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Welcom y t n u o e to DeKalb C Enjoy four seasons of fun-filled affordable family entertainment away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Escape to the countryside and enjoy a getaway destination rich in history, natural charm, and cultural diversity. Explore our natural beauty, which is founded in the deep rich soil of our agricultural roots you can. You can hike, bike, camp, golf, fish, canoe, skate, or sled. Enjoy picking your own apples and pumpkins or discover the thrill of running through a corn maze. Savor local cuisine while you shop for hidden treasures and antiques in our historical downtowns. While visiting, head to the theatre or enjoy a musical performance ranging from jazz to the symphony. Stroll through a gallery or vineyard, experience a “handson� art class or head to a spa for pampering and relaxation. Meeting planners will find a wealth of venues to choose from that have state-ofthe-art technology and affordable accommodations. The DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau looks forward to welcoming you and assisting you with all your travel needs. Enjoy your stay!

Debbie Armstrong Debbie Armstrong, Executive Director DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau Promoting tourism in DeKalb County 815-756-1336 or toll free 877-335-2521 Visit our website at

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Welcome Visitors and Area Residents! We invite you to the NIU campus to attend any of our numerous offerings in visual art, music, theatre and dance. • The NIU Art Museum (first floor, west end of Altgeld Hall) contrasts the challenges of contemporary art with the riches of traditional visual media through rotating displays of thematic exhibitions and related programming. • The Office of External Programs brings the talents and resources of the College to people in the community and region with workshops, conferences, lessons, summer camps, and other events. • The School of Art hosts student and professional exhibitions in the Olson Gallery, 2nd floor, Arends Hall.

• The School of Music presents 225 concerts and recitals each year ranging from classical to jazz, world music to experimental. • The School of Theatre and Dance presents over 100 days of theatrical programming from the new and avant garde to the great epochs and classical ballet. To view events taking place while you are visiting and exploring DeKalb County, please go to We look forward to seeing you! Northern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Printed by authority of the State of Illinois.

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The 2012 DeKalb County Visitors Guide was published by Shaw Media. The DeKalb County CVB would like to express our appreciation to the following organizations and individuals for helping bring this visitors guide to you: The DeKalb County Board The DeKalb County Economic Development Committee Legislative Center 200 North Main Street Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 895-7189 Project Manager: Lisa Angel Design & Layout: Allison LaPorta Cover Photo: River Heights Golf Course Contributing Photographers: DCEDC Discover Sycamore Shaw Media Stage Coach Theatre Every attempt has been made to verify that the information in this guide is correct. The DCCVB assumes no liability for incorrect, omitted, or outdated information. At the time of print, all information was correct as supplied.

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Group Tours


Historical DeKalb County Arts & Attractions Explore the Lincoln Highway

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The Great Outdoors


Sports & Recreation


Shabbona Lake State Park


For The Runners




Weddings in DeKalb County




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Calendar of Events


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City of DeKalb Green Line Bus Service 1606 Bethany Road DeKalb 758-3932

n o i t Transporta The Green and Blue Line bus services connecting DeKalb and Sycamore are affordable and open to the general public. The cost is $.50 per ride and children under 5 ride free. Exact change is required. Senior Citizens (60 and older), persons with disabilities and Medicare conditions ride free.

City of Sycamore

Buses run Monday – Friday, from 7am – 9pm, except holidays. They also connect between Sycamore and DeKalb at the following locations:

Blue Line Bus Service 1606 N. Bethany Road Sycamore 758-3932

Front entrance of Kishwaukee Hospital (One Kish Hospital Drive) Bus Shelter at Ben Gordon (12 Health Services Drive) South Entrance of Wal-Mart (2300 Sycamore Road)

DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport


DTMA is situated approximately 60 miles west of Chicago, and is easily accessible via I-88 east, then to the Peace Road exit. Runways are capable of handling small planes and corporate jets. From the north or south, take I-39 to I-88 east, then to the Peace Road exit. Instrument landing system for Runway 2 has been published. No landing fees. Airport identifier is DKB.

The Huskie bus line service is in full swing when NIU is in session. NIU students ride free with current student identification. Public may ride for 75 cents (exact change only). Children under 5 ride free with an adult. Check their website for complete details on routes and times.

TransVac – Voluntary Action Center

1825 Pleasant Street • DeKalb, IL 758-6900 •

3232 Pleasant St. • DeKalb, IL 748-2020 •

1606 Bethany Road • Sycamore 758-3932

Veolia Transportation 1825 Pleasant Street • DeKalb, IL 758-6900 •


This shuttle operates when Northern Illinois University is in session. It departs from the Holmes Student Center and delivers passengers right to the Elburn Metra Station. It runs on Fridays and Sundays. Call for times.

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DeKalb • 787-9800

Custom DeKalb O’Hare Limousine DeKalb • 517-0614

Empress Limos DeKalb • 508-0310

Home James Limousine DeKalb 748-5466

Limo Bill Limousine 2300 Sycamore Rd Ste 2 • DeKalb 739-4455

Northern Illinois Limousine 930 Pappas Dr • DeKalb 761-2270

SOS Limos 604 Northgate Dr • Sycamore 690-3967

There is so much to do and see in DeKalb County. Come and stay for the day or better yet spend the night. We offer sample itineraries on our website at:, but the possibilities are endless. The DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau is available to assist with custom itineraries, locally themed, and educational tours. Plan a day that starts out visiting a museum or attending a live theatrical performance. Enjoy a leisurely lunch and taste some of the local confections while enjoying the perfect glass of wine. Then get ready to indulge in a little retail therapy in one of our historical shopping districts. Browse for locally-grown produce at one of our Farmer’s Markets, or sample hand-dipped chocolates. If you are looking to escape to the great outdoors, try a visit to an apple orchard, pumpkin patch or a corn maze. Enjoy a demonstration on how to make apple cider. Pick your own apples or buy them pre-packaged for your convenience. DeKalb County has many culinary delights that you can take home to remember us by. Welcome bags are provided to visitors along with maps and other helpful information to make your stay more enjoyable compliments of the bureau. Call us at 877/335-2521 today to get started planning your visit to DeKalb County.

