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Encyclopedia > Aurora, Illinois
City of Aurora, Illinois
Location in the Chicago Metropolitan Area
Country United States
State Illinois
Counties Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will
Founded 1835
Government
 - Mayor Tom Weisner (D)
Area
 - Total 39.4 sq mi (102.1 km²)
 - Land 38.5 sq mi (99.8 km²)
 - Water 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km²)
Elevation 577 –735 ft (176 m - 224 (203) m)
Population (2007)
 - Total 175,952
 - Density 3,711.2/sq mi (1,432.9/km²)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Website: http://www.aurora-il.org/
The Paramount Theatre under renovation, downtown Aurora.

Aurora is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, with a population of 175,952 (2007 est.). Aurora lies within four counties: Kane, Dupage, Kendall, and Will. About 110,000 of the city's residents reside in Kane County, while about 42,000 live in DuPage County. Only a few thousand Aurorans are in Will and Kendall Counties. The city refers to itself as "The City of Lights" because it was one of the first cities in Illinois to implement an all-electric street lighting system in 1881. Aurora officially adopted the nickname in 1908[1]. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Aurmap. ... Chicagoland redirects here. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... 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History

Before white settlers arrived, there was a Native American village in what is today downtown Aurora. In 1834, the McCarty brothers arrived and initially owned land on both sides of the river, but sold their lands on the west side, living and operating their mill on the east side. Aurora was originally two villages: one on the East Side of the Fox River founded by the McCarty brothers and the West Side founded by the Lake brothers. A post office was established in 1837, officially creating Aurora. In 1857, Aurora (then what is now known as the East Side) joined with with the West Side, creating the city we now know[2]. The Aurora Fire Department was established in 1856, and took ownership of its first fire engine that year. The two sides couldn’t agree on which side of the river should house the public buildings, so most public buildings were built on or around Stolp Island in the middle of the Fox River. A parking garage stands at the site of the original City Hall and Post Office. Both sides of Aurora still maintain a rivalry which is enacted through yearly high school football/basketball games. This is the oldest high school rivalry in the state of Illinois. As the city grew, many factories and jobs came to Aurora, along with many people. Many immigrants flocked to the city, mainly from Great Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia, Luxembourg, Germany, France, and Italy. Aurora became main economic center of the Fox Valley Area. The city was a manufacturing powerhouse until 1974, when the railroad shops began to close. Soon many other factories and industrial areas relocated or went out of business. By 1980, there were few operating industrial areas in the city. Because of the low cost and availability of housing, various disadvantaged and disenfranchised minorities were forced into the city, mainly African-Americans and Mexican-Americans. In 1993, a casino was built downtown, which brought redevelopment to the downtown area as well as to the areas around it. It also brought the building of several business and industrial parks on the outsides of the city. Today some of the old industrial districts have been reoccupied as warehouses. In the late 1990's, new development began in the rural areas outside of Aurora. Subdivisions sprouted up all around the city. These areas made Aurora's population soar. Today, approximatly 70,000 of the cities residents live in these areas of the city. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... For other uses, see Native Americans (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Scandinavia (disambiguation). ... In sociology and in voting theory, a minority is a sub-group that is outnumbered by persons who do not belong to it. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Predominantly Christianity and Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


History of Entertainment

Aurora has a rich history of entertainment. There were several theaters in the downtown area and several large community parks with baseball stadiums, circus acts, and race tracks.


Aurora has had at least 20 theaters and playhouses in its existence. Some of the more popular were:

  • Coulter Opera House

Opened-1874 Closed-1899 This was auroras first major Playhouse/Opera House/Theater. The building is still standing today as the 5/3 Bank, formerly Merchants Bank, in downtown.

  • Evans Grand Opera House

Opened-1891 Closed-1915

  • Bijou Theater/Star Theater

Opened-1900 Closed-1915

  • Aurora Coliseum/Fox Theater

Opened-1901 Closed-1930 Changed Name to Fox Theater in 1910. Condemned by the city in 1930.

  • The Strand Theater

Opened-1915 Closed-1929 Burned Down in 1929

  • Sylvandell Dance Hall/Rialto Theater

Opened-1915 Closed-1928 Changed its name to the Rialto Theater in 1919. This was the most popular theater in Aurora at the time, but it unfortunately burned down in 1928. It was nicknamed the "Million Dollar Fire" because of the large amount of money the owners Frank Thielen and Jules J. Rubens spent converting the Dance hall to a top quality theater. It even had a bowling alley in the basement. Where the Rialto Theater formerly stood, there arose the most popular Aurora theater to date; the Paramount Arts Centre.

  • Tivoli Theater

Opened-1928 Closed-1981 Demolished soon after closing. Was one of the more popular Aurora Theaters of all time and gave competition to the Paramount theater. But like many other Aurora Businesses in the 1980s, the Tivoli Closed. Also had a bowling alley.

  • Paramount Arts Center

Opened-1931 The longest lived Aurora Theater. Was built on the site of the old Rialto Theater. Went under a complete renovation and was one of the only surviving downtown businesses during the 1980s.

