Aurora Area Go Guide 2022

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Family fun in the Aurora Area!

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Shoppers enjoy a day out supporting local businesses in downtown Aurora. Discover a selection of specialty shops & boutiques in the Aurora Area beginning on page 42. Photo by Amy Nelson.

On the Cover: Discover family fun and outdoor adventure all year long in the communities of the Aurora Area. Photo by Amy Nelson, a photographer based in Aurora. Municipal Partners: City of Aurora; City of Batavia; Village of Big Rock; Village of Hinckley; Village of Montgomery; Village of North Aurora; Village of Oswego; City of Plano; Village of Sugar Grove; and the United City of Yorkville.


Photo Credits: 113 Main, Abbey Farms, Air Classics Museum, AmericInn by Wyndham Oswego, Amy Nelson Photography, April Duda Photography, Ashley Farm, Atrevete Confections, Aurora Civic Center Authority, Aurora Downtown, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Ballydoyle Irish Pub Aurora, Barnwood & Beeswax, Batavia Historical Society, Batavia MainStreet, Batavia Park District, Belle Salle Banquets, Ben Harding, Best Western Oswego, Both/And Pictures, Candlewood Suites Aurora, Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery, Chicago Premium Outlets, City of Aurora, Comfort Inn & Suites, Company 251, Corinne Vargas, Crusade Burger Bar, Dairy Barn, Dusty Road Merchants, Energy City Brewing, Esther’s Place, Farnsworth House, Fox Valley Park District, Fox Valley Winery, Funway, Galaxi Fun Zone, Galdones Photography, German American Events LLC, Gillerson’s Grubbery, Grace Coffee + Wine, Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora, Hampton Inn Yorkville, Harner’s Bakery & Restaurant, Hearth & Hammer General, Holiday Inn Aurora-North Naperville, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora-Naperville, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Yorkville, Hollywood Casino Aurora, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Jacquie & Ryan/, James Cardis, Jeff Goldberg, Joseph Weber/ Joshua Schultz, Julie Ap/Open Wide The World, Kyle Petit Media, Liz Lauren, Loft 28 West,

Mary Beth Nolan, Massacre Haunted House, Melissa Jean Boutique, MISH MASH Adventures, More Polish Pottery, My Place Hotels, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Northfork Farm, Oswegoland Park District, Pacifica Square, Phillips Park Zoo, Quality Inn Aurora, Raging Waves Waterpark, Reider Hahn/Fermilab, Rodeway Inn North Aurora, Society 57, Stolp Island Social, Sugar Grove Family Fun Center, Super 8 by Wyndham Aurora-Naperville, Super 8 by Wyndham Yorkville, Susan Romano, Tap House Grill Oswego, The Homestead 1854, The Law Office Pub & Music Hall, The Rustic Fox, The Venue, Theresa Ham, Thomas J. King, Two Brothers Roundhouse, United City of Yorkville, USDA ARS, Venue 5126, Village of Montgomery, Village of Oswego, Vintage 71 Shops, Warehouse 55, Windy City Productions, Windy City Soaring, Yorkville Park District. © 2022 by the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without the written permission of the AACVB is prohibited. 5/1/22 20M. Every attempt has been made to verify the information contained in this publication. The AACVB assumes no liability for incorrect, omitted or outdated information contained herein. To assure a safe and happy visit, please call ahead to confirm information.

43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, IL 60506 630.256.3190 Cort Carlson, Executive Director Pete Garlock, Director of Sales James Cardis, Director of Marketing Lisa Wisner, Group Sales Coordinator Alex Douglas, Intern Ashlee Dasenbrock, Intern








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ANTIQUES & VINTAGE Discover hidden gems

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DISCOVERY Internationally renowned and locally treasured


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WORLD’S FARE Making dining out fun!

The Fox River


BREW PUBS & WINERIES Small batches and big flavors

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COFFEE, SWEETS & MORE For dessert or just because

Festival season and community celebrations




Home for the harvest and holidays




Cozy accommodations and warm hospitality await

Entertainment and activity centers




HOTELS BOUTIQUE RETREATS Exceptional accommodations for special events

Rides, slides, and fun for all ages


WEDDINGS Event and reception spaces

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Paramount Theatre

Raging Waves

RiverEdge Park

Experience professionally produced, critically acclaimed Broadway shows that inspire and delight, at a price that won’t break your budget.

Make a splash this summer at the largest waterpark in Illinois! Exciting new features offer fun for all ages to enjoy—parents, too!

Set against the scenic backdrop of the Fox River, RiverEdge Park is home to Blues on the Fox and an action-packed lineup of summer concerts.



Two Brothers Roundhouse



GET UP CLOSE TO THE CRAFT Two Brothers Roundhouse crafts outstanding beer and coffee, but did you know they make spirits, too? Enjoy a signature cocktail in the new Zephyr Room.



See your faves under the stars

Indulge in a Dining Destination “Farm to table” and “locally sourced” get new meaning at this sustainable gastropub & brewery with an onsite orchard, greenhouse, and hop farm. A living wall of greens welcomes you into an intoxicating space covered in reclaimed materials. Over 400 whiskeys line the shelves behind the bar, one of the largest collections in Chicagoland. Try their version of a deconstructed Chicago hot dog and thank us later.





Fox River

It doesn’t get more charming than this rustic chic getaway. Farmhouse style meets modern hospitality for barn weddings, dining, meetings, and events. Enjoy yoga & wine overlooking 500 pristine acres of farmland or rent the grounds for your special occasion.

Paddling is a treasured outdoor activity here, especially in the summertime. Enjoy scenic views from your kayak, canoe, or paddleboard.



Award-winning Illinois wines in signature varietals are offered at Fox Valley Winery’s new location in downtown Oswego.


Celebrate Summer’s Longest Days Summer Solstice Festival

Summer Solstice is one of the best festivals in the Midwest combining craft beer & indie music, with an electric lineup of artists and an eclectic array of ground-to-glass beverages.



First conceived in 1945 as a country retreat for Dr. Edith Farnsworth, this sleek structure designed by Mies van der Rohe is now considered one of the most important modernist assets in the United States, and is a pilgrimage site for architects and design lovers worldwide.


Get an Outdoor Education Red Oak Nature Center

Nestled on the east bank of the Fox River, Red Oak Nature Center connects you with the joys, lessons, and wonders of nature, including a limestone cave!


SAVE ON DESIGNER BRANDS Chicago Premium Outlets

The largest outdoor outlet shopping mall in the Midwest is right here, with exclusive deals on designer labels at over 140 brand-name outlets. 7

AURORA The second-largest city in Illinois, Aurora is home to a historic and vibrant downtown, where visitors can enjoy an outstanding combination of arts, entertainment, shopping, and dining. See Chicagoland’s best Broadway series at Paramount Theatre or a concert under the stars at RiverEdge Park.