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Historical DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St., DeKalb 756-9568 • Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm Fri 9am - 6pm • Sat 9am - 5pm Sun 1pm - 5pm

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Joseph F. Glidden Homestead Memorial Park/Soldiers & Historical Center & Sailors Clock 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-7904 • Hours: June-October 2nd & 4th Sun noon-4pm • Tues 10am-2pm or by appointment

205 Pine St., DeKalb 753-8473

Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archive Sycamore Public Library

Historic Guided Tours Malta

103 East State Street, Sycamore 895-2500 • Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am - 9pm Fri-Sat 9am-5pm • Sun 1pm-5pm


Historic Self-Guided Tours DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau 164 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-1336

Historic Self-Guided Tours Sycamore Chamber of Commerce 407 W. State St., Sycamore 895-3456 •

Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society 622 Park Avenue, Genoa 784-5559

Malta Historical & Genealogical Society 127 N. 3rd Street, Malta 384-3481 • by appointment

WWI memorial honoring veterans Northeast Corner of 1st & Lincoln Highway, DeKalb

Milan Township One Room School House 8 Gabel Hall, NIU, DeKalb 753-1241 Hours: Mon-Wed noon-4pm Fri noon-4:30pm or by appointment

NIU Regional History Center Swen Parson, Room 155, DeKalb 753-1779

North Grove School 26745 Brickville Road, Sycamore 762-3603 • Tours by appointment Spring, Summer & Fall

Marie Louise Olmstead Museum 100 South Depot, Somonauk 498-3154 Tours by appointment

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Northern Illinois Verteran’s Memorial Franklin Township Park, 3rd St. Kirkland •

Sandwich Opera House

Railroad and Lafayette Street, Sandwich 786-8176 Hours: April - October, Sundays 1pm-5pm or by appointment

featuring a One-Room Schoolhouse Promoting interest in the History of American Education

Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum

The Learning Center, Gabel Hall Room 8 - Hours Vary

119 W. Comanche, Shabbona 824-2597 Hours: Tues-Thurs 9am - 3pm • Sat 9am - 11am or by appointment


Sycamore History Museum Engh Farm

NIU Anthropology Museum Exhibits and Research Collections

1730 N. Main Street, Sycamore 895-5762 • Hours: Tues-Sat 10am - 3pm

*Scheduled to reopen spring 2012 - New location in Cole Hall, NIU Campus


Waterman Area Heritage Society 180 W. Lincoln St., Waterman 264-3461 Hours: Saturday 1pm - 3pm or by appointment

NIU Art Museum

Counter-balancing Contemporary and Traditional Art for an Eye-Opening Look at Culture

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Stone Mill Museum and the Sandwich Historical Society

140 E. Railroad Street, Sandwich 786-2555 • Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-12pm, 1pm-4:30pm

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Theatres & Performing Arts Campus Cinemas

1015 Blackhawk Drive, DeKalb 758-8562

Carmike Cinemas

2160 Sycamore Road, DeKalb 748-7887 •

DeKalb Municipal Band Hopkins Park 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb 758-6663

Egyptian Theatre

Fully restored Egyptian Art Deco movie palace. 135 North 2nd Street, DeKalb 758-1215

The House Café

A family bistro and a live entertainment venue. Great bands are featured throughout the week. 263 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 787-9547 •

NIU School of Theatre and Dance Stevens Building and Gabel Hall DeKalb • 753-1600

Sandwich Opera House

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

140 E. Railroad Street, Sandwich 786-2555 •

P.O. Box 310, DeKalb 748-7071

Stage Coach Theatre

NIU Convocation Center

126 South 5th Street, DeKalb 758-1940 •

1525 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 752-6800

Sycamore State Street Theatre

NIU School of Music Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, DeKalb • 753-1551

420 West State Street, Sycamore 895-3549

Wow 7 Cinemas 101 Duvick Avenue, Sandwich 786-1999 •

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Galleries & Museums Art Attack

Gallery 215 North

NIU Art Museum

215 W. Elm, Suite 202, Sycamore 899-9440

215 N. 4th Street, DeKalb 753-1473

The Art Box

Jack Olson Gallery

Altgeld Hall, First Floor, West End, DeKalb 753-1936

NIU Visual Arts Building, AB200 Art Gallery, DeKalb 753-4521

NIU Blackwell History of Education Museum

308 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-0313

Arterial Arts Collective 132 N. 3rd Street, DeKalb 901-7566

Black Iris Gallery

Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W. State St., Sycamore 895-9777

32 E. Railroad St., Sandwich 786-3131

Nehring Gallery DeKalb Ag Memories

DeKalb Area Women’s Center

111 S. Second St., 2nd Floor, DeKalb 757-5959 •

1021 State St., DeKalb 758-1351

Ellwood House Museum 509 N. First St., DeKalb 756-4609

NIU Anthropology Museum Cole Hall, DeKalb 753-0230 • Tours by appointment

The Learning Center, Gabel Hall, Room 8, DeKalb 753-1236 cedu.niu/blackwell

NIU Regional History Center Swen Parson, Room 155, DeKalb 753-1779

Sandwich Industrial Museum 311 E. Railroad St., Sandwich 786-9075

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heatre for the community by the community. Stage Coach Players has been performing in the DeKalb area for over 65 years. Join us for our 65th season, a season of diversity, a season of roaringly funny comedy, thought provoking drama, and musical theatre that sets your toes tapping and has you wanting to sing along. Stage Coach Players, community theatre for all.

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Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Gazebos There are 16 Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition Gazebos across the Illinois route; enclosed interpretive panels offer visitors intriguing stories and graphics, depicting the significance of the Lincoln Highway and its communities.

Corner of Lincoln Highway and Eleventh Street, DeKalb Kishwaukee College, 21193 Malta Road (First Seedling Mile Marker), Malta

y a w h g Explore the Lincoln Hi Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Murals 55 West Lincoln Highway, Cortland This mural vividly conveys the early era of road construction in Cortland. An image of local area and the crew that were contracted to supply gravel for the pavement project are the designs main elements.

Corner of Lincoln Highway and Seventh Street, DeKalb A detailed image of travelers in a 1913 Stevens-Duryea, a high-end touring car of its time, is the centerpiece of this mural. The mural’s border is cut and painted to represent the City of DeKalb’s memorial brick arch.