  • New Fox Theater

Opened-1935 Closed-1978 A third theater in Aurora for several decades. Is closed now, but the building still stands.

  • Isle Theater

Opened-1938 Closed-1982 A smaller theater next to the Leland Hotel, was demolished in 1982 and now is a park.

  • Coliseaum Theater

Opened-1923 Closed-1951 18 city blocks from the original Aurora Coliseum. Was converted into apartments and shops after 1951.


Economy

Aurora is on the edge of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. The city has a long tradition of manufacturing, making it an industrial center that could stand alone, separate from Chicago. Prominent manufacturers, past and present, included: Lyon Workspace Products, The Aurora Silver Plate Manufacturing Company, Barber Greene Ltd., the Chicago Corset Company, the Aurora Brewing Company, Stephens-Adamson Company, Caterpillar Incorporated, Allsteel Metals, National Metalwares, and Western Wheeled Scraper Works (later Austin-Western Inc.). Olsson Roofing Company, Inc. was started in 1914 and is one of the oldest companies in the city. The most prominent employer and industry was the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad (later Burlington Northern) which was headquartered in Aurora. The CB&Q Roundhouse is still standing, and is now the popular restaurant Walter Payton’s Roundhouse. The Illinois Technology and Research Corridor is an area located in northeastern Illinois. ... Caterpillar Inc. ... Categories: Rail stubs | Defunct railroad companies of the United States | California railroads | Colorado railroads | Idaho railroads | Illinois railroads | Iowa railroads | Kansas railroads | Kentucky railroads | Minnesota railroads | Missouri railroads | Montana railroads | Nebraska railroads | North Dakota railroads | Oregon railroads | South Dakota railroads | Washington railroads | Wisconsin railroads | Wyoming railroads ...


Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Formed in 1987, the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (AACVB) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to aggressively promoting and marketing the area as a premier overnight destination. The goal of the AACVB is to enhance the economic and environmental well-being of our region comprised of nine communities: Aurora, Batavia, Big Rock, Montgomery, North Aurora, Plano, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Yorkville. The AACVB has four primary responsibilities: To encourage groups to hold meetings, conventions, tradeshows, sporting events and group travel in the nine communities we serve; To assist these groups with meeting preparations in advance of their arrival and also while their meeting or event is in progress; and To encourage individual recreational travelers to visit and enjoy the historic, cultural, retail, dining and recreational opportunities this destination offers; To court travel writers and all members of the media to experience the fruits of the scenic Fox River Valley—one of Illinois’ most vibrant regions—and to share this knowledge with a large circulation of readers.


Education

According to the United States Census, of Aurora's population over the age of twenty-five, 26% hold a bachelor's degree.


Two main school systems have served the Kane County, Illinois core location of Aurora, Illinois since the 1860s, one on either side of the Fox River which physically divides the city. In addition, the far eastern portion of Aurora, within DuPage County, Illinois, has been served by Indian Prairie School District (IPSD) 204 since that district's formation in 1972. All three of these districts (Aurora Public Schools: West Side (District 129), Aurora Public Schools: East Side (District 131) and IPSD) have their headquarters and administrative offices within the Aurora city limits. As of 2005 there will be no less than forty public schools within Aurora city limits, serving residents of Aurora and neighboring communities. Location in the state of Illinois Formed January 16, 1836 Seat Geneva Area  - Total  - Water 1,357 km² (524 mi²) 9 km² (4 mi²) 0. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Fox Valley (Illinois). ... DuPage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ...


Due to the sheer size of the city of Aurora, these are not the only three school systems serving residents - some students in the far north end of the city (north of I88 in Kane County) attend Batavia, Illinois public schools, some on the far southwest side attend the Kaneland School district (headquartered in Maple Park, Illinois), and some students in the far south end of the city (Kendall and Will County portions) attend Oswego, Illinois public schools. 4 schools of Oswego School District #308, are located within Aurora's city limits. Interstate 88 (abbreviated I-88) is an interstate highway entirely within the state of Illinois. ... Batavia is a city in Kane County, Illinois. ... Maple Park is a village located mostly in Kane County, Illinois with a small western portion located in DeKalb County, Illinois. ... For other uses, see Oswego (disambiguation). ...


Aurora is also home to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), a state-funded residential magnet school for grades 10 to 12. While IMSA operates under public funds (and uses the site originally designated West Aurora High School North Campus), it is managed wholly independently of the other public schools in the city of Aurora. Any Illinois student who meets admission requirements may apply to attend IMSA. The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, or IMSA, is a three-year residential public high school located in Aurora, Illinois, with an enrollment of approximately 640 students. ... In the U.S. system of education, a magnet school is a public school which offers innovative courses, specialized training, etc. ...


The above-named districts have forty-six public schools within the city limits of Aurora (seventeen for District #131, thirteen for District #129, eleven for District #204, four for Oswego District #308 and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy). Aurora is also home to twenty-two private schools, 2 branches of the Waubonsee Community College, and the main campus of Aurora University. Waubonsee Community College is a two-year community college in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. ... Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois is a private liberal arts college that admits both men and women students to four-year undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programs. ...


