Founded in 1857 as a modest manufacturing town, the lore of Aurora advanced quickly as news of business success and opportunity in the area unfurled across the region. The city, as it grew to be, quickly gained the moniker “City of Lights” when the world’s first electric streetlight system was installed. Aurora’s tradition of innovation has since progressed into modern day technological and social advancements as we push forward to become the smartest city in America.
“Opportunity in Aurora”
Aurora has cultivated a diverse business community with a balanced combination of industrial, high-technology, retail and service activity. Our business-friendly philosophy and unique location are incredible assets. We are within 45 miles of the Chicago city center and both major Chicago airports, with 5 entrances to I-88, and our two Metra stops rank in the top five for ridership. In addition to our innovative, technology-focused approach to government, we also have the forefront of particle physics research taking place just outside our city limits at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
Robust technological advances such as the Onlight Aurora fiber optic network, the 605 Innovation District, and groundbreaking Smart City initiatives have created unprecedented demand for housing. A downtown housing study completed in 2019 shows there is demand for 252 new market-rate rental and for-sale units per year over the next five years for a total of 1,260 units. Currently, more than $71M in private investment is at play in the renovation of 7 historic properties, including the Hobbs Building, the Keystone Building, and the Terminal Building that will bring 35,000 SF of retail/commercial space and add 121 new residential units to Downtown Aurora by 2021.
Being the second largest city in Illinois with a population of just over 200,000, Aurora is Ranked the 7th Best City for Families in the U.S. by Wallethub. We offer a unique blend of big city amenities and small town charm. Our high-performing educational institutions include the Illinois Math and Science Academy, ranked the #1 public high school in Illinois by niche.com.
Between destination dining, award-winning Broadway Theater, and popular community festivities, Aurora attracts thousands of visitors per year.
Known for its prime location along the picturesque Fox River and temperate climate, visitors from across the state come year-round to experience the unparalleled adventure of competitive or recreational land and water activities offered by the Fox Valley Park District and local outdoor organizations.
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