240 West Main Street, Genoa

Depicted in the mural is a road dragging contest during the Good Roads Movement in the early 1900’s. A “sled” being dragged by a team of horses to smooth the road is the featured component used to tell the story.

127 North Third Street, Malta The mural gives striking detail of paving Lincoln Highway’s first seedling mile, strategically located in Malta. Strong images of men doing the cement work and early road construction equipment are featured in the mural.

302 Willow Street, Maple Park This mural depicts the development of the Lincoln Highway and how it changed the look of America as roadside gasoline stations sprung up along the route in every town to accommodate motorists. By the 1920’s this filling station in Maple Park was a welcome site to drivers. All Area Codes 815 Unless Noted


Ellwood House Museum

Home of the barbed wire baron Isaac Ellwood This grand Victorian mansion brings the past to life! Guided tours showcase the elegantly furnished home. • 8 acres of grounds and gardens • Changing exhibits in the Visitor Center • Meeting & special occasion rentals Tours: Tuesday Through Friday at 1PM and 3PM Saturday-Sunday at 1PM, 2PM and 3PM (Season March 1 - early December) 509 North First Street, DeKalb 815-756-4609



School of Theatre and Dance

For our current production, contact the box office at 815-753-1600

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The Great Outdoors Farms & Orchards Camelot Christmas Tree Farm 16380 S. Somonauk Rd., DeKalb 756-6599

Honey Hill Orchard 11747 Waterman Rd., Waterman 264-3337 •

Johnson’s Family Farm

1765 W. State St., Sycamore 895-3752

Jonamac Orchard, Inc.

Kuipers Family Farm 1N318 Watson Rd., Maple Park 827-5200 •

Larson’s Family Farm

19412 Shabbona Rd., Malta 825-2158 •

4404 Somonauk Rd., Sandwich 786-2249 •

Kauffman Turkey Farm

Yaeger’s Farm Market

8519 Leland Road, Waterman 264-3470 •

14643 State Route 38, DeKalb 756-6005 •

Farmers Markets Farmers Markets feature locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers, and artisan crafts. DeKalb Farmers Market Every Thursday (June 7th-September 27th) Van Buer Plaza, Corner of N. Second & Locust St., DeKalb 748-7788

Genoa Open Air Market

Last Saturday of the Month (May 26th - October 27th) Corner of Genoa & Main St. Genoa 784-6961

Sycamore Farmers Market Every Sunday (June 3rd-September 30th) Corner of Somonauk & Elm Street, Sycamore 895-3456

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Wineries Acquaviva Winery 47W614 Route 38, Maple Park 630-365-0333 Tours by appointment Tastings: Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-10pm Sun 12pm-8pm

September 9th

Prairie State Winery 217 West Main Street, Genoa 815-784-4540 322 W. State Street, Sycamore Tours by appointment Tues-Thurs 10am-5pm Fri 10am-6pm • Sat 10am-5pm Sun 12pm-4pm

Waterman Winery & Vineyards

Bring your blankets and chairs for some family fun! There will be 100 ft. long inflated kites, fighting and dancing kites, stunt kites, food and activities to enjoy. Kite Fest is held at the NIU Campus on the corner of Lucinda and Kishwaukee Drive. Admission is FREE!!

11582 Waterman Rd., Waterman 815-264-3268 • Tours by appointment Tastings: April - December Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm

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Recreation Aurora Sportsman Club, Inc. 7858 Preserve Road, Waterman 264-3030 •

DeKalb County Liners Sycamore Park, Sycamore 508-3610 •

DeKalb Park District Aquatic Center Hopkins Park 1403 Sycamore Rd. DeKalb 758-6663 •

DeKalb Park District Recreation Center 1765 South 4th Street, DeKalb 758-7756 •

Four Seasons Bowling & Sports 1745 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore 895-5125 •

Genoa Municipal Ice Rink (Winter Only) 100 N. Genoa Street, Genoa 784-6961

Genoa Township Park Pool & Recreation Center

NIU Huskie Athletics/NIU

Convocation Center 1525 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 752-6800 •

400 East 2nd Street, Genoa 784-5612 •

NIU Huskies Den

Idle Hour Lanes 927 E. Railroad St., Sandwich 786-8257

Katz Park Skateboard Park

Campus Entertainment Center 340 Carroll Avenue, DeKalb 753-1491 •

Pete’s Train

435 S. Birch Street, Waterman 264-7753 •

Dresser Rd. & N. First St., DeKalb

Star Worlds Video Arcade

Main Street Canoe Rental Kishwaukee River, Genoa 784-5612 •

Mardi Gras Lanes 1730 Sycamore Road, DeKalb 756-9411 •

Natural Resource Center Russell Woods Forest Preserve, Genoa 784-2000 •

1234 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 787-4599 •

Sycamore Community Park & Pool

940 E. State St., Sycamore 895-3365

Sycamore Family Sports Center

725 E. State Street, Sycamore 895-7407 •

Sycamore Speedway 50W086 Old State Rd., Maple Park 895-5454 •

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Golf Courses Buena Vista

131 Buena Vista Dr., DeKalb 758-4812


2100 Suydam Rd., Sandwich 786-8392

Oak Club of Genoa

11770 Ellwood Greens Rd., Genoa 784-5678

Prairie Pines

6236 Route 38, DeKalb 758-5249

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nging our Bringi and toBrand life Green Tree

200 Gurler Rd., DeKalb 758-5636

Indian Oaks

603 E. Preserve Rd., Shabbona 824-2202

River Heights

1100 S. Annie Glidden Rd., DeKalb 758-1550

Sycamore Golf Club

940 E. State St., Sycamore 895-3884

2500 W. Bethany Road • Sycamore, IL 60178

Strengthening the foundations of community

Disc Golf Pioneer Park Disc Golf Course

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Prairie Park Disc Golf Course

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Sports & Parks & Trails Adee’s Woods

Hopkins Park

Afton Forest Preserve

Knute Olson, Jr. Forest Preserve

4106 Old State Rd., Kirkland 13600 Crego Rd., DeKalb

Chamberlain Park

400 E. Second St., Genoa

Chief Shabbona Forest Preserve

4490 Preserve Rd., Shabbona 895-7191

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1403 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb

Potawatomi State Park

32199 Kirkland Rd., Kirkland

Russell Woods

12595 Baseline Rd., Kingston

11750 State Rte 72, Genoa

MacQueen Forest Preserve

Sannauk Preserve

3640 Scout Rd., Kirkland

15250 US. Hwy. 34, Somonauk

Shabbona Lake State Park

Merritt Praire Forest Preserve

14401 Keslinger Rd., DeKalb

4201 Shabbona Grove Rd. Shabbona 824-2106 •

DeKalb/Sycamore Trail

P.A. Nehring Forest Preserve

Sycamore Lake Rotary Park

Hopkins Park • DeKalb

360 Bethany Rd., DeKalb

400 N. Cross St., Sycamore

Harvey Creek

Pioneer Park

Wilkinson/Rewick Marsh

County Farm Woods 2305 State Rte 23, DeKalb

Lions Rd., Sandwich 786-8044

Rte 30 at the far west end of the Village of Hinckley

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Shabbona Lake State Park Shabbona Lake State Park is one of the premier muskie fishing destinations in Illinois. It’s easily accessible from the Chicago area via I-88. Visitors from the Northeast or Southeast, take IL Rt. 47 to US. 30 west to Shabbona.

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Gather up the family and head out to Lake Shabbona State Park. 425,000 visitors enjoy this lovely park and campground annually. Shabbona Lake has 1,550 acres of rolling prairie and features a 318.8 acre man-made fishing lake and Pokanoka’s Café. Facilities for picnicking, camping, fishing, hunting, and winter sports (crosscountry skiing, snowmobiling) make it ideal for relaxation and outdoor activity year-round. Boat rental is available on-site as well as a bait and tackle shop. 815-824-2106

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April 21st Neighbor’s House 5K Hopkins Park, DeKalb

April 21st Race NIjUdicata: Niu College of Law 5K Run/Walk NIU Campus •

June 2nd-3rd Relay for Life DeKalb High School

s r e n For the Run June 9th Malta Days Tractor Trot 5K

October 28th Sycamore Pumpkin Run

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June 16th Brett’s Run 5K G-K Highschool, Genoa

July 28th Rock the Nock 5K Run Somonauk •

August 25th DeKalb Corn Classic Race DeKalb •

June 9th Unlimited Performance 5K DeKalb

November 10th Cortland Turkey Trot 5K Cortland Community Park

November 17th Waterman Gobbler Gallop 5K Waterman

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Essentials Ace Hardware

361 Sycamore Rd., Genoa 784-6004

Art’s Super Market

29 N. Eddy St., Sandwich 786-6211 •

Bargain Addict

109 N. Seventh Street, DeKalb

Blain’s Farm & Fleet

1300 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 899-1716

Brown’s County Market 600 Pearson Dr., Genoa 784-9999 403 E. State St., Sycamore 895-2233

Camp Store

Shabbona Lake State Park Campground, Shabbona 824-2955

Carniceria Del Sol

323 E. Locust St., DeKalb 756-7697

Country Market Convenience Food Store

Hardware Hank

Deals Nothing Over a Dollar

Rte 38 & North 2nd St., Malta 825-2724

Rte 34 E., Sandwich 786-7776

2359 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb 748-4443

DLC General

524 N. Main St., Sycamore 899-6300

Dollar General Store

226 S. Somonauk Rd., Cortland 756-1726 527 W. Main St., Genoa 784-9962 122 Indian Springs Dr. #2, Sandwich 786-6496

Dollar Tree

2060 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 785-7149 •

Duck Soup Coop

129 East Hillcrest Drive, DeKalb 756-7044 •

Gordon Hardware

514 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-4511 •

210 W. Comanche Ave., Shabbona 824-2050

Hickey’s Corner Store

HyVee of Sycamore

2700 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore 756-6174 •

Inboden’s Meats, Ltd. 1106 N. 1st St., DeKalb 756-5852


220 W. Peace Rd., Sycamore 895-5276

Kelley-Williamson Mobil Mart

15 W. Lincoln Hwy., Cortland 756-3598

Kirkland Five Star Dollar 414 W. Main St., Kirkland 522-2282

Kirkland Quick Stop 411 W. Main St., Kirkland 522-3510

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La Tiendita

Miller’s Foods


Larsen Hardware

Old Glory

120 S. Main St., Sandwich 786-3124

Super $ Store

430 W. Lincoln Hwy., Hinckley 264-3662

Lehan Drugs


975 S. Annie Glidden Rd., DeKalb 748-6200 •

Village Ace Hardware

1407 S. 4th Dr., DeKalb 758-0911

Mattress Warehouse of DeKalb

Stop & Save

Wisted’s Country Market

402 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 787-0493

1224 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-4999 •

115 E. Market St., Somonauk 498-2146

4742 E. 2750th Rd., Sandwich 498-4351

708 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-0724 327 W. State St., Sycamore 895-6610 1015 E. Church St., Sandwich 786-8776 120 S. Nokomis, Shabbona 824-2657

Floral & Garden Blumen Gardens

The Flower Peddler

Myers Lawn & Garden

DeKalb Florist & Greenhouse

Glidden Campus Florist

Sandwich Floral

403 Edward St., Sycamore 895-3737 •

2131 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-2705 •

DeKalb Street Floral

130 E. DeKalb St., Somonauk 498-1414

Duttons & Bows Floral & Gifts 306 W. Comanche, Shabbona 824-2003

Everything Floral

113 West Main Street, Genoa 784-2344

101 E. Church St., Sandwich 786-9446 917 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-4455 •

Hinckley Floral

950 W. Lincoln Hwy., Hinckley 286-7400

Johnsons Floral & Gifts 37 S. Main St., Sandwich 786-2151

Kar-Fre Flowers

1126 E. State St., Sycamore 895-6558

247 W. Lincoln Hwy., Hinckley 286-3920 206 S. Main St., Sandwich 786-2135

Spino’s Garden Center

18663 E. County Line Rd., Maple Park 827-4444 •

Stran’s Garden Center 1070 E. State St., Sycamore 895-8233

Wild Thyme Herb Garden 438 W. Main St., Genoa 784-4237

Rare Finds & Specialty Shops A Perfect Silhouette

316 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 517-0617 •

Arcadia Discount Books 203 E. Locust St., DeKalb 756-4738 •

The Art Box

308 E. Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb 758-0313 •

Ax-In-Hand Guitar Specialist

817 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-8898

Babs and Coco’s Tea Emporium

Becky Beck’s Jewelry

Bacaba, Inc.