Landmarks

The city is the location of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) and Aurora University. A Non-profit Organization Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago which is a major Hindu temple located near IMSA. Aurora also has its own zoo, Phillips Park Zoo. Aurora's downtown is full of architectural landmarks and historic places. The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, or IMSA, is a three-year residential public high school located in Aurora, Illinois, with an enrollment of approximately 640 students. ... Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois is a private liberal arts college that admits both men and women students to four-year undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programs. ... Hinduism is a religious tradition[1] that originated in the Indian subcontinent. ... Phillips Park Zoo, located in Aurora, Illinois, USA, was originally established in 1915. ...

The Phillips Park 'Sunken Garden'.

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Museums

Phillips Park Zoo, located in Aurora, Illinois, USA, was originally established in 1915. ...

Downtown Aurora

Downtown Aurora is home to the Paramount Arts Centre, a large live performance theater on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Hollywood Casino. There is also the Leland Tower, a former hotel which was the tallest building in Illinois outside the Chicago city limits. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Also located downtown is the main building of Aurora Public Library and a branch campus of Waubonsee Community College. Downtown Alive, a festival that includes live music and a variety of food booths, is held every Friday night in the summer. Roughly 8,000-10,000 people attend every Friday night. Downtown Aurora also hosts the annual Midwest Literary Festival during the second weekend in September. The Riverfront Playhouse is a not-for-profit theater that has held a storefront location in downtown Aurora since 1978.[3] It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Central business district. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ... Waubonsee Community College is a two-year community college in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. ...


Commemorative Street Names

  • Blues Alley

Stolp Ave. between Galena Blvd and Downer Pl.

  • Dr. William Bonner Avenue

Pond Ave. changed to Bonner Ave.

  • D. Lloyd A. Hall Avenue

Beach St. between Claim St. and Delius St.

  • Venon Louis Parrington Drive

Highland Ave. between Kensington Pl. and Galena Blvd.

  • Rich Eby Avenue

White Ave. between Hartford Ave. and Terry Ave.

  • Reverent Oliver Shackleford Jr. Way

Sumner Ave. between New York St. and Grand Blvd.

  • Reverend Rovert Wesby Avenue

Lincoln Ave. between New York St. and Galena Blvd.

  • Marie Wilkinson Boulevard

View St. between Illinois Ave. and Plum St.


Sports

Aurora was once home to the Aurora Islanders/Blues/Foxes, a minor league baseball franchise that played from 1910-1915 in the Illinois-Wisconsin League. Their most famous player was Casey Stengel, who played one season with the team before being bought by the Brooklyn Dodgers. Stengel Batted .352 and was the batting champion of the league for 1911, and also led the league with 50 stolen bases and had 27 outfield assists. The team played in a stadium on the west side in the former riverview park. Charles Dillon Casey Stengel (July 30, 1890 - September 29, 1975), nicknamed The Old Professor, was an American baseball player and manager from the early 1910s into the 1960s. ...


Waubonsie Valley High School (IPSD - District 204) Soccer has won the Northern Illinois regional championship, in this highly competitive region, for both boys and girls, almost every year since 1987. In 2007, the Waubonsie Valley High School girls team won the state championship and went on to achieve the #1 ranking of all high school girl's soccer teams in the United States, finishing with an undefeated season. Aurora has numerous youth soccer clubs, most of which have teams represented in the top five percent of the Northern Illinois Soccer League. Numerous youth soccer players from Aurora have been awarded college scholarships to, and are starting players for, major college soccer programs throughout the U.S. In addition to this legacy of success in soccer, Aurora maintains numerous developmental advantages for soccer enthusiasts. Three high quality indoor soccer venues allow for year-round soccer training and competition for children and adults alike. Additionally, several area travelling soccer clubs, as well as high schools, boast coaches and/or trainers who have played soccer professionally and/or who have been starting players for national teams from various countries, some of whom played for teams that won the World Cup. Supplementing the local soccer training regimen are professional soccer trainers from England, Brazil, Holland, Scotland, and numerous other countries. Several of these trainers played in the English Premier League, for the Brazil National Team, and for the Argentine National Team.


Fastpitch softball has been in Aurora since World War II and gained popularity in 1950 when the Aurora Sealmasters finished fifth in the nation. The Sealmasters went on to win National Championships in 1959, 1961, 1965 and 1967 and World Championships in 1966 and 1968. There were many different and competitive mens leagues in Aurora from the 1960's through the mid 1990's. There are still a few leagues and teams playing to this day. Fastpitch softball is a sport played commonly by girls, though male and co-ed fastpitch leagues also exist. ...


Stonebridge Country Club, on Auroras far northeast side was home to the LPGA Keebler-Kellogg classic from 2002-2004. Stonebridge was also a course in the 1991-1995 Men's Senior PGA tour. LPGA stands for Ladies Professional Golf Association. ...


Aurora University has Men's and Women's Basketball, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field and Cross Country. It also has a men's football and baseball team, as well as women's softball and volleyball teams. Aurora University athletics are division III.


High school athletics are a major event in the city, as East and West Aurora High Schools have been rivals in all sports for over 100 years.


