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Aurora

Where big-city amenities meet small-town charm.

  • Commutes
  • Suburban
  • Community
  • Events
  • Architecture
  • Riverfront
  • Attractions

Finding a place to live in Aurora is no ordinary experience for newcomers. A mix of well-preserved history and community-wide creativity makes this city feel smaller than it actually is. Only Chicago has more residents, but Aurora's convenient and picturesque spot along Fox River has turned it into a transportation, entertainment, and shopping hub for urban commuters, suburban transplants, and lifelong locals alike.

Downtown streets are filled with masterpieces by everyone from Frank Lloyd Wright to George Grant Elmslie, who built more commercial buildings here than anywhere in the world. There are even dozens of still-standing homes built from Sears Catalog kits in the early 20th century. Among all this architectural history are rooms for rent, apartment complexes designed to blend in with the historic styles, and brand new units that keep springing up in response to growing business opportunities.

The Fox River divides Aurora into the East Side and the West Side, and the County Line creates a third area, Fox Valley, which borders neighboring Naperville. These three regions contain several neighborhoods that played an important role in modern American architecture, as well as brand new residential and commercial areas that are expanding opportunities for renters and job-seekers alike.

The Boulevard District is wedged just northwest of the river, between Galena Boulevard and Prairie Street. Home to both Aurora University and Abraham Lincoln Park, and stopping just north of Aurora Country Club, this district is one of the most family-friendly residential parts of town. But even if you don't have kids, you'll enjoy the youthful vibe that comes with proximity to a college campus.

The Fox River is the focal point of Aurora culture and recreation, and right in the middle of it, Stolp Island holds three of the city's most popular attractions: Paramount Theatre, Hollywood Casino, and Leland Tower. Built in 1931, the Paramount Theatre is one Aurora's oldest landmarks, but it's also a working performance venue that still hosts big-name music acts, stand-up comedians, and the Broadway Series of critically acclaimed musicals. Hollywood Casino, meanwhile, offers a Vegas-style buffet, the award-winning Fairbanks Steakhouse, and exciting poker tournaments.

Just east of Stolp Island, on the other side of the river, RiverEdge Park is one of the Greater Chicago Area's most attractive outdoor entertainment options. Right next to the Metra Station for easy city access, the venue's ten-acre pavilion and 30-acre park fill up each year for seasonal events like the Fox Valley Irish Festival, the summer concert series Downtown Alive!, and the blues festival Blues on the Fox.

Other events and attractions include the Aurora ArtWalk, the SciTech Interactive Science Museum and outdoor science park near the Aurora Public Library, The Sunken Garden, and the Phillips Park Zoo.

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Rent Trends

As of September 2018, the average apartment rent in Aurora, IL is $789 for a studio, $1,093 for one bedroom, $1,334 for two bedrooms, and $1,560 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Aurora has increased by 1.3% in the past year.

Beds Avg Sq Ft Avg Rent
Studio 506 $789
1 BR 724 $1,093
2 BR 1,013 $1,334
3 BR 1,235 $1,560

Ratings

46 Walk Score® Car-Dependent
25 Transit Score® Some Transit

Top 10 Apartments in Aurora

  1. Covey at Fox Valley, 2 Bed, $1,220 - 1,425
  2. 500 Station Blvd, 1-3 Bed, $1,450 - 2,530
  3. 803 Corday at Naperville, 1-2 Bed, $1,229 - 2,077
  4. Fairways of Naperville, 1-3 Bed, $1,100 - 1,791
  5. Brittany Springs, 1-3 Bed, $1,335 - 2,155
  6. Courtyards Village, 1-2 Bed, $1,080 - 1,700
  7. Railway Plaza, 1-2 Bed, $1,275 - 1,955
  8. Fifteen98 Naperville Apartment Homes, 1-2 Bed, $1,110 - 1,725
  9. Legacy at Fox Valley, 1-2 Bed, $1,150 - 2,125
  10. Kirkland Crossing, 1-3 Bed, $1,351 - 4,942

Living in Aurora

  • Transportation

    If you work in Chicago but the city isn't a good fit for your family, budget, or lifestyle, Aurora might be the perfect solution for you. That's because commuting takes as much effort as it would in the city itself; Aurora is the westernmost point -- and first morning stop -- on the BNSF Metra Line to Chicago's Union Station. The Aurora Metra Station on Broadway opens at 4:30 AM on weekdays, when early risers can board one of the morning's first two direct routes to the Windy City, but you'll have to wait until 8:30 AM to start catching trains with room for bikes. Even weekend routes start at 5:10 AM, and they all allow bikes, so you can enjoy full days in the city or another suburb during your down time.

    For residents who need easy access to the surrounding counties and more rural parts of the state, Illinois 31 (Illinois Route 31) runs parallel to the Fox River and stretches all the way from Oswego to Wisconsin. You can use this road, which turns into Lake Street and River Street downtown, to get directly to Geneva, Elgin, Batavia, McHenry, or Algonquin. It also intersects with I-88, giving you two routes into the city that are both less than fifty miles. However, the Metra's hour-long morning routes are almost always a better bet.