Bee Designs Embroidery & Screen Printing

818 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 756-8320

320 W. Church St., Sandwich 786-6386

The Bait Shop

4778 U.S. Highway 30, Shabbona 739-4522

Barnes Woodcraft

204 W. Comanche, Shabbona 824-2774

815/756-1336 or 877/335-2521

303 E. Hillcrest Dr., DeKalb 758-3800

24637 Esmond Rd., Malta 393-4593 •


128 S. Main Street, Sandwich 786-3235

Bliss Beads Studio & Gallery

161 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 517-0164 •


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Blue Moon Balloon Co.

The Clock Shoppe

Degroovia Guitars

Blue Moon Bikes Cycle & Fitness

The Confectionary

Diamond Tour Golf

127 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 754-4300 •

211 W. State St., Sycamore 895-3100 •

Bob-Jo Cycle Co

50W112 Old State Rd., Maple Park 895-5251 •

Bridget’s Kid Closet

1132A Pleasant St., DeKalb 756-1222

Cattywampus/MCR Framing 228 W. Main St., Genoa 784-9595

Carter’s Cottage

209 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 754-9700

The Carving Shop

645 E. LaSalle St., Somonauk 498-9290 •

Catholic Gift Store

770 North Peace Rd., DeKalb 787-8247 •

Center Street Clay

218 W. Center Street, Sandwich 570-2030 •

Christian Connection

337 W. State St., Sycamore 899-3262

Classic Books

330 W. State St., Sycamore 895-6488 149 N. 2nd St., DeKalb 758-5990 235 W. State St., Sycamore 899-1616

The Corner Cobbler

404 W. Railroad St., Kingston 784-4452

Cornerstone Christian Supplies & Gifts

132 N. 3rd St., DeKalb 517-0322 • 203 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 787-2649 •

Ducky’s Formal Wear

112 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 754-7703 •

Embroidery Sew Into It

201 West Main Street, Genoa 904-0059 •

Encore Clothing

2731 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb 748-3550

132 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 748-3113 •

Country Store Thrift Shop

Ewe and Me Fiber Studio

659 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-2378

Cracker Jax

118 N. 3rd St., DeKalb 758-8178

CR Spot

128 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 517-0169

D & D Jewelers

303 W. State St., Sycamore 895-3377


235 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 748-0309 •

Déesse Scent Shoppe & Boutique

37 S. Main St., Sandwich 786-6051

Express Yourself

147 N. Second St #3, DeKalb 517-1783 •

Family Health Center

1170 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 895-8151

Farmer’s Daughter

303 S. Main St., Sandwich 786-6370 farmersdaughter

Glass Gardens

215 West State Street, Sycamore 895-6037 •

321 W. State St., Sycamore 899-9977

115 N. 1st St., DeKalb 748-3406

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Gold & Silver Shop

La Di Da Boutique

Me & My Sister

Graham Cracker Comics

Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental

Moon and Star, Ltd.

407 W. State St. # 3, Sycamore 756-6567 901c Lucinda Ave., DeKalb 748-3883 •

Hardanger Hus

134 West Hardanger Gate, Lee 824-2453

Highway 30 Antiques

210 W. Comanche Ave., Shabbona 485-1590

Hirschbein Trophies & Engraving

202 S. California St., Sycamore 895-9137

Josies Antiques

15454 Route 38, Maple Park 756-1920

Kid Stuff

149 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 787-7683

708 E. Railroad St. Ste 1, Sandwich 786-6560

4100 Bluebird Lane, Shabbona 824-2581

Laughing Cat Antiques Shop

415 W. Main St., Genoa 784-3000

Lavish Thrift

153 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-3747 •

Made Just for You Gifts, Inc. 338 W. State St., Sycamore 895-8122

Mae’s Fine Designs

145 1/2 Cedar, Waterman 349-7494

Mandeelee’s Accessories 113 S. Main St., Sandwich 786-6054

815/756-1336 or 877/335-2521

250 E. Lincoln Hwy., Waterman 264-3542 37 S. Main St. Ste 3, Sandwich 786-7074 •


230 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-7584 •

Mr. G’s Music

360 W. State St., Sycamore 895-3980

My Faivret Things

249 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 748-2101

Nathan Winston Services 217 S. 2nd St., DeKalb 758-4545 •

New Game in Town

811 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 517-0003 •

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No Strings Attached

248 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 762-7375

The Primitive Chic

223 E Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 758-6020


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STOMP Shoes, Boots and Accessories 307 W. State Street, Sycamore 991-5680 •

North Central Cyclery, Inc.

Proton Tattoo Studio

Superior Diesel, Inc.

Offworld Designs

Poc’s Music

Sweet Earth

Olde Timers Antique Centre

Poppy Seed Primitives

Sycamore Antiques

Quilter’s Heart

Treasures Old & New Antiques & Happy Hen House

534 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-2403 • 624 W. Center St., Sandwich 786-7080 131 E. Church St., Sandwich 786-6430 •

On Board Games

811 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 713-4871

Out on a Whim

127 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 754-4300 •

The Paperback Encore 1 N. Main St., Sandwich 786-8175

The Paperback Grotto 157 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-8061

120 South Fourth Street, DeKalb 756-1800 • 625 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 787-0402 316 W. Main St., Genoa 784-4212

