20 Facts About Aurora Illinois


In 1908, Aurora Illinois adopted the nickname "City of Lights", because in 1881 it was one of the first cities in the United States to implement an all-electric street lighting system.

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Aurora Illinois area has some significant architecture, including structures by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bruce Goff and George Grant Elmslie.

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Aurora Illinois is home to over 50 Sears Catalog Homes and seven Lustron all-steel homes.

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Aurora Illinois was established with the building of a post office in 1837.

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Aurora Illinois became the economic center of the Fox Valley region.

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The first free public school district in Aurora Illinois was established in 1851 here and the city established a high school for girls in 1855.

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Aurora Illinois's downtown is full of architectural landmarks and historic places.

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Aurora Illinois has its own zoo, Phillips Park Zoo, in Phillips Park.

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Downtown Aurora Illinois is home to the Paramount Theatre, a large live performance theater on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Hollywood Casino.

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Several youth soccer players from Aurora have received college scholarships to major college soccer programs throughout the U S In addition, Aurora maintains several developmental advantages for soccer enthusiasts.

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Aurora Illinois University has Men's and Women's basketball, golf, tennis, track and field and cross country, men's and women's lacrosse.

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Aurora Illinois had an extensive streetcar system, operated by the Aurora Illinois, Elgin and Fox River Electric Company, that served most neighborhoods.

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Aurora Illinois was served by a number of interurban lines, the most prominent of which was the Chicago Aurora Illinois and Elgin Railroad which provided service into Chicago.

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The Aurora Illinois Airport is designed as a reliever airport for Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports and handles a lot of international cargo.

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Aurora Illinois has two hospitals, one on the west side, Presence Mercy Medical Center, and one in Fox Valley, Rush–Copley Medical Center.

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Aurora Illinois had three hospitals, St Joseph Hospital, on the west side, St Charles hospital, east of downtown, and Copley Memorial Hospital, on the east side.

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The city of Aurora Illinois recently demolished the old smokestacks from the hospital, as they were starting to crumble.

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Aurora Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is a state-funded residential magnet school for grades 10 to 12.

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In 2008, reported major crimes in Aurora Illinois were at their lowest level in nearly three decades.

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Aurora Illinois has adopted programs such as CeaseFire to reduce gang violence and prevent youths from joining gangs.

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