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WELCOME TO THE AURORA AREA Check out all that the Aurora Area has to offer.

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04 OUR COMMUNITIES 19 DINING 26 FESTIVALS & EVENTS 29 NIGHTLIFE 30 AURORA AREA HIGHLIGHTS 32 OUTDOOR 38 WATER PARKS 41 FAMILY FUN 44 SHOPPING 48 MARKETS 50 ACCOMMODATIONS 56 MEETINGS & EVENTS 58 WEDDINGS

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On the Cover: A team of paddlers embarks on the Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race, a Fox River tradition since 1961. Photo by Mary Beth Nolan for the Fox Valley Park District. 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: Abbey Farms, Air Classics Museum, Amanda Leutenberg, AmericInn Lodge & Suites Oswego, Arranmore Farm & Polo Club, Ashley Farm, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Bari Baskin / Time Stops Photography, Ben Harding, Big Rock Plowman’s Park Board, Bountiful Blessings Farm, Brittany Tripp, Candlewood Suites, Chicago Premium Outlets, Chris Rizzuto Photography, City of Aurora, Comfort Inn & Suites, Company 251, Crusade Burger Bar, Emerson Creek Pottery & Tea Room, Endiro Coffee, Esther’s Place, Farnsworth House, Fermilab, Fox Bend Golf Course, Fox Valley Inn, Fox Valley Mall, Fox Valley Park District, Fox Valley Winery, Funway, Gillerson’s Grubbery, Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora, Hampton Inn Yorkville, Hardware Sustainable Gastropub & Brewery, Holiday Inn Aurora-North Naperville, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora-Naperville, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago-Oswego, Hollywood Casino Aurora, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Jeff Goldberg, Kiss the Sky, Laurel + Prairie / Storytelling Photography, Liz Lauren, Mary Beth Nolan, More Polish Pottery, Motel 6, My Place Hotels, North Aurora Days, Northern Illinois Hunting & Fishing Days, Obe Arellano, Oswego Country Market, Oswegoland Park District, Oswegoland Park District, Oswegoland Park District, Paramount Theatre Events, Paramount Theatre, Liz Lauren, Phillips Park Aquatic Center, Plano Synergy Outlet, Quality Inn, Raging Waves Waterpark, Reidar Hahn, RiverEdge Park, River’s Edge Bar & Grill, Rocktown Adventures, Rodeway Inn North Aurora, Schaefer’s Greenhouse & Garden Shop, SciTech Hands-On Museum, Sky Zone Aurora, Southbank Original Barbecue, Steve Buyansky / BYOPhoto, Stephanie Traynor / Shutterwinks Photography, Sugar Grove Family Fun Center, Super 8 Aurora, Super 8 Yorkville, The Homestead 1854, The Law Office Pub & Music Hall, Thomas J. King Photography, Two Brothers Artisan Brewing, United City of Yorkville, Yorkville Parks & Recreation, Vaughan Aquatic Center, Village of North Aurora, Village of Oswego, Vintage 71 Shops Yorkville, Water Street Studios, Waubonsee Community College, Wurst Kitchen. © 2018 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. 5/1/18 40M. 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 trip, please call ahead to confirm information.


Rock on the Riverfront

AURORA Illinois’ second-biggest city is where you can enjoy award-winning theatre, Chicagoland’s newest outdoor concert venue, the region’s best shopping destinations, family fun at unique museums and entertainment centers, and scenic miles of outdoor adventure at parks and nature trails along the Fox River.

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Tour the taquerias, cantinas, and restaurantes of Aurora—from flavorful fare at mom-and-pop taco shops to specialty platters of authentic Mexican cuisine at La Quinta de los Reyes, a downtown restaurant, bar, and event venue. For the plush ambiance of classic Hollywood with a fine dining experience, visit Fairbanks Steakhouse above the Hollywood Casino. Two Brothers Roundhouse serves up the fiercely independent flavors of the beloved artisan brewery paired with responsibly-sourced gastropub fare in a historic venue. Blending old world tradition with culinary flare, Basil’s Greek Dining brings the delicate balance and warmth of Greek comfort food to the modern dining table. Enjoy one-of-a-kind sweet and savory South African delicacies at Pie Boss. For over 100 years, Wurst Kitchen has been supplying Chicagoland with old-world flavors and the finest all-natural brats, sausages, and cured encased meats.

Aurora’s premier shopping destination, Chicago Premium Outlets is one of the largest outlet malls in the Midwest with over 160 stores, offering visitors the most extensive selection of exclusive savings at top-name outlets in Chicagoland. Fox Valley Mall has been an integral part of the Aurora landscape for decades, anchoring the Route 59 retail corridor in Aurora. Fox Valley Mall offers visitors an outstanding shopping experience featuring a mix of top retail brands and a rotating gallery of artisan shops and creative kiosks, along with on-site entertainment centers and dining. Boutique Repeats is an independent, upscale consignment shop with a mission of giving back to the community, supplying women in need with professional attire to help them get back into the workforce. Out of the Attic Antiques sells a unique assortment of antiques, collectibles, vintage, and retro in one of Chicagoland’s largest antique malls. Aurora’s Farmers Market, the oldest farmers market in Illinois, gathers hundreds of vendors offering fresh produce, cheeses, baked goods, and a diverse selection of handcrafted products.

Take a step back in time at Blackberry Farm, a family-friendly destination featuring play areas for all ages and a living history museum that brings Aurora’s pioneer history to life. Nearby aquatic center Splash Country Water Park features the second-longest lazy river in Illinois, a six-lane zero-depth pool, slides and sand playing areas, plus a full concession stand with umbrella tables. Enjoy seasonal events, picturesque grounds, and a rustic-chic venue at Abbey Farms where you can find simple old-fashioned fun and create new and lasting memories. The crown jewel of Aurora’s parks, Phillips Park offers a variety of fun amenities for all ages and interests—the 325-acre park is home to a zoo, golf course, aquatic center, Sunken Garden, and a mile-long walking trail where you can enjoy wraparound views of Mastodon Lake. Take your fun to new heights at the world’s first indoor trampoline park, Sky Zone Aurora, or enjoy two full floors of arcade, billiards, bowling, pingpong, and private karaoke rooms at Round 1 Bowling & Amusement, both near Fox Valley Mall. Watch Aurora’s hometown team, the Aurora 88s, skate to roller derby glory, or enjoy a glide around the rink at Aurora Skate Center.

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RiverEdge Park Aurora’s newest hangout and the largest outdoor concert venue in the western suburbs, this breathtaking 10-acre music venue is home to legendary acts and today’s hottest stars at events like Blues on the Fox and the Summer Concert Series. Reserve your seats early or get VIP access to the Rooftop Deck with panoramic views of the Fox River and the Aurora skyline.

Chicago Premium Outlets Shop exclusive deals on over 160 designer brands at the Midwest’s largest outdoor outlet mall.

Abbey Farms

Two Brothers Roundhouse

Home to Kane County’s largest corn maze, Abbey Farms is where you can grow your own memories over the harvest & holiday seasons.

Discover the big, bold flavors of Two Brothers artisan beer, coffee, and spirits at this historic gastropub.

Award-Winning Broadway Series Paramount Theatre Breathtaking performances. Largerthan-life sets. The Paramount Theatre is where you can find a critically acclaimed, award-winning Broadway Series as well as the biggest names in live entertainment.

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BATAVIA Historic charm meets cutting-edge science.

Batavia Main Street This community organization produces an action-packed calendar of events year-round in downtown Batavia, including Second Fridays and the Batavia Farmers Market, as well as signature events like BatFest, Batavia Oktoberfest, and the Downtown Block Party & Taste of Batavia.

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Fermilab Contemporary art and architecture are a going concern at Fermilab thanks to the vision of its founding director, Robert Wilson, who insisted the site be more aesthetically compelling than a collection of block buildings. Fermilab’s Art & Lecture Series hosts globally recognized speakers and live entertainment at the campus’s Ramsey Auditorium.

In Batavia you’ll find a quaint, historic Main Street lined with boutique shops and intimate locales for dinner and drinks. A sinuous Riverwalk dotted by a collection of windmills hearkens back to Batavia’s early industrial role as the leading windmill manufacturer in the United States. Today, Batavia is known for another type of energy entirely: dark matter. Founded in 1967, Fermilab is the U.S. Department of Energy’s most publicly accessible site, where fundamental questions of the physical universe are investigated by an international team of scientists. Fermilab’s Natural Areas offer over 6,800 acres of pristine wilderness and wildlife, and are home to a photogenic herd of American bison, one of the region’s most popular attractions. Visitors spending time in Batavia should be sure to check out Batavia’s Farmers Market, where you can shop from a collection of artisan breadmakers, coffee roasters, and farm-fresh produce stands on the River Street woonerf (a Dutch-inspired brick-laid shared space for pedestrians and autos). An actionpacked calendar of festivals and events attracts locals and visitors alike to Batavia’s charming downtown shops, eateries, and gallery receptions at Water Street Studios. Fun for the whole family is available year-round at Funway, the largest entertainment center of its kind in Illinois. The area’s oldest swimming facility is also its largest.

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Water Street Studios The cornerstone of the local arts community, Water Street Studios hosts gallery receptions on the second Friday of each month, as well as the annual Blues & Roots on Water Street music festival.

Hall Quarry Beach welcomes visitors all summer long to swim, dive, and splash at a site that was once used as a mining deposit for rebuilding after the Chicago Fire. The Batavia Depot Museum holds artifacts and exhibitions describing interesting facts and legends, and its gift shop is stocked with souvenirs and unique locally made merchandise.


Historic Agri-Events Big Rock Plowing Match Step back in time with this plowing competition dating back over 120 years. The Big Rock Plowing Match includes a horse show, arts & craft vendors, carnival rides, bakedgood competitions and auctions, and great fun for the whole family. Enjoy a wholesome festival and live entertainment on the pastoral grounds at Plowman’s Park.

BIG ROCK Rural hometown charm with handmade arts.

Fiber Arts Classes

More Polish Pottery ▼ Enjoy a unique shopping experience at this hidden gem specialty ceramic boutique. Each piece for sale is handmade in Poland, carrying on a tradition dating back to the 14th century.

Esther's Place

SEE & DO This proud small town is a popular camping, hunting, and fishing getaway amongst rolling hills and unspoiled natural beauty. The annual Big Rock Plowing Match is a tradition going back decades, where visitors can enjoy a wholesome festival with live entertainment, a horse show and carnival, and get a glimpse at the strength, skill, and precision required to maintain the attractive farm fields of the surrounding area. Esther’s Place, a bed-and-breakfast in an idyllic sheep farm setting, educates visitors about crafting traditions with fiber arts classes, as well as providing locally sourced knitting wool. More Polish Pottery, the Midwest’s largest retailer of Polish-made pottery, is also located in Big Rock.

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Join in a memorable experience at Esther’s Place, where you can learn how to make handmade crafts and gifts from real homespun wool.

The Big Rock Forest Preserve offers miles of wooded trails suitable for hiking and horseback riding, as well as a beautiful quarry lake that’s popular with anglers and paddlers. Nearly 100 vehicle-accessible, powered campsites with fire rings are available here, offering creature comforts in the great outdoors. An additional dozen or so primitive, tent-only sites are also available for outdoorsy types who prefer to rough it underneath big prairie skies.


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Windy City Soaring turns dreams of flight into a reality. Take an introductory ride and glide high-altitude thermals in towplanes and sailplanes.

HINCKLEY Drive in to a small-town slice of Americana.

Dairy Joy Situated on the historic Lincoln Highway, Dairy Joy is a classic American drive-in where appetites are quickly satisfied and memories are made.

SEE & DO The small town of Hinckley is home to archival treasures at its Historical Society Museum, where visitors can see pioneer life unfurl in a series of exhibits and dioramas, including a feature on notable homes, railroad history, and the prehistoric mammals that once walked these lands. A memorable bit of history about Hinckley also includes the fact that the Harlem Globetrotters traveled here to play their very first road game all the way back in 1927. Hinckley is proud of its past and it shows in the preservation of old-fashioned eats and treats at Dairy Joy, a 50’s style drive-in that’s popular with locals and a must-see road-trip destination.

Bountiful Blessings xx Four generations of farmers have kept up this roadside farmstand where fresh produce, pumpkins, and homemade prepared foods are sold.

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Stop, have a bite, and relax awhile. The cozy confines of the Hinckley Café is a timeless roadtrip attraction with a friendly family atmosphere along U.S. Route 30. Windy City Soaring provides a unique perspective to visitors. At this attraction, you can hop in a glider and enjoy awesome aerial views of Hinckley and the surrounding area while cresting mile-high thermals way up where native red-tailed hawks and eagles soar. Photographers can enjoy lower-altitude journeys in order to capture every splendid detail of the striking landscape in and around Hinckley.


Festivals & Family Fun

Montgomery Fest

MONTGOMERY Active lifestyles welcome in this growing community on the Fox River.

Stuart Sports Complex Visitors can enjoy a vast array of recreation at one of the largest sports complexes in the Midwest and a premier location for tournaments, including the 2018 USA Ultimate Masters Championships.

Each summer, Montgomery Fest brings together neighbors and friends from throughout the area to enjoy a weekend of family fun along the banks of the Fox River in downtown Montgomery.