Climate

The annual precipitation for Aurora is about 40 inches. The record high for Aurora is 111 °F (44 °C), on July 14, 1936. The record low is −26 °F (−32.2 °C), on January 20, 1985. The average high temperature for Aurora in July is 84 °F (29 °C), the average January low is 10 °F (−12 °C).


On July 17-18, 1996, a major flood struck Aurora, with 16.9 inches (430 mm) of rain in a 24 hour period, which is an Illinois state record, and the second highest ever nationally. Flooding occurred in almost every low lying area, and in the Fox river valley. The flooding was just as bad in Blackberry creek, on Aurora's far west side.


Aurora has not been struck by any major tornadoes in recent history, although they occur in the area annually. The city can still receive heavy snowfall and experiences blizzards periodically.


Aurora was hit with one of the strongest earthquakes ever to strike Illinois on May 26,1909. It put cracks through chimneys and could be felt 500,000 square miles (1,300,000 km²) around.


In 1906 a tornado went through the Aurora Driving Park, a large recreation/amusement park and race track located where riddle highlands now stands. The tornado hit during the afternoon performance of the Ringling Brothers "Greatest Show on Earth" circus, when the park was crowded . It killed 2 people and injured 22, but the grandstand was still filled for the evening performance.


Geography

Aurora is located at 41°45′36″N, 88°17′55″W (41.759879, -88.298482).[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 39.4 square miles (102.1 km²), of which, 38.5 square miles (99.8 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it (2.26%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...


While the city has traditionally been considered as being in Kane County, Illinois (and in fact its downtown is still entirely in that county), Aurora is one of only three cities in Illinois where the city limits actually cover parts of four counties (the others are Barrington Hills & Centralia, Illinois): Kane, DuPage, Kendall, and Will. Location in the state of Illinois Formed January 16, 1836 Seat Geneva Area  - Total  - Water 1,357 km² (524 mi²) 9 km² (4 mi²) 0. ... Incorporated Village in 1957. ... Centralia is a city located in Marion, Jefferson, Washington and Clinton Counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Location in the state of Illinois Formed January 16, 1836 Seat Geneva Area  - Total  - Water 1,357 km² (524 mi²) 9 km² (4 mi²) 0. ... DuPage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Kendall County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Will County is a county located in the northern part of the state of Illinois. ...


Regions of Aurora

Aurora is generally divided into three regions, though politically the city is divided into several wards.

  • The West Side is all of Aurora west of the Fox River
  • The East Side,is the city east of the river excluding the DuPage County part.
  • Fox Valley, also referred to as the Far East Side is the DuPage County part of the city. This is kind of a misnomer due to the fact that this region is not on the Fox. In fact, some parts lie in the DuPage watershed instead of the Fox watershed. It is actually nicknamed as such due to the proximity of the area to Fox Valley Mall; one of the first housing developments to be constructed simultaneously with the mall in Aurora is the "Fox Valley Villages".

The Fox River is a tributary of the Illinois River in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois in the United States. ... The DuPage River, a tributary of the Des Plaines River actually starts as two individual streams in DuPage County, Illinois. ...

Infrastructure

Transportation

The city is the final stop of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line of the Metra commuter rail system, allowing rail service into [[Chicago]. The city uses pace bus for public busing. Along with Metra trains and pace buses, Greyhound buses also stop at the Aurora transportation center. Aurora does not currently have a stop for Amtrak trains, as the old station where they did stop closed in the 1980s. Aurora City Lines, the old city bus lines, was closed in the late 1980's, in favor of regional bus service. Aurora also used to have an extensive streetcar system that served most neighborhoods. The Aurora Municipal Airport is a general aviation airport located in Sugar Grove, IL just outside of Aurora, Illinois. Although the airport is located within Sugar Grove, it is operated by the City of Aurora. The Aurora Airport is designed as a reliever airport for Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports, and also handles a lot of international cargo. It is capable of landing boeing 757 aircraft. The BNSF Railway Line is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the BNSF Railway in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ... A Metra Train in Ogilvie Transportation Center Metra (officially known as the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation) is a regional rail system that serves the city of Chicago, Illinois, United States and surrounding cities, many of them Chicago suburbs. ... A Metra Train in Ogilvie Transportation Center Metra (officially known as the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation) is a regional rail system that serves the city of Chicago, Illinois, United States and surrounding cities, many of them Chicago suburbs. ... This article is about the US bus line. ... The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ...


Healthcare

Aurora currently has two hospitals, one on the west side, Mercy Center for Healthcare Services, and one in Fox Valley, Rush-Copley Medical Center. Aurora at one point had three hospitals, St. Joseph Hospital, on the west side, St. Charles hospital, in uptown, and Copley Memorial Hospital, on the east side. St Joseph and St, Charles hospitals have been converted into living centers, and the old Copley hospital, which was one of the largest hospitals in the area, sits vacant. The city of Aurora recently demolished the old smokestacks from the hospital, as they were starting to crumble and fall down. Dreyer Medical also has several clinics in the city.


Media

Many of Aurora's former televison and radio stations were closed as stations from Chicago were favored among residents.


