At 180,000 inhabitants, the city of Aurora is the second largest city in the state of Illinois, along with being a primary suburb of Chicago. The adorable Fox River cuts through downtown while most of the parks and outdoor activities sit to the east of the river. Below is a list of parks at which you can enjoy your next outdoor event.
Located directly on the west bank of the river, near downtown, this park offers amenities galore. You can fish, enjoy the play area, or have a picnic here. Also, there is a covered pavilion area that is first come, first serve.
Address: 301 N River St, Montgomery, IL 60538, United States
This urban park has an ice rink, walking trails, horseshoe pits, and a pier for paddle boats. This relaxing spot is near restaurants and shopping, which has revitalized this part of town. Visit their website to book the Grand Pavilion or grilling area near the “beach.” Link here.
Address: 500 Jackson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, United States
On the eastern side of the river, this park has a nice basketball court and plenty of open areas for picnics and parties. There are no reservations required. The bathrooms are clean and it is ripe for family fun.
Address: 1010 Lebanon St, Aurora, IL 60505, United States
Waubonsie Lake Park
This serene park has a lake at the center for fishing and boat rides. They also have 3 different playgrounds. The running loop around the lake is about 2 miles. They also offer a waterfront pavilion which can be rented at this phone number: (630) 897-0516.
Address: 998 Kautz Rd, Aurora, IL 60504, United States
Abraham Lincoln Park
This park is ideal for walking your dog as it has designated areas. All of the outdoor areas are available for picnics whenever you like. The park is especially nice in the fall for the changing of the leaves.
Address: 259 S Russell Ave, Aurora, IL 60506, United States
This tiny park in northwest Aurora is terrific for a few hours getaway from town. They have swings and a basketball court along with a cute pond in the middle. There are no rentals available so come when you want.
Address: 1900 Bayview Ln, Aurora, IL 60506, United States