SEE & DO Rich history surrounds you in Montgomery, from the historic Gray’s Mill, a five-story stone structure now home to acclaimed restaurant South Moon BBQ, to the Dickson-Murst Farm, a restored historical farm preserve where kids of all ages can get a glimpse into the agricultural roots of the Aurora Area. Settler’s Cottage Museum is the oldest remaining structure in the village dating back to a decade before its incorporation in the 1850’s – a volunteer effort and tremendous community support to revitalize the building was recognized with a Governor’s Home Town Award for restoration. Montgomery Park hugs the Fox River, offering scenic views, prolific fishing, and winding, well-maintained sections of the Fox River Trails for cycling. Each August, the community comes together in the town’s center for Montgomery Fest, a weekend of activities that includes a carp derby, talent show, live entertainment, and frosty craft beer. The area’s largest sports venue, Stuart Sports Complex, is located in Montgomery just west of Aurora, where over 30 soccer fields and 8 lighted flex baseball/softball fields attract tournaments and events at all levels of competition. An on-site dog park is one of the largest in the Aurora Area, giving owners and their pets a safe, enclosed plot of land full of activities to practice off-leash training and agility.

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Dickson-Murst Farm This historical family farm opens to the public several times a year for family-friendly events, interactive farming exhibitions, and concerts featuring local string bands.


Riverfront Park

NORTH AURORA

This hidden gem, nestled on the east bank of the Fox River in the heart of North Aurora, is where you can find picture-perfect views and spirited community celebrations. Picnic, play, or begin your outdoor adventures here.

Vintage shopping, upscale dining, and a picturesque stretch of Fox River shoreline.

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Some of the Aurora Area’s most celebrated restaurants can be found here, perfect options for a hearty meal after you’ve worked up an appetite exploring the trails or enjoying destination shopping at nearby malls. Hardware Sustainable Gastropub & Brewery has made an immediate impact on Chicagoland’s dining scene due to its inventive menu composed of locally sourced ingredients, many of which are grown on-site at the restaurant’s greenhouse, orchard, and living wall. Sister restaurant The Turf Room is a 2017 winner of Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence for its deep commitment to its wine program matching up to a seasonally rotating menu of eclectic American cuisine. A North Aurora original, Oberweis Dairy is headquartered here, and you can visit its factory location to enjoy mouth-watering fountain treats, ice cream, and pick up a signature glass gallon of dairy-farm-fresh milk to take with you.

At the heart of North Aurora’s charming riverfront, Past & Present Shoppes features a rotating collection of eclectic vintage, antiques, and handmade home décor. Pair your visit with a stop at The Vintage Market, one of the largest vintage shops in the area, housing dozens of unique vendors. If your taste in vintage shopping runs more toward the absurd and unexpected, check out retro curiosities ranging from skulls to salvaged neon signs at Scott’s Vintage Antiques and Collectibles. Shop vintage guitars and amps at Cremer Guitarworks, a trusted repair shop in the Fox Valley for over 40 years. For bicycle service, sales, and repairs, visit Pedal & Spoke LTD, a bike shop and organizer of special events, including moonlit group rides along the Fox River. Anchored by JC Penney and Target, North Aurora Towne Center is where you can find big-box convenience while you’re in town.

A prized piece of Fox Valley Park District property snug against the eastern shoreline of the Fox River, Red Oak Nature Center offers outdoor educational programming for children and families year-round, with popular events like Maple Fest in the spring and Bug Fest in the summer. North Aurora Days brings the community together for a carnival, food & beer tents, live entertainment, and a panoramic fireworks display. In the winter months, Red Oak Nature Center and its connecting parks are popular with birdwatchers aiming to get up-close views of the majestic migratory American bald eagles that nest in the tall trees here. Another winter highlight is located at nearby Mooseheart, where one of Chicagoland’s largest holiday light displays is held every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. North Aurora’s Riverfront Park is a popular destination for picnics, concerts, and community festivals. The shoreline just south of the park is a great spot to put in a kayak or canoe for a paddle down the Fox River to Aurora.

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Cremer Guitarworks

Epic Creamery

Specializing in fretted instrument repair since 1975, Cremer Guitarworks is also home to a treasure trove of new and used guitars, amps, and gear.

Hardware Oberweis Ice Cream & Dairy

With a mission of sustainability that extends from its reclaimed architecture to the “living wall” that greets you with fresh herbs and greens, Hardware is an acclaimed new entrant on Chicagoland’s culinary scene. Sample over 400 different whiskeys or beers brewed from hops at the on-site B.B.G.B. Hop Farm.

Turn onto Ice Cream Drive and visit the Oberweis Ice Cream & Dairy store, where you can enjoy a flavorful fountain creation or pick up some of its award-winning milk to go.

Learn more at enjoyillinois.com/illinois-made.

Past & Present Shoppes Visit this quaint boutique on the Fox River overflowing with a tasteful collection of antiques, vintage, and collectibles, plus a growing assortment of handcrafted home goods.

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The Festival You Know By Heart

OSWEGO Rooted in community, the splendor of its natural spaces, and a friendly, forward-thinking sensibility, Oswego is where you’ll find unique attractions and an eclectic downtown shopping & dining scene.

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Fuel up for a day of shopping or outdoor adventure with fresh roasted coffee and breakfast bites at The Village Grind, located in the heart of downtown Oswego. Sample kitchen classics served on namesake handmade pottery at Emerson Creek Tearoom, where you can enjoy a delicious homemade lunch and the rustic-chic décor. For craft beers and American comfort food, visit the Tap House Grill in downtown Oswego. Nearby Firehouse Pizza & Pub offers signature pizzas with a firehouse theme and spacious outdoor patio. Savor the flavors of American soul food at Kiss My Dish Soul Kitchen. Benny’s Place is a great spot for brunch through dinner with a fully stocked bar. In the mood for a sweet treat, like an old-fashioned ice cream cone? Walk or bike up to Dairy Hut, a slice of Americana on Main Street in downtown Oswego. Pearce’s Pub & Grill, the “19th hole” at Fox Bend Golf Club, sports a new menu and a new look for 2018 after an extensive renovation.

Are you a wine lover, or do you have one on your list? Shop the collection of handcrafted, awardwinning Illinois wines of Fox Valley Winery— their artfully decorated tasting room is a perfect spot to sip and sample the bright whites, robust reds, and smooth dessert wines offered here. Visit the Emerson Creek Pottery Shop for a wide array of handcrafted gifts and accessories, plus the full line of signature Emerson Creek painted pottery and bakeware. Quilters will find a lot to love at Prairie Stitches Quilt Shoppe, a full-service quilting supply shop stocked with patterns, fabrics, and quilting accessories. Downtown Oswego is home to dozens of unique, contemporary shops with a variety of wares, from chic apparel at Bella-Gia Boutique and artisan goods at Hudson Design House, to handmade natural bath & aromatherapy products at Aroma Roots and gourmet spices at A Pinch of Happiness Spice Shop. Handcrafted from locally sourced lumber, DeMont Guitars offers custom instruments, vintage parts, and specially licensed Guyatone products. The Oswego Country Market is a great place to bring the whole family to stroll away Sunday morning among those who grow, make, cook, or prepare their products for this fun farmers market.

Since opening to the public in 2011, Arranmore Farm & Polo Club has attracted thousands of visitors each season to its signature CabCab concert series, Wine Down Wednesdays, and Sunset Yoga. Polo matches, including the 4th Annual Arranmore Polo Classic and Chicago Polo Women’s Invitational, are a unique draw in the region, offering a fun atmosphere for your tailgate experience. Emerson Creek hosts a series of Backroads Vintage Market events monthly from June through November, where you can shop one-of-a-kind items from furniture to fashions and architectural salvage. Foodies, craft beer aficionados, and fans of indie music have a lot to look forward to in Oswego, from Wine on the Fox and Brew at the Bridge to the monthly Oswego Beats & Eats street fest. Enjoy main stage entertainment and vendor tents featuring top chefs, wineries, and breweries from throughout the region at PrairieFest, Oswego’s four-day celebration of community held over Father’s Day weekend.

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PrairieFest The spirit of Oswego is celebrated at the party of the year, with four days of craft food & beverage, a range of fun activities, and main stage entertainment from some of the biggest bands around.

Arranmore Farm & Polo Club Inspiration comes naturally to the people of Arranmore Farm & Polo Club, where you can experience exclusive events like their CabCab concert series, Wine Down Wednesdays, and of course, premier polo matches.

Emerson Creek Do lunch in the Tearoom, browse namesake ceramics at the farmhouse shop, and plan your next big event on the elegant grounds at Emerson Creek.

Fox Valley Winery

Oswego Beats & Eats

Fox Valley Winery specializes in creating small batches of handcrafted, award-winning wines, many of which are estate- grown on their local vineyard.

A celebration of the variety and importance of independent music, art, food, and culture hits the streets of downtown Oswego throughout the summer.

Street Fest Jams

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Modernism Defined

Farnsworth House

PLANO Where iconic architecture meets the Man of Steel.

The Homestead 1854 Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds featuring a labyrinth and hedge maze, this 1854 Italianate country cottage is reminiscent of rural Tuscan villas, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Farnsworth House is a vital part of American iconography, an exemplary representation of both the International Style of architecture as well as the modernist movement of the mid-20th century.

SEE & DO In the middle of the 20th century, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe constructed a home here on a gorgeous stretch of the Fox River where its owner, Dr. Edith Farnsworth, could enjoy the restorative peace and quiet presented by the home’s lush surroundings. The Farnsworth House, as it was to be called, set the bar for midcentury modern domestic living and represents the ultimate expression of van der Rohe’s vision of clarity and simplicity for modern architecture. Tourists from around the world travel to Plano to enjoy the sanctuary-like grandeur of the Farnsworth House as well as its small-town appeal. Here you’ll also come across the Smallville Museum and the annually celebrated Smallville Superfest honoring Plano’s status as a primary filming location in 2013’s Man Of Steel Superman movie. The Homestead 1854, a historically significant boutique inn and events venue that serves as a popular destination for weddings and creative retreats, affords visitors a luxurious departure from which to rest and recharge with candlelight yoga, a beautifully landscaped labyrinth, private dining, and wellappointed meeting space.

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Plano Synergy Outlet Built on innovation and passion for the craft, Plano Synergy Outlet is a wholesale distributor founded by and for America’s anglers, hunters, and those who love the outdoors.


Take Flight

Air Classics Museum

SUGAR GROVE Lush natural beauty and family-friendly fun.

Virgil L. Gilman Nature Trail Spanning over 10 miles and linking the sylvan campus of Waubonsee Community College to Fox River Trails, the Virgil L. Gilman Nature Trail offers a scenic corridor to stroll, jog, or cycle.

Preserving the dream of aviation for generations to come is the mission of Air Classics Museum. The collection of aircraft at Air Classics spans the history of flight, including combat tested planes and helicopters.

SEE & DO In the Village of Sugar Grove, you’ll discover an extraordinary set of attractions, flourishing greenery, and a tight-knit community that comes together each year to celebrate its agricultural history. Here you’ll find unique events, cuttingedge conference space, and peaceful walkways at the main campus of Waubonsee Community College. Set against the captivating scenery of Sugar Grove’s countryside sits Rich Harvest Farms, one of America’s most prestigious golf courses and host of the 2017 NCAA DI Golf Championships and the 2021 Arnold Palmer Cup. Bliss Woods is where you can enjoy an engrossing encounter with the region’s woodlands, as well as rare geological features that survived glacial erosion many thousands of years ago. The Virgil L. Gilman Nature Trail cuts laterally through the area, a boon to cyclists and runners. At Sugar Grove Family Fun Center, kids of all ages will find something to enjoy, from mini-golf to go-karting. Air Classics Museum, located near the Aurora Municipal Airport, showcases the history of civil and military aviation for visitors of all ages through exhibits and handson experiences. The Bliss House Museum offers tourists a look into what the town was like as far back as 1838, when the P.Y. Bliss House & Store was the premier shopping destination in the area.

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Sugar Grove Family Fun Center There’s something for everyone to enjoy at this outdoor amusement park with two go-kart tracks, a miniature golf course, bumper boats & water wars, plus a game room and lighted golf range.

The Sugar Grove Corn Boil celebrates the deep roots and development of this former farming community with good old-fashioned fun activities like a pie bake-off and some of the sweetest sweet corn you can find in the Midwest.


Summer Solstice

Outdoor Live Events

Good bands, good beer, good vibes: celebrate summer’s longest days with Summer Solstice, Yorkville’s own indie music & craft beer festival on the Fox River at Bicentennial Riverfront Park.

YORKVILLE The Fox River provides a backdrop for outdoor adventure and a vibrant music scene.

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Yorkville is a hidden gem for foodies, with mouthwatering regional cuisine around every corner. Start by visiting Crusade Burger Bar, where outstanding craft burgers and largerthan-life desserts are sure to fill you up yet leave you wanting more. A local fixture for over 25 years, Rowdy’s offers over 100 specialty combinations in their extensive “Burger Playbook,” but don’t overlook their famous hog wings. Enjoy expertly smoked meats and wraparound views of the Fox River from the patio at Southbank Original Barbecue. Killer margaritas and authentic Mexican cuisine are the highlight at Casa Santiago, as well as live entertainment from local songwriters. Foxy’s Ice Cream is a favorite stop for tasty hand-dipped desserts after a day out on the river or at one of Yorkville’s many fun festivals. Steaks, chops, and seafood shine in a rustic char-house atmosphere at Blackstone Bar and Grill. Prime rib specials and signature cocktails are the highlights at Lakeview Grille. Chefinspired Mexican cuisine at Que Brava features parilladas, tampiqueña, mariscos, and more.

