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Unveiling the Charm of Aurora's Real Estate Market

Welcome to the heart of the Fox Valley, where the real estate market in Aurora, Illinois, is creating waves of excitement. If you're on the lookout for a dream home or a savvy investment, you're in for a treat. Our journey begins with a glimpse into the vibrant world of Aurora real estate, Nestled in the vibrant Chicago metropolitan area, Aurora stands as a testament to growth and cultural significance. Primarily situated in DuPage and Kane Counties, this city proudly holds the title of the second most populous in Illinois, following closely behind Chicago. According to the 2010 census, Aurora boasted a population of 197,899, and by 2020, it retained a robust community with a headcount of 180,542.

Initially founded within Kane County, Aurora's boundaries have expanded to include DuPage, Kendall, and Will Counties. Once a modest manufacturing hub, the city has undergone remarkable development since the 1960s, earning recognition from the U.S. Census Bureau as the 46th fastest-growing city with a population exceeding 100,000 during the period from 2000 to 2009.

In the annals of history, Aurora earned its moniker, the "City of Lights," in 1908. This designation harks back to 1881 when Aurora emerged as a pioneering city, implementing one of the first all-electric street lighting systems in the United States. The enchanting historic downtown, nestled along the picturesque Fox River and centered on Stolp Island, remains a testament to the city's luminous past.

Aurora's geographical landscape is characterized by three distinct regions. The West Side, gracing the western bank of the Fox River, exudes a unique charm. The East Side, nestled between the eastern bank of the Fox River and the Kane/DuPage County line, offers a blend of natural beauty and urban allure. Meanwhile, the Far East Side/Fox Valley stretches from the County Line to the city's eastern border with Naperville, showcasing a diverse tapestry of landscapes.

Beyond its demographic and geographic distinctions, Aurora boasts significant architectural contributions. Icons like Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bruce Goff, and George Grant Elmslie have left their imprint on the cityscape. Aurora also stands as a testament to the iconic Sears Catalog Homes, with over 50 structures, and seven Lustron all-steel homes.

For those seeking entertainment, the Hollywood Casino Aurora awaits. This dockside gaming facility, occupying 53,000 square feet with 1,200 gaming positions, is strategically located along the river in downtown Aurora, providing a riveting blend of leisure and excitement. 

Largest Companies in Aurora

The leading employers in the city, as outlined in the city's 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report: are:

  • Rush Copley Medical Center - 2,200 employees
  • West Aurora Public School District 129 - 1,650 employees
  • East Aurora Public School District 131 - 1,320 employees
  • Amita Health Mercy Medical Center - 1,300 employees
  • City of Aurora - 1,280 employees
  • Dreyer Medical Clinic - 1,200 employees
  • Indian Prairie School District 204 - 1,200 employees
  • Caterpillar Inc. - 1,100 employees
  • Hollywood Casino Aurora - 1,010 employees
  • MetLife, Inc. - 800 employees

Arts and Culture in Aurora

Downtown Aurora boasts numerous architectural landmarks and historical sites, including the notable Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago, a significant Hindu temple. Additionally, visitors can explore Phillips Park Zoo, situated within Phillips Park.

Paramount Theatre and Downtown Landmarks

The heart of Downtown Aurora is adorned with the Paramount Theatre, a grand live performance venue listed on the National Register of Historic Places, alongside the renowned Hollywood Casino. Another notable structure is the Leland Tower, formerly a hotel and once the tallest building in Illinois outside of Chicago, also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown Aurora showcases the largest assembly of commercial buildings designed by Prairie School architect George Grant Elmslie. Visitors can also find the primary building of the Aurora Public Library and a branch campus of Waubonsee Community College within this vibrant district.

Riverfront Playhouse

A longstanding presence in Downtown Aurora is the Riverfront Playhouse, a nonprofit theater that has occupied a storefront location since 1978.

Waubonsee Community College Campus Redevelopment

The Waubonsee Community College Campus, previously situated near the Paramount Theatre on Stolp Island, closed in May 2011. A new and expanded campus was constructed on the western bank of the river, enhancing the area's appeal with parks, walking paths, and improved infrastructure. Plans also include the installation of a pedestrian bridge to link both sides of the river and the modification or reconstruction of bridges to Stolp Island, neglected for nearly six decades.

Museums in Aurora, Illinois

Aurora offers a rich array of museums, including:

    • Aurora Historical Society

    • Aurora Regional Fire Museum

      • Grand Army of the Republic Hall

    • Phillips Park Zoo

      • David L. Pierce Art and History Center

Education Options in Aurora

Commencing in the 1860s, Aurora's educational landscape was shaped by two primary school systems, each situated on opposite banks of the Fox River, which physically divides the city. During the mid-20th century, the district located on the western bank expanded its jurisdiction to encompass students from the village of North Aurora, including those residing on the eastern side of the Fox. Furthermore, in 1972, the Indian Prairie School District (IPSD) 204 was established to cater to the easternmost segment of Aurora within DuPage County. All three districts—Aurora Public Schools: West Side (District 129), Aurora Public Schools: East Side (District 131), and IPSD—maintain their headquarters and administrative offices within Aurora's city limits. As of 2005, Aurora boasted a minimum of forty public schools within its boundaries, serving both Aurora residents and neighboring communities.

Given the city's expansive size, these three school systems are not the sole entities serving its residents. Some students residing in the northernmost region of the city (north of I88 in Kane County) attend Batavia public schools, while those on the far southwestern side are enrolled in Kaneland CUSD 302 schools headquartered in Maple Park. Additionally, a portion of students residing in the far southern end of the city (located within Kane, Kendall, and Will Counties) attend Oswego public schools. Within Aurora's limits, four schools under Oswego CUSD 308—Wheatlands Elementary, Homestead Elementary, Wolf's Crossing Elementary, and Bednarcik Junior High—are operational.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) stands as a state-funded residential magnet school catering to grades 10 through 12. Although IMSA operates on public funds and occupies the site originally designated for West Aurora High School North Campus, it operates independently of Aurora's other public schools. Any Illinois student meeting the admission criteria is eligible to apply for tuition-free enrollment at IMSA.

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ZIP Codes for Aurora, Illinois:

60502, 60503, 60504, 60505, 60506, 60507, 60568, 60569, 60572, 60598