Aurora Area of Illinois

Outstanding dining is just the beginning of your visit to the Aurora Area of Illinois. About 35 miles west of Chicago, the ten communities of the Aurora Area are the heart of the scenic Fox River Valley and married by destination restaurants, family-friendly attractions, outdoor recreation, the arts, entertainment and a quest for excitement.

Here is where you can dine and enjoy fine artisanal brews in the oldest limestone railroad roundhouse in the U.S. This 157 year old building is home of Two Brothers Brewery Roundhouse. In season relax in the Roundhouse courtyard with impressive stone fireplace. The ideal combination of food, beer and architecture. Downtown Aurora is also home to RiverEdge Park: the Chicago area’s newest and hottest outdoor concert venue. Take in city and river views while jamming to top national acts and performers. Take the riverwalk to the Paramount Theatre for award winning Broadway productions or try your hand at high stakes gaming at Hollywood Casino-Aurora.

If fresh farm-to-table gets your mouth watering, look no further than the new ‘Hardware’ in North Aurora. Self-described as a sustainable gastropub and brewery, Hardware comes complete with on-site greenhouse and organic hop farm. The ultimate locally sourced farm to fork experience. These are just two of the dining choices in the Aurora Area offering the finest food and brew experiences. Check out to see all of the regions dining destinations.

To work up an appetite, or work off the indulgence, the Aurora Area’s outdoor recreation is unmatched. The Fox River Trail and Virgil Gilman Trail are accessible year-round for biking, hiking and x-country skiing. If you prefer to be on the water rather than riding beside it, the Fox River is made for canoeing and kayaking. For experienced paddlers don’t miss the Marge Cline Whitewater Course in Yorkville; home of the annual Illinois Whitewater Festival. Local outfitters can assist in making the most of your on-water excursion.

The Aurora Area: your destination for food, fun and excitement.


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