For all things vintage, retro, off-the-wall and on it, you’ll find it at Vintage 71 Shops. Boasting a unique and varied assortment of fun, tasteful finds for the home, Vintage 71 Shops hosts dozens of artisans at its eclectic, sprawling farmhouse property just outside of downtown Yorkville. Duy’s Shoes has been making feet comfortable for over 60 years with its friendly full-service professional fitting and a selection of hard-to-find and specialty shoes. You can savor a world of flavors with a visit to The Olive Gallery. In a setting reminiscent of a Tuscan farmhouse kitchen, you can indulge your senses in a sampling of the finest selection of small batch Mediterranean vinegars and olive oils. Pair your newly purchased seasonings with a visit to Dave’s Meat Market, where you’ll find a fine selection of fresh meats, deli, and seafood. Anchored by Kohls, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and a Super Target, Yorkville’s Kendall Marketplace is a one-stop shopping destination for clothing, consumer staples, and outdoor gear.

Yorkville is home to the largest water park in the state, Raging Waves Waterpark, where you can find #OutrageousFun all summer long. Thrill down over 20 different styles of breathtaking waterslides, do battle with the gigantic wave pool, or float the lazy river. Quokka-Nut Island, a new addition in 2018, brings four new exciting slides and interactive play features for lil’ visitors under 48” tall. More watery outdoor adventure can be found on the Fox River in downtown Yorkville, where the Marge Cline Whitewater Course offers paddlers of all skill levels a challenging quarter-mile trek down a steep but forgiving grade. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent from local outfitters The Yak Shack. No trip to Yorkville is complete without a visit to The Law Office Pub & Music Hall, an independent music institution hosting some of the nation’s best touring acts in a gorgeous, intimate venue. The Law Office hosts a craft beer & indie music festival, Summer Solstice, at Yorkville’s Bicentennial Riverfront Park. Enjoy outdoor adventure and wildlife education at Northern Illinois Hunting & Fishing Days, held annually at Silver Springs State Fish & Wildlife Area.

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Crusade Burger Bar This gourmet burger bar in downtown Yorkville has been blowing up the internet with its rotating selection of signature burgers and desserts.

Whitewater Adventure

Raging Waves Waterpark Raging Waves is Illinois’ largest water park, with a collection of over 20 breathtaking waterslides, private cabanas, a giant wave pool, and brand-new interactive play areas for kids.

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Marge Cline Whitewater Course Paddling the Fox River just got a lot more fun! Whether you’re a novice or expert paddler, we’re sure you’ll have a great experience navigating this state-of-the-art whitewater course in downtown Yorkville.


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Local Color DINING

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waken your senses with a meal in the Aurora Area. Discover eclectic fare representing cuisines from all over the globe. Whatever your taste, each of the restaurants listed in these pages has a dish ready to please your palate and satisfy your senses.

Hardware Sustainable Gastropub Built from the ground up with a mission to promote sustainability, the Aurora Area’s newest gastropub appeals to craft beer lovers with an adventurous take on traditional styles. Eclectic lunch and dinner menus include vegetarian-friendly shareable small plates, house-cured charcuterie, and a rotating selection of mouthwatering specials.

The Aurora Area is home to a delicious combination: some of Chicagoland’s newest and most celebrated eateries, as well as local institutions that have brought friends and families together over meals for decades. For more info visit enjoyaurora.com/Dining.

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AURORA Banana Split Seasonal institution serving signature banana splits from this walk-up stand on Aurora’s near east side. 820 Church Rd. 630.896.8680 bananasplitinc.com Ballydoyle Irish Pub Traditional Irish food and drink in a cozy pub with live music and events. 28 W. New York St. 630.844.0400 ballydoylepub.com

Domo 77 (Hibachi and Sushi) Family-friendly Japanese grill with an extensive sushi menu. 4097 Healthway Dr. 630.692.0030 domo77.com Don Walker’s Sandwich Center Family favorite for over 50 years. Gourmet Italian beef sandwiches. 257 W. New York St. 630.896.7850 donwalkerssandwich.com

Jake’s Bagels & Deli Aurora

Gillerson’s Grubbery Specialty burgers and appetizers pair well with the rotating selection of the Midwest’s finest craft beers offered at this cheerful downtown destination. 33 W. New York St. 630.340.3719 gillersons.com See ad on page 25. Hopvine Brewing Company Craft brewery pairing signature beer styles with eclectic lunch, dinner, and happy hour food. 4030 Fox Valley Center Dr. 630.229.6030 hopvinebrewingcompany.com Jake’s Bagels & Deli Beloved bagel deli featuring dozens of flavored spreads. Great views of the Fox River from the outdoor patio. 220 N. Broadway 630.906.0332 Find us on Facebook La Chicanita Bakery Popular family-owned bakery serving authentic Mexican breads, pastries, cakes, and desserts. 700 E. New York St. #110 630.499.8845 lachicanitabakery.com

Basils Greek Dining Polished casual Greek tavern serving classic Mediterranean comfort food. 4000 Fox Valley Center Dr. 630.692.1300 basilsgreekdining.com Chopsticks Noodle & Thai Café Spacious, clean fast-casual Thai stir-fries and curries near Fox Valley Mall. 375 S. Rt. 59 630.898.6898 chopstickscafe.net Colonial Café Regional favorite for diner food and ice cream desserts. Try a World Famous Kitchen Sink®. 1961 W. Galena Blvd. 630.844.2444 colonialicecream.com

Endiro Coffee Unique Ugandan café serving “tree to cup” coffee and made-to-order sandwiches. Patio seating spring-fall. 29 W. New York St. 630.256.6683 endirocoffee.com Epic Buffet at Hollywood Casino Aurora Diverse all-you-can-eat casino restaurant featuring Sunday brunch and Friday seafood. 1 W. New York St. 800.285.7600 hollywoodcasinoaurora.com Fairbanks Steakhouse at Hollywood Casino Aurora Fine dining and award-winning steaks in an upscale setting. 1 W. New York St. 800.285.7600 hollywoodcasinoaurora.com

La France Bakery Traditional and creative Mexican sweet cakes and pastries in an elegant Downtown Aurora location. 118 E. Galena Blvd. 630.892.1900 lafrancebakeryaurora.com La Quinta de los Reyes Savor the authentic flavors of Mexico with signature parilladas, tasty margaritas, fresh tableside guacamole and unique live entertainment in Downtown Aurora. 36 E. New York St. 630.859.4000 laquintaaurora.com Leland Legends Pub & Grill Blues-themed bar and restaurant at historic Leland Tower is a popular stop for theatre patrons and First Fridays. 1 S. Stolp Ave. 630.264.5000 lelandlegends.com

Luigi’s Pizza & Fun Center Arcade game room, laser tag arena, party rooms, and delicious pizza. 732 Prairie St. 630.756.5451 luigispizzaandfuncenter.com Miller’s Ale House Spacious, casual sports-pub serving shareable American pub fare and craft beers. 778 N. Rt. 59 630.332.8574 millersalehouse.com Mike & Denise’s Pizzeria & Pub Kid-friendly bar and grill with TVs, outdoor seating, and specialty pizza. 1760 N. Farnsworth Ave. 630.820.7447 mikeanddenises.com O’Malley’s Pub & Eatery Friendly, casual sports bar and live music venue serving Aurora since 1974. 701 Hill Ave. 630.898.8700 omalleysaurora.com Orchard Valley Restaurant Gorgeous views and delicious al fresco dining at Orchard Valley Golf Club. 2411 W. Illinois Ave. 630.907.0600 orchardvalleygolf.com/dining Pie Boss (South African) One-of-a-kind pastry shop serving authentic sweet and savory South African pies. 1649 Montgomery Rd. 630.898.3448 pieboss.com Saddle Up Saloon & Dancehall Country music dancehall with a Tex-Mex menu and an authentic roadhouse feel. 4440 W. Ogden Ave. 630.585.8600 su-foxvalley.org Spartan House Collegiate themed sports bar with specialty burgers, Greek dishes, craft beers, and TVs. 1032 Prairie St. 630.340.4546 spartanhouse.com

Sushi + Rotary Sushi Bar Fun, contemporary sushi bar with an outstanding variety of flavors near Fox Valley Mall. 4430 Fox Valley Center Dr. #106 630.820.1666 rotarysushi.com The Foundry Expansive sports facility with full bar, pub bites, sand volleyball, cigar room, OTB, and billiards. 85 Executive Dr. 630.978.2088 thefoundryonline.com The Patio Local, family-friendly, fastcasual BBQ chain known for ribs and rotisserie chicken. 4400 Fox Valley Center Dr. 630.820.8800 patioribs.com/location/aurora U Samba? Brazilian Café Authentic Brazilian café with an intimate, exotic vibe in downtown Aurora. 37 W. New York St. 630.897.3903 usambacafe.com

BATAVIA Aliano’s Ristorante Family-friendly Italian restaurant specializing in shareable thin-crust pizza, pasta, and seafood. 90 N. Island Ave. 630.406.9400 alianosbatavia.com Bar Evolution Cozy streetside cocktail bar with wine flights, light apps, and live entertainment. 27 N. River St. 630.454.4315 Batavia Creamery Year-round ice cream shop in downtown Batavia offers rotating selection of gourmet flavors. 4 N. Island Av. 630.482.3729 bataviacreamery.com Crosstown Pub & Grill Family-friendly sports bar with unique appetizers and a rotating selection of craft beers. 1890 Mill St. 630.406.0669 xtownpub.com

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Two Brothers Roundhouse Home to the big, bold flavors of Two Brothers full line of artisan beer, coffee, and spirits, this historic railroad building houses a craft beer bar, café, full-service brewpub, live music venue, event space, and one of the largest and most unique beer gardens you’ll ever see. 205 N. Broadway, Aurora 630.264.2739 twobrothersbrewing.com/roundhouse

Daddio’s Diner Batavia institution for burgers and breakfast featuring kitschy, nostalgic décor. 134 W. Wilson St. 630.879.5299 daddiosdiner.biz El Taco Grande Relaxed, authentic Mexican restaurant on Batavia’s River Street. 6 N. River St. 630.406.8415 eltacograndebatavia.com Gaetano’s Tantalizing fusion of regional Italian cuisine in an upscale, romantic location with great views of downtown Batavia. 15 E. Wilson St. 630.406.3009 gaetanosbatavia.com

Gammon Coach House American comfort food and a rotation of rare craft beers. 3 S. Batavia Ave. 630.482.3663 gammoncoachhouse.com Hot Pan Noodles & Dumplings Kid-friendly authentic Chongqing cuisine with unique sodas and craft beers. 227 W. Wilson St. 630.818.5985 Find us on Facebook Limestone Coffee & Tea Warm, inviting coffee shop with daily quiche selection; art gallery. 8 W. Wilson St. 630.454.4556 limestonect.com

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River’s Edge Bar & Grill Locally sourced gastropub fare and smoked meats served from scratch pair with a curated selection of craft beers, sodas, and spirits. Multilevel, dog-friendly outdoor patio seats families for lunch and revelers for open-air concerts April-November. 12 N. River St., Batavia 630.406.9200 theriversedgebatavia.com See ad on page 25.

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HINCKLEY

Pal Joey’s Friendly dine-in restaurant serving specialty pizza and traditional Italian cuisine. 31 N. River St. 630.593.6600 paljoeys.com

Dairy Joy Classic Americana at this unique roadside ice-cream parlor and drive-in. 435 E. Lincoln Ave. 815.286.7701 dairyjoydrivein.com

Salsa Verde Family-owned Mexican restaurant and taqueria unique to the Fox Valley. 107 N. Batavia Ave. 630.425.3521 salsaverderestaurant.com

Hinckley Café Casual, family-style main street diner serving breakfast and lunch daily. 116 E. Lincoln Ave. 815.286.7081 Find us on Facebook

Swordfish Contemporary Sushi Hip, modern Japanese lounge with creative and traditional sushi rolls and bento. 207 N. Randall Rd. 630.406.6463 swordfishsushi.com

J&K’s Half Moon Friendly, small town atmosphere at this tavern with weekly dinner specials. 120 W. Lincoln Ave. 815.286.7303 jkhalfmoon.com

Tribella Bar & Grill Urban bistro with an upscalecasual ambiance serving a blend of Italian and American cuisine. 1900 Mill St. 630.406.9696 tribellagrill.com Tusk Thai Cuisine Gourmet Thai and BYOB in a warm, casual setting. 102 N. River St. 630.406.6995 tuskthaicuisine.com

BIG ROCK Big Rock Café Family-style breakfast and lunch spot with country charm and generous portions. 103 E. Galena St. 630.556.3610 Find us on Facebook

South Moon BBQ Homestyle barbecue and a generous selection of craft beers. 100 E. Lincoln Ave. 815.286.9227 southmoonbbq.com

MONTGOMERY 9er’s Grill Northernmost outpost of this Texas-based fast-casual chain offering Southern-style comfort food. 350 Rt. 30 630.229.0333 Find us on Facebook