  • Shopping

    Downtown Aurora's cafes, antiques, and boutiques are still steeped in history and designed to encourage small business growth with an intimate sense of community. Culture Stock Bookstore is community group L.I.F.T. Aurora's passion project, and it's your best source for vinyl, used books, and even live poetry readings and open mic nights. Several small jewelry boutiques line Broadway, giving local artists a place to share their handmade wares.

    On the East Side, thrifty shoppers travel hours from every direction to take advantage of Aurora's main shopping attraction, the Chicago Premium Outlets. This world-class savings mecca is full of unbelievable deals on clothes, shoes, and accessories from the most in-demand designers and department stores.

    Fox Valley is the best neighborhood if you're in the mood for a full day of indoor, high-end shopping. As New York Street turns into Aurora Avenue just before Naperville, you'll reach the neighborhood's namesake: the former Fox Valley Mall (now Westfield Shoppingtown at Fox Valley). This gigantic shopping center has 157 stores, including all the usual mall staples and a few designer boutiques.

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  • Covey at Fox Valley
    2160 Walcott Rd, Aurora, IL 60504
    1 / 36
    1 hr
    $1,220 - 1,425 2 Bed Available Now
    630-701-6372
  • 500 Station Blvd
    675 Station Blvd, Aurora, IL 60504
    1 / 100
    New
    $1,450 - 2,530 1-3 Bed Available Now
    844-328-0613
  • 803 Corday at Naperville
    803 Corday Dr, Naperville, IL 60540
    1 / 68
    New
    $1,229 - 2,077 1-2 Bed Available Now
    888-725-8691
  • Fairways of Naperville
    970 Fairway Dr, Naperville, IL 60563
    1 / 28
    23 min
    $1,100 - 1,791 1-3 Bed Available Now
    630-995-9382
  • Brittany Springs
    2504 Bordeaux Ln, Naperville, IL 60540
    1 / 81
    New
    $1,335 - 2,155 1-3 Bed Available Now
    630-995-9381
  • Courtyards Village
    30W041 Flamenco Ct, Naperville, IL 60563
    1 / 22
    New
    $1,080 - 1,700 1-2 Bed Available 10/12/18
    888-801-4911
  • Railway Plaza
    507 Railway Dr, Naperville, IL 60563
    1 / 21
    New
    $1,275 - 1,955 1-2 Bed Available Now
    877-849-4008
  • Legacy at Fox Valley
    3750 E New York St, Aurora, IL 60504
    1 / 34
    New
    $1,150 - 2,125 1-2 Bed Available Now
    630-504-7176
  • Kirkland Crossing
    3055 Riverbirch Dr, Aurora, IL 60502
    1 / 18
    1 hr
    $1,351 - 4,942 1-3 Bed Available Now
    877-502-0196
  • Butterfield Oaks
    2288 Oakmeadow Dr, Aurora, IL 60502
    1 / 66
    New
    $1,225 - 1,645 1-2 Bed Available Now
    888-419-1640
  • TGM Springbrook
    4101 Chesapeake Dr, Aurora, IL 60504
    1 / 28
    New
    $1,090 - 1,515 1-2 Bed Available Now
    844-821-2271
  • Hunter's Glen Apartments
    245 N Oakhurst Dr, Aurora, IL 60504
    1 / 34
    New
    $1,055 - 1,860 1-2 Bed Available Now
    630-701-9025
  • Aspen Place
    826 Terrace Lake Dr, Aurora, IL 60504
    1 / 25
    4 hrs
    $1,050 - 1,565 1-2 Bed Available Now
    844-245-1492
  • Orchard Village Apartments
    1240 W Indian Trail Rd, Aurora, IL 60506
    1 / 64
    New
    $1,205 - 1,525 1-2 Bed Available Now
    888-615-4598
  • Tapestry Naperville
    2703 Showplace Dr, Naperville, IL 60564
    1 / 120
    1 hr
    $1,255 - 2,930 1-3 Bed Available Now
    331-472-3397
  • Brookdale on the Park
    1652 Brookdale Rd, Naperville, IL 60563
    1 / 16
    1 hr
    $1,283 - 2,079 1-3 Bed Available Now
    630-364-4456
  • Brookdale Lakes
    1812 Gowdey Rd, Naperville, IL 60563
    1 / 23
    New
    $1,435 - 1,875 1-2 Bed Available Now
    844-516-3676
  • Autumn Run Apartments
    1627 Country Lakes Dr, Naperville, IL 60563
    1 / 42
    1 wk
    $925 - 1,550 1-2 Bed Available Now
    847-904-1278
  • Courtyards Village West
    844 Staghorn Ln, North Aurora, IL 60542
    1 / 32
    2 wks
    $940 - 1,195 1-2 Bed Available 10/12/18
    844-629-2750
  • Fox Pointe Apartments
    2074 Fox Pointe Cir, Aurora, IL 60504
    New
    $1,047 - 1,197 2-3 Bed Available Now
    855-375-3426
  • Lake View Residences
    1037 Howell Pl, Aurora, IL 60505
    New
    $849 - 1,399 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
    844-774-7579

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