Paramount Theatre

Pacifica Square

Get a taste of the big, bold flavors served up at Two Brothers Roundhouse, or dine on heritage steaks and craft cocktails at Amy Morton’s Stolp Island Social. Shopping destinations include Chicago Premium Outlets, the newly redeveloped Fox Valley mall, and Pacifica Square, soon to be one of the largest Asian lifestyle centers in America.

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Aurora Public Art

Phillips Park Downtown Aurora

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North Aurora Days North Aurora Days in August

Red Oak Nature Center

Fox River Trails


Commerce, community, and nature combine in North Aurora, where you’ll find perfect options for a hearty meal after working up an appetite exploring scenic Fox River Trails.


Oberweis Ice Cream & Dairy Store

Antiques and more at Past and Present Shoppes

Riverside dining at Harner’s Bakery & Restaurant

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One of many windmills manufactured in Batavia at the Batavia Riverwalk

Haylie B’s Bakery

Batavia MainStreet Events

BATAVIA Batavia’s relaxed riverside vibe is complemented by attractions like the new Boardwalk Shops and a calendar full of themed community events. 12

Batavia Boardwalk Shops

Stuart Sports Complex

Montgomery Fest

Atrevete Confections

MONTGOMERY A fast-growing community with a lot to offer, including historic attractions and the region’s largest sports venue. 13

Downtown Oswego

The Dairy Barn

Downtown Shopping

Hudson Crossing Park

OSWEGO An eclectic downtown anchored by boutique shops & dining is complemented by country chic locales and a new outdoor concert venue. Venue 1012


Oswego Brewing Co.

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Raging Waves

The Law Office Pub & Music Hall

Illinois’ largest waterpark offers family-friendly summer fun, while riverfront concerts are favorites of the craft beer & indie music set.

Crusade Burger Bar


Downtown Yorkville


Marge Cline Whitewater Course Grace Coffee + Wine

Hacienda Real - Flavors of Mexico 17

Esther’s Place

This big-hearted small town is a popular camping, hunting, and fishing getaway set against rolling hills and unspoiled natural beauty.

BIG ROCK Big Rock Plowing Match

Visit our award-winning showroom full of beautiful Polish pottery and gifts.

We are located just minutes from Aurora near Rt. 47/Jericho Road. Open 5 days a week, Wednesday to Sunday. 8s953 Jericho Road Big Rock, IL 60511 630-605-2371 18

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Icons of American design offer unique venues for gatherings, house tours, and events in this charming heartland city.

The Homestead 1854

PLANO Farnsworth House




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New exhibit now open through December 2023 Get info and book tours at 19

Windy City Soaring

A Lincoln Highway highlight featuring old-fashioned eats & treats, and a site where you can access mile-high views of the Aurora Area.


Rich Harvest Farms

SUGAR GROVE Sugar Grove Corn Boil in July


Air Classics Museum

Discover an extraordinary set of attractions and events in this village with a storied agricultural history.




Paramount Theatre See Chicagoland’s best Broadway shows and the world’s most entertaining live acts at this award-winning theater. See ad on back cover.

Paramount’s Broadway Series is built from the ground up right here in Aurora, from the construction of larger-than-life sets to finely detailed costumes.


DreamGirls Aug. - Oct. 2022

The biggest acts in entertainment and the most outstanding musical productions this side of Broadway attract hundreds of thousands of people to these Aurora Area concert and nightlife destinations.

RiverEdge Park 2022 SHOW LINEUP Blues on the Fox June 17-18, 2022

Skid Row, Warrant, Quiet Riot June 25, 2022

Blue Öyster Cult / Foghat July 2, 2022 Kansas July 24, 2022

RiverEdge Park Rock out on the riverfront at Blues on the Fox and the Summer Concert Series at this scenic venue. See ad on back cover.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

with Los Lobos and Gabe Dixon July 26, 2022

I Love the 90s August 7, 2022

Fitz & the Tantrums, Andy Grammer August 12, 2022

Boz Scaggs

with The Robert Cray Band August 20. 2022 Tusk: Fleetwood Mac Tribute August 26, 2022

Get the Led Out August 29, 2022

Paramount Theatre

Broadway Series

2022–2023 SHOW LINEUP

The Sound of Music Nov. 2022 - Jan. 2023

Into the Woods Feb. - Mar. 2023

School of Rock Apr. - May 2023

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BALLYDOYLE Ballydoyle carries the tradition of the Irish pub with the customary selection of classic and craft brews, delicious Irish food, and spirited live entertainment.

Hollywood Casino Try your luck at the tables or over a thousand of Chicago’s loosest slot machines. Live entertainment takes place at Center Stage on the weekends, free to enjoy along with table games and a dedicated poker room. See ad on inside front cover.

Signature Irish fare at Ballydoyle

The Comedy shrine Comedy is on tap every night of the week featuring top performers from around the country and homegrown local talent at Fox Valley Mall in Aurora.

The Law Office Pub & Music Hall

The Comedy Vault

Comedy club featuring national touring stand-up comics and local talent in a unique venue new to downtown Batavia.

THE LAW OFFICE PUB & Music Hall Head out to The Law Office Pub & Music Hall in downtown Yorkville, a frequent tour stop for the most stylish and soulful acts coming out of the Midwest, Nashville, and beyond. Every show provides an opportunity to be introduced to your new favorite band.

THE VENUE 200-seat listening room and outdoor stage booking an eclectic array of nationally recognized talent in genres ranging from blues and big band to R&B and world music. See ad on page 3.

Two Brothers Roundhouse Free concerts in the Two Brothers Tavern feature the best of Chicagoland live acts and stand-up comedy. See ad on page 21.


Two Brothers Roundhouse

Now Playing! Copley Theatre

BOLD Series 2022–2023 SHOW LINEUP

Intimate, professional live theater experiences that are fearless, unexpected, and thought provoking—in a word, this series at Paramount’s Copley Theatre is BOLD.

Insider Tips Downtown Aurora is easily accessible via public transportation. Traveling from Chicago? Take the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) to the Aurora Transportation Center. Public parking is available. Plan your visit with a visual map at

New! VENUE 1012 Oswego’s new home for the performing arts is an outdoor venue hosting live music, movies, and community events. 25

Highlights AURORA AREA


Blackberry Farm

An outstanding collection of attractions that foster a lifelong love of learning. Blackberry Farm Aurora Regional Fire Museum

Phillips Park Zoo




Grow memories at this familyfriendly agritourism destination, where you can enjoy seasonal events, a cafe, and Kane County’s largest corn maze.