George’s Family Restaurant Casual, family-style American diner for over 40 years. 110 Webster St. 630.895.0033 Find us on Facebook Grandma’s Table Mellow diner serving breakfast and homemade soups all day. 1700 Douglas Rd. 630.892.1100 Pig Dog Pub Casual sports bar for lunch, dinner, and drinks near the Fox River Trail. 1250 S. Broadway 630.340.5221 Find us on Facebook Riverview Diner American cuisine served morning to night in a modern setting. 1420 S.E. River Rd. 630.859.3737 riverviewdiner.com South Moon BBQ at the Gray’s Mill Aurora Area BBQ chain located in an historic building set against the Fox River with arcade and full bar. 211 N. River St. 630.340.4657 southmoonbbq.com Taco Madre Gourmet taco and burrito chain unique to Chicagoland. 2112 Baseline Rd. 630.229.6481 tacomadrechicago.com

Gario’s Pizza Villa Relaxed pizza pub with an arcade. 813 Montgomery Rd. 630.898.5300 gariospizza.com

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NORTH AURORA Ari’s Kitchen Co. Specialty homemade soups, breakfast, and lunch. 362 N. Randall Rd. 630.340.3569 Find us on Facebook Bulldog Ale House American pub chain with dozens of craft beers on tap. 459 S. Randall Rd. 630.264.0333 bulldogalehouse.com Harner’s Bakery & Restaurant Old-fashioned bakery and diner that’s been a local favorite since 1960. 10 W. State St. 630.892.4400 harnersbakery.com Noonan’s BBQ & Sports Bar Chow down on smoked meats and have fun playing indoor bags and golf. 19 S. Randall Rd. 630.486.1132 noonansbbqbar.com Oak Street Restaurant & Bar Friendly, spacious restaurant and sports bar. 945 Oak St. 630.301.7207 oakstreetrestaurant.com Oberweis Dairy “Stop when you smell the waffle cones” at the HQ location of this popular Midwestern dairy where you can enjoy sweet treats, premium ice cream, and pick up milk products to go. 951 Ice Cream Dr. 630.801.6131 oberweis.com

Raimondo’s Pizza & Pub Family-friendly handmade pizza and pasta with a lengthy beer list. 1033 Kilbery Ln. 630.301.7727 raimondos.com Sushi Pirate Quirky, kid-friendly modern sushi restaurant. 1139 Oak St. 630.907.8983 sushipiratemenu.com Taco Madre Gourmet taco and burrito chain unique to Chicagoland. 352 N. Randall Rd. 630.340.4137 tacomadrechicago.com The Turf Room Rustic, upscale-casual location with private dining, indoor fire pit, an extensive wine list, signature martinis, and unique gastronomy. 1033 Kilbery Ln. 630.906.9300 theturfroomrestaurant.com

Vietnam Gate Fresh, home cooked Vietnamese pho, banh mi, and signature rice dishes served alongside smoothies and traditional coffee. 321 S. Lincolnway St. 630.299.3585 vietgatepho.com


OSWEGO Benny’s Place Fresh and delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a full bar. 1158 Douglas Rd. 630.554.3966 Find us on Facebook Dairy Hut This old-fashioned ice cream stand is a slice of Americana in downtown Oswego. 121 Main St. 630.554.6800 Find us on Facebook Danelli’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria Family-friendly pizzeria serving Oswego for over 30 years. 228 E. Washington St. 630.554.2990 danellisitalianrestaurant.com

Firehouse Pizza & Pub Signature pizzas, pub grub, and craft brews in downtown Oswego. 65 W. Washington St. 630.551.0800 firehousepizzapub.com

Kiss My Dish Soul Kitchen Contemporary American soul food restaurant with signature chef specials. 4542 Rt. 71 331.999.3465 Find us on Facebook

Oswego Family Restaurant Casual, friendly family-style restaurant in downtown Oswego. 69 Main St. 630.554.0340 Find us on Facebook

Prohibition Junction Sports Bar & Grill Contemporary cocktails and classic American comfort food with a late-night menu. 1031 Station Dr. 630.636.9355 prohibitionjunction.com

Mason Wok & Sushi Modern Chinese and sushi with a cocktail bar. 2735 U.S. Hwy. 34 630.554.6688 masonwoksushioswego.com

Oswego Inn Long-established casual downtown bar serving comfort food. 54 Main St. 630.554.9812 Find us on Facebook

Sakamoto Japanese Grill & Sushi Stylish Japanese grill serving a creative take on classic sushi and delicacies. 2984 U.S. Rt. 34 630.554.2388 sakamotofun.com

My Sister’s Lil Donut Shoppe Classic American donut bakery and coffee shop in the heart of downtown Oswego. 25 S. Madison St. 331.203.2736 Find us on Facebook Oswego Brewing Co. (Opening April 2018) Craft beer tap room in a historic firehouse with games, food trucks. 61 Main St. 331.999.1991 oswegobrewing.com

Portillo’s Classic Chicago-style beef and sausage chain with a fun, family-friendly vibe. 2810 U.S. Rt. 34 630.554.1000 portillos.com Pearce’s Pub & Grill Newly renovated eclectic American restaurant at Fox Bend Golf Club. 3516 U.S. Rt. 34 630.554.8905

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Salsa Verde Family owned Mexican restaurant and taqueria unique to the Fox Valley. 2970 U.S. Rt. 34 630.551.0200 salsaverderestaurant.com Shu’s Sushi Bar & Grill Hidden gem sushi restaurant with a creative, extensive menu. 4566 Rt. 71 630.554.8733 shussushi.com Steve Buresh’s Cheesecake Store & Sandwich Shop Fun fast-casual cheesecake store & sandwich shop. 1019 Station Dr. 630.636.7209 cheesecakestoreonline.com Tap House Grill Serving a rotating selection of craft beers and pub favorites. 123 E. Washington St. 630.383.2020 taphousegrills.com The Village Grind Charming, friendly coffee shop in a cozy vintage home serving homemade baked goods and lunch items daily. 19 S. Main St., Oswego 630.554.6678 villagegrindoswego.com Tuscan Tavern Upscale-casual restaurant with rustic pizzas, shareable apps, and fresh pastas. 4571 State Rt. 71 630.554.9600 tuscantavernoswego.net

Emerson Creek Tearoom Enjoy delicious home-made lunch specials in a rustic setting, where you can sample kitchen classics served in namesake hand-painted pottery. Open seasonally May-November.

PLANO Bien Chido Mexican Grill Hip, cozy, highly rated taco stand brings the flavors of Mexico City to downtown Plano. 10 N. Center St. 630.273.2685 Find us on Facebook

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Ivana’s Café Polish delicacies, pierogis, smoked sausage, and cheese blintzes for breakfast and lunch. 12 W. Main St. 630.429.8127 Find us on Facebook Plano Café Friendly service and traditional family-style dining. 1180 W. U.S. 34 630.273.8095 Find us on Facebook Suzy’s Pizza Pizza and sandwich shop. 141 E. South St. 630.552.1330 suzyspizza.com The Brick Lounge Lively bar and entertainment venue with craft beer. 115 E. South St. 630.780.2103 planobricklounge.com The Harvester Café Updated breakfast and lunch spot in downtown Plano. 400 E. South St. 630.273.8093 Find us on Facebook Uncle Lar’s Pizza Friendly pizza parlor with creative and traditional toppings. 108 W. Main St. 630.552.3535 Find us on Facebook

SUGAR GROVE Calamity Jane’s Bar & Restaurant Full-service bar and weekly entertainment. 9S593 Rt. 47 630.466.4427 calamityjanesplace.com Fireside Grille Steaks, chops, and seafood in a cozy setting with ski lodge ambiance. 49 Sugar Ln. 630.466.4557 thefiresidegrille.com Open Range Southwest Grill Bliss Creek Golf Course’s “19th hole” is a full-service restaurant with a patio. 1 Golfview Ln. 630.466.0727 openrangegrill.com


YORKVILLE

Millhurst Ale House Premium steak and seafood restaurant with an upscale atmosphere. 2075 Marketview Dr. 630.553.4585 millhurstalehouse.com

Blackstone Bar & Grill Inviting, upscale-casual steakhouse with a full bar. 600 E. Veterans Pkwy. 630.882.8305 blackstonebarandgrill.com

Pinheadz Bar & Grill Signature specials and pub food with live entertainment at the Yorkville Bowl. 1211 N. Bridge St. 630.553.0018 Find us on Facebook

Crusade Burger Bar Unique gourmet burger bar with a heavy emphasis on metal music and craft beers and cocktails. 209 S. Bridge St. 630.708.3170 crusadeburger.com

Que Brava Mexican Grill Authentic Mexican grill in a modern space with inspired specialty dishes. 1423 Cannonball Trl. 331.207.8939 quebravarestaurant.com

Foxy’s Ice Cream Popular seasonal ice cream stand near Bicentennial Riverfront Park with signature sundaes. 131 E. Hydraulic St. 630.385.2716 foxysicecream.com

Roadhouse Country Restaurant Down-home bar and grill with a country music theme and live entertainment. 1901 S. Bridge St. 630.385.2571 roadhouseyorkville.com

Lakeview Grille Casual steakhouse with great views from a large outdoor patio. 604 W. Veterans Pkwy. 630.553.3055 lakeviewgrille.com

Rowdy’s Over 100 specialty burgers and signature “hog wings” are served at this local favorite in downtown Yorkville. 210 S. Bridge St. 630.553.5054 rowdysbarandgrill.com

Legend’s Grill & Bar Hearty American pub food and one-of-a-kind dry rub jumbo wings. 620 W. Veterans Pkwy. 630.882.8380 legendsgrillbar.com

Salsa Verde Family-owned Mexican restaurant and taqueria unique to the Fox Valley. 634 W. Veterans Pkwy. 630.553.6931 salsaverderestaurant.com

Mike & Denise’s Pizzeria Bar & Grill Yorkville location of this fun, casual pizza pub with live entertainment. 728 E. Veterans Pkwy. 630.882.9072 mikeanddenises.com

Smokey’s Wood Pit BBQ Locally owned fast-casual BBQ with Chicago-style beef, hot dogs, and yummy desserts. 1002 S. Main St. 630.553.1515 smokeyswoodpit.com Southern Belle’s Pancake House Wholesome breakfast and lunch spot with house specialty pancakes and juice blends. 56 E. Schoolhouse Rd. 630.553.9977 southernbellespancakes.com Steve’s Bakery Popular, no-frills donut shop and coffee bar with a rotating selection of giant pastries. 664 W. Veterans Pkwy. 630.385.2251 Find us on Facebook Suzy’s Bar & Grill Casual bar with sand-pit volleyball and a separate family dining room offers late night eats and signature pizzas. 4353 Tuma Rd. 630.553.6500 suzysyorkville.com Whitetail Ridge Restaurant Relaxed, casual restaurant with views of Whitetail Ridge Golf Club with signature dishes and full bar. 7671 Clubhouse Dr. 630.882.8988 whitetailridgegolfclub.com

Southbank Original Barbecue Good times, great food, and excellent scenery: Enjoy delicious wood-smoked barbeque, nightly live entertainment, and sweeping views of the Fox River from the patio at Southbank Original Barbecue. 129 E. Hydraulic St., Yorkville 630.385.2477 southbankoriginalbarbecue.com  

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Crusade Burger Bar Unique gourmet burger bar with a heavy emphasis on farm-fresh meat, craft beers and cocktails. 209 S. Bridge St., Yorkville 630.708.3170 crusadeburger.com


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CabCab Concert Series June through September “Bring your own party” to these open-air concerts held on the pristine, expansive lawn. Arranmore Farm & Polo Club, 34 Rance Rd., Oswego arranmorefarmandpoloclub. com/cabcab Fermilab Art & Lecture Series August through May Diverse array of performances and talks celebrating the intellectual vision of the lab. Kirk Rd. and Pine St., Batavia events.fnal.gov Groovin in the Grove June through September Sugar Grove’s summer concert series highlighting local talent. Moonlight Tours Monthly, April-October Experience Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in a new light. 14520 River Rd., Plano farnsworthhouse.org/ moonlight-tours

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Oswego Beats & Eats Monthly, May through August Monthly celebration of great food, craft beer, and an eclectic selection of indie music in downtown Oswego. Downtown Oswego oswegobeatsandeats.com Rhythm on the Riverfront June through August Enjoy outdoor concerts in the heart of North Aurora, featuring the region’s top talent. Riverfront Park 25 E. State St., North Aurora noarda.org/events Unique Local Experiences™ & Special Events Seasonally, spring and fall Create memories and meet local experts when you immerse yourself in Unique Local Experiences™ offered by Waubonsee Community College. waubonsee.edu/communityofferings/events-andexperiences

SPRING MARCH Maple Fest Kids of all ages experience first-hand how maple sap becomes sweet pancake syrup. Red Oak Nature Center, North Aurora foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

APRIL Día del Niño Experience the holiday celebrated throughout Latin America that uplifts the children of the community. Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trl., Aurora aurorahispanicheritage.com Saw Wee Kee Spring Trail Run Unique single-track run through blooming wilderness along the Fox River. Saw Wee Kee Park, Oswego oswegolandparkdistrict.org

MAY Food Truck Festival Dozens of food trucks assemble on the Benton St. bridge in downtown Aurora; coincides with First Fridays. Downtown Aurora auroradowntown.org


Motorcycle Sunday Motorcycle rally, bike blessing, live concert, 60-mile ride. Phillips Park, Aurora motorcyclesunday.com Spring at Dickson-Murst Farm Antique Truck & Tractor Show, petting zoo, hayrides, crafts, music. Dickson-Murst Farm, Montgomery theconservationfoundation.org Wine on the Fox Sample award-winning Illinois wines while enjoying live entertainment & delicious local fare. Hudson Crossing Park, 65. N Harrison St., Oswego wineonthefox.com