603 E. Railroad St., Sandwich 786-6066 •

RB Designs

140 South 2nd St., DeKalb 756-6299

The Red Geranium

128 S. Main St., Sandwich 786-3235

Sandwich Antique Market

350 W. Lincoln Hwy., Waterman 264-3581 •

341 W. State St., Sycamore 895-3011 • 320 W. State St., Sycamore 566-7747

358 W. Lincoln Ave., Hinckley 286-7921

Two Sisters Then and Now 316 S. Main St., Sandwich 786-1555

Two Feet & Under

11001 E. County Line Rd., Maple Park 757-8328

Sandwich Fairgrounds, Rte 34, Sandwich 786-3337 •

Vicki’s Corner Treasures

2581 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb 758-8300 •

S.O.A.S. Apparel & Design

Victoria’s Crossing

Peddler’s Den/ Creative Design

Screwball’s T-Shirts & Signs

Paw Lickin’ Good Treats

Rt. 34, Somonauk 498-3429

The Picket Fence

29854 Oak Meadow Dr., Kingston 784-8428

147 N. 2nd St., DeKalb 756-9910 •

125 E. Lincoln Hwy., Waterman 264-7753

Small Town Skate Shop

229 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-5555 •

101 W. Comanche Ave., Shabbona 824-8080 220 W. Main St., Genoa 784-2868

Westbound Leather

4766 E. 2351st Rd., Somonauk 498-4471 •

Whatever Resale

125 S. Fourth Street, DeKalb 756-4849

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Whistlestop Antique Shoppe 248 W. Lincoln Hwy., Waterman 264-9003

With Flair

2583 Sycamore Road, DeKalb 739-1729 •

Wright’s Jewelry

124 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-4565

The Yarn Exchange

134 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 787-9276

Wine & Spirits American Liquors

159 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-2223

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1022 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-2120


County Liquor

625 E. State St., Sycamore 895-6062

D & J Package Liquors

272 W. Lincoln Ave., Hinckley 286-3223

DeKalb Liquor Mart

1352 E. Dresser Rd., DeKalb 764-2700

Genoa Liquors

Discover our northern Illinois regional wines

L & B Liquors

Book a wine-tasting “event” for your group

540 E. Main St., Ste 1, Genoa 784-9780 265 W. Peace Rd., Sycamore 899-1402

Lundeen’s Discount Liquors 1030 Arcadia Dr., DeKalb 756-2590 1760 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 899-1231

Main Street Liquors 201 W. Main St., Genoa 784-5517

Thirsty Liquors

1039 W. Hillcrest, DeKalb 758-2337

815/756-1336 or 877/335-2521

Enjoy wine-tasting in our casual, agricultural setting

Wine Tasting and Sales: April through December Saturday and Sunday 12 to 4 PM Also open by chance!

Tours and Events by Appointment: 815-264-3268 11582 Waterman Road • Waterman, IL 60556

815.264.3268 or 815.758.5206 27

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Wedd ings in DeKalb County Picture your ceremony in an outdoor chapel, on the stage of a theatre, in a vineyard, in a garden, or in a castle. Make one phone call to the DeKalb County CVB and we’ll assist with booking hotel rooms, on-site tours, venue suggestions, and a list of wedding related services. DeKalb County is just 60 miles west of Chicago and offers one-of-kind venues that will make your special day unique. We offer affordable and comfy accommodations for your wedding party and guests. Find the right venue to make you day memorable no matter what the size your budget is. From small and intimate to big and opulent … we have it all. Here, you’ll find everything you need to make your wedding day picture perfect.

For wedding planning assistance please call the DeKalb County CVB at 877/335-2521.

Chapel in th eP ine s

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You Deserve to be Here!

Spas Amanda’s Spa & Beauty Services 852 S. 4th St., DeKalb 748-5887 •

Dana’s Day Spa 127 S. Sacramento St., Sycamore 739-0446 •

Diane’s 5th Street Studio 504 South 5th St., DeKalb 758-3355


Celebrating 35 Years 1977-2012

Individual or Group Spa Packages Custom Gift Cards for all occasions

1007 N. First Street • DeKalb, IL 60115


Dolce Vita Salon & Day Spa 2180 Oakland Dr., #D, Sycamore 756-1414 •

Hair Affair Salon & Spa 806 DeKalb Ave #1, Sycamore 766-2005 •

Paradise Found Family Spa 309 E. State St., Sycamore 899-7333 •

Salon Suites of Sycamore

127 S. Sacramento, Sycamore 739-3159 •

Studio One Salon & Spa 1007 N. 1st St., DeKalb 758-4508 •

Tranquil Therapies 1770 West State St. #A, Sycamore 899-7900 •

815/756-1336 or 877/335-2521




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NIU Altgeld Hall

(up to 500) 595 College Ave., DeKalb 753-1999 •

Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center

(up to 240) 231 N. Annie Glidden Rd., DeKalb 753-1534 •

Best Western DeKalb Inn & Suites

(up to 220) 1212 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-8661 dekalbinnsuites

Blumen Gardens

(up to 150) 403 Edward St., Sycamore 895-3737 •

Chapel in the Pines and Amber Pines Banquet Hall (up to 100) 15265 Quigley Road, Sycamore 895-4797 •

s t n e v Meetings & E Hopkins Park Terrace Room

The Regale Center

(up to 200) 124 1/2 California St., Sycamore • 508-8008

(up to 200) 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb 758-6663 ext. 113

River Heights Clubhouse

(up to 160) 1100 S. Annie Glidden Rd., DeKalb 758-1550 •

Kishwaukee College Conference Center

(up to 285) 21193 Malta Rd., Malta 895-2086 ext.210 conferencecenter

St. Mary’s Memorial Hall (up to 350) 322 Waterman St., Sycamore 895-3275 •

Stone House Park

Jane Fargo Hotel & Banquet Hall

(up to 250 Indoors, 2000 Outdoor) 3719 Suydam Road, Earlville 217-369-2265

(up to 350) 355 W. State Street, Sycamore 895-6789

Sycamore Club House

NIU Convocation Center

(up to 120) 940 E. State St., Sycamore 895-3884

(up to 10,000) 1525 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 752-6800 •

University Plaza Café 900 (up to 500) 900 Crane Dr. DeKalb 800-685-2755

NIU Holmes Student Center (up to 2,200)

Normal & Lucinda Rd., DeKalb 753-1745 • niu.ed/hsc

Venues listed seat 100 minimum

For more information and other meeting venues call 877/335-2521 All Area Codes 815 Unless Noted 30

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5th Annual “Tasting” Tues. February 21st, 2012 At the Best Western in DeKalb

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Full Service Catering, Unforgetable Desserts

Lasting Memories

1969B DeKalb Avenue, • Sycamore, Il 60178

Phone: (815) 756-8150 Fax: (815) 756-1836

For more info, call 815-825-2086, ext. 2101 or visit

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Baymont Inn & Suites

Comfort Inn

1314 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 815-748-4800 or 877-747-8713 53 guest rooms • Meeting room up to 15