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Blackberry Farm is a living history museum where pioneer life is re-created through educational demonstrations and hands-on fun. See ad on page 59.

Aurora regional Fire museum

This historic fire station educates and entertains kids of all ages with firefighting equipment and interactive exhibits. See ad on page 29.

Phillips Park

This 325-acre park is home to a zoo featuring a variety of North American wildlife, Sunken Garden, Visitor Center, and the Mastodon Gallery, where prehistoric bones unearthed from the park’s construction are on display. Free admission year-round. Phillips-Park

Big Rock Historical Society Museum

AURORA David L. Pierce Art & History Center Rotating innovative art exhibits. Historical photographs, books, maps, and other memorabilia related to the rich history of Aurora. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall See listing on page 29. Schingoethe Center of Aurora University With a mission to preserve and perpetuate Native American cultures, this Smithsonian-affiliated museum builds bridges between the classroom and the world beyond.

William Tanner House Experience Aurora’s past through this fully-furnished 1856 Italianate home with reenactments, decorations, and events.

BATAVIA Water Street Studios Art classes, performing arts events, gallery exhibitions, and private rentals in this historic venue.

BIG ROCK Big Rock Historical Society Museum Artifacts from the centuryold Plowing Match and Welsh immigrants. Limited hours, call ahead: 630-698-0626.

PLANO Farnsworth House Mies van der Rohe’s midcentury modern masterpiece is an acclaimed example of the International architectural style. See ad on page 19. Smallville Museum Props and other items used in the filming of the “Man of Steel” movie in downtown Plano. Limited hours, call ahead: 630.552.8275.

HINCKLEY Hinckley Historical Society Museum Mastodon diorama and displays of historic homes. Open Saturdays and by appointment.

Batavia Depot Museum


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This repurposed rail depot is home to a museum that tells the story of Batavia’s past to present, including an exhibit on Mary Todd Lincoln. 27


RED OAK NATURE CENTER Interpretive center, trails, Devil’s Cave, tree-house play area, wetlands boardwalk.

Red Oak Nature Center




Dickson-Murst Farm One of the original family farms of the Aurora Area is now a venue for agricultural education and unique public events.

Air Classics Museum of Aviation Aircraft, vehicles, uniforms and other aviation memorabilia from 1930s to the present.

Settler’s Cottage Museum Learn about the rich history of the Village of Montgomery and tour its oldest remaining structure. Limited hours, call ahead: 630.896.8080 x9003.

Bliss House Museum Historical exhibits about the Village of Sugar Grove and surrounding area. Open Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. or by appt.

Kendall County Historic Courthouse Learn about Kendall County’s natural resources, insects, prairies, and indigenous peoples with living exhibits in the Laws of Nature center. Lyon Farm & Village Connecting the past to future generations by experiencing and understanding lifestyles, traditions, and farming practices of Kendall County via exhibits, artifacts, and events.


LITTLE WHITE SCHOOL MUSEUM Connect with the rich history of Oswego at this community landmark dating back to 1850.



Grand Army OF the Republic Memorial Hall This proud memorial for Aurora’s Civil War veterans was built in 1878 and is now open to the public as a museum. Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall

�FIRE� MUSEUM Aurora Regional

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum features a variety of hands-on interactive exhibits designed to educate children and families of all ages. Come learn about the Aurora Fire Department, firefighting in our region, and fire safety. 53 N Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505 (630) 256-4140 29

Fox River Trail

Enjoy miles of trail for cycling, running, or a leisurely stroll along the Fox River through the communities of the Aurora Area.

Virgil L. GIlman Trail

Bike or hike this gorgeous 12-mile trail connecting the Fox River Trail to the western communities of the Aurora Area and the wooded campus of Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.

Fermilab Natural Areas

An ecosystem rich in biodiversity, the natural areas at Fermilab are open to the public and free to access year-round. Enjoy over 6,800 acres of pristine prairie where you can see bison, hike gorgeous trails, ski cross-country, and spot 300 native and migratory bird species.

RED OAK NATURe center Nestled on the east bank of the Fox River and surrounded by 40 acres of lush forest and wildlife habitat, the center is an ideal setting for visitors to learn about the great outdoors through direct interaction with nature.


Outdoor adventure awaits on the scenic trails and parks of the Aurora Area.


Located on over 325 acres, the crown jewel of Aurora’s parks offers a variety of fun, family-friendly amenities for all ages and interests, from aquatics and golfing to the zoo and sunken gardens.


Sitting on over 130 acres of Fox River shoreline, the rolling trails here are popular for off-road cycling, trailrunning, and horseback riding. Violet Patch Park, Oswego


Fox River Trail

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All Spoked Up Rent a comfortable hybrid bicycle. Sales, service, repair center.


Fermilab Natural Areas

Rent a comfortable hybrid bicycle. Sales, service, repair center. Prairie Path Cycles Bicycle retail and repair shop.


Phillips Park

Pedal & Spoke Bike Shop Offering top-notch bikes, parts, accessories, service, and repairs.

OSWEGO Oswego Cyclery Full-service bike shop offering trail rides and repair classes.

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PADDLE Linked by the Fox River, the communities of the Aurora Area are beautiful river country.

Marge Cline Whitewater Course in Yorkville

Fox River


Fox River in North Aurora

AURORA AREA FOX RIVER GUIDE Batavia to North Aurora: 2.5 miles

This easy, tree-lined stretch of river offers abundant birdwatching, with a rookery containing dozens of nests, home to egrets and waterfowl, on an island overlooked by Red Oak Nature Center.

North Aurora to Aurora: 3.5 miles

Paddle under bridges and explore plentiful small islands. Speakers facing the water entertain kayakers on concert nights at RiverEdge Park.

Aurora to Oswego: 6.5 miles

Diverse scenery includes an old trestle bridge. Portage at Montgomery and enjoy downtown dining. Disembark at Hudson Crossing Park and visit Oswego Brewing Co. Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race

Oswego to Yorkville: 6.3 miles

A shallow beach at Oswego’s Hudson Crossing Park allows for easy put-in. Paddle past wildflower patches and Saw Wee Kee Park. Buoyed take-out available above Marge Cline Whitewater Course. Enjoy wrap-around views of the Fox River from the patio at Southbank Original Barbecue.

MID-AMERICAN CANOE & KAYAK RACE Experience the excitement of paddling the scenic Fox River while enjoying this classic tradition that dates back to the 1960s.

SILVER SPRINGS STATE FISH AND WILDLIFE AREA The Fox River runs through this picturesque area centered around a pool of clear bubbling water that sparkles like silver on sunny days and never freezes, even in the most extreme cold.