SUMMER JUNE Aurora Pride Parade Inaugural celebration of the LGBTQ community in the Fox Valley. Downtown Aurora aurorapride.org Blues on the Fox Annual Father’s Day weekend celebration of Aurora’s rich blues history with incredible music and top artists. RiverEdge Park, Aurora riveredgeaurora.com Chicagoland Tour de Cure Regional bike tour raising support for the American Diabetes Association. RiverEdge Park, Aurora tour.diabetes.org Downtown Aurora Magic Festival Witches and wizards, come discover a fun-filled day full of magical activities, vendors, and crafts. downtownauroramagic.com Farm Days Open House Hold a baby lamb, help with crafts and other farm-friendly activities. Esther’s Place & Lamb of God Farm, Big Rock esthersplacefibers.com

Gears & Ears Midwest Car Show Labeled one of the best car shows in the Midwest by street rod enthusiasts with 700 cars, awards ceremony and roasted corn. Kendall County Fairgrounds, Yorkville msraofil.org Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration Join in the celebration of emancipation with food & activities for the whole family. Martin Luther King Park, Aurora aamou.org Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race Join hundreds of amateur paddlers for this historic canoe/kayak race. McCullough Park, Aurora foxvalleyparkdistrict.org PrairieFest “The festival you know by heart” features main stage entertainment and events throughout Oswego on Father’s Day weekend. PrairieFest Park, Oswego prairiefest.com Summer Solstice Celebrate summer’s longest days with indie music and craft beer on the scenic Yorkville Riverfront. Bicentennial Riverfront Park, Yorkville summersolstice. roguebarristerrecords.com

Bug Fest North Aurora Metaphysically Fit Festival Celebrate expression and unity on Yorkville’s riverfront. Bicentennial Riverfront Park metaphysicallyfitfest.com Sugar Grove Corn Boil Live entertainment, carnival, crafts, 5K, fireworks, a pie bake-off and delicious corn on the cob. Volunteer Park, Sugar Grove sugargrovecornboil.org Yorkville River Fest Family fun, live performances, a BBQ cook-off, River Night Market and whitewater paddling events. Bicentennial Riverfront Park, Yorkville, yorkville.il.us

Windmill City Festival Carnival, pet parade, 5K and ice cream eating contest in scenic downtown Batavia. Downtown Batavia Riverwalk, Batavia, windmillcityfest.org

AUGUST Bug Fest Fun bug adventures, games and insect encounters. Lippold Park & Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia & North Aurora foxvalleyparkdistrict.org Civil War Days Living history and fun for the whole family. Blackberry Farm, Aurora 630.892.1550 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Day at the Farm Pony rides, antique tractors, harvest demonstrations and family fun. Dickson-Murst Farm, Montgomery 630.272.0686 theconservationfoundation.org Kendall County Fair Traditional county fair, including carnival rides, live entertainment, demo derby, live animals. Kendall County Fairgrounds, Yorkville, 630.553.2860 kendallcountyfair.org LaSalle Street Auto Row Car Show Trophies, silent auction, BBQ, raffle, and cars! LaSalle Street, Aurora lasalle-auto-row.org Continued on next page.

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JULY Independence Day Celebrations See enjoyaurora.com/Events for details. Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival Celebrate the vibrant heritage of Puerto Rican Americans in Downtown Aurora. RiverEdge Park, Aurora auroraprcc.org Fox Valley Pro Rodeo Big Hat World Championship rodeo action and family fun. Kendall County Fairgrounds, Yorkville, kendallcountyfair.org

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Montgomery Fest Live entertainment, carnival, pony rides, petting zoo, fishing derby, car show, parade and fireworks. Montgomery Park, Montgomery ci.montgomery.il.us North Aurora Days Live entertainment, carnival, crafts, beer and parade. Downtown North Aurora northauroradays.com Smallville Superfest Celebrate the legacy of Superman in downtown Plano with live entertainment, zip line and craft vendors. Downtown Plano facebook.com/ smallvillesuperfest

FALL SEPTEMBER Big Rock Plowing Match A step back in time: plowing competition, horse show, art & craft show, carnival, food, live auction and contest. Plowman’s Park, Big Rock bigrockplowingmatch.com Brew at the Bridge The Midwest’s best craft breweries set up shop in scenic downtown Oswego for this annual celebration. Hudson Crossing Park, Oswego brewatthebridge.com Fiestas Patrias Mexican cultural festival, carnival, crafts, parade. RiverEdge Park, Aurora aurorahispanicheritage.com

Northern Illinois Hunting & Fishing Days Enjoy archery, trap shooting, rifle demos, falconry demo, hunting dog demos, bow fishing, paddling demos, historical re-enactments. Silver Springs State Fish & Wildlife Area, Yorkville nihfd.org

Blackberry Farm Holiday Express All aboard the Holiday Express train! Blackberry Farm, Aurora foxvalleyparkdistrict.org Gobbler Hobbler 10K & Mashed Potato Mile 10K turkey trot down the Fox River and through scenic Oswego. Wormley Heritage Park, Oswego oswegolandparkdistrict.org

Plano Oktoberfest Authentic German bands, beers, wine and food. Downtown Plano planooktoberfest.com Pumpkin Daze at Abbey Farms Pumpkin picking, seasonal market, and fun activities for the whole family. Abbey Farms, Aurora abbeyfarms.org Roots Aurora Multicultural festival celebrating the people and cultures that make Aurora a vibrant and diverse community. Water Street Mall rootsaurora.org

OCTOBER Cock-A-DoodleBrew Fest Craft beer, music, and hot wing fest hosted by Hollywood Casino. cockadoodlebrewfest.com

Northern Illinois Hunting & Fishing Days Yorkville Pumpkin Weekends Halloween festivities including seasonal crafts, harvest décor and pumpkin stories. Blackberry Farm, Aurora foxvalleyparkdistrict.org Cemetery Walk Meet the “ghosts” of pioneers and hear stories of area settlers. Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery ci.montgomery.il.us

WINTER NOVEMBER/ DECEMBER Christmas at Abbey Farms U-cut Christmas trees, refreshments at the Pine Tree Café, games & tractor rides. Abbey Farms, Aurora abbeyfarms.org Christmas at Lyon Farm Santa, cookies, hayride and crafts. Lyon Farm, Yorkville lyonfarmkchs.wordpress.com

Holiday Lights at Mooseheart 1.8 miles of over 80 lighted displays! Santa and more. Mooseheart Child City mooseheart.org Holiday Festival of Lights One of the largest free outdoor light displays in Northern Illinois. Phillips Park, Aurora aurorafestivaloflights.com Oswego Holiday Express Board the trolley for a trip to the North Pole! South Point, Oswego oswegolandparkdistrict.org Winter Lights & Holiday Tree Lighting Miss Merry Christmas & Jack Frost, a grand lighted parade and fireworks! Downtown Aurora aurora-il.org/events

For a full list of holiday lights and events see enjoyaurora.com/Events

Hometown Days Festival Carnival, main-stage entertainment, and festival favorite Ultimate Air Dogs dock-diving show. Beecher Park, Yorkville yorkville.il.us Lyon Farm Fall Festival & Craft Fair Crafts, flea market, blacksmith shop, baked items, pumpkins, hayrides, children’s games and vintage car show. Lyon Farm, Yorkville lyonfarmkchs.wordpress.com

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Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant

Ballydoyle carries the tradition of the Irish pub with the customary selection of classic and craft brews, delicious Irish food, and nightly live entertainment. 28 W. New York St. 630.844.0400 ballydoylepub.com

Hollywood Casino Aurora Over 1,100 of the hottest slots and Chicagoland’s largest poker room combine under the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s golden age at the Hollywood Casino Aurora. Try your luck at table games and enjoy fine dining at the casino’s Fairbanks Steakhouse. 1 W. New York St. 800.285.7600 hollywoodcasinoaurora.com

Paramount Theatre Paramount’s award-winning Broadway Series dazzles crowds & critics alike with breathtaking performances, larger-than-life set design, and innovative directing. Between seasons the Paramount lineup is packed with world-class touring entertainers.

RiverEdge Park Find the Aurora Area’s biggest parties all summer long on the Fox River with an electrifying roster of performances by the biggest names in pop, country, rock, and R&B. Host to Blues on the Fox, Summer Concert Series, and Aurora’s 4th of July Fireworks celebration. 360 N. Broadway 630.896.6666 riveredgeaurora.com

Two Brothers Roundhouse

Kiss the Sky Hear an eclectic mix of handpicked, emerging acts play everything from free jazz to bluegrass at Kiss the Sky. Relax and enjoy the show or hunt through an abundance of rare, new, and used records in the bins. 180 W. First St. 630.406.0086 kissthesky.net

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Housing the big, bold flavors of Two Brothers artisan beer and its adventurous gastropub menu is the historic Two Brothers Roundhouse. Inside, the Two Brothers Tavern live room is stocked with a tastemaker’s selection of bands and comedy acts every weekend, pairing well with events at RiverEdge Park and First Fridays in Downtown Aurora. 205 N. Broadway 630.264.2739 twobrothersbrewing.com/roundhouse

23 E. Galena Blvd. 630.896.6666 paramountaurora.com

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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. The Law Office stands out amongst suburban venues for its anything-goes atmosphere and a discerning approach to booking, which makes every show an opportunity to get introduced to your new favorite band. 226 S. Bridge St. 630.882.9559 lawofficepub.com

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Marge Cline Whitewater Course Whitewater paddle destination featuring 1/4-mile kayak course, scenic river walk and picturesque bridge at Bicentennial Riverfront Park with nearby shopping and dining in downtown Yorkville. 301 E. Hydraulic St., Yorkville 630.553.4357 yorkville.il.us

Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area A natural prairie restoration project gives visitors a feeling of the original landscape with native wildflowers, songbirds, waterfowl and upland game. Fishing, hunting, and Fox River paddling activities are popular here. 13608 Fox Rd., Yorkville 630.553.6297 dnr.illinois.gov

Fox River Trail Enjoy miles of biking, hiking, jogging, or cross-country skiing along the Fox River through the communities of the Aurora Area. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/trails and oswegolandparkdistrict.org/trails

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. S. Kirk at Pine St., Batavia 630.840.3351 ecology.fnal.gov Continued on next page.

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Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race Experience the excitement of paddling the scenic Fox River between Batavia and Aurora while enjoying this classic tradition that dates back to the 1960’s.

Phillips Park

630.859.8606 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/event/mid-american-canoe-kayak-race

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. 1000 Ray Moses Dr., Aurora 630.256.3860 aurora-il.org/893/Phillips-Park

Arranmore Farm & Polo Club Situated on 300 pristine acres, this stunning property accommodates everything from international polo games to unique concert experiences and private events. 34 Rance Rd., Oswego arranmorefarmandpoloclub.com 630.884.8271

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. 1385 N. River Rd., North Aurora 630.897.1808 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/facilities/red-oak-nature-center

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Virgil L. Gilman Trail â–˛ Bike or hike this gorgeous 12-mile trail connecting the Fox River to the western communities of the Aurora Area and the wooded campus of Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. 630.897.0516 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/trails and kaneforest.com

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Saw Wee Kee Park

Area Golf Courses

Sitting on over 130 acres of Fox River shoreline, the rolling trails here are popular for off-road cycling and horseback riding, as well as spotting bald eagles.

With over a dozen golf courses to choose from in the Aurora Area, you’re sure to find an ideal location to fit your budget and sense of adventure.

7100 Sundown Ln, Oswego 630.554.1010 oswegolandparkdistrict.org/parks

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Get Outfitted NORTH AURORA

All Spoked Up Rent a comfortable hybrid bicycle. Sales, service, repair center. 14 W. Downer Pl. 630.801.9005 allspokedup.com

Pedal & Spoke Bike Shop Offering top-notch bikes, parts, accessories, service, and repairs. 157 S. Lincolnway 630.892.1010 pedalandspoke.com

Rocktown Adventures Outdoor retailer and adventure club. Sales, rentals, lessons, guided trips. 107 Spruce St., 630.506.5706 rocktownadventures.com

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Zagster Bike-Share Adjustable-height cruiser bikes available for getting around Downtown Aurora. zagster.com/aurora

BATAVIA All Spoked Up Rent a comfortable hybrid bicycle. Sales, service, repair center. 3 Webster St., 630.326.9625 allspokedup.com Prairie Path Cycles Bicycle retail and repair shop. 160 W. Wilson St. 630.406.9749 prairiepathcycles.com

HINCKLEY Windy City Soaring Take an intro glide and tour scenic farmlands from above. 12637 US Rt. 30 815.286.7200 windycitysoaring.org

Oswego Cyclery Full-service bike shop offering trail rides and repair classes. 59 Main St. 630.551.2300 oswegocyclery.com

Paddle Sports Nordic Sports Tours and Rentals Instruction Apparel

Oswego Segway Authorized Segway dealer offering guided tours, rentals, and service. 57 Main St. 630.636.6209 oswegosegway.com

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Plano Synergy Outlet Wholesale outlet of the Plano Synergy brand with an emphasis on hunting and fishing. 431 E. South St. 630.552.3111 planosynergy.com

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The Farnsworth House was designed in 1951 by legendary architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and is recognized around the world as one of the foremost icons of modern architecture. Its exterior walls are made entirely of glass and provide uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape along the Fox River.