Television

  • Telefutera Channel 60 WXFT Aurora
  • Channel 24 W24AJ Aurora
  • Channel 54 W54EB Waubonsee Community College
  • Channel 6 ACTV Aurora
  • TLN Total Living Network

Radio

  • AM 1280 WBIG Aurora
  • FM 95.9 WERV Aurora
  • FM 107.9 WLEY Aurora

Newspaper

The Beacon News has been Aurora's Daily Newspaper since 1846. The Chicago Sun Times Newsgroup now operates the company. The Beacon prints 3 different editions : The Aurora edition, the Kendall county edition, and the Kane county edition. The paper has been recognized by the Associated press, the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association, the Illinois Press Association, and the Chicago Headline Club as one of the best daily newspapers in the state of Illinois.[5]


Neighborhoods

  • Near East Side (East Side): One of the oldest neighborhood of Aurora. This neighborhood is located between Downtown and Uptown. There are several large older homes, some dating back to the 1870s.
  • Near West Side (West Side): A neighborhoods on the west side of downtown. It has similar architecture and age to the near east side.
  • Pigeon Hill (East Side): The former neighborhood where Romanian and other eastern European immigrants once flocked to in the late 1800s. This neighborhood is located just east of the Fox River, north of Indian creek.
  • Frontenac (Far East Side)
  • Exposition View (Northwest Side)
  • Riddle Highlands (West Side): is located on the West Side, off of North Lake Street and West Illinois Ave. It’s a very charming section of the city, with large, older homes dating back to the early 1900s. The historic Northgate shopping center is located on its eastern boundary.
  • Scraper-Moecherville (South East Side)
  • Newport Hill (Far East Side)
  • Marywood (North East Side)
  • Southpark (South East Side)
  • Sans Souci (Far West Side): An upscale neighborhod built primarily in the 1960s and 70s. It has long winding streets. Many affluent residents on the West Side live here. Many of the original residents later moved to the even tonier neighborhoods in Sugar Grove, Illinois. It is found northeast of Orchard Road and Prairie Road.
  • Copleyville (East Side): The neighborhood surrounding the now vacant Copley Memorial Hospital. The neighborhood is east of Dutchtown and South of the Near East side. This neighborhood is one of the most densly populated in the city.
  • Dutchtown (East Side): The neighborhood once predominatly populated by German immagrants during the first half of the 20th century. The neighborhood is east of Copleyville and south of Uptown.
  • Little Italy (West Side): Neighborhood once mainly populated by Italian Immigrants south of downtown on the westside, near South Lake Street and West Jericho Road. The neighborhood was once home to many manufacturing jobs.
  • Lakeside Sans Souci (Far West Side): A continuation of Sans Souci. It was built in the 1980s and 90s. Some homes are early McMansions. West of Orchard Road. This community suffered heavy damage in the 1996 flood.
  • Cherry Hill (Far West Side): An upper middle class neighborhood south of Galena Boulevard, near Blackberry Historical Farm. Cherry Hill was badly damaged in the 1996 flood, but has since recovered. A tornado related to the 1990 Plainfield Tornado storm also came close to this neighborhood, but with mostly roof and siding damage.
  • Hometown (South East Side)
  • Downtown: Historic downtown is the heart of Aurora and is home to a number of large historic buildings dating back to the early 1900s. Downtown is located 3 miles (4.8 km) South of Interstate 88. Much of downtown Aurora was developed in the lates 1800s and houses several pieces of impressive architecture. Downtown Aurora's declined began in the late 1970s but of late is the home of several new developments including the River Street Plaza Condo development and Downer Place Lofts. Many new businesses have opened with success, along with the Hollywood Casino. A major hotel and high rise condos are planned for the East Bank on the east side of downtown. Today still, many areas just outside downtown remain vacant due to the industrial recession of the 1980's. Downtown Aurora is the home of the famous LeLand Hotel, a 22 story building built in 1921, which housed the Sky Club, a former Blues recording studio. The building once was the tallest building in Illinois outside of Chicago. Today its used as apartments.
  • Uptown (East Side) :The center of Aurora's strong Hispanic culture. The area was an area just east of downtown, booming with large homes and bustling shops in the first half of the 20th century. Today, some old store fronts are still there.
  • White Eagle (Far East Side): is a subdivision that is partially located in incorporated Aurora and partially in incorporated Naperville (the easiest way to tell the difference is to look at the fire hydrants: if they are orange, that denotes Naperville; if they are red, that denotes Aurora.) When it was being marketed it was advertised as "Naperville," so the mayor at that time cut off all city services to prove his point, that the White Eagle subdivision included sections that were in the City of Aurora. White Eagle is a very wealthy and upscale area. Some homes are valued at well over a million dollars.
  • Oakhurst (Far East Side)
  • Pheasant Creek (Far East Side)
  • Pine Meadows (Far East Side)
  • Georgetown (Far East Side)
  • Ginger Woods (Far East Side)
  • Green Hills (Far East Side)
  • Lakewood (Far East Side): also known by the name of "Lakehood". Popular hangout for middle schoolers from Granger Middle School. Located at the corner between Montgomery Rd. and Ogden Ave.
  • Patersonville (East Side): Located near New York St. and Ohio St.
  • Westwood (West Side): A predominantly African American neighborhood on the west side. The majority of this neighborhood is in and around the Aurora Housing Authority housing development Jericho Circle.
  • Huntington (West Side)
  • Stonebridge (Far East Side): is the most wealthy area of Aurora. Its located along Indian Trail Rd and Eola Rd on the city's Far East Side. This is also one of the newest sections of the city. With homes well over a million dollars, its residents have an average household income of $ 112,800 and an average household net worth of $ 165,112.00. The Stonebridge area is also home to the Stonebridge Golf Course, which was the home of a PGA tournament for several years in a row.
  • Orchard Valley (Far West Side): A newer neighborhood northwest of Orchard Road and Galena Boulevard. The homes are upscale, and a golf course is wound throughout the neighborhood. To the east is the formerly named Orchard Green, consisting of primarily middle class single family homes built in the 1960s and 70s, with later additions in the 1980s.
  • Foxcroft (Far Northwest Side): Foxcroft is a middle class neighborhood with moderate single family homes and townhomes. It was primarily built in the 1970s and was expected to be an epicenter of growth, which did not materialize for several decades. The West Aurora School district built a high school (commonly called North Campus) in 1978 to serve the population. After only a few years, the school was sold and it eventually became the Illinois Math and Science Academy state magnet school. Foxcroft is located west of Edgelawn and north of Indian Trail Rd.

