9 Things to Do For a Great Weekend in Aurora, ILon March 12, 2021 at 8:04 pm

Looking for something to do a little closer to home? Or are you a Chicagoan looking to get out of the city for a bit? Luckily, the Loop isn’t the only place where you can find great shopping, dining, and recreation— just check out these 9 great spots in the western suburb of Aurora! 

1 W New York St, Aurora IL 60506

Feeling lucky? Check out the poker room, slots, and table games at the 53,000-square-foot Aurora casino. Don’t forget to put on your poker face, along with your mask.


1650 Premium Outlet Blvd, Aurora IL 60502


Sometimes a little retail therapy is just what the doctor ordered. Stroll around the outdoor shopping center as the weather warms up, and keep an eye out for some killer deals at Kate Spade, J. Crew, Coach, and more.

53 N Broadway, Aurora IL 60505

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum, housed in the former Central Fire Station, traces the history of Aurora’s Fire Department. Take a look at exhibits featuring the tools of firefighting, information on fire safety and prevention, and more.

65 Water St, Aurora IL 60505

Pick up some farm-fresh fruits and vegetables on Saturdays right in the heart of downtown. Don’t forget to snag some treats from Dick’s Mini Donuts as well!

83 S Lasalle St, Aurora IL 60505

If you’re feeling a bit fancy, stop in for tea or lunch at Calla Lily Tea Room. To plan an extra-relaxing day, check out the options at the salon and spa.

Exploring the historic architecture of the downtown area is a great way to be outside and learn more about these impressive buildings. Don’t forget your map (which includes descriptions of each site)!

Bike or jog on the Illinois Prairie Path

Once a part of the Chicago Aurora & Elgin electric railroad, the converted path is now a much-loved route for “biking, hiking, jogging and cross-country skiing.

2411 W Illinois Ave, Aurora IL 60506

Boasting 18 holes, “West Chicagoland’s Finest Course” is open for booking. Spend the day outside, perfecting your swing and enjoying the Golf Digest Magazine-dubbed 4 ½ star course.

2000 Montgomery Rd, Aurora IL 60504

The Growing Place— which celebrates its 85th year in 2021— is a haven for those looking to shop for plants, buy gifts, or simply explore the gardens. Having been closed for the winter, The Growing Place reopens to the public on March 27. 

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