Aurora is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, with a population of 175,952 (2007 est.). Aurora lies within four counties: Kane, DuPage, Kendall, and Will. About 110,000 of the city's residents reside in Kane County, while about 42,000 live in DuPage County. Will and Kendall County together only account for a few thousand of Aurora's total population. The city refers to itself as "The City of Lights" because it was one of the first cities in Illinois to implement an all-electric street lighting system in 1881. Aurora officially adopted the nickname in 1908.
What Makes Aurora Unique?
- Phillips Park Zoo - was originally established in 1915. Zoo exhibits include a Bald Eagle, Wolves, Foxes, Otters, Elk, Four-Horned Sheep, Pot-Bellied Pigs and Llamas. The zoo is open year-round and is free. The zoo is one of the oldest in the area. It was once home to exotic animals such as giraffes and monkeys, but the zoo's focus changed to native animals after Brookfield Zoo was opened in 1934. Today the zoo still has an exotic bird house as well as camens and other central american reptiles.
- Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau - formed in 1987, the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (AACVB) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to aggressively promoting and marketing the area as a premier overnight destination. The goal of the AACVB is to enhance the economic and environmental well-being of a region comprising nine communities: Aurora, Batavia, Big Rock, Montgomery, North Aurora, Plano, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Yorkville.
- Sunken Garden Project - includes a handicap accessible multi-level walkway system, irrigation, benches, urns, and plantings that consist of annuals, ornamental grasses, shrubs and topiaries. The addition of a three-tiered fountain, complete with lights, is the center focal point of the garden. The addition of the ??Four Seasons?? statues, donated by Wally Mundy of W.E. Mundy Landscaping and Garden Center and Mike Schoppe of Schoppe Design Associates, is another new feature. The statues each represent one of the four seasons and are situated in the corners of the garden.
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