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Crime

Aurora has developed a reputation of being a crime ridden city[citation needed], although crime has declined since a recent high in 2002. Gang presence is very strong in some Aurora neighborhoods. There are also several developing gangs in certain neighborhoods. Gang violence reached a high in the 1990's, with the city averaging nearly 30 murders per year. In July 2007, the Aurora Police Department and the FBI conducted a sweep and arrested 31 alleged gang members suspected of 22 murders dating back to the mid 1990s. There have been several recent, successfull programs adopted by the city and the police deparment to reduce gang violence and prevent youths from joining gangs. Crime has dropped every year since 2002.

Source: [2], Year: 2005 number of crimes per 100,000
Crime Aurora Chicago Naperville, Illinois
murder 10.1 15.6 2.9
rape 44.2 56.5 32.1
robbery 197.6 557.6 17.8
assault 385.7 626.6 207.0
burglary 2540.9 2908.0 1504.6
auto theft 389.1 785.8 52.8

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Demographics

City of Aurora
Population by year
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1850 1,200
1870 11,162
1890 20,000
1900 24,147
1910 29,800
1920 36,300
1930 46,589
1940 47,200
1950 50,600
1960 63,715
1970 74,200
1980 81,293
1990 100,279
2000 142,990
2007 175,952 (est.)

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 142,990 people, 46,489 households, and 34,215 families residing in the city. The average number of residents to one household is 3.6 residents. The population density was 3,711.5 people per square mile (1,432.9/km²). There were 48,797 housing units at an average density of 1,266.6/sq mi (489.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 40.01% White, 20.56% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.52% from other races, and 1.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 45.86% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 46,489 households out of which 44.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 3.55. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 35.9% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $54,861, and the median income for a family was $61,113. Males had a median income of $41,429 versus $30,150 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,131. About 6.2% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Notable residents

Arts

Ruth VanSickle Ford (August 8, 1897 – April 18, 1989) was an American painter, art teacher, and owner of the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. ... Clive Eric Cussler (born July 15, 1931 in Aurora, Illinois)[1][2] is an American adventure novelist and successful marine archaeologist. ... Henry Gordon Gale (September 12, 1874 - November 16, 1942) was an American astrophysicist and author. ... Miriam Herrera is an American author and poet. ... Barbara Elizabeth Linington (born March 11, 1921 in Aurora Kane, Illinois; died April 05, 1988 in Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, California) was an American freelance novelist. ... Thom Jones (born 1945) is an American writer, primarily of short stories. ... Phillip E. Johnson Phillip E. Johnson (born 1940) is a retired UC Berkeley American law professor and author. ...