Yak Shack Rent canoes, recreational kayaks, tube tracker inflatables. Near Marge Cline Whitewater Course. 301 E. Hydraulic Ave. 630.479.8074 yakshackonline.com

TOURS OPEN APRIL - NOVEMBER For more information about the Farnsworth House, or to make tour reservations call (630) 552-0052 or visit

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From bumper boats and aquatic centers to thrilling adventures and breathtaking slides, you’ll find an outstanding collection of water parks right here in the Aurora Area. Find more Family Fun at enjoyaurora.com/Waterparks.

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Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center Located at Phillips Park, the 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. Take a break during your stay in the Aurora Area with a hike around Phillips Park and a dip at the pool! 828 Montgomery Rd. 630.851.8686 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

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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 multi-level dive platforms for swimmers of all ages and abilities.

The largest waterpark in Illinois is right here in the Aurora Area. At Raging Waves you’ll find over 40 acres of family-friendly water park features. Thrill down 20 different styles of water slides. Kiddie pools, cabanas, a quarter-mile lazy river, and a variety of concessions make this the perfect place to chill out with the family. See ad on page 37. 4000 N. Bridge St. (Rt. 47) 630.882.6575 ragingwaves.com

400 S. Water St. 630.406.5275 bataviaparks.org

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Funwayx 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, roller skating, or bowling. See ad on page 40. 1335 S. River St. 630.879.8717 funway.com

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Make a splash at the area’s largest indoor water park! Located at the Vaughan Athletic Center, 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.

From slides and tubes to zero-depth pools, you can make a splash or soak in the rays at this family-friendly water park. 5 Ashlawn Ave. 630.554.1010 oswegolandparkdistrict.org

2121 W. Indian Trl. 630.907.9600 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

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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. 195 S. Barnes Rd. 630.906.7981 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

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Funway has over five acres of fun including both indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. Plan a memorable day with friends, host an unforgettable birthday party, or enjoy a special night out!

Skating—Bowling—Laser Tag—Arcade Games Bumper Cars—Go Karts—Bumper Boats—Mini Golf Batting Cages—Water Wars

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Blackberry Farm

Nestled on 54 scenic acres, Blackberry Farm is a family-friendly destination that features unique play areas for all ages, live animals, amusement rides, and a living history museum that brings Aurora’s history to life through demonstrations, exhibits, and extensive artifact collections. 100 S. Barnes Rd. 630.892.1550 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Make lasting memories on your family’s next trip to the Aurora Area. Explore living history museums, experience interactive science, and connect with the vibrant arts and culture on display throughout the region. Find more fun things to do with your family on our website, enjoyaurora.com!

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Aurora Regional Fire Museum Originally built in 1894, this fire station has been fully restored and is designed to educate and entertain kids of all ages with interactive exhibits and an awesome collection of fire equipment! See ad on page 40. 53 N. Broadway 630.256.4140 auroraregionalfiremuseum.org

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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. 20 E. Downer Pl. 630.256.3340 (art) aurora-il.org/publicarts 630.906.0650 (history) aurorahistory.net Mastodon Gallery & Memorial Park Explore prehistoric Mastodon display, Sunken Garden, war memorials and recreation area. Phillips Park Visitors Center 1000 Ray Moses Dr., 630.256.3860 phillipsparkaurora.com Schingoethe Center of Aurora University Native American artifacts and artwork. 1315 Prairie St., 630.844.7843 aurora.edu/museum William Tanner House Fully-furnished, 1856 Italianate home. Find historic photos, books, documents and maps covering Aurora’s rich history from the 1830s. Tours by appointment. 305 Cedar St., 630.906.0650 aurorahistory.net

BATAVIA Batavia Depot Museum Housed in an 1854 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot. Exhibits include bed and dresser of Mary Todd Lincoln when she was a patient at Bellevue Place in 1875. 155 Houston St., 630.406.5274 bataviahistoricalsociety.org

Red Oak Nature Center/ Lippold Park Interpretive center, trails, Devil’s Cave, tree-house play area, wetlands boardwalk. 1385 N. River Rd., 630.897.1808 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

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Settler’s Cottage Museum Learn about the rich history of the Village of Montgomery and tour its oldest remaining structure. Limited hours, call ahead. 198 N. River St., 630.896.8080 ci.montgomery.il.us

Dickson-Murst Farm Circa 1940s Dickson family farm for more than 150 years. Call ahead or visit website for open dates. 2550 Dickson Rd., 630.428.4500 theconservationfoundation.org

Big Rock Historical Society Museum Artifacts from the century-old Plowing Match and Welsh immigrants. Limited hours, call in advance or visit their website. 48W445 Hinckley Rd., 630.698.0626 bigrockhistoricalsociety.org

PLANO Farnsworth House Mies van der Rohe’s mid-century modern masterpiece is an acclaimed example of the International architectural style. 14520 River Rd., 630.552.0052 farnsworthhouse.org See ad on page 36. Smallville Museum Props and other items used in the filming of the “Man of Steel” movie in downtown Plano. Limited hours, call ahead. 101 W. Main St., 630.552.8275 Find us on Facebook

HINCKLEY Hinckley Historical Society Museum Mastodon diorama and displays of historic homes. Open Saturdays 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and by appointment. 145 E. Lincoln Ave., 815.286.3319 rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilhhs2

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Little White School Museum Connect with the rich history of Oswego at this community landmark dating back to 1850. 72 Polk St., 630.554.2999 littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org

SUGAR GROVE Air Classics Museum of Aviation Aircraft, vehicles, uniforms and other aviation memorabilia from 1930s to the present. 44W546 Rt. 30, 630.466.0888 airclassicsmuseum.org


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SciTech Hands On Museum

Over 150 interactive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) exhibits to inspire education and imagination. See ad on page 40. 18 W. Benton St. 630.859.3434 scitechmuseum.org

Bliss House Museum Historical exhibits about the Village of Sugar Grove and surrounding area. Open Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. or by appt. 259 Main St., 630.383.6394 sugargrovehistory.org

YORKVILLE Kendall County Historic Courthouse Learn about Kendall County’s natural resources, insects, prairies and Native Americans with living exhibits in the Laws of Nature center. 109 W. Ridge St., 630.553.4025 co.kendall.il.us Lyon Farm & Village 15 historic buildings, 1819 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy caboose, fully-stocked general store, 1840s schoolhouse, town hall, working blacksmith shop. Limited hours: check website or call in advance. 7935 Rt. 71, 630.553.6777 lyonfarmkchs.wordpress.com

KIDS’ FUN

Run, Jump & Play AURORA Airtastic Play Land 10 inflatable play structures, party rooms, play areas. 850 S. Frontenac St. 630.851.7525 airtastic.com Aurora Skate Center 34W113 Montgomery Rd. 630.898.5830 skateaurora.com Luigi’s Pizza & Fun Center Laser tag, arcade room. 732 Prairie St., 630.756.5451 luigispizzaandfuncenter.com Phillips Park Free zoo, Mastodon Gallery, Sunken Garden, war memorials and recreation areas. 1000 Ray Moses Dr. 630.256.3750 phillipsparkaurora.com

Round 1 Bowling & Amusement Two floors of entertainment at Fox Valley Mall include bowling, billiards, arcade, and private karaoke rooms. 2480 Fox Valley Center Dr. round1usa.com

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Sport Zone Family Fun Center Soccer, go-karts, mini-golf, indoor golf, batting cages. 1900 Hill Ave., 630.820.8624 sportzonepark.com

Bounce Town Experience slides, jumpers, obstacle courses, and much more. 126b Kirkland Cir., 630.820.8460 bouncetownparty.com

BATAVIA Funway Illinois’ largest entertainment center with indoor & outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy: bowling, roller rink, arcade, laser tag, and more! 1335 S. River St. 630.879.8717 funway.com

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Sky Zone Aurora Trampoline Park

Take your fun to new heights at the world’s first indoor trampoline park. Parkour, sports, and GLOW nights amplify the good times.

87 Executive Dr., 331.207.4759 skyzone.com/aurora

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Fermilab Science Education Experience physics on the cutting edge with group tours, programs, and events at Fermilab and the Lederman Science Center. Kirk Rd. at Pine St. 630.840.8258 ed.fnal.gov/visit

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Arts on Fire Paint your own pottery or take an art class. 623 US Rt. 34, 630.273.2119 artsonfireplano.com

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SUGAR GROVE Sugar Grove Family Fun Center Go-karts, mini-golf, bumper boats, water wars, game room, golf range. 9S825 Rt. 47, 630.466.3866 sugargrovefamilyfuncenter.com

YORKVILLE Riemenschneider Fire and Spray Park Baseball, softball fields, firefighter-themed play area. 600 Hayden Dr., 630.553.4357 yorkville.il.us


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rom premium outlets and shopping centers to hidden gems in charming downtowns, the Aurora Area is a true shopping destination. Visit enjoyaurora.com/Getaways to discover shopping getaways and package deals at Aurora Area hotels.

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Chicago Premium Outlets Largest outlet center in the Chicago market with over 160 designer and brand-name stores, including exclusive Shinola and Restoration Hardware outlets. 1650 Premium Outlets Blvd. 630.585.2200 premiumoutlets.com/outlet/chicago


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Fox Valley Mall Indoor shopping mall anchored by Macy’s, Carson Pirie Scott, JCPenney, Sears, and Round 1 Entertainment Center. See ad on page 59. 195 Fox Valley Center Dr. 630.851.7200 shopfoxvalleymall.com

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Rocktown Adventures

Specialty outdoor retailer, outfitter, and adventure club. See ad on page 36. 107 S. Spruce St. 630.506.5706 rocktownadventures.com

AURORA Aurora Historical Society Museum Store & Gift Shop 20 E. Downer Pl., 630.256.3340 aurorahistory.net/visit/store Boutique Repeats & Gifts Upscale resale boutique with a selection of gently used clothes, accessories, and home décor. Find us on Facebook. 444 N. Eola Rd., 630.585.0920

Culture Stock Nonprofit social venue features a full line of used books, music, and other media. 43 E. Galena Blvd., 630.264.3380 Find us on Facebook Hollywood Casino Rodeo Drive Gift Shop 1 W. New York St. 800.285.7600 hollywoodcasinoaurora.com

If These Walls Could Talk Art & Framing Archival quality frame shop and art gallery. 32 S. Stolp Ave., 331.212.5962 itwct.com

PME Arts & Crafts Cake decorating tools and supplies. 35 N. Broadway 630.859.3536 knightsbridge-global.com

Wardell Art Glass Studio Artisan stained glass, pottery, and greeting cards are sold at this open studio workshop. 28 S. Stolp Ave., 630.896.4181 Find us on Facebook

Nock & Feather Kustom Archery Full service archery and hunting store with an indoor range. 439 S. Lake St., 630.506.5015 nockandfeatherarchery.com

Sanchez Bros. Western Wear Full line of Western wear with a wide range of boots and felt hats. 1046 N. Lake St., 630.801.9494 sanchezbros.net

Waubonsee Community College Bookstore Accessories, art supplies, and apparel. Aurora Campus, 18 S. River St., 630.801.7900 waubonsee.edu/experience/ bookstore

Out of the Attic Antiques Unique assortment of antiques, collectibles, vintage, and retro at one of Chicagoland’s largest antique malls. 4045 Fox Valley Center Dr. 630.898.0557 outoftheatticantiques.biz

Thrift & Dollar Inc. Destination antique, vintage, and collectible shop located at Northgate Shopping Center— site of the Northgate Sign, a mid-century neon classic. 950 N. Lake St., 630.892.2399 thriftandollar.com

BATAVIA 715 Vintage Discover your passion for all things worn, torn, and tarnished. Home to Hearth & Hammer candles. 715 W. Main St., 630.777.2727 715-vintage.com Continued on next page.

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BATAVIA CONTINUED Beardsgaard Barbers Heritage and handmade men’s grooming products, art, and a selection of books. 117 S. Batavia Ave. 630.454.4820 beardsgaardbarbers.com Bee-Attitudes Antiques Experience the charm of antique shopping in the grand old Gammon mansion. 9 S. Batavia Ave. 630.761.0813 beeattitudesantiques.com For All Occasions Boutique Women’s fashion apparel and accessories. 235 W. Wilson St. 630.761.0813 foralloccasionsboutique.com K. Hollis Jewelers Locally owned jewelry store with a wine and craft beer bar. 147 S. Randall Rd. 630.879.8003 khollisjewelers.com

The Salvaged Heart Vintage Wares Recycled items, repainted furniture, and handmade designs. 14 N. Island Ave. 630.310.9022

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The Tea Tree Variety of loose leaf teas sold here along with gourmet oils, spices, and cooking essentials. 29 N. River St., 630.425.3330 Find us on Facebook

BIG ROCK Esther’s Place Fiber Arts Sheep farm and fiber arts studio with crafting classes, retreats, and a full line of knitting products. 201 W. Galena St. 630.556.9665 esthersplacefibers.com More Polish Pottery Midwest destination for authentic Polish stoneware featuring thousands of first-quality pieces. 8S953 Jericho Rd. 630.605.2371 morepolishpottery.com

HINCKLEY Consciously Rooted Inspiring, ethically created artisan home décor, gifts, and apparel. 103 W. Lincoln Hwy. 815.218.3061 consciouslyrooted.com Mandy’s Just Because Family owned gift shop with women’s clothes and accessories, kitchen items, and wine room. 105 E. Lincoln Ave. 815.786.4752 Find us on Facebook

MONTGOMERY Ogden Hill Shopping Center Anchored by JCPenney, Sam’s Club and Binny’s. 1060 Ogden Ave.

