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Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois, located only 37 miles west of Chicago. The city lies within four counties: Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will and the estimated population is 175,952. Aurora is called "The City of Lights" because it was one of the first cities in the state to implement an all electric street lighting system (in 1881.) It is home to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora University and the Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago, which is a major Hindu temple located near IMSA. Aurora is filled with historic attractions and architectural landmarks, along with the Phillips Park Zoo, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, David L. Pierce Art and History Center and the SciTech Interactive Science Museum. Downtown Aurora is home to the Paramount Theater, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hollywood Casino and LeLand Tower, which is the tallest building in the state outside the Chicago city limits. Several theaters are also located in the downtown Aurora area, and the town features several large city parks, baseball stadiums and race tracks. Aurora is host to the annual Midwest Literary Festival in September and Downtown Alive, a festival that is held every Friday night in the summertime and includes live music and lots of great food.

Surrounding areas: Naperville, Illinois (7.2 mi), Wheaton, Illinois (11.3 mi), Yorkville, Illinois (11.8 mi), Glen Ellyn, Illinois (13.7 mi), Shorewood, Illinois (17.5 mi), Highland Park, Illinois (21.0 mi), Schaumburg, Illinois (21.4 mi)

Aurora Vacation Rentals

Aurora Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Columbia Hotel114 E Galena BlvdAurora, IL (630) 859-9669
Comfort Inn Aurora4005 Gabrielle LnAurora, IL (630) 820-3400
Comfort Suites Aurora111 N BroadwayAurora, IL (630) 896-2800
Council Court Motel-east BLDG1016 Bus Rt 30Aurora, IL (630) 898-9857
Galena Hotel116 W Galena BlvdAurora, IL (630) 859-9515
Hampton Inn & Suites2423 Bushwood DrAurora, IL (630) 907-2600
Motel 6 Of Aurora2380 N Farnsworth AveAurora, IL (630) 851-3600
Riverwalk Inn Hotel77 S Stolp AveAurora, IL (630) 892-0001
Staybridge Suites Aurora/Naperville4320 Meridian PkwyAurora, IL (630) 978-2222
Super 8 Motel-naperville4228 Long MDW DrAurora, IL (630) 898-5419
Howard Johnson North Aurora306 S LincolnwayNorth Aurora, IL2.5 mi.(630) 892-6481
Extended Stay America1575 Bond StNaperville, IL5.1 mi.(630) 983-0000
Southwest Crossing803 Corday DrNaperville, IL5.4 mi.(630) 428-1400
Baymont Inn & Suites North Aurora308 N Lincoln WayNorth Aurora, IL6.1 mi.(630) 897-7695
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites-oswego2055 Weisbrook DrOswego, IL6.5 mi.(630) 844-4700
Us 30 Motel1776 Hwy 30Oswego, IL6.5 mi.(630) 554-1120
Comfort Inn Geneva1555 W Fabyan PkwyGeneva, IL6.9 mi.(630) 208-8811
Candlewood Suites Warrenville27 W 300 Warrenville RdWarrenville, IL7.1 mi.(630) 836-1650
Residence Inn By Marriot28500 Bella Vista PkwyWarrenville, IL7.1 mi.(630) 393-3444
Springhill Suites By Marriott Warrenville/Napervil4305 Weaver PkwyWarrenville, IL7.2 mi.(630) 393-0400
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson1837 Ctr Point CirNaperville, IL7.6 mi.(630) 505-3353
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott1847 W Diehl RdNaperville, IL7.6 mi.(630) 548-0966
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Naperville1820 Abriter CTNaperville, IL7.6 mi.(630) 577-1820
Homestead Studio Suites Hotel1827 Ctr Point CirNaperville, IL7.6 mi.(603) 577-0200
Red Roof Inn1698 W Diehl RdNaperville, IL7.6 mi.(630) 369-2500
Sleep Inn-naperville1831 W Diehl RdNaperville, IL7.6 mi.(630) 778-5900
Towneplace Suites By Marriott Naperville1843 W Diehl RdNaperville, IL7.6 mi.(630) 548-0881
Herrington Inn & Spa15 S River LnGeneva, IL8.3 mi.(630) 208-7433
Geneva Motel33 W 209 Rt 38Geneva, IL8.4 mi.(630) 232-7121
Oscar Swan Country Inn1800 W State StGeneva, IL8.7 mi.(630) 232-0173
Hampton Inn Chicago/Naperville1087 E Diehl RdNaperville, IL8.8 mi.(630) 505-1400
Courtyard Inn By Marriott1155 E Diehl RdNaperville, IL8.9 mi.(630) 505-0550
Exel Inn Naperville1585 Naperville Wheaton RdNaperville, IL9.2 mi.(630) 357-0022
Holiday Inn Select-naperville1801 N Naper BlvdNaperville, IL9.2 mi.(630) 505-4900
Travelodge1617 N Naperville Wheaton RdNaperville, IL9.2 mi.(630) 505-0200
Days Inn Naperville1350 E Ogden AveNaperville, IL9.3 mi.(630) 369-3600
Stardust Motel890 E Ogden AveNaperville, IL9.3 mi.(630) 355-3467
Fairfield Inn And Suites2096 BricherSt Charles, IL9.3 mi.(630) 845-5500
Wyndham Lisle/Naperville3000 Warrenville RdLisle, IL9.8 mi.(630) 505-1000
Q Center1405 N Fifth AveSt Charles, IL10.3 mi.(630) 444-4777

