''Hollywood Casino''' is a decent gambling experience on the Fox River downtown. Offers table games such as blackjack, craps, and roulette, as well as a variety of slot machines. Friendly staff and an expensive buffet.
*'''An iPod Tour''' downtown is a unique way to get acquainted with the brown stone architecture. Tour brochures are available at the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
*'''Raging Waves Waterpark''' in nearby Yorkville is an Aussie-themed park with 18 water slides, a wave pool, lazy river, 20 private cabanas, and more.
*'''Farmers Market''' Saturday mornings 8am-noon June through October at the Aurora Transportation Center.
*'''Summer Music Festivals''' downtown such as Rock on the Fox, Jazz on the Fox, Summer Jam, and Fan Favorites.
*'''Oakhurst Forest Preserve''', near Phillips Park, is a pleasant oasis from the suburbs, with a large hill, an even larger lake, and plenty of paths for walking, running, or biking.
*'''Chicago Premium Outlets''' is an impressive outdoor mall with 66 designer clothes stores, 23 shoe stores, 17 accessories and jewelry stores, 9 gifts and specialty items stores, 7 childrens' clothes stores, 5 leather and luggage stores, 2 housewares stores, 2 electronics stores, and 10 restaurants.
*'''Westfield Fox Valley Mall''', at the eastern edge of Aurora, is one of the larger indoor malls.
*'''David L. Pierce Art & History Center Museum Store''' is small but has many unique items related to Aurora and crafts, jewelry, and art made by local Aurorans.
BLACK FOREST CAFÉ *<eat name="Goody's" alt="" address="1250 N. Farnsworth" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This all-American restaurant has a seemingly endless supply of food, and for dirt cheap. Get Chicago-style hot dogs, Po Boy Sandwiches, fish fillets, pizza, Italian Beef; you name it, they probably have it</eat>12 W*<eat name="Jake's Bagels and Deli" alt="" address="220 N. Main StBroadway" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Bagels are their specialty, with at least one unique flavor always available with the rest of the regulars.Plano · Their coffees (630they have Green Mountain) 264and sandwiches also shine.</eat>*<eat name="America's Brew Pub" alt="" address="205 N. Broadway" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">at Walter Payton's Roundhouse, is an international award-2526winning brewery with good American regional cuisine and pub food.</eat>
BOCA BURRITOS ==Drink==929 Oak St*<drink name="River's Edge Cafe" alt="" address="18 W.Downer Place" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A nice homestyle cafe along the Fox River downtown with gourmet coffee, fresh food, an outdoor patio, and a fireplace.</drink>North Aurora · (*<drink name="Nikarry's Family Resurant" alt="" address="803 N. LAKE STREET" directions="" phone="630) 844-9044260-2055" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></drink>
400 E. South St.
Plano · (630) 552-8520
CAZADORES ==Learn==110 N*<do name="Aurora University" alt="" address="347 S. Lake StGladstone Ave." directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A private 4-year university with its main campus in Aurora · (630) 264-2100, Illinois and the George Williams campus in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Approximately 4000 students have a wide range of majors to choose from. The campus is also the home of the Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures.</do>