MARGE CLINE WHITEWATER COURSE Sport kayakers can practice their skills on the rapids at this purpose-built 1,100-foot-long bypass chute providing one of the only consistent sources for Class I and II rapids in the Midwest.

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Nock & Feather Kustom Archery Full-service archery & hunting store with an indoor range. Howling Wolfe Canoe & Kayak Rentals, lessons, and guided trips on the Fox River.

BATAVIA Sierra Trading Post Chain store focused on active outdoor sports, including paddling & fishing.

HINCKLEY Windy City Soaring Take an intro glide and tour scenic farmlands from above.

OSWEGO Dick’s Sporting Goods Chain store offering a wide range of sporting goods & apparel.

PLANO Plano Synergy Outlet Wholesale outlet of the Plano Synergy hunting and fishing brands.

YORKVILLE Yak Shack Rent canoes, recreational kayaks, tube tracker inflatables. 33

Blues on the Fox




Kick off the season with a weekend of award-winning regional wines, celebrate Aurora’s contribution to the rich history of the Blues, dine streetside at one of Chicagoland’s largest food truck festivals, and enjoy family fun and live entertainment at PrairieFest. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Find the latest Spring Event details at Maple Fest North Aurora

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Yorkville Food Truck Festival Aurora Wine on the Fox Oswego Aurora Pride Parade Aurora PrairieFest Oswego Maple Fest

Blues on the Fox Aurora

Wine on the Fox

Food Truck Festival


First Fridays occurs throughout the year in downtown Aurora.

SUMMER Celebrate summer’s longest days, enjoy unique community festivals, and follow the dreamy sounds of the Midwest’s largest ukulele festival to downtown Aurora. Summer Solstice Indie Music Fest Yorkville Yorkville River Fest Yorkville

Summer Solstice

Sugar Grove Corn Boil Sugar Grove North Aurora Days North Aurora Montgomery Fest Montgomery Aurora Uke Fest Aurora Roots Aurora Aurora Fiestas Patrias Aurora Roots Aurora

Montgomery Fest

Find the latest Summer Event details at

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Keller’s Farmstand


Dig deep into the region’s history and enjoy the harvest season with apple & pumpkin picking at agritourism destinations. Hoist a glass and say “Prost!” at craft beer events throughout the Aurora Area. Find dates and event details at Woody’s Orchard

Pacifica Square Moon Festival Aurora Brew at the Bridge Oswego Two Brothers Roundhouse Oktoberfest Aurora Big Rock Plowing Match Big Rock Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze Aurora Apple & pumpkin picking at Keller’s Farmstand, Oswego at Woody’s Orchard, Plano

Abbey Farms Big Rock Plowing Match

Thrills & chills at Basement of the Dead, Aurora at Massacre Haunted House, Montgomery Two Brothers Oktoberfest

Massacre Haunted House


Blackberry Farms Holiday Express

HOLIDAY Holiday lights make spirits bright at the largest collection of drive-thru displays in Illinois. Hop aboard the Holiday Express, celebrate in mid-century style at Farnsworth House, and enjoy Chicagoland’s top holiday attraction, Christkindlmarket, at a new location in RiverEdge Park. Find dates and event details at


Winter Lights Aurora Phillips Park Festival of Lights Aurora Christmas Walk Week Oswego Abbey Farms Christmas Joy Aurora Farnsworth House Mod & Merry Plano Blackberry Farm Holiday Express Aurora Christkindlmarket Aurora

Christmas Walk Week Mod & Merry

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Galaxi Fun Zone

THE KID ZONE High-flying fun at the entertainment centers of the Aurora Area. AURORA Aurora Skate Center Old-fashioned roller rink with modern amenities. Home to the Aurora 88’s roller derby team.

Galaxi Fun Zone Glow-in-the-dark fun for kids of all ages with thrilling attractions like indoor “glow-karts” and themed party rooms.

Kiddy Club Mom-founded indoor sandbox and playground at Pacifica Square.

Luigi’s Pizza & Fun Center Largest laser tag room in the region on 3 levels! Build-your-own pizza, play games at “Noah’s Arcade.”

Mega Fun Park Discover “the most fun under one roof” with dozens of attractions for all ages to enjoy.


MISH MASH Adventures This urban adventure space at Fox Valley Mall re-created the challenges of video games and TV shows (without the slime!)

Round 1 Bowling & Amusement Two floors of entertainment at Fox Valley Mall include bowling, billiards, arcade, and private karaoke rooms. Sky Zone Aurora Trampoline Park Take fun to new heights with trampoline dodgeball, basketball, and a new Ninja Warrior course! Sport Zone Family Fun Center Soccer, go-karts, mini-golf, indoor golf, batting cages.

BATAVIA Funway Illinois’ largest entertainment center with indoor & outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy: bowling, roller rink, arcade, laser tag, and more!

PLANO Arts on Fire Paint your own pottery or take an art class at this hands-on ceramics workshop. Two locations available in downtown Plano and at Fox Valley Mall in Aurora.


MISH MASH Adventures

Altitude Aerial challenges abound at Oswego’s new trampoline park: walk walls, play wipeout, and soar on super-trampolines.

SUGAR GROVE Sugar Grove Family Fun Center Go-karts, mini-golf, bumper boats, water wars, game room, golf range.

YORKVILLE Riemenschneider Fire and Spray Park Baseball, softball fields, firefighter-themed play area.


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Splash &Play { RIDES and FUN for ALL AGES }

WATER PARKS Make a splash and beat the heat at the outstanding collection of water parks in the Aurora Area, including the state’s largest at Raging Waves!

Raging Waves Waterpark At Raging Waves, you’ll find 58 acres of family-friendly water attractions. With 32 different waterslides, experience gravitydefying thrills on rides like Wonambi and PJ’s Plummet. More easygoing on-site attractions include a 1/4 mile long lazy river, three kiddie areas, and a 350,000 gallon wave pool. New to the park: Aussie Mat Dash, a six-lane, wet and wild racetrack that was one of the first of its kind in the world. A variety of tasty concessions and private cabana rentals make Raging Waves the perfect summer getaway. See ad on page 39.

Hall Quarry Beach


Harold Hall Quarry Beach is a unique swimming facility dating back to 1920. The site of a former stone quarry, Hall Quarry Beach occupies 60,000 square feet of sand-bottom pool at varying depths with slides, islands, and multilevel dive platforms for swimmers of all ages and abilities.

This action-packed play emporium is open year-round, featuring both indoor and outdoor activities for kids of all ages. Beat the heat with a ride on the bumper boats or challenge your friends to a water balloon slingshot game between rounds of mini-golf and roller skating. 40

Civic Center Aquatic Park From slides and tubes to zero-depth pools, you can make a splash or soak in the rays at this family-friendly water park.