Aurora Weather & Climate

Northeastern Illinois has a four-season continental climate with cold winters and warm, humid summers. The annual precipitation for this region is approximately 36 inches. The area can receive heavy snowfalls and experiences blizzards occasionally. Spring and fall are often the most pleasant in this region. Lake Michigan influences the climate of most of northeastern Illinois. Near the lake, cool breezes provide some relief from summer heat and the lake also tends to increase cloudiness and suppress summer precipitation. Winter precipitation is enhanced by lake-effect snows that occur when winds blow from the north or northeast. These winds allow air to pass over the relatively warm lake, boosting storm system energy and water content, leading to increased snowfall.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 29°F 10°F 1.62 in. -
February 34°F 15°F 1.52 in. -
March 46°F 26°F 2.57 in. -
April 59°F 36°F 3.88 in. -
May 71°F 46°F 3.91 in. -
June 80°F 55°F 4.34 in. -
July 84°F 60°F 4.39 in. -
August 82°F 58°F 4.38 in. -
September 75°F 49°F 3.50 in. -
October 63°F 38°F 2.71 in. -
November 47°F 27°F 3.17 in. -
December 34°F 16°F 2.40 in. -

Aurora Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Du Page airport (DPA) located about 10 miles north of Aurora in Chicago / West Chicago, Illinois, the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located approximately 24 miles northeast of Aurora in Chicago, Illinois, the De Kalb Taylor Municipal airport (DKB) located roughly 24 miles northwest of Aurora in De Kalb, Illinois, the Gary Chicago International airport (GYY) located around 46 miles east of Aurora in Gary, Indiana, and finally the Greater Rockford airport (RFD) located about 50 miles northwest of Aurora in Rockford, Illinois.

Aurora Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Enchanted CastleLombardIL16.7 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL17.8 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL19.4 mi.
Santa's VillageDundeeIL23.2 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL24.3 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL26.6 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL27.4 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL28.6 mi.
DinorexCrystal LakeIL32.8 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL33.6 mi.
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL46.3 mi.
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN47.7 mi.
Water Parks
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL23.0 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL46.7 mi.
Fairview Family Aquatic CenterNormalIL93.8 mi.
Wacky WatersDavenportIA119.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Aurora City Golf CourseAuroraIL 
Orchard Valley Golf CourseAuroraIL 
Fox Valley Golf ClubNorth AuroraIL2.7 mi.
Valley Green Golf CourseNorth AuroraIL2.7 mi.
Fox Bend Golf CourseOswegoIL5.4 mi.
Settlers Hill Golf CourseBataviaIL5.8 mi.
Mill Creek Golf ClubGenevaIL7.8 mi.
Tanna Farms Golf ClubGenevaIL7.8 mi.
Country Lakes Golf ClubNapervilleIL8.0 mi.
Springbrook Golf CourseNapervilleIL8.0 mi.
Tamarack Golf ClubNapervilleIL8.0 mi.
Blackberry Oaks Golf ClubBristolIL8.9 mi.
Naperbrook Golf CoursePlainfieldIL8.9 mi.
Prairie Landing Golf ClubWest ChicagoIL9.2 mi.
St Andrews Golf & Country ClubWest ChicagoIL9.2 mi.
Klein Creek Golf ClubWinfieldIL9.4 mi.
Black Hawk Golf ClubSaint CharlesIL9.9 mi.
Pottawatomie Golf ClubSaint CharlesIL9.9 mi.
River Bend Golf CourseLisleIL11.7 mi.
Arrowhead Golf ClubWheatonIL11.9 mi.
Cantigny Golf CourseWheatonIL11.9 mi.
Hughes Creek Golf ClubElburnIL12.5 mi.
Deer Valley Golf CourseBig RockIL12.7 mi.
Bolingbrook Golf ClubBolingbrookIL13.1 mi.
Boughton Ridge Golf CourseBolingbrookIL13.1 mi.
Village Links of Glen EllynGlen EllynIL14.0 mi.
Western Acres Golf CourseGlen EllynIL14.0 mi.
Mistwood Golf CourseRomeovilleIL14.1 mi.
Cedardell Golf ClubPlanoIL14.3 mi.
Wedgewood Golf CoursePlainfieldIL14.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Chestnut Mountain ResortGalenaIL118.4 mi.
State Parks
Silver Springs State ParkIL15.5 mi. 
Channahon Parkway State ParkIL24.3 mi. 
Goose Lake Prairie State ParkIL28.1 mi. 
Gebhard Woods State ParkIL29.6 mi. 
Illini State ParkIL37.6 mi. 
Moraine Hills State ParkIL37.6 mi. 
Garfield Farm and Inn MuseumSt. CharlesIL10.2 mi.(History)
Downers Grove MuseumDowners GroveIL14.8 mi.(History)
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and MuseumOak ParkIL27.4 mi.(History)
PullmanChicagoIL33.6 mi.(History)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL33.6 mi.(History)
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian CultureChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Online MuseumsChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Peace MuseumChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Ukrainian Institute of Modern ArtChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Science)
Chicago Academy of Sciences Nature MuseumChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Science)
Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Science)
Museum of Science and IndustryChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Science)
Illinois Railway MuseumChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Technology)
Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Art)
D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Art)
David and Alfred Smart Museum of ArtChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Art)
Martin D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL33.6 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL23.1 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL33.6 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL33.6 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI71.3 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI90.1 mi.
Miller Park ZooBloomingtonIL95.8 mi.
Glen Oak ZooPeoriaIL100.2 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN105.5 mi.
Henry Vilas ZooMadisonWI106.5 mi.

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