CHAPALA RESTAURANT 90 N. Island Ave.Batavia · (630) 482-9033==Sleep==
CHICAGO CHAR HOUSE * '''Comfort Suites Aurora Hotel City Center''' [] 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.32 N* '''Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora''' [http://hamptonsuites-aurora-il. Island Avecom/] 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.Batavia · (* '''Quality Inn Aurora O'Hare Airport Hotel'''. 4005 Gabrielle Lane. 630) 482820 3400. 25 miles from O'Hare International Airport, 2002 Silver Hospitality Award winning hotel.[]
CHINA GARDEN ==Get out==1207-A N. Bridge St.*[[Chicago]] if you haven't alreadyYorkville · (630) 553-1168*[[Naperville]] for a downtown full of good, expensive restaurants and The Riverwalk*[[Lisle]] has the fantastic Morton Arboretum*'''Batavia and Geneva''', to the north, are smaller and more quaint Fox River villages with scenic downtowns on the river and lots of windmills
CHEF AMAURY {{routebox481 N. Commons Dr| image1=I-88.png| imagesize1=22px| directionl1=W| majorl1=[[Davenport]]| minorl1=[[DeKalb]]| directionr1=E| majorr1=[[Chicago]]| minorr1=[[Naperville]]Aurora · (630) 375-0426}}
EAST CHINA INN {{IsPartOf|Chicagoland}}(4 locations)140 W. Wilson St.Batavia · (630) 879-76769 S. Randall Rd.Batavia · (630) 879-56683450 Montgomery Rd.Montgomery · (630) 898-8889915 Oak St.North Aurora · (630) 896-8876 EL PASO 3 S. Lincoln Ave. Aurora · (630) 896-2282 EL TACO GRANDE 6 N. River St.Batavia · (630) 406-8415 FANTASTICO'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 227 W. Wilson St.Batavia · (630) 879-5900 FIORELLI'S ITALIAN PASTRIES & CAPPUCCINOS 18 W. Downer Pl.Aurora · (630) 906-1252 FRIACOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 4405 Fox Valley Center Dr.Aurora · (630) 851-3930 GOLDEN SEA CHOP SUEY 2908 W. Ogden Ave.Aurora · (630) 851-7997 HONG KONG RESTAURANT 345 E. Indian TrailAurora · (630) 859-9888 JOYCE LEE CHINA BUFFET 684 W. Veteran's Pkwy. Yorkville · (630) 553-8988 JUMBO (CHINESE) BUFFET Northgate Center900 N. Lake St.Aurora · (630) 897-7788 LA CABANA RESTAURANT 835 S. River St.Aurora · (630) 859-8885 LA FLAMA DE ORO 281 S. BroadwayAurora · (630) 264-7191 LAS PALMERAS 81 S. River St.Aurora · (630) 906-1960 LA QUINTA de los REYES 36 E. New York St.Aurora · (630) 859-4000 miga59 4430 Fox Valley Center Dr. Suite 102Aurora · (630) 692-0059 NIPPON GRILLE 411 E. South St.Plano · (630)552-8808 PANCHO'S RESTAURANT 700 E. New York St. Aurora · (630) 820-9391 SHAN-LI'S PLACE 850 N. Lake St.Aurora · (630) 859-2788 SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE RESTAURANT 4440 Ogden Ave.Aurora · (630) 585-1077 TACO PLACE 303 W. South St.Plano · (630) 552-7504 TAQUERIA DURANGO 101 S. LaSalle St. Aurora · (630) 859-2947 TAQUERIA MEXICO 50 N. Lincoln Ave.Aurora · (630) 859-9266 TECALITLAN RESTAURANT 35 S. BroadwayAurora · (630) 892-8059{{outline}}
