Aurora, Illinois, a burgeoning suburb of Chicago, is also known fondly as the ‘City of Lights’, since it was one of the first cities in America to implement electric street lighting. Since then, Aurora has grown tremendously and it is now home to a large and diverse housing market that encompasses town homes, starter bungalows, suburban cottages, and all-American family homes. Modern architecture and urban sensibilities are the hallmarks of residences in Aurora, which offer a wide array of size and style choices to home buyers.
Officially, Aurora is divided into three separate segments, the West Side, the East Side, and the Far East Side or Fox Valley. These sections of the city are divided by the Fox River, along which Aurora’s downtown area is located. The Westfield Fox Valley Mall is the major retail center of the Far East Side, while Fox Valley Villages is a main residential neighborhood of that district. Though there are 10 distinct political wards of the city, there are more than one dozen neighborhoods within the various areas of Aurora. These communities include the Boulevard District, Riddle Highlands, Pigeon Hill, Marywood, Exposition View, South Park, Pattersonville, Golden Oaks, Stonebridge, Cherry Hill, Hometown, Oakhurst, and Kensington Lakes. A number of family-friendly residential subdivisions are located within each of these neighborhoods, and some are home to mixed-use retail and commercial spaces, as well.
Manufacturing and tourism are the two main staples of Aurora’s economy, and the city sits on the edge of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. The Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is responsible for promoting the city as a hub of leisure and hospitality and attracting many tourists and jobs to the area. The top employers in Aurora are Caterpillar, Rush-Copley Medical Center, the East and West Aurora Public School Districts, Provena Mercy Medical Center, the City of Aurora, Dreyer Medical Clinic, MetLife, and Hollywood Casino Aurora.