Entertainment

Kimberly Donley (born December 15, 1965 in Aurora, Illinois, U.S.A.) is an American model and actress. ... Andrea Evans Andrea Evans (born June 18, 1957) is an American actress. ... Eugene Delbert Greene (June 9, 1881 – April 5, 1930), better known as Gene Greene was an American entertainer, singer and composer, nicknamed The Ragtime King. ... Dave Johnston (born in Aurora, Illinois[1]) is a banjoist and singer most notable for being a member of the progressive bluegrass group Yonder Mountain String Band. ... Noted musicians who play the banjo include: Danny Barker Perry Bechtel Dock Boggs Eugene Chadbourne Roy Clark Eddie Condon Billy Connolly J. D. Crowe Lonnie Donegan Jimmy Driftwood Jem Finer Béla Fleck Papa French Tony Furtado Håkon Gebhart Creole George Guesnon John Hartford Burl Ives Papa Charlie Jackson... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music. ... Yonder Mountain String Band The Yonder Mountain String Band (YMSB) is a progressive bluegrass group from Nederland, Colorado, outside Boulder. ... Randy Shilts (August 8, 1951 – February 17, 1994) was a gay American journalist and author. ... Carl Thomas (born June 15, 1972 in Aurora, Chicago, Illinois, United States) is an African-American R&B singer. ... Josh Gilbert is the current bass player for the metalcore band As I Lay Dying. ... Maud Powell (August 22, 1867 – January 8, 1920) was an American violinist who gained international acclaim for her skill and virtuosity. ... Nicole Narain is an American model and actress. ... Paul Scheuring is a writer and director for movies and TV shows. ... Van Lear as CO Louis Patterson in Prison Break Phillip Edward Van Lear is an American actor. ... John Barrowman (born 11 March 1967 in Mount Vernon, Glasgow) is a Scottish-American actor, musical performer, dancer, singer, and TV presenter who has lived and worked both in the United Kingdom and the United States. ... This article is about the country. ...

Politics and Law

Frank R. Reid (April 18, 1879 - January 25, 1945) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois. ... Scott B. Palmer (born November 22, 1950 in Hartford, Connecticut) is the Chief of Staff to United States Representative Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois), the Speaker of the House in the U.S. House of Representatives. ... Charles Henry Dietrich (November 26, 1853 – April 10, 1924) was a U.S. Senator from Nebraska. ... For other uses, see Nebraska (disambiguation). ... Linda Chapa LaVia is a member of the Illinois House of Representatives representing a part of Kane County including the city of Aurora. ... Type Bicameral Speaker Michael Madigan, (D) since 1997 Minority Leader Tom Cross, (R) since 2002 Members 118 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Illinois State Capitol Web site ilga. ... Chris Lauzen is a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate representing the 25th district. ... The Illinois Senate convenes at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. ... Roy J. Solfisburg, Jr. ... John Dennis Denny Hastert (born January 2, 1942) is an American politician. ... Ira Clifton Copley (b. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Patricia Reid Lidner is the Illinois State Representative for the 50th district, which she has served since 1993. ... Type Bicameral Speaker Michael Madigan, (D) since 1997 Minority Leader Tom Cross, (R) since 2002 Members 118 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Illinois State Capitol Web site ilga. ... Robert W. Pritchard is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 70th district where he has served since 2003. ... Type Bicameral Speaker Michael Madigan, (D) since 1997 Minority Leader Tom Cross, (R) since 2002 Members 118 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Illinois State Capitol Web site ilga. ... Timothy Edward Tim Mahoney (born August 15, 1956) is the U.S. Representative from Floridas 16th Congressional district. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ...

Other

James W. Compton (born April 7, 1939 in Aurora, Illinois), was president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League from 1978 – 2006. ... Chicago Urban League, founded in 1916 in Chicago, Illinois, is currently being run by Cheryle Robinson Jackson. ... G. David Tilman (formerly Titman) is a prominent American ecologist. ... The Most Reverend Dr. Nathaniel (Popp) (b. ... Edna Rabbits Murray was a Depression-era outlaw and partner of Volney Davis during the early 1930s. ... Dean OBanion (also Dion OBanion) (8 July 1892 - 10 November 1924) was an Irish-American mobster who was the main rival of Johnny Torrio and Al Capone during the brutal Chicago bootlegging wars of the 1920s. ... James F. Phillips (November 20, 1930 - October 3, 2001) was an environmental activist who was known in the Chicago area during the 1970s for his direct action activities under the pseudonym The Fox. ... Jeffrey Keith Jeff Skilling (born November 25, 1953) was the CEO of Enron Corporation in 2001. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... Enron Corporation was an energy company based in Houston, Texas. ... Tom Skilling on WGN News at Noon in 2005. ... // The Chicago Tribune is a major daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois and owned by the Tribune Company. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... // Meteorology (from Greek: μετέωρον, meteoron, high in the sky; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the atmosphere that focuses on weather processes and forecasting. ... John Drury (January 4, 1927 – November 25, 2007) was a retired anchorman from Chicago, IL. He appeared on both WGN-TV and WLS-TV. Upon his retirement came the news that he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, otherwise known as Lou Gehrigs disease. ... Walter E. Truemper (1918-1944) was awarded the Medal of Honor as a member of the U.S. Army Air Forces in the Second World War. ... Lester William Weber (1948-1969) was a United States Marine who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam in February 1969. ... Joseph Roger McGuinn (July 13, 1942 - ) is an American singer-songwriter, born in Chicago, Illinois. ... James Howard Monroe (October 17, 1944 – February 16, 1967) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States militarys highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War. ... The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. ...