THAI LOTUS RESTAURANT 375 S. Rt. 59Aurora · (630) 851-2639 THAI SPICE RESTAURANT Aurora Commons1234 N. Lake St.[[wts:Category:Aurora · (630) 264-9904 THAI VILLAGE RESTAURANT 4 N. Batavia Ave.Batavia · (630) 879-5495 TIAWANNA'S CANTINA West Aurora Plaza2115 W. Galena Blvd.Aurora · (630) 264-0634 TORRESMANIA 10 N. Center St.Plano · (630) 552-1625 WHITNEY'S CREOLE CAFÉ & GRILL 31 W. New York St.Aurora · (630) 844-5555 Aurora Area Pizza, Grills & Pubs  ACH-N-LOU'S PIZZA 1592 N. Farnsworth Ave.Aurora · (630) 898-2626 APPLEBEE'S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR (2 Locations)449 S. Rt. 59Aurora · (630) 375-9868350 Rt. 30 BypassMontgomery · (630) 966-8944 BACCI'S PIZZERIA 29 W. New York St.Aurora · (630) 896-4200 BIG EASY BAR & GRILL 1447 Cannonball TrailYorkville · (630) 882-8681 BLACKBERRY INN Rt. 47 & Main St.Elburn · (630) 365-2200 BLACKSTONE BAR & GRILL 600 E. Veterans Pkwy.Yorkville · (630) BLISS CREEK RESTAURANT Bliss Creek Golf Course1 Golfview Rd.Sugar Grove · (630) 466-0727 BRISTOL TAP 46 Cannonball TrailBristol · (630) 553-6229 CHILI'S GRILL & BAR 1290 N. Orchard Rd.Aurora · (630) 907-1365 CHRISTOPHER'S BAYOU BAR 31 W. New York St.Aurora · (630) 844-5555 DANELLI'S PIZZARIA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT 45 S. Randall Rd.North Aurora · (630) 897-5787 ERNIE McANN'S 120 N. Butterfield Rd.North Aurora · (630) 844-8100 FIRESIDE GRILLE 49 Sugar LaneSugar Grove · (630) 466-4557 THE FOUNDRY Fox Valley Center35 Executive Dr.Aurora · (630) 978-2088 FOX GRILL & OUTPOST 35 N. Water St.Batavia · (630) 761-3930 FOX & HOUND ENGLISH PUB & GRILLE Yorkshire Plaza4320 E. New York St.Aurora · (630) 236-9183 THE FRIENDLY TAP RESTAURANT 14 N. Center St.Plano · (630) 552-3696 HOLLYWOOD CASINO EPIC BUFFET 1 New York St. BridgeAurora · (630) 801-1234 HOOTERS OF AURORA 4395 Fox Valley Center Dr.Aurora · (630) 851-4008 JAKE'S BAGELS AND DELI 220 N. BroadwayAurora · (630) 906-0332 JAKES PIZZA 911 Oak St.North Aurora · (630) 906-0900 KATHY'S RIVERWALK DINER 134 W. Wilson St.Batavia · (630) 879-5299 KENDALL PUB 209 S. Bridge St.Yorkville · (630) 553-6910 LITTLE RED SCHOOL HOUSE 110 S. LincolnwayNorth Aurora · (630) 859-0252 LOWER DECK SPORTS PUB 29 W. New York St.Aurora · (630) 859-2442 LUIGI'S PIZZA & FUN CENTER 732 Prairie St.Aurora · (630) 896-9861 MACIANO'S PIZZA & PASTARIA 272 E. Veterans Pkwy.Yorkville · (630) 882-8388 McCUE'S BAR & GRILL 255 E. Indian TrailAurora · (630) 897-5925 MURPHY'S NORTHGATE CENTER 900 N. Lake St.Aurora · (630) 892-3032 NANCY'S PIZZERIA 2616 Ogden Ave.Aurora · (630) 585-9600 NO FINER DINER 1055 Paramount Pkwy.Batavia · (630) 406-8225 O'BRIEN'S GRILLE & PUB 12 North River St.Batavia · (630) 406-9200THE OFFICE746 S. Lincoln Ave.Aurora · (630) 896-5510 ONE EAST WILSON GRILLE & PUB 1 E. Wilson St.Batavia · (630) 761-8309 ORCHARD VALLEY RESTAURANT Orchard Valley Golf Course2411 W. Illinois Ave.Aurora · (630) 907-0600]] PATRICK'S FINE FOOD & SPIRITS West Aurora Plaza1941 W. Galena Blvd.Aurora · (630) 892-6650 RALPH'S PLACE Blackberry Oaks Golf Course2245 Kennedy Rd.Bristol · (630) 553-1585 RED STAR TAVERN 1650 Premium Outlets Blvd.Aurora · (630) 978-8800 SMOKEY BONES BBQ & SPORTS BAR 4435 Fox Valley Center Dr.Aurora · (630) 236-9630 OPEN RANGE SOUTHWEST GRILL 1200 W. Rt. 34Plano · (630) 552-3100 STAR BAR & GRILL 945 Oak St.North Aurora · (630) 236-0900 SUZY'S PIZZA 4353 Tuma Rd.Yorkville · (630) 553-6500 SUZY'S PIZZA 141 E. South St.Plano · (630) 552-1330 TAVERN ON THE FOX 24 N. BroadwayAurora · (630) 896-6667 TAYLOR STREET PIZZA 1985 Marketview Dr.Yorkville · (630) 553-5533 TOMMY O's SPORTS BAR & GRILL 945 Oak St.North Aurora · (630) 906-1400 TRIBELLA BAR & GRILL 1900 Mill St.Batavia · (630) 406-9696 UNCLE LAR'S PIZZA 108 W. Main St.Plano · (630) 552-3535 VENICE TAVERN 31 N. River St.Batavia · (630) 761-3334 Aurora Area Fine Dining  ALLESANDRIA LOCALE ITALIANO 6500 W. Rt. 34Plano · (630) 552-8601 BANEK'S RESTAURANT 2124 W. Galena Blvd.Aurora · (630) 966-0600 FISHERMEN'S INN 43W901 Main St.Elburn · (630) 365-9697 HOLLYWOOD CASINO - FAIRBANKS STEAKHOUSE One New York St. BridgeAurora · (630) 801-1234 JASON'S AT GRAY'S MILL 211 N. River StreetMontgomery · (630) 801-1492 LORENZO'S STEAK HOUSE & ITALIAN SPECIALTIES 4000 Fox Valley Center Dr.Aurora · (630) 585-1315 LUIGI'S HOUSE 778 N. Rt. 59Aurora · (630) 375-6400 miga59 4430 Fox Valley Center Dr. Suite 102Aurora · (630) 692-0059 MIO AMORE TRATTORIA ITALIANO 11 W. John St.Plano · (630) 552-9100 THE RENDEZVU 102 N. River St.Batavia · (630) 406-9177 STONEFIRE RESTAURANT & PUB 2075 Marketview Dr.Yorkville · (630) 553-4585 SWORDFISH 207 N. Randall Rd.Batavia · (630) 406-6463 WALTER PAYTON'S ROUNDHOUSE COMPLEX 205 N. BroadwayAurora · (630) Aurora Area Banquets & Catering BRIDGE STREET CAFÉ 213 S. Bridge St.Yorkville · (630) 553-9230 BLISS CREEK RESTAURANT Bliss Creek Golf Course1 Golfview Rd.Sugar Grove · (630) 466-0727 CEDARDELL GOLF CLUB 14264 S. Hale St.Plano · (630) 552-3242 FISHERMEN'S INN 43W901 Main St.Batavia · (630) 365-9697 FOX VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB EVENTS OF ELEGANCE 2500 N. River Rd. (Rt. 25)North Aurora · (630) 761-3366 GASLITE MANOR COURTYARD WEST BANQUETS 2485 Church Rd.Aurora · (630) 851-2300 IMPERIAL BANQUETS Fox Valley Country Club3S203 Rt. 25Batavia · (630) 879-2960 LINCOLN INN 1345 S. Batavia Ave.Batavia · (630) 879-7147 LINCOLN MANOR 104 S. Lincoln Ave.Aurora · (630) 859-3535 LONG ISLAND SOUND BANQUETS & CONFERENCE CENTER 1920 E. New York St.Aurora · (630) 898-4671 LUIGI'S CATERING 732 Prairie St.Aurora · (630) 896-9861 PIPERS BANQUETS 1295 Butterfield Rd.Aurora · (630) 978-0383 REULAND FOOD SERVICE 115 Oak St.Aurora · (630) 859-2877 RIVERVIEW BANQUETS & CATERING 1117 N. Washington Ave.Batavia · (630) 761-1590 WALTER PAYTON'S ROUNDHOUSE COMPLEX 205 N. BroadwayAurora · (630) ==Drink== ==Sleep==*[http[Wikipedia:// Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora] 2423 Bushwood Drive. 630 907 2600. 127 hotel guest rooms equipped with microwave and refrigerator, free High-Speed Internet Access, a 6,000 square feet Indoor Pool Complex, and five Meeting Rooms with Video Conferencing capability.*[ Comfort Inn Aurora O'Hare Airport HotelIllinois] 4005 Gabrielle Lane. 630 820 3400. 25 miles from O'Hare International Airport, lies the 2002 Silver Hospitality Award winning hotel, the Comfort Inn Aurora Hotel of Fox Valley. Whether you are a tourist, business traveller or just a passer by, you would do well to take advantage of the offerings of the Comfort Inn Aurora Hotel.*[ Comfort Suites Aurora Hotel City Center] 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. ==Get out== {{outline}}
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