Aurora is a city in the Chicago metropolitan area lying partially in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. Located primarily in DuPage and Kane counties, it is the second most populous city in Illinois and the 124th most populous city in the United States. Aurora adopted the nickname "City of Lights", because in 1881 it was one of the first cities in the United States to implement an all-electric street lighting system.Aurora's historic downtown is located on the Fox River, and centred on Stolp Island. The city is divided into three regions, the West Side, on the west side of the Fox River, the East Side, between the eastern bank of the Fox River and the Kane/DuPage County line, and the Far East Side/Fox Valley, which is from the County Line to the city's eastern border with Naperville.
The Aurora area has some significant architecture, including structures by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bruce Goff and George Grant Elmslie. Aurora is also home to over 50 Sears Catalog Homes and seven Lustron all-steel homes. The Hollywood Casino Aurora, a dockside gaming facility with 53,000 square feet and 1,200 gaming positions, is located along the river in downtown Aurora.
Aurora is on the edge of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. The city has a long tradition of manufacturing as does much of Chicago metropolitan area. Prominent manufacturers, past and present include Lyon Workspace Products, The Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing Company, Barber-Greene Company, the Chicago Corset Company, the Aurora Brewing Company, Stephens-Adamson Company, Caterpillar Inc., Western Electric, Allsteel Metals, National Metalwares, and Western Wheeled Scraper Works (later Austin-Western Inc.). The Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) Roundhouse is a popular restaurant known as Two Brothers Roundhouse.
The Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (AACVB) is a private, non-profit organisation dedicated to aggressively promoting and marketing the area as a premier overnight destination. The AACVB'S goal is to enhance the economic and environmental well-being of a region comprising ten communities: Aurora, Batavia, Big Rock, Hinckley, Montgomery, North Aurora, Oswego, Plano, Sugar Grove, and Yorkville.
Among the city's largest employers are: Rush Copley Medical Center, West Aurora Public School District, East Aurora Public School District, Amita Health Mercy Medical Center, City of Aurora, Dreyer Medical Clinic, Indian Prairie School District 204, Caterpillar Inc., Hollywood Casino Aurora, MetLife, Inc.
Aurora was ranked #609 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Aurora has a population of over 197,757 people. Aurora also forms part of the wider Chicago metropolitan area which has a population of over 9,729,825 people. Aurora is the #331 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 2.352 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.