Raging Waves Waterpark

Hall Quarry Beach

Vaughan Aquatic Center

Splash Country Water Park

Splash Country Water Park Take a refreshing dip at Splash Country in Aurora, a laid-back summertime chill spot with over a thousand feet of lazy river to cruise down on summer’s hottest days. Zero-depth pools at the park are perfect for kids, while more active swimmers can play with spray guns, soak under an artificial waterfall, and work up a sweat at the volleyball courts.

Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center

Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center

Vaughan Aquatic Center

Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center is a local favorite for its family-friendly amenities like a zero-depth leisure pool, two drop-off slides, twists and turns down its enclosed body slide, kid-friendly areas, volleyball and sand play area, lap lanes, and more.

The Vaughan Aquatic Center & Indoor Water Park has a zero-depth pool, a lap pool, a warm-water therapy pool, a two-story enclosed waterslide, body slide, and interactive water elements.

Call ahead for hours and availability.

Sugar Grove Family Fun Center Take a break from go-karts and mini-golf to play bumper boats and water wars!

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SHOPPING Back to school, holiday gifting, brand new wardrobe, or just because: visit the shopping destinations of the Aurora Area.

Chicago Premium Outlets

CHICAGO PREMIUM OUTLETS Largest outlet center in the Chicago market with over 140 designer and brand-name stores, including exclusive Shinola and Restoration Hardware outlets. chicago See ad on page 63.


Fox Valley

Thriving indoor shopping mall home to top retailers and exciting entertainment options. Take a spin on the carousel, attend special events, and visit a rotating selection of artisan pop-up shops. See ad on page 43.

PACIFICA SQUARE Large shopping center providing authentic Asian cuisine, shopping, leisure, and cultural attractions, including over a dozen eateries, Asian supermarket, karaoke bar, and retail outlets.

Pacifica Square


Shop, Dine, & play at


Macy's • The Comedy Shrine • Tapville Social • JCPenney • Round 1 Bowling Amusement Pandora • Victoria’s Secret • American Eagle • Foot Locker • Charlotte Russe • Sephora H&M • Hollister • Vans • GameStop • Finish Line • Aeropostale • Build-A-Bear • Forever 21 Dry Goods • Express • PacSun • Garage • Zumiez • Journeys • Akira • Rue21 • Bath & Body Maurice's • Windsor • Spencer's • Yankee Candle • Torrid • Lids • Athlete's Foot • BAM! The Children’s Place • Buckle • G by Guess • Brighton • Hot Topic • Claire's • Champs Sports 195 Fox Valley Center, Aurora, IL 60504 43

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AURORA Aroma Roots All-natural bath & body products. Aurora Historical Society Museum Store & Gift Shop

Shop Aurora gifts from vintage to modern, including shirts, books, and wall art. Gary Brown Art Experience fine art creations in a welcoming atmosphere at this retail gallery located in a historic building. Premil Street-inspired apparel, thrift, and sneaker shop.


Wyckwood House

Find just what you need at these shops offering artisan goods throughout the Aurora Area.

The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange Creative marketplace with handmade items and Aurora themed gifts. Superjumbo An offshoot of Aurora’s The Yetee, this downtown storefront offers a rotating “collection of collections” ranging from records and wall art to toys, games, and more. Wyckwood House A unique shopping experience featuring local artisan goods & home decor in downtown Aurora.



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Batavia Boardwalk Shops Outdoor market featuring a seasonal collection of artisan startups. batavia-boardwalk-shops/

Esther’s Place Fiber Arts Sheep farm and fiber arts studio with crafting classes and a full line of knitting products.

House of 423 Cozy collection of classy closet staples. Hearth & Hammer Modern neighborhood general store and candlemaking studio in downtown Batavia. Kiss the Sky Spacious new & used record store with a weekend concert series. The Tea Tree Loose leaf teas, gourmet oils, fresh spices, and kitchen items. Wilson Street Mercantile Boutique shopping mall hosting a unique collection of independent retailers in the areas of apparel, decor, candies, and granola.

More Polish Pottery The Midwest’s largest selection of handcrafted Polish ceramics in a tranquil rural setting. See ad on page 18.

NORTH AURORA Cremer Guitarworks In-demand guitar repair shop with curated selection of vintage instruments. The Rustic Fox Boutique marketplace showcasing over 150 vendors, from home decor to gourmet foods.

OSWEGO Bella-gia Boutique Women’s clothing & accessories, the hottest trends at great prices.

The Rustic Fox

DeMont Guitars High-quality guitars and effects specializing in custom-built pieces. Floral Expressions & Gifts Full-service florist with a rotating selection of gifts, holiday decor, and gourmet foods. floralexpressionsand

Melissa Jean Boutique

Marmalade Tree Eclectic gift shop and women’s clothing shop in downtown Oswego. themarmaladetree Melissa Jean Boutique Look and feel fabulous in today’s latest fashions.

YORKVILLE The Olive Gallery Artisan olive oils & vinegars sourced from around the world. Olde Farm Creek Vintage farmhouse and industrial home decor.

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ANTIQUES & VINTAGE Shop for hidden gems at the antique & vintage markets of the Aurora Area. AURORA



Out of the Attic Antiques Unique assortment of antiques, collectibles, vintage, and retro at one of Chicagoland’s largest antique malls.

715 Vintage Discover your passion for all things worn, torn, and tarnished.

Past & Present Shoppes Collaboration of over a dozen cottage businesses representing a wide mix of styles, from shabby chic to mid-century modern.

Thrift & Dollar Inc. Destination antique, vintage, and collectible shop located at Northgate Shopping Center—site of the Northgate Sign, a mid-century neon classic. Warehouse 55 New to downtown Aurora, this antique destination is home to unique finds spanning decades and aesthetics.


Bee-Attitudes Antiques Experience the charm of antique shopping in the grand old Gammon mansion. Barnwood & Beeswax Handmade wood signs, home decor, candles, quality antiques, scented soaps, jewelry, macrame, chocolate and vintage decor.

Scott’s Vintage Floor-to-ceiling wonders and oddities at this retro-themed resale shop. The Vintage Market Discover over 60 vintage vendors at one of the largest markets in the area.

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Monk-brewed beer and farm-fresh items available at this agritourism destination.


The oldest farmers market in Illinois returns to its scenic downtown location every Saturday.


Barnwood & Beeswax Dusty Road Merchants



Dusty Road Merchants Antique, homemade, repurposed items and events in a charming location in downtown Oswego.

Plaid Umbrella Collective Collaborative market full of dozens of vendors offering antique furnishings, books, and apparel in downtown Plano on Route 34.

Happenstance Goods Carries a blend of old and repurposed wares, salvaged goods, and handcrafted items. Hudson Design House Vintage boutique specializing in timeless furniture, décor, and artisan goods.

