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Aurora, Illinois

Aurora Illinois
Administration
Full nameAurora, Illinois
Official nameCity of Aurora
MottoA City Second to None
Other information
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes60502, 60503, 60504, 60505, 60506, 60599
Area code630, 331

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Aurora is the second most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the 112th largest city in the United States. A suburb of Chicago, located 40 mi (64.4 km) west of the Loop, its population in 2010 was 197,899. Originally founded within Kane County, Aurora's city limits have expanded greatly over the past 50 years and now spill over into DuPage, Will and Kendall Counties. In 2010, Kendall

In 1908, Aurora officially adopted the nickname "City of Lights", because it was one of the first cities in the United States to implement an all-electric street lighting system in 1881. Aurora's downtown is located on the Fox River. As of 2011, the city was undergoing a large-scale renovation of its underdeveloped Stolp Island business district. There are plans to add 6,000 housing units along the Fox River.

The Aurora area is home to one of the most impressive architectural collections in the Midwest, featuring structures by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bruce Goff and George Grant Elmslie. The Hollywood Casino, a dockside gaming facility with 40 mi (64.4 53,000) and 1,200 gaming positions, is located on the river in downtown Aurora. Like its namesake, the casino also houses original movie memorabilia from films such as Wayne's World, The Blues Brothers, The FBI Story, Titanic, The Natural, Misery and others. Aurora is also home to one of the largest collections of Sears Catalog Homes (over 50 homes) and Lustron all-steel homes (seven homes). The Farnsworth House, one of the most significant of Mies van der Rohe’s works, is located in nearby Plano.

Between 2000 and 2003, the U.S. Census Bureau ranked Aurora as the 34th fastest growing city in the United States. From 2000 to 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau ranked the city as the 46th fastest growing city with a population of over 100,000.


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