1475 S. Peace Rd., Sycamore 815-895-4979 or 800-4CHOICE(24-6423) 58 guest rooms • Meeting room up to 15

Amenities: Fitness Center, Indoor Pool, Free Continental Breakfast, Handicapped Accessible, Pet Friendly*, Wi-Fi Access, Business Center, Guest Laundry

Amenities: Fitness Center, Indoor Pool, Free Continental Breakfast, Handicapped Accessible, Spa/ Sauna, Wi-Fi Access, Business Center

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Best Western DeKalb Inn & Suites 1212 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 815-758-8661 or 800-WESTERN(937-8976) 95 guest rooms • Meeting rooms up to 220 Amenities: Fitness Center, Outdoor Pool, Free Continental Breakfast, Handicapped Accessible, Spa/ Sauna, Pet Friendly*, Banquet Facilities, Wi-Fi Access, Business Center, Guest Laundry

* Some restrictions apply for pets. Please call individual properties.

1450 S. Peace Rd., Sycamore • 815-895-8686 or 800-456-4000 • 73 guest rooms • Meeting room up to 10 Amenities: Fitness Center, Indoor Pool, Free Continental Breakfast, Handicapped Accessible, Spa/Sauna, Wi-Fi Access, Business Center, Guest Laundry

DeKalb Motel 1815 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 815-756-5411 20 guest rooms Amenities: Handicapped Accessible, Wi-Fi Access

All Area Codes 815 Unless Noted 34

Holiday Inn Express 1935 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 815-748-7400 or 800-HOLIDAY(465-4329) 69 guest rooms • Meeting room up to 40

NIU Holmes Student Center

Amenities: Fitness Center, Indoor Pool, Free Continental Breakfast, Handicapped Accessible, Wi-Fi Access, Business Center

Amenities: Handicapped Accessible, Banquet Facilities, Wi-Fi Access, Business Center, Guest Laundry

Corner of Carroll & Lucinda, DeKalb 815-753-1445 • 75 guest rooms • Meeting rooms up to 2200

Parkside Bed and Breakfast Jane Fargo 355 W. State St., Sycamore 815-895-6789 or 800-937-8106 • 39 guest rooms • Meeting rooms up to 350

203 E. Roosevelt, DeKalb • 815-787-9526 Amenities: Breakfast included, kitchenette, walk-in shower, Wi-Fi Access

Amenities: Free Continental Breakfast, Handicapped Accessible, Banquet Facilities, Mitchel Lounge, Wi-Fi Access

Super 8 DeKalb 800 W. Fairview Dr., DeKalb 815-748-4688 or 800-800-8000 • 44 guest rooms • Meeting room up to 30

Motel 6 Value Inn & Suites 1860 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 815-899-6500 or 888-315-2378 51 guest rooms • Meeting rooms up to 10 Amenities: Fitness Center, Free Continental Breakfast, Handicapped Accessible, Pet Friendly*, Wi-Fi Access, Business Center, Guest Laundry

Amenities: Indoor Pool, Free Continental Breakfast, Handicapped Accessible, Pet Friendly*, Wi-Fi Access, Guest Laundry

Travel Inn 1116 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb • 815-756-3398 or 800-578-7878 • 106 guest rooms • Meeting room up to 80 Amenities: Free Continental Breakfast, Handicapped Accessible, Pet Friendly*, Wi-Fi Access

RV & Campgrounds Shabbona Lake Campground

4201 Shabbona Grove Road, Shabbona 815-824-2565 •

Stone House Park (RV & Campground) 3719 Suydam Road, Earlville • 217-369-2265

815/756-1336 or 877/335-2521

Sycamore RV Campground

375 E. North Ave, Sycamore • 815-895-5590

Walcamp in Kingston

32653 Five Points Road, Kingston 815-784-5141 •


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Northern Illinois University Holmes Student Center Hotel & Conference Center

340 Carroll Avenue • DeKalb, IL 60115 Banquets, wedding ceremonies, receptions, special events, and conferences for 20 to 1,000 guests. 78 hotel guest rooms and suites. Four restaurants. One Bookstore. One Huskies Den with bowling, pool tables, and video arcade. All under one roof. Hotel: (815) 753-1444 Banquets: (815) 753-1744

Formerly the Stratford Inn

Where you’re always our most important guest

Located in beautiful historic downtown Sycamore, IL

Full Service Boutique Hotel & Lounge Receptions, Corporate Outings, Public Events up to 350 Master & Whirpool Suites • Sunday Brunch

Mitchel Lounge Experience Something New

Fine Dining • Inspired Cuisine Casual Atmosphere • Timeless Environment Hotel Reservations: 815-895-6789 Banquet & Events: 815-895-8031 Lounge: 815-895-8172

Hometown Hospitality Indoor Heated Pool Wireless High Speed Internet Guest Laundry Complimentary Breakfast Meeting Facility Complimentary Newspapers Standard Rooms And Suites Available

1314 W. Lincoln Highway DeKalb, IL 60115

815-748-4800 or 877-747-8713

All Area Codes 815 Unless Noted 36

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• Free Wall Street Journal • Whirlpool Suites • Group Rates

Holiday Inn Express Enjoy our complimentary Smart Start hot breakfast bar and wireless internet access. 1935 DeKalb Ave. • Sycamore IL 60178


• Fitness Room • Group Rates

• Whirlpool Suites • Meeting Rooms 1475 S. Peace Rd. • Sycamore, IL (815) 895-4979 or (800) 4CHOICE

Country Hospitality 800 West Fairview Drive I-88, Annie Glidden Rd. (NIU) exit

DeKalb, IL 60115

815/748-4688 • Long-Term Stay/Group Rates Available • Hot-Tub Suites Available • In-Door Heated Pool • Iron & Ironing Board • Microwave & Refrigerator • Hair Dryer • In-Room Coffee Makers • Free High Speed Wi-Fi Available in All Rooms • King & Queen Beds Available • Only 1.5 miles from NIU/ Huskie Stadium • Complimentary Breakfast • Earn Wyndham Reward Points