YORKVILLE Vintage 71 Shops Vintage, repurposed, farmhouse items and more at this destination collection of independent boutiques.

Shop the makers and merchants of River Street in downtown Batavia each Saturday morning, all year round.


Country-style market where you can get to know the farmers and craftspeople who gather to sell their wares on Sunday mornings.


Summertime market featuring local vendors at Yorkville town square, just blocks away from the charming riverfront. 47



Steaks & Chops

[and pubs, too]


Photos on these pages courtesy of Stolp Island Social.

AURORA Ach-N-Lou’s Pizza Pub An Aurora tradition for over 40 years. Ballydoyle Irish Pub Traditional Irish food and drink in a cozy pub with live music and events. Luigi’s Pizza & Fun Center Arcade game room, laser tag arena, party rooms, and delicious pizza.

Miller’s Ale House Sports pub serving pub fare and craft beers. Mike & Denise’s Pizzeria & Pub Kid-friendly with TVs, outdoor seating, and specialty pizza. O’Malley’s Pub & Eatery Friendly, casual sports bar with live music since 1974. The Piazza Expansive sports facility with full bar, pub bites, sand volleyball, cigar room, OTB, and billiards. Saddle Up at Q Saloon Country music dancehall with a Tex-Mex menu. Spartan House Collegiate-themed sports bar with specialty burgers, Greek dishes, craft beers, and TVs.

Tavern on Broadway Craft beer, wine, and cocktails in an intimate setting with elevated comfort food and scenic downtown views.

BATAVIA Bar Evolution Cozy cocktail bar with wine flights, light apps, and live entertainment. Gammon Coach House American comfort food and a rotating selection of craft beers. Oak + Swine Backyard Texas BBQ staples in a modern industrial setting with an outstanding whiskey selection. Pal Joey’s Dine-in specialty pizza and traditional Italian cuisine. Riverside Pizza & Pub Contemporary sports bar in the heart of downtown Batavia.

Sidecar Supper Club & Beer Garden Locally sourced gastropub fare and smoked meats served from scratch paired with craft beer and spirits. WindMill Grille & Pizzeria Steaks, chops, pizza, and signature dishes served in a comfortable inviting space, great for gathering.

HINCKLEY J&K’s Half Moon Friendly, small-town tavern with weekly dinner specials. South Moon BBQ Homestyle BBQ with a selection of craft beers.

MONTGOMERY Gario’s Pizza Villa Relaxed pizza pub with an arcade. Gray’s Mill Estate The centerpiece of Montgomery’s riverside downtown has been transformed into a multiplatform dining and event venue by the proprietors of Ballydoyle and Loft 28 West.

Pig Dog Pub Casual sports bar for lunch, dinner, and drinks near the Fox River Trail.

NORTH AURORA Bulldog Ale House American pub chain with dozens of craft beers on tap. Oak Street Restaurant & Bar Friendly, spacious restaurant and sports bar. Raimondo’s Pizza & Pub Local favorite for handmade signature pizzas with a lengthy craft beer menu.

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Yorkville Generous portions of Mexican, Italian, and American fare meet at a dining destination in downtown Yorkville.


Aurora Fine dining experience set against lavish 1930’s ambiance atop Hollywood Casino Aurora. dining


Aurora Amy Morton’s inviting eatery offers a lively steakhouse vibe next door to the Paramount Theatre.


North Aurora Rustic New American lounge with private dining options and an awardwinning wine list. 49

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113 Main Eclectic American dining in the heart of downtown Oswego.

Suzy’s Pizza Pizza and sandwich shop.

Danelli’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria Family-friendly pizzeria serving Oswego for over 30 years. Oswego Inn Casual downtown bar serving comfort food. Christina’s Grill & Gatherings Newly renovated restaurant at Fox Bend Golf Club. Portillo’s Chicago’s fast casual restaurant serving famous Italian beef, burgers, and hot dogs. Prohibition Junction Sports Bar & Grill Modern-day speakeasy meets sports bar with a covered beer garden. Tap House Grill Hot, fresh, and handcrafted American pub food with a large beer selection.


Uncle Lar’s Pizza Friendly pizza parlor with creative and traditional toppings.

SUGAR GROVE Calamity Jane’s Bar & Restaurant Full-service bar and weekly entertainment. Fireside Grille For an American tradition grilled to perfection, try the Fireside Belt Buster, two 10oz. hand-packed patties charbroiled and served with your choice of toppings. Open Range Southwest Grill Bliss Creek Golf Course’s full-service restaurant. Seasonal patio.

YORKVILLE Burnt Barrel Social Comfortable lounge with farm-fresh food and craft cocktails. Lakeview Grille Casual steakhouse with great views from a large outdoor patio.

Mike & Denise’s Pizzeria Bar & Grill Yorkville location of this fun, casual pizza pub with live entertainment. Parma Pizza Bar Rustic Italian kitchen serving authentic wood-fired pizza. blending traditional and modern recipes. Roadhouse RTE 47 Down-home bar and grill with live entertainment. Rowdy’s Specialty burgers and signature “hog wings” served at this local favorite in downtown Yorkville. Southbank Original Barbecue Delicious wood-smoked barbecue, live entertainment, and views of the Fox River from the patio. southbankoriginal Silver Fox Bar & Grill An Inviting char-house atmosphere accented by a colorful bar, featuring a wide selection of sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and chicken prepared fresh on the grill. Suzy’s Bar & Grill Casual bar with sand-pit volleyball and a separate family dining room, late-night eats, and signature pizzas.

Yorkville Weekly burger & dessert specials draw visitors from throughout Chicagoland and beyond to this punkrock-themed burger bar in Yorkville.

Asadoras Argentinas Burgers

Oswego Authentic Argentinian flavors combine in signature burgers served up at this friendly, family-owned fast-casual restaurant. asadorasargentinas

Gillerson’s Grubbery

Aurora Specialty burgers and appetizers pair well with the rotating selection of the Midwest’s finest craft beers offered at this cheerful downtown Aurora location. See ad on page 21. Crusade Burger Bar

Craft to Glass Two Brothers Roundhouse



Aspen Lane Wine Company Drink wine, do good— this craft winery produces wine for partner nonprofit organizations, and hosts groups for special events. Call ahead for tasting room availability: 331.250.1123.

Energy City Brewing Lines form early for their mouthwatering selection of robust, experimental beers. Open 1st Saturday of each month.

Hopvine Brewing Company Hopvine’s signature beers & beer cocktails pair well with chef-inspired pub food.

Brother Chimp Brewing Serving up small batches of refreshing takes on traditional ales and lagers, brewed to perfection.

