When you are in Illinois make sure to set some time aside to enjoy the cuisine that is on offer in the many great restaurants in Aurora. The city – which is part of the wider Chicago Metropol is rapidly gaining a reputation as a culinary hotspot. Aurora is nicknamed The City of Lights – due in part to the fact that it was one of the first areas in North America to enjoy the benefits of electrical lighting on the city streets. Today that reputation for leading in innovation has translated itself into a tradition of fine dining.

Diners can now enjoy cuisine from across the globe – from Asian to Indian – with many being served with the bonus of gazing across the magnificent vista of the Fox River. For those who want to enjoy a slightly more relaxed atmosphere without silver service there are any number of pubs that serve great meals – and all boast that great atmosphere that has made Chicago one of the best places to really enjoy an evening out.

So what are some of the best choices for dining in the area? Here are a few suggestions.

For a great dining experience visit Chef Amaury. Here fresh, locally produced ingredients are transformed into meals that are a reflection of the changing seasons. The menu changes on a weekly basis so there is always something new to explore. From classics such as the traditional English style pea soup to walks on the wild side of the culinary experience with dishes such as Berkshire Pork with accompanying beluga lentils and highlighted by sherry vinegar and juniper this is a place that rewards exploration. Al fresco dining on the deck is highly recommended.

For a pub experience that leaves you wanting more the tastes at Two Brothers Roundhouse are not to be missed. The building itself makes the trip worth taking. Built in 1856 it now plays host to some of the best gastropub food in the region. Dishes such as the Bison meatloaf with mushrooms, poblano peppers and finished with a chipotle beer glaze are an experience that will not be soon forgotten. The beer selection alone will have patrons coming back again and again.

These are only two of the choices that await those who are in the Chicago region. There are simply wonderful eating experiences that await those with a taste for adventure and fine dining.