NORTH AURORA Cremer Guitarworks In-demand guitar repair shop with curated selection of vintage instruments. 153 S. Lincolnway 630.897.0006 cremerguitarworks.com

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to discover shopping getaways and package deals at Aurora Area hotels. North Aurora Towne Center Anchored by JCPenney and Target. 1600-1800 Orchard Gateway Blvd. Past & Present Shoppes Collaboration of over a dozen cottage businesses representing a wide mix of styles, from shabby chic to mid-century modern. 22 E. State St. 630.844.4468 Find us on Facebook Scott’s Vintage Floor to ceiling wonders and oddities at this retro themed resale shop. 105 S. River Rd. 630.673.8154 Find us on Facebook

The Vintage Market Discover over 60 vintage vendors at one of the largest markets in the area. 211 S. Lincolnway 630.229.6821 Find us on Facebook

OSWEGO A Pinch of Happiness Spice Shop Gourmet spices, teas, extracts, coffees, and kitchenware. 74 W. Washington St. 630.806.4990 pinchofhappiness.com Aroma Roots Handmade, natural bath and aromatherapy products. 25 W. Jefferson St. 630.636.7500 aromaroots.com

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Kiss the Sky

Schaefer’s Greenhouse & Garden Shop

Dig in on hundreds of new and used vinyl records at this local institution and concert venue.

Largest full-service floral and covered garden center in the region, open year-round.

180 W. First St. 630.406.0086 kissthesky.net

120 S. Lake St. 630.896.1936 schaefergreenhouses.com

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Bella-Gia Boutique Contemporary women’s clothing boutique with seasonal pieces and accessories. 27 Main St., 630.554.3265 bella-gia.com Emerson Creek Pottery Shop Wide array of handcrafted gifts, accessories, decorations, and signature bakeware, as well as Emerson Creek’s namesake hand-painted pottery. 5126 Stephens Rd. 630.554.7100 ecreekpotteryandtearoom.com

Garden Faire Organic garden boutique, gifts, birding supplies, and local honey. 5 S. Madison, 630.636.9125 mygardenfaire.com Hudson Design House Vintage boutique specializing in timeless furniture, décor, and artisan goods. 76 Main St., 331.999.3719 Find us on Facebook

Lil Emm’s Children’s clothing boutique with accessories and gifts. 26 S. Main St. 630.554.1408 Find us on Facebook Marmalade Tree Eclectic gift shop and women’s clothing shop in downtown Oswego. 79 Main St. 630.554.7550 Find us on Facebook Oswego Commons Anchored by Home Depot, Target, and Meijer. 3020 W. U.S. Rt. 34 Oswego Segway Authorized Segway, DTV Shredder, and Green Mountain Grills dealer dedicated to highest quality service. 57 S. Main St., 630.636.6209 oswegosegway.com Page’s Popcorn Signature flavored popcorn & world famous “POP! Cone” sold here. 108 Main St. 630.215.4914 pagespopcorn.net

Prairie Market Anchored by Best Buy, Kohl’s, and Hobby Lobby. 2300-2600 U.S. Rt. 34 Prairie Stitches Quilt Shoppe Full-service quilting supply shop with fabrics, patterns, and accessories, plus quilting displays. 72 Main St., 630.554.9701 prairiestitchesquiltshop.com Stonehouse Market Restored furniture and home goods in an historic downtown venue. 62 Washington St. 630.470.8879 Find us on Facebook Tinker Thoms Antiques Antiques, vintage goods, and handcrafted furnishings. 23 W. Washington 630.636.7119 tinkerthomsantiques.com

PLANO Avanti Jewelers Custom jewelry and repair service. 12700 Rt. 34, 630.552.9101 Find us on Facebook

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Cooper Home Furnishings Furniture & home décor, family owned for five generations. 112 W. Main St. 630.552.8288 cooperhomefurnishings.com Plano Synergy Outlet Variety of hunting & fishing products at discounted prices with continuously rotating inventory. 431 E. South St. 630.552.3111 planosynergy.com The Village Peddler Quaint shop stocked with gifts, souvenirs, and memorabilia. 619 W. Rt. 34 630.552.9005 Find us on Facebook

SUGAR GROVE Crow’s Nest Studio & Gallery Ceramic studio and artisan gallery located at Spring Bluff Nursery. 41 W 130 Norris Rd. 630.466.4278 springbluffnursery.com

Nanette’s the Giving Boutique Curated selection of women’s clothing, accessories and gifts. 50 Cross St., 630.466.1200 Find us on Facebook

YORKVILLE Bunhead Boutique Dancewear, shoes, and gymnastics merchandise. 608 E. Veterans Pkwy. 630.882.9316 bunheadboutique.wix.com/ bunheadboutique Duy’s Shoes & Sportswear Independent shoe store serving the area since 1954. 135 E. Veterans Pkwy. 630.553.7775 duysshoes.com Kendall Marketplace Anchored by Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Super Target. 1652 Beecher Rd. The Olive Gallery Artisan olive oils and vinegars sourced from around the world. 2671 N. Bridge St. 630.553.6790 theolivegallery.com

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Fox Valley Winery

Vintage 71 Shops

Taste and shop a collection of handcrafted, award-winning Illinois wines at the Fox Valley Winery tasting room. Perfect for a picnic at Arranmore Farm & Polo Club.

Vintage, repurposed, farmhouse items and more at this destination collection of independent boutiques. 10711 Rt. 71 630.244.5161 Find us on Facebook

5600 U.S. Rt. 34 630.554.0404 foxvalleywinery.com

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Fresh Picks MARKETS

Enjoy Aurora’s Farmers Market, the longest-running market of its kind in Illinois. Find more fresh produce, artisan crafts, and local flavor at the markets of the Aurora Area. AURORA Prisco’s Family Market Started in 1926 by Italian immigrants, this family market has been in operation for over 90 years and five generations. Shop a full selection of grocery and specialty foods, plus locally sourced meats, produce, and craft beer and wine. 1108 Prairie St. 630.264.9400 priscosfamilymarket.com

BATAVIA Batavia Farmers’ Market This year-round indoor/outdoor market brings over 30 vendors offering artisan breads, cheeses, fresh produce, and meats to River Street in downtown Batavia. The Artisan Collective pairs up with the Farmers Market monthly to showcase the local artists, designers, and makers of the Fox Valley. Outdoor: Jun. – Oct. at 1 N. River St. Indoor: Oct. – May at Gaetano’s, 15 E. Wilson St.

The Market at Gaetano’s In addition to hosting the indoor Batavia Farmers’ Market, the Market at Gaetano’s is open year-round offering homemade pasta, sauces, dinners to go, deli, sandwiches, and imported Italian wines by the bottle.

PLANO

15 E. Wilson St. 630.406.8095 Find us on Facebook

601 Little Rock Rd. audisacres.com

Audi’s Acres Charming farmstand selling certified, natural grown fresh produce that’s hand-raised and pesticide-free.

SUGAR GROVE

HINCKLEY

Grandma’s Farm Fresh Eggs Appointment only. Small family farm sells pasture eggs, lamb, beef, chickens, and honey.

Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce Four generations of family farming deliver the highest quality fresh fruit, produce, and floral to this seasonal farmstand.

42W352 Prairie 630.466.4616 Find us on Facebook

15565 McGirr Rd. 320.217.9253 bountifulblessingsfarm.weebly.com

Spring Bluff Nursery Historic tree nursery and garden center with a “u-pick” garden offering fresh local vegetables and floral varieties grown on site.

OSWEGO Sages Meat Market Old-fashioned butcher shop featuring grass-fed steaks, specialty burgers and locally sourced meats, including game cuts of bison, elk, venison, and seafood. Game processing available.

41W130 Norris Rd. 630.466.4278 springbluffnursery.com

4538 St. Rt. 71 630.636.6291 Find us on Facebook

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YORKVILLE Dave’s Meat Market “Meating” your needs with choice to prime cuts of fresh beef, pork, lamb chicken, seafood, and deli. Game processing available. 1175 N. Bridge St. 630.553.3399 davesmeatmarket.us Yorkville Farmers Market Scenic Town Square Park is the setting for Yorkville’s seasonal outdoor farmers market, stocked with fresh produce and products from local farmers and businesses for all to enjoy. Saturdays, Jun. – Aug. 301 N. Bridge St. 630.553.4357 yorkville.il.us/585/Farmers-Market


Aurora’s Farmers Market Shop for locally grown just-picked produce, fresh from the farm preserves, artisan cheeses, Old World breads and a very diverse selection of handcrafted products at Illinois’ oldest farmers market. Taste the difference and get to know the farmers and artisans of the Aurora Area. Downtown: Saturdays, Jun. – Oct. 233 N. Broadway, Aurora West: Wednesdays, Jul. – Sept. 2131 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora 630.256.3370 aurorafarmersmarket.com

Oswego Country Market Fresh-air market with locally grown produce, naturally raised meats, delicious Wisconsin cheeses, plus delicious specialty concessions available from a variety of food trucks and local vendors. Sundays, Jun. – Sept. 15 Main St., Oswego 630.554.1010 oswegolandparkdistrict.org/oswego-country-market

Abbey Farms Visit the market at Abbey Farms to find fresh produce grown on site. You will also find a rotating selection of canned goods and produce provided by other local farmers. Seasonal offerings during the fall months include decorative pumpkins and gourds, plus late summer produce and tables full of gifts. 2855 Hart Rd., Aurora 630.966.7775 abbeyfarms.org

Wurst Kitchen Since 1895, Wurst Kitchen has been serving Aurora with the finest allnatural handmade sausages and smoked meats available anywhere. The full-service market at Wurst Kitchen is a destination for encased meat connoisseurs, with over 80 different sausages, deli meats, sides, and accompaniments highlighting the best of Old World and New American flavors. 638 2nd Ave., Aurora 630.898.9242 wurstkitchen.com

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Stay the Night ACCOMMODATIONS

Seeking a quick getaway or an extended stay? 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.

TIP

Visit enjoyaurora.com/Getaways to pair your stay with premium outlet shopping, award-winning theatre, outdoor adventure, and fun activities for the whole family.

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AURORA

Candlewood Suites

83 guest rooms, including single-studio suites, double queen suites and one-bedroom suites. Suites include fully equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerator and icemaker, dishwasher, microwave and stovetop plus a variety of dishes, cookware, and utensils. Suites also include spacious work area with two-line phone and free high-speed internet access. Perfect location for business, leisure, and extended-stay travelers. Only a mile from Vaughan Athletic Center and Orchard Valley Golf Course. Outdoor grills available for guest use.

2625 W. Sullivan Rd. Aurora 630.907.9977 candlewoodaurora.com

AURORA

Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora

Located right off I-88 with 127 all-new guest rooms and suites. Amenities include a 6,000-square-foot indoor swimming complex, kiddie pool, and 2200-gallon hot tub. Expansive exercise room, free high-speed internet access and On the HouseTM Hot Breakfast. 6,000-square-foot conference center with five different meeting rooms and full A/V and video conference capability. Close to Chicago Premium Outlets, Hollywood Casino, RiverEdge Park outdoor event center, and the Paramount Theatre. Call or book direct for best rates.

2423 Bushwood Dr. Aurora 630.907.2600

hamptoninnandsuitesaurora.com

AURORA

Holiday Inn Aurora-North Naperville

Full-service hotel with legendary amenities and service. Wake up to in room dining or a full-service dining experience in Kem’s Restaurant. In the evening, enjoy a cocktail and appetizer in Kem’s Lounge followed by a traditional Midwestern flavorful dinner. Unwind and rejuvenate in the indoor pool and 24-hour fitness center. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet and lobby business workstation, free parking, and easy access to major expressways. Meetings for up to 30 guests and banquet space for up to 40 guests with full-service on-site meeting and event menus. Nearby attractions include Blackberry Farm, Chicago Premium Outlet Mall, Hollywood Casino, and Raging Waves.

2424 Sullivan Rd. Aurora 630.806.7400 holidayinn.com/aurorail

AURORA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora-Naperville Walk to Paramount Theatre, Two Brothers Roundhouse, RiverEdge Park, Hollywood Casino, and Metra Rail serving downtown Chicago. Minutes from Chicago Premium Outlets, Aurora University, Waubonsee Community College, Great Lakes Center, Stuart Sports Complex, and Fox River Trail. Close-by attractions include Phillips Park Zoo, Fermilab, and Raging Waves Waterpark. Hotel amenities include an indoor pool and spa, fitness center and complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Conference Services for up to 48 people with high-speed internet and business center. Easy expressway access to airports.

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111 N. Broadway Aurora 630.896.2800 hieaurora.com


AURORA

Homewood Suites by Hilton 4320 Meridian Pkwy. Aurora 630.978.2222 homewoodauroranaperville.com

All-suite hotel designed for business, leisure or relocating travelers. Spacious one-bedroom and two-bedroom/two-bath suites come with complimentary hot breakfast buffet and evening dinner receptions. Features indoor pool and hot tub and outdoor sport court, walking distance to Metra train station to downtown Chicago and minutes from downtown Aurora. Surrounded by numerous restaurants and shopping choices. Close to the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. The hotel sits in a unique and quiet setting with multiple running/walking paths.