McCarty Mills Specialty craft beer, mead, and wine taproom and bottle shop with a pizza bar and outdoor patio. Two Brothers Roundhouse This pioneering craft brewery remains independent and beloved throughout the Midwest and beyond. Taste the big, bold flavors of Two Brothers artisan ales, spirits, and house-roasted coffee. roundhouse


Hardware Sustainable gastropub & brewery serving delicious food and over 400 whiskeys, plus ground-to-glass beers grown at the B.B.G.B. Hop Farm.

OSWEGO Fox Valley Winery Specializing in small lots of handcrafted, awardwinning Illinois wines, this destination winery offers tastings and special events year-round. Oswego Brewing Co. Rave reviews and experimental brews are on tap at this craft brewery located in the heart of downtown Oswego.

Fox Valley Winery

YORKVILLE Flight Tasting Room & Bottle Shoppe Family-friendly gathering spot with an amazing selection of craft cans and bottles to enjoy on-site or take home.

Energy City Brewing

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World’s Fare

Lao Sze Chuan Anchor to the new Pacifica Square specializing in Szechuan cuisine. Mang-Kuk Restaurant Filipino and Asian dishes. Pie Boss Serving South African sweet and savory pies. Sushi + Rotary Sushi Bar Orders are delivered via conveyor belt at this hip, contemporary sushi bar.

BATAVIA Acquaviva Ristorante Upscale twist on traditional Italian comfort food with a focus on seafood. Altiro Latin Fusion

AURORA Alice’s Corner Authentic Bolivian cuisine. Altiro Latin Fusion Inspired tapas menu paired with an eclectic cocktail menu in an elegant new downtown Aurora space. Basils Greek Dining Upscale casual Greek taverna. Calla Lily Tea Room Traditional Victorian afternoon tea service, available for lunch and private events. Domo 77 Family-friendly Japanese grill with an extensive sushi menu.


El Jefe Authentic Mexican food grilled to perfection in a modern setting. French 75 Gallery & Lounge Fine art gallery and cocktail lounge offers an elegant atmosphere, a signature libation and light nosh before or after a night out on the town. Jefa Tacos Specialty taco shop with a Frida Kahlo theme near Chicago Premium Outlets. La Quinta de los Reyes The flavors of Mexican cuisine come alive at this festive multi-floor dining room in downtown Aurora.

Bocaditos Café Authentic Argentinian street food, pastries, and coffee. El Taco Grande Relaxed, authentic Mexican restaurant on Batavia’s River Street.

NORTH AURORA Hardware Eclectic American cuisine with an emphasis on sustainability, most greens grown on-site. Sushi Pirate Quirky, kid-friendly modern sushi restaurant. Taco Madre Gourmet taco & burrito chain.

OSWEGO La Marimba Authentic Mexican cuisine in downtown Oswego. Mason Wok & Sushi Modern Chinese and sushi with a cocktail bar. Sakamoto Japanese Grill & Sushi Sushi and Japanese cuisine. Shu’s Sushi Bar & Grill

Hidden gem sushi restaurant.


Hot Pan Noodles & Dumplings Chongqing cuisine, noodles made from scratch.

Bien Chido Mexican Grill Hip, cozy, highly rated taco stand brings the flavors of Mexico City to downtown Plano.

Swordfish Contemporary Sushi Japanese lounge with creative and traditional sushi rolls and bento.


Tusk Thai Cuisine Gourmet Thai and BYOB in a warm, casual setting.

MONTGOMERY Grumpy Gaucho Food truck favorite for empanadas serves lunch at its downtown storefront.

Hacienda Real Dishes rooted in traditional family recipes presented with a modern interpretation on Mexican cuisine in a lively, upscale setting. Mandrake Chef-owned New American eatery with small plates & curated wine pairings. Que Brava Authentic Mexican grill in a modern space with inspired specialty dishes.

Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery


Aurora New farmhouse-style brunch spot featuring indulgent specialties like S’Moreo Pancakes.

Harner’s Bakery & Restaurant

Coffee,Sweets & More AURORA Banana Split Seasonal walk-up with signature desserts.

Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery Outstanding new gourmet ice cream shop in downtown Aurora.

Oswego Family Restaurant

Deri Delite Patio parlor with fun flavors and a menu of snacks.

Endiro Coffee Tree-to-cup specialty coffee grown in Uganda and roasted in Aurora.

North Aurora Local favorite for generations, from breakfast pastries to award-winning fried chicken.

Oswego Classic diner in the heart of downtown Oswego serving up tasty breakfast & homemade desserts.

SOUTHERN BELLE’S Yorkville Newly renovated spot serving up Southern comfort food for breakfast & lunch.


Two Brothers Roundhouse Café

Artisan roasted coffee & specialty beers. roundhouse

Oberweis Dairy Family-owned dairy with Aurora roots serving up memorable ice cream shakes & sundaes.



Batavia Creamery

Oak + Bean Specialty coffee and wine bar with sandwiches & small plates.

Novelty flavors and vegan options in downtown Batavia.

Haylie B’s Bakery Handcrafted cakes, cupcakes, and dessert bar.

Bagels made from scratch daily.

Limestone Coffee & Tea Coffee shop with breakfast & lunch items.

Kenny Corn Premium popcorn.

New Moon Vegan Yummy vegan baked goods and plant-based treats.

Jake’s Bagels & Deli jakesbagels/menu

La Chicanita Bakery Authentic Mexican cakes, breads, and pastries. La Michoacana Traditional Mexican “Paleteria” experience.

Tredwell Coffee

Tredwell Coffee Small batch coffee, signature sandwiches, and Fox River views.

Society 57 Avocado toast and locally made Modest Coffee in a chic cafe & event space.


Classic Americana on the Lincoln Highway.

MONTGOMERY Atrévete Confections European-style chocolatier and patisserie.

MOKA Drive-thru & walk-up specialty coffee shop.

The Dairy Barn Modern hangout for ice cream & shakes. The Village Grind

Cozy, relaxed coffeehouse in the heart of downtown Oswego.

YORKVILLE Foxy’s Ice Cream Fresh treats along the Fox River at Bicentennial Riverfront Park. GRACE Coffee & Wine Sip and gather at this coffee & wine bar serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 53



Hotels Find the perfect place to spend the night with cozy accommodations at Aurora Area hotels, where you’ll experience the type of stellar service and warm hospitality you’d expect when staying with friends.





2625 W. Sullivan Rd., Aurora 630.907.9977

Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora

Holiday Inn Aurora-North Naperville

2423 Bushwood Dr., Aurora 630.907.2600

2424 W. Sullivan Rd., Aurora 630.806.7400

Perfect location for business, leisure, and extended-stay travelers. Suites include fully equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerator and icemaker, dishwasher, microwave and stovetop. Suites also include spacious work area and free high-speed internet access. Outdoor grills available for guest use.

