When talking about Chicago suburbs our neighbor Naperville most likely comes up more often than Aurora. At The Aventine, we are close enough to enjoy all Naperville has to offer, but we love being a part of Aurora. Our city has plenty to offer itself, regardless of what our neighboring cities may or may not have, and we’re here to prove that Aurora is the western burb of choice.
1. History and Culture
In Aurora, we’re only about 40 miles from Chicago, but we have a history and culture of our own. Thanks to our architectural landmarks and historical sites Aurora has a ton to offer. Drive around to see famous architects’ designs in The Keystone Building (George Grant Elmslie), William B Green House (Frank Lloyd Wright), and Farnsworth House (Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe). The Paramount Theater was also recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, and if you want to experience history hands-on Blackberry Farm is perfect for you. History and culture combine perfectly at The Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple, built for the growing Hindu community and designed to honor the rich history of South Indiana architecture.
2. Employment Opportunities
Like many Midwestern cities, manufacturing built Aurora and continues to be a huge part of our economy. Firms such as Lyon Workspace Products, The Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing Co, and Barber Greene offer many job opportunities, not to mention Caterpillar Inc, National Metalwares, and the Aurora Brewing Company. Our Hollywood Casino also brings in employment options for various levels of experience and provides tourism as well as features memorabilia from several famous movies. Overall the Aurora economy is strong and will stay strong for years to come thanks in part to these and other Aurora-based companies. In fact, the job market is expected to grow to be 37.4% over the next 10 years.
Unsurprisingly based on the job market, Aurora also offers great schools for all education levels, which is proven by the fact that over 30% of Aurora adults have at least a bachelor’s degree. If college isn’t for you, we also have several trade schools such as the Regency Beauty Institute-Aurora. For our younger residents depending on where in Aurora you live, kids either go to DuPage County or Kane County school systems (The Aventine is in the DuPage County district), containing a total of 46 public schools, or we also have 22 private school options. In any case, Aurora is a wonderful place to call home if you love learning, no matter what age you are.
As we mentioned in our first point, we are only about an hour from Chicago for a day or evening in the city, or daily if you don’t mind a bit of a commute. The average commute time in Aurora is only 29 minutes, proving that even in Chicagoland you don’t have to spend too much time in your car every day. Because we’re far enough west of the big city, you only have to deal with that much traffic if you choose to do so. With easy access to several highways and interstates, Aurora also promotes the Midwest love of road trips, though with everything we have to offer, you may never want to leave home!
Back in the 1930s Aurora helped create much of what we know as “Blues” music, and we’ve loved entertaining ever since. Blues on the Fox, an annual blues festival currently in its 22nd year, celebrates this history and continues promoting a love of music and the arts. Several other yearly festivals keep the culture and history of Aurora alive and well, celebrating everything from food trucks to water lanterns. We also have over 200 interactive science exhibits to keep minds of all ages active, and First Fridays round things out promoting local art.
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