AURORA

Motel 6 2380 N. Farnsworth Ave. Aurora 630.851.3600 motel6.com

119 rooms, located within close proximity of Chicago Premium Outlets and just off I-88. Amenities include free local calls, kids stay free, pet-friendly rooms, and free morning coffee. Coin laundry, Wi-Fi, and truck parking available.

AURORA

Super 8 Aurora 4228 Longmeadow Dr. Aurora 630.898.5419 super8.com

65 newly renovated rooms including hot-tub suites, complimentary SuperStartÂŽ breakfast, free high-speed internet, an indoor heated pool and spa, fitness rooms, free local calls, and cable TV. Fox Valley shopping and Chicago Premium Outlets, restaurants, golf courses, and other attractions nearby.

AURORA

Quality Inn 4005 Gabrielle Ln. Aurora 630.820.3400 qualityinn.com

Minutes from Chicago Premium Outlets, Paramount Theatre, Two Brothers Roundhouse, and Hollywood Casino Aurora. 71 newly renovated rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, refrigerator, microwave, and 39� LED TV. Indoor pool and fitness center.

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AURORA

Fox Valley Inn

Conveniently located off I-88 across the street from Chicago Premium Outlets. Free Wi-Fi, exercise room, game room, lounge/bar, laundry facility, and large outdoor swimming pool. Grand ballroom accommodates 150 people for banquets and meetings. Between the spacious rooms and ideal location, you’ll love the pick!

Aurora Fox Valley Inn 2450 N. Farnsworth Ave. Aurora 630.851.2000 aurorafoxvalleyinn-il.com

NORTH AURORA

Comfort Inn & Suites

Minutes from Chicago Premium Outlets, Paramount Theatre, Two Brothers Roundhouse, and Hollywood Casino Aurora. 71 newly renovated rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, refrigerator, microwave, and 39” LED TV. Indoor pool and fitness center.

308 S. Lincolnway North Aurora 630.897.7695 choicehotels.com

NORTH AURORA

My Place Hotel

Brand new hotel opening Summer 2018. All rooms include full- size refrigerators with ice maker, 2 burner cooktop, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker. Guests will enjoy complimentary high-speed internet, a business center, guest laundry, and “My Store” convenience store. Located next to The Turf Room restaurant. Immediate access to a variety of dining and retail options nearby. Less than five miles from downtown Aurora, and 40 miles from downtown Chicago, guests will also find easy access to the region’s abounding retail and recreational offerings. Perfect accommodations and location for business, leisure, and extended-stay guests.

1000 Kilbery Ln. North Aurora 855.200.5685 myplacehotels.com

NORTH AURORA

Rodeway Inn North Aurora

120 guest rooms including king, queen, double rooms, and king suite. Guest rooms are equipped with kitchenettes for guests’ convenience. Free Wi-Fi access and cable TV in every guest room and free continental breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. every day. A 24-hour front desk provides a personal welcome to guests at any hour. Ample free parking for guests and motorcoach buses. Rodeway Inn North Aurora is close to Chicago Premium Outlets and Hollywood Casino Aurora.

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201 Smoke Tree Ln. North Aurora 331.205.1700 choicehotels.com/rodeway-inn


OSWEGO

AmericInn Lodge & Suites Oswego 1050 Douglas Rd. Oswego 630.554.9090 americinn.com/hotels/il/ oswego

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you will enjoy our complimentary, hot, home-style breakfast and complimentary wireless internet. Guests also enjoy our indoor pool, sauna, and spa. Amish furnishings and antiques are featured throughout our lobby and breakfast area, and we encourage you to relax by our cozy, stone fireplace. The AmericInn Oswego is one of the closest hotels to Raging Waves, Illinois’ largest water park located in Yorkville.

OSWEGO

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago-Oswego 2055 Wiesbrook Dr. Oswego 630.844.4700 hiexpress.com/OswegoIL

This recently remodeled Holiday Inn Express® hotel in Oswego, IL, is where you’ll find small-town hospitality and easy access to the big city. Leisure guests love that we are only 40 miles from the bustling streets of Chicago and its great attractions, and our hotel’s location is within minutes of a Metra train station. Guests can also visit exciting local attractions all located near our property in Oswego. When you stay with us, we’ll make you feel at home.

YORKVILLE

Hampton Inn Yorkville 310 E. Countryside Pkwy. Yorkville 630.553.9805 yorkville.hamptoninn.com

77 guest rooms, including studio and whirlpool suites, indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness room, business center, On the House™ hot breakfast buffet, meeting space, and complimentary wired and wireless internet. Less than a mile from Raging Waves Waterpark, near Marge Cline Whitewater Course, Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area, and Whitetail Ridge Golf Club. Rooms feature a 37” flat screen TV, microwave, and refrigerator, and Clean and Fresh Bedding™.

YORKVILLE

Super 8 Yorkville 1510A N. Bridge St. Yorkville 630.553.1634 super8.com

Clean and affordable stay for travelers in the Aurora Area. Free high-speed wireless internet, complimentary SuperStart™ breakfast, and on-site laundry facilities. Enjoy fishing, canoeing, picnicking, kayaking, whitewater park and a children’s play area along the Fox River. Nearby attractions include the Farnsworth House, Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area, Raging Waves Waterpark, Hollywood Casino Aurora, Blackberry Oaks Golf Course, and Sugar Grove Family Fun Center.

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Boutique Inns & Retreats

PLANO

BIG ROCK

The Homestead 1854

Esther’s Place

Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds featuring a labyrinth and hedge maze, this 1854 Italianate country cottage is reminiscent of rural Tuscan villas and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Homestead 1854 is conveniently located on Main Street in Plano. It is also minutes from the world-famous Farnsworth House. The Homestead 1854 is an exquisite setting, indoor and outdoor, in which to hold corporate, private, or social events. From intimate weddings, commitment or vow-renewal ceremonies to corporate retreats, cocktail parties, or casual BBQs, this unique property emanates character.

Serenity and simpler times at an 1895 Victorian-style home with two beautifully furnished vintage rooms and two baths. Host parties, groups, and retreats. Indulge in a fiber-arts getaway — a scrumptious evening meal, late-night tea and crumpets, rise-and-shine breakfast, workshop, tour, and round-the-clock pampering. Fiber arts studio offers items and gifts produced locally by artists and farmers.

Esther’s Place 201 W. Galena St. (Rt. 30), Big Rock 630.556.9665 esthersplacefibers.com

The Homestead 1854 611 E. Main St., Plano 630.552.4322 thehomestead1854.com

Motels & Camping

All Season Motel 104 E. Stagecoach Trl. Yorkville 630.553.7147 Hansen’s Motel 1057 E. Benton St. Aurora 630.898.1336 hansensmotel.com Sunset Motel 1015 N. Bridge St. Yorkville 630.553.7353

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Big Rock Forest Preserve & Campground 46W499 Granart Rd. Big Rock 630.232.1242 kaneforest.com Hoover Forest Preserve 11285 Fox Rd. Yorkville 630.553.4025 co.kendall.il.us/ forest-preserve


That Wow

MEETINGS, BANQUETS & SPECIAL EVENTS

North Island Center Discover attractive venues with cutting edge amenities at the event and reception spaces of the Aurora Area. Call 630.256.3194 or email sales@enjoyaurora.com for more information. AURORA Abbey Farms Nagel Emporium, rustic-chic with state-of-the-art amenities. 8,000 sq. ft. with seating for 300 guests. Aurora Fox Valley Inn Grand Ballroom • Banquets or meetings for 150 Aurora Regional Fire Museum Hayloft Theatre Located in the Old Central Fire Station, this is perfect for any meeting or social hour. • Meetings for 50 • Other rentals for 100 Belle Salle Banquets Indoor/outdoor space on 6 acres for groups up to 350 with on-site catering. Blackberry Farm Several picturesque settings for large- and small-scale outings and events.

Company 251 Luxury venue space in a beautifully renovated historic building. • 20,000 sq. ft. • Banquets for 350 Gaslite Manor Elegant venue with over 10,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space. Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora Boardroom • 468 sq. ft. • Meetings for 14

Aurora’s full service hotel. Conference Room • 2,054 sq. ft. • Banquets for 50 • Meetings for 35

Meeting Room • 780 sq. ft. • Banquets or meetings for 48

Orchard Valley Golf Club Unforgettable ceremony and reception venue with breathtaking views. Seating for up to 210 guests Paramount Theatre

Board Room • 364 sq. ft. • Meetings for 16

Grand Gallery • Two levels with elevator • Capacity 450

La Sierra de Aurora 4 banquet rooms with seating for up to 600.

Theatre • With full-service stage • Capacity 1,851

North Island Center

Meeting Rooms Nearly 5,000 sq. ft. of divisible space in five rooms. • Banquets for 72 • Meetings for 90 Holiday Inn AuroraNorth Naperville

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora-Naperville

Atrium • 2,500 sq. ft. open space • Capacity 200 Copley Theatre • 3,200 sq. ft. theatre with stage • Capacity 173 Marquee Room • Capacity 120 Meyer Ballrooms • 3,458 sq. ft. divisible • Capacity 350

Pipers Banquets Dramatic setting for weddings and events with private bar and outdoor patio, seats up to 400 guests. RiverEdge Park • 30-acre outdoor venue with stage • VIP viewing deck • Full technical complement • Capacity 8,500 Royal Banquets Attractive setting near the Fox River with two banquet rooms, seats up to 275 guests.

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Two Brothers Roundhouse Rooms for groups from 25 to 600 accompanied by hand-crafted beer and locally-sourced menu options.

Blackberry Farm

BATAVIA Batavia Fine Arts Center Conferences, performances, and meeting event space for up to 900 guests. Island View Banquets Indoor/Outdoor banquets near the Fox River for groups of up to 300. Lincoln Inn Banquets Gala, event, and banquet space for up to 450 guests. Riverview Banquets Tranquil waterfront setting on the Fox River can accommodate up to 215 guests.

Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora

OSWEGO AmericInn Lodge & Suites Hospitality Room • 500 sq. ft. • Capacity 35 Conference Room • 650 sq. ft. • Capacity 80 Arranmore Farm & Polo Club Over 300 acres of flexible open-air space for tented events

Waubonsee Community College

Emerson Creek Pottery & Tearoom Over 300 acres of flexible open-air space for tented events. • 3,200 sq. ft. • Capacity 225 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oswego Meeting Room • 900 sq. ft. • Capacity 40

PLANO Blackberry Creek Camp & Conference Center Rustic, three-season campground with reception space. Cedardell Golf Club Scenic banquet room overlooking the course seats 150. The Homestead 1854 Italianate Tuscan Villa. Lewis Steward Congressional Library • 336 sq. ft. • Meetings for 40 (includes foyer) Timber Tent (Outdoor space) • Labyrinth, maze • Banquets for 100

SUGAR GROVE

YORKVILLE

Waubonsee Community College

Ashley Farm Lovely country venue on a historic landmark farm.

Academic & Professional Center Event Room, Sugar Grove Campus • More than 10,000 sq. ft. divisible • Capacity 444

Chapel on the Green Kendall County’s oldest church building with newly restored bride and groom rooms, organist available.

Multipurpose Room, Downtown Aurora Campus • 3,203 sq. ft. divisible • Capacity 192

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Hampton Inn Yorkville Free wired and wireless internet. Fox River Meeting Room • 1,365 sq. ft. • Banquets for 60 • Meetings for 102 Whitetail Ridge Golf Club Unrivaled setting with renowned amenities accommodates up to 350 guests.


Say I Do WEDDINGS

{ TO THE VENUE} PLANO

The Homestead 1854

This 1850’s manor nestled on luscious green grounds will set the scene for a wedding that you and your guests will never forget.

AURORA

Company 251

Boasting an extraordinary level of attention to every detail, this historic building has been transformed into Aurora’s premier luxury event space.

Your special occasion deserves a special venue from sophisticated retreats to rustic-chic locales. Visit enjoyaurora.com/Weddings to view our full selection of venues.

AURORA

YORKVILLE

OSWEGO

Abbey Farms

Ashley Farm

Emerson Creek

The Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms is a simple, elegant, and unique facility specializing in scalable events that will wow your guests.

Enjoy a memorable, lovingly crafted experience at this historic country landmark.

The one-of-a-kind “Bridal Coop” at Emerson Creek is where you can put the finishing touches on your special day.

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Shop, Dine, & play at

FOX VALLEY

Victoria’s Secret • H&M • Panera Bread • Macy’s • American Eagle • Foot Locker Charlotte Russe • Abercrombie & Fitch • Forever 21 • Dry Goods • Hollister • Express PacSun • Garage • Vans • Round 1 Bowling & Amusement • Zumiez • Francesca’s Journeys • Justice • Bath & Body Works • The Children’s Place Sephora • Disney Store • Build-A-Bear Workshop

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In its first three years of eligibility for the coveted Jeff Awards (Chicagoland’s version of the Tony’s), the Paramount Theatre snared a record-breaking 45 nominations and 16 awards, including the undefeated top honor title of “Best Large Musical.” It’s no wonder the theatre has been called the miracle on Galena Boulevard. Just down the street, five-year-old Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park continues to bring rock, pop, country and blues concerts to the City of Aurora. With award-winning theatre inside and sizzling live music outside, fill your calendar year-round at THE entertainment destination of Chicago’s western suburbs.

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