Located right off I-88 with all-new guest rooms and suites. Amenities include indoor swimming complex with kiddie pool and hot tub. All new rooms and suites as well as new kid suites with bunkbeds. Expansive exercise facility, free high-speed internet access and hot breakfast. Conference center features five different meeting rooms and full A/V capabilities.



Candlewood Suites

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora-Naperville 111 N. Broadway, Aurora 630.896.2800

Aurora’s only downtown hotel features an indoor pool and spa, fitness center, and complimentary hot breakfast buffet. All new rooms and suites as well as amazing kid suites with bunkbeds. Conference services for up to 48 people. Walking distance to Metra rail service to/from Chicago and major attractions in downtown Aurora, including RiverEdge Park and Paramount Theatre.

Homewood Suites by Hilton

4320 Meridian Pkwy., Aurora 630.978.2222 All-suite hotel designed for business, leisure, or relocation. Spacious one-bedroom and twobed/bath suites come with complimentary hot breakfast buffet and evening dinner receptions. Indoor pool, hot tub, and outdoor sport court. Walking distance to Route 59 Metra rail and minutes from downtown Aurora.

Full-service hotel with outstanding amenities and service. Unwind at the indoor pool and rejuvenate at the 24-hour fitness center. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet, business center, and easy access to major expressways. Banquet meeting space for up to 40 guests with full-service dining menus.


Super 8 by Wyndham Aurora-Naperville 4228 Longmeadow Dr., Aurora 630.423.8668

Comfort and value come with your room at the Super 8 Aurora. Conveniently located right off Route 34 and close to I-88, this hotel is within easy reach of Chicago and a number of popular local destinations like Paramount Theatre, Hollywood Casino, and Fox Valley Mall. 55


Quality Inn

4005 Gabrielle Ln., Aurora 630.820.3400 Enjoy the combination of cozy accommodations and friendly service at the Quality Inn hotel in Aurora. Signature Q Bed in all guest rooms features a comfortable, premium mattress and linens, a generous supply of fluffy pillows and a soft, plush blanket. Close to Route 59 and Fox Valley Mall.


Rodeway Inn North Aurora 201 Smoke Tree Ln., North Aurora 331.205.1700 Keep travel simple at this budget hotel with 120 guest rooms including king, queen, doubles, and king suites equipped with kitchenettes for convenience. Ample free parking and economical amenities including free wi-fi and 40-inch in-room TV.



Comfort Inn & Suites 308 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora 630.897.7695

Get a great night’s rest at this newly renovated hotel, conveniently located near major attractions and I-88. Indoor pool and modern fitness center, free wi-fi, microwave and refrigerator in room, and premium bedding. Spacious modern lobby with free coffee and fireplaces.



2055 Wiesbrook Dr., Oswego 630.844.4700 Experience warmth and convenience with small-town hospitality and easy access to the big city. Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast, indoor pool, high-speed internet, and business center. Near major attractions and close proximity to Stuart Sports Complex.


My Place Hotel

1000 Kilbery Lane, North Aurora 630.256.8485 Brand new hotel located just steps from one of the top dining destinations in the region. Great for short-term and long-term travelers. Tapville Social on premises offers craft beer and wine, and a scenic patio. Convenient to I-88, The Turf Room, and Mooseheart.


AmericInn by Wyndham Oswego 1050 Douglas Rd., Oswego 630.554.9090

Travelers love the Amish-style furnishings and antiques featured throughout the lobby and breakfast area at AmericInn Lodge & Suites. Relax by the cozy stone fireplace or make a splash at the indoor pool and hot tub.

NORTH AURORA, IL 1000 Kilbery Lane · North Aurora, IL 60542 (630) 256-8485 ·

PET FRIENDLY · Toll Free (855) 200-5685 · Each hotel is independently owned and operated.


Hampton Inn Yorkville 310 E. Countryside Pkwy., Yorkville 630.553.9805 Wake up to Hampton’s free hot breakfast before you kayak, swim, or enjoy some fun in the sun. Located minutes from the charm and excitement of historic downtown Yorkville, the state’s largest waterpark, and outdoor adventures on the Fox River.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Yorkville


Super 8 by Wyndham Yorkville

577 E. Kendall Drive, Yorkville 630.882.0600

1510A N. Bridge St., Yorkville 630.553.1634

Yorkville’s newest hotel property offers a complimentary hot breakfast bar, indoor pool and hot tub, high-speed internet, fitness center, and business center for your traveling convenience.

Find comfortable accommodations and time-saving amenities at the Super 8 by Wyndham Yorkville. Head to the Fox River for boating or canoeing or walk the riverfront to see everything from farmers markets to local festivals. 57


THE HOMESTEAD 1854 611 E. Main St., Plano 630.552.4322

BOUTIQUE RETREATS Creative options for a focused getaway.


Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds featuring a labyrinth and hedge maze, this 1854 Italianate country cottage is an exquisite setting for corporate, private, and social events. From intimate weddings to team building and wellness retreats, this unique property emanates character. Conveniently located within minutes of Amtrak and the world-famous Farnsworth House.

n u F d n i k a f o One BLACKBERRY FARM Now accepting reservations for our new barn wedding venue. 100 S. BARNES ROAD, AURORA, IL 60506 • 630-892-1550 59

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Discover attractive venues with outstanding amenities at the event and reception spaces of the Aurora Area. Belle Salle Banquets

Ashley Farm


Laid-back luxury at a premier open-air venue.


Tasteful country venue for events with memorable touches throughout.


Elegant accommodations at an upscale venue with a spacious ballroom.


The Barn at Blackberry Farm is a beautifully appointed, one-of-a-kind setting. weddings-at-the-farm

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Blackberry Farm

Loft-like luxury with bespoke furnishings in an unparalleled renovation.

Loft 28 West

Fox River’s Edge Theatre A hospitality space where creativity flows, teams collaborate, and people come together.

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Northfork Farm

LOFT 28 WEST Above Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Aurora, this modern loft space hosts memorable events.

NORTHFORK FARM Events with pastoral charm at this thoroughbred horse farm.

Society 57 Rich history & modern design with picturesque river views.

THE HOMESTEAD 1854 Spirited and refined experiences that marry vintage appeal with modern amenities.

PARAMOUNT THEATRE Your big day is Paramount’s next production, with a red carpet entrance and your name in lights. weddings

Society 57

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The Homestead 1854

Paramount Theatre

Elegant, rustic country barn venue on seven acres of exclusive, picturesque farmland with barn and outdoor ceremony spaces. 61

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