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Where 2 Go in the Aurora Area


ARTS & ARCHITECTURE


Albright Theatre Cutting-edge dramas, comedies and family-friendly shows. 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia 630.406.8838 albrighttheatre.com


Art at Aurora City Hall


Display open Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm. 44 E. Downer Pl., Aurora 630.256.3340 auroradowntown.org/art


Aurora Architectural Driving Tours Self-guided tours of Aurora’s historic districts. aurora-il.org/historicpreservation/ hist_drivingtour.php


Aurora Architectural


Walking Tour Downtown Aurora’s amazing historic architectural walking tour impresses visitors. auroradowntown.org/explore/ architecture


Aurora University’s Crimi Auditorium Classical and popular musical events, popular lectures and recitals. 1347 Prairie St., Aurora 630.844.4924 auartsandideas.com


Avenue J Studios Four large-scale productions each year.


210 Genesis Dr., North Aurora 630.518.9099 avenuejstudios.org


Basement of the Dead


Ranked Top 13 “3D Haunt in the World” by Haunted Attraction magazine. 42 W. New York St., Aurora 630.896.2466 42fear.com


Batavia Fine Arts Centre Theatre, music, dance and visual arts.


1201 Main St., Batavia 630.937.8930 bataviafineartscentre.org


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Building Aurora: Sears Houses


1908–1940, 136 Sears Roebuck authenticated properties. Aurora, one of the largest concentrations of Sears homes in the country. 630.256.3080 aurora-il.org/historicpreservation/ sears_houses.php


Chapel on the Green & Heritage Hall 1855, Kendall County’s oldest church building adorned with stained glass windows and restored 1899 pipe organ. 107 W. Center St., Yorkville 630.553.5070 chapelonthegreen.org


Comedy Shrine Chicagoland’s premier improv and standup comedy theater. 4034 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora 630.585.0300 comedyshrine.com


Copley Theatre


Local and national productions in this intimate theater. 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora paramountaurora.com


Culture Stock Bookstore Used book and media reseller. 35 N. Broadway, Aurora 630.859.3536


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., Aurora 630.906.0650 aurora-il.org/publicarts


Esther’s Place Fiber Art Studio Classes in spinning, weaving, knitting and felting from novice to expert. 201 W. Galena St. (Rt. 30), Big Rock 630.556.9665 esthersplacefibers.com


Farnsworth House Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s ultimate minimalist masterpiece. Tours Apr.–Oct. Reservations required. 14520 River Rd., Plano 630.552.0052 farnsworthhouse.org


Hollywood Casino Aurora


Simply the area’s best gaming facility with slots, blackjack, poker and more. Three restaurants and an astounding collection of movie memorabilia. 1 W. New York St. Bridge, Aurora 630.801.1234 hollywoodcasinoaurora.com


If These Walls Could Talk


Gallery & Framing Custom frame shop and art gallery. 32 S. Stolp Ave., Aurora 331.212.5962 itwct.com


Isaac2 /Swimming Stones


Kinetic water sculpture created by Christian Tobin. 2 E. Benton St., Aurora 630.256.4636 aurora-il.org


Kendall County Historic Courthouse 1864, restored in 2001, learn about Kendall County’s natural resources, prairies and Native Americans. See living exhibits such as a working beehive. 109 W. Ridge St., Yorkville 630.553.4025 co.kendall.il.us/forest-preserve/ historic-courthouse


Fermilab Science & nature at its best! The only lab of its kind in the world that is free and open to the public. Performing arts and lectures. Self-guided tours. Groups by appointment. Kirk Rd. and Pine St., Batavia 630.840.3000 fnal.gov


Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum 1878 monument to Aurora’s Civil War Veterans. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 23 E. Downer Pl., Aurora 630.256.3340 aurora-il.org/gar


Holbrook Mill


1843, possibly oldest industrial structure in Kane County. First Friday’s Gallery at Allen + Pepa. 121 W. Benton St., Aurora holbrookmill.com


Law Office Pub & Music Hall Music venue, national talent, local craft beers.


226 S. Bridge St., Yorkville 630.465.0623 lawofficepub.com


Paramount Theatre


Home to a critically acclaimed Broadway series, Art Deco movie palace presents live entertainment by world-class performers, plays, touring musicals and other special events. 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora 630.896.6666 paramountaurora.com


RiverEdge Park


Your backyard away from home, featuring the annual Blues on the Fox Festival and Summer Concert Series. 360 N. Broadway, Aurora 630.896.6666 riveredgeaurora.com


Riverfront Playhouse


Cozy, professional theater. Original plays, musicals, murder mysteries, comedies and thrillers. 11 S. Water Street Mall, Aurora 630.897.9496 riverfrontplayhouse.com


Sandwich Opera House 1878, restored in 1986. Performing arts from classical to country, summer theatre workshops. 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich 815.786.2555 sandwichoperahouse.org


Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple Hindu temple blends ancient and modern architectural technology. 1145 W. Sullivan Rd., Aurora 630.844.2252 svsbalaji.force.com


Stone Mill Museum 1856, houses historical and Native American exhibits. Open Sundays during summer 1–5 pm. Call ahead. 315 E. Railroad St., Sandwich 815.786.6510


The Office Batavia Music venue. 236 Webster St., Batavia 630.849.5570 facebook.com/theofficebatavia


Located in Downtown Aurora


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