Aurora’s strategic location in the Fox Valley and Chicagoland area, its robust talent pool and workforce, and its wide range of affordable and flexible commercial real estate options make it a prime location for a variety of companies.
Whether visiting Chicago Premium Outlets, Fox Valley Mall, or the historic downtown, shoppers will surely find what they are looking for in Aurora. They can drive, bike, walk, or paddle to the downtown shopping district with amazing architecture, award-winning theaters, culinary treasures, one-of-a-kind shopping, galleries, museums, casino and riverside dining. Aurora ranks #1 in total apparel and accessories store sales, #3 in total retail sales, and #4 in drinking and eating places, according to 2018 Melaniphy Chicagoland Retail Sales Report.
OnLight Aurora provides access to a robust, highly available metro ethernet network and the Internet to advance economic development opportunity and the community support business growth requires. The fourth utility is alive and thriving in Aurora, Illinois! This fiber optic based, redundant and self-healing network began as support for the second largest city in Illinois municipal needs and continues to grow.
Warehouse and distribution centers are a major part of the economy; with the surge of office and industrial park construction during the 1980s and 1990s, Aurora has become a major distribution channel for auto parts, dry goods, construction equipment, and industrial gases. Items and goods produced: construction machinery, steel products, tools, office and retail shelving, protective coatings, electronics.
Heavy industry helped build Aurora, with the Fox River being used for power to run saw and textile mills. As the Industrial Revolution progressed and the railroad came to town, Aurora became a manufacturer of railroad cars, including some of the first dining cars built in the United States. Some heavy industry remains in Aurora today with the Caterpillar plant, which produces construction machinery; in total, the Fox Valley Industrial Association lists more than 150 manufacturers in the area.