Sports

coupl park Francis Dayle Chick Hearn (November 27, 1916 - August 5, 2002) was an American sportscaster. ... Kurt Becker (born December 22, 1958 in Aurora, Illinois) is a former professional American football player who played offensive lineman for nine seasons for the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Brad Childress (born June 27, 1956 in Aurora, Illinois, U.S.) is a professional American football coach. ... League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC Central (1970-2001) NFC North (2002-present) Current uniform Team colors Purple, Gold, White Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking, Ragnar Personnel Owner Zygi Wilf General... Richard Godhard Becker (born 1972-02-01) was a Major League Baseball player during the years 1993-2000. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Kenny Battle (born October 10, 1964 in Aurora, Illinois), is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (27th overall) of the 1989 NBA Draft. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Don Lee Beebe (born December 18, 1964 in Aurora, Illinois) is a former American football wide receiver who played for the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. He was drafted by the Bills out of Chadron State College (after transferring from Western Illinois University... Joseph Joshua Krakoski (born November 11, 1962 in Aurora, Illinois) was an American football linebacker in the NFL for the Washington Redskins. ... Mark Catlin (born 1882 in Aurora, Illinois; died 1956) was the eighth head football coach at the University of Iowa, coaching from 1907-1908. ... Jim Platt (born in Aurora, Illinois) is an assistant coach with the Army Black Knights basketball team. ... Robert Wayne (Bob) Kipper (born July 8, 1964 in Aurora, Illinois) is a former middle-relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1985 through 1992 for the California Angels (1985), Pittsburgh Pirates (1985-1991) and Minnesota Twins (1992). ... Professional Golfers Association, (with or without the apostrophe), is the usual term for a professional association in mens golf. ... Quavas Kirk (born April 13, 1988 in Aurora, Illinois) is an American soccer defender who currently plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. ... Zachary Taylor Davis (b May 26, 1872, Aurora, IL; d Dec. ... This article is about the original Comiskey Park. ... For the former ballpark in Los Angeles, see Wrigley Field (Los Angeles). ... Randy Melvin (born April 3, 1959 in Aurora, Illinois) is the current American football defensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. ... Browns redirects here. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Tom Petranoff (born April 1958) is an American javelin thrower. ... Robert Dale Johnson (April 25, 1943 in Aurora, Illinois) is a former professional baseball player. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Mario Martin Ramos (born October 19, 1977) is a Major League Baseball player. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Billy Taylor (disambiguation). ...


Aurora in popular culture

  • Wayne's World (1992) was about two men, Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers), and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) who lived in Aurora. The characters emerged from the television show Saturday Night Live; one of the original authors of the skit was from neighboring Naperville, Illinois, and thought Aurora had the appropriate blue collar feel desired for the characters. This underlined a long rivalry between tony Naperville and the more modest Aurora. Though most of the movie was filmed elsewhere, there are at least one or two bits that were filmed on location in Aurora[8], most notably the scene in which a White Castle is shown.
  • Prison Break The hit FOX Network TV show has several references about Aurora, sometimes multiple times in an episode, as the show is filmed in the area.
  • Recently, former Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher used Aurora in an anti-casino ad in his unsuccessful re-election campaign. Governor Fletcher referred to Aurora as a good town gone bad, because of the casino. Contrary to the ad, the casino is one thing that helped save Aurora during its industrial recession of the 1980s.
  • The 2002 Film Children on Their Birthdays was filmed in a large Victorian-era home on Aurora's west side, although the story is supposed to have taken place in Alabama.

President George W. Bush visited Aurora, Illinois on July 7, 2006, as the second president to ever visit Aurora. The first was Theodore Roosevelt in 1904.[9] This article is about the SNL sketch. ... For other persons of the same name, see Michael Myers. ... Dana Thomas Carvey (born April 2, 1955, in Missoula, Montana) is an American actor and comedian best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and the spin-off movie Waynes World. ... SNL redirects here. ... Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in Illinois in the United States, voted the second best place to live in the United States by Money Magazine in 2006. ... A blue-collar worker is a working class employee who performs manual or technical labor, such as in a factory or in technical maintenance trades, in contrast to a white-collar worker, who does non-manual work generally at a desk. ... White Castle can refer to different things: White Castle, a chain of US hamburger restaurants White Castle, an 11th-century castle in Wales White Castle, a town in Louisiana This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article is about a television series. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... Ernest Lee Fletcher (born November 12, 1952) has served as governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky since December 9, 2003. ... Children on Their Birthdays is a 2002 independent film that tells a story of a 13-year-old girl, played by Tania Raymonde, who has stayed briefly in a country town in Alabama. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For other uses, see President (disambiguation). ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other persons named Theodore Roosevelt, see Theodore Roosevelt (disambiguation). ...


References

Notes

  1. ^ Fun Aurora Facts The Aurora Historical Society
  2. ^ Fun Aurora Facts The Aurora Historical Society
  3. ^ Riverfront Playhouse Official Site
  4. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Beacon News :: About Us ::
  6. ^ United States Census Bureau. [1]
  7. ^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ Wayne's World (1992) - Filming locations
  9. ^ 95.9 The River. Scott Childers. WERV-FM, IL. 07-July-2006.

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External links

  • Aurora, Illinois is at coordinates 41°45′36″N 88°17′55″W / 41.759879, -88.298482 (Aurora, Illinois)Coordinates: 41°45′36″N 88°17′55″W / 41.759879, -88.298482 (Aurora, Illinois)

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