9 Things to Do This Weekend in Aurora, IL

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. If you’re looking for events in the western suburbs, we have compiled a list of things to do in Aurora this weekend.

Try Your Luck at Hollywood Casino 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.


Shop at Chicago Premium Outlets

1650 Premium Outlet Blvd, Aurora IL 60502


Sometimes a little retail therapy is just what the doctor ordered. If you’re searching for things to do in Aurora, IL, 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.

Visit the Fire Museum

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.

Buy Local at the Aurora Farmers Market

65 Water St, Aurora IL 60505

If you’re looking for things to do in Aurora, Illinois on Saturday, pick up some fam-fresh fruits and vegetables every Saturday in the heart of downtown. Don’t forget to snag some treats from Dick’s Mini Donuts as well!

Drink With Your Pinky Finger Up at Calla Lily Tea Room

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.

Take a Self-Guided Walking Tour of Aurora’s Architecture

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.

Book a Tee Time at Orchard Valley Golf Course

2411 W Illinois Ave, Aurora IL 60506

Boasting 18 holes, “West Chicagoland’s Finest Course” is open for booking. Are you searching for things to do in Aurora? Spend the day outside, perfecting your swing and enjoying the Golf Digest Magazine-dubbed 4 ½ star course.

Enjoy the Plant Life at The Growing Place

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. 

Featured Image Credit: Hollywood Casino

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