Welcome to A Lot More to Love Country. • Complimentary Breakfast • Free high speed Internet Access • In-room coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board

• Free weekday morning paper • Indoor pool & whirlpool • Exercise room • Refrigerator & Microwave


1450 S. Peace Road Sycamore, IL 60178 815/895-8686

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American Al’s BBQ Shack

Café 900

Eggsclusive Café

BB’s Dog Haus

Country Kitchen

Egg Haven Pancakes & Café

Corner of Fourth St. & Grove St., DeKalb (seasonal) 518 W. Main St., Kirkland 522-3300

Bar-B-Que Express

Corner of Cherry St. and Rt. 34, Somonauk 630-546-9896

Brenda’s Catering

9 N. Main St., Sandwich 786-2820

Brickhouse Fine Food & Spirits

108 E. Railroad St., Sandwich 786-1998 •

Brother’s Restaurant & Lounge 512 E. Church St., Sandwich 786-2133


1150 S. Fourth Street, DeKalb 756-5100

Cabana Charley’s Tiki Bar and Grill 1470 S. Peace Rd., Sycamore 899-8454 •

900 Crane Drive, DeKalb 758-0666 105 W. Market St., Somonauk 498-3585

Corner Grill on Main

137 West Main St., Genoa 784-2233 •

Country Store and Catering

456 N. Main St., Sycamore 899-2333

Crumpet’s Tea Room

265 S. Peace Rd., Sycamore 899-EGGS (3447) 2562 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb 748-1200

Flappy’s Pancake House

1460 Sycamore Road, DeKalb 758-0700 •

Flippin’ Eggs

831 South 4th St., DeKalb 754-6900 •

Gene’s Carry Out, Inc.

221 West Main St., Genoa 784-6121

125 S. Main St., Sandwich 786-6513

Dairy Dogs

233 West Main St., Genoa 784-6647

675 E. State St., Sycamore 899-2443

Genoa Café

Dairy Joy

Hillside Restaurant

435 East Lincoln Ave., Hinckley 286-7701

121 N. 2nd St., DeKalb 756-4749 •

Dinner’s Ready

The Hinckley Café

Edgebrook Restaurant and Lounge

The House Café

36 E. Railroad St., Sandwich 786-9393 •

2100 Suydam Rd., Sandwich 786-8392

815/756-1336 or 877/335-2521

116 E. Lincoln Ave., Hinckley 286-9274 263 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 787-9547


The Huddle

817 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-8899

Inboden’s Meats, Ltd., & Catering

1106 N. 1st St., DeKalb 756-5852 •

Johnny’s Charhouse

1950 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 756-1155

Johnny K’s

709 E. Church St., Sandwich 786-3088

Junction Eating Place

816 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-5441 •

Karshones Hometown Kafe 302 E. Van Buren St., Malta 825-9009

Kirkland Family Restaurant 507 W. Main St., Kirkland 522-3531

Kish Corner Family Restaurant

Nel’s Catering

116 S. Depot St., Somonauk 498-3678

2496 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 748-5474

Kountry Kitchen

Olde Tyme Inn

114 W. Comanche Ave., Shabbona 824-8404

O’Leary’s Irish Restaurant

260 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 748-0000 •

Lincoln Inn Family Restaurant

240 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-2345 •

Lothson’s Karry Out

644 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-4303


Page Street Diner

112 E. Page St., Sycamore 895-5505

Pita Pete’s, Inc.

901 T Lucinda Avenue, DeKalb 758-3012 •

Pokanoka’s Restaurant

890 Pappas Drive, DeKalb 758-5853 •

4201 Shabbona Grove Rd., Shabbona 824-2481

Mitchel Lounge

Rammy’s Sub & Pub

355 W. State St., Sycamore 895-8172

Nat’s On Maple

109 S. Main St., Sandwich 786-9700

870 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 787-3778 •

112 S. Maple St., Sycamore 895-4243 •


418 Main St., Sycamore 991-2200 •

All Area Codes 815 Unless Noted

Meeting rooms for up to 35 people Breakfast • Lunch Dinner Open 7 Days! Sun-Wed: 6am-2am Thurs-Sat 6am-3am Carryout Orders Available. Call Ahead! 816 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb


Come join us for some truly authentiC mexiCan Cuisine. Cecina estilo Guerrero, sopa azteca, handmade tortillas, fresh table-side Guacamole We have over 380 tequilas & Great margaritas Celebrating next year 20 years in business experience our banquet room that seats up to 130 people. have our catering services for your next party. 223 West State Street • Sycamore, IL (815) 895-2545 •

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Robert’s Drive Inn

227 Sycamore Rd., Genoa 784-3425


(inside the American Legion) 203 Main St., Maple Park 827-3536

Sam’s Family Restaurant 11 W. North Ave., Cortland 756-5665

Shark’s Fish and Chicken 901 Lucinda Avenue, DeKalb 758-6600


204 Somonauk St., Sycamore 895-5282


50W187 Rt. 64, Maple Park 895-5466 •

Spring Garden Family Restaurant

Sycamore Parkway Restaurant

Spring Grove Family Restaurant

Tom & Jerry’s

740 E. Market St., Somonauk 498-3585

682 Park Ave., Genoa 784-5568

Star 34 Family Restaurant

336 W. Church St., Sandwich 786-9898

Sweet Dream Desserts & Catering 1969 B DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 756-8150

The Sycamore Café

1170 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 899-8070

605 E. State St., Sycamore 895-6700 215 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-1675 1670 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 895-4420

Towne Square Family Restaurant 351 N. Main St., Sycamore 895-3663

Village Courtyard

120 Market St., Somonauk 498-2414

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149 West Lincoln Ave., Hinckley 286-3949

Ethnic Acquaviva Winery

47W614 Route 38, Maple Park 630-365-0333

Al Dorado Mexican Restaurant

1180 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-7045

Bea’s Wok ‘n Roll

1402 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb 756-1660 •


China Wok

China House

Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant

1026 Hillcrest Drive, DeKalb 756-8848 1900 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb 748-0032

China Inn

630 Plaza Dr., Sycamore 899-1188 •

China One

131 S. 4th St., DeKalb 756-9102 •

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540 E. Main St. Ste 4, Genoa 784-9688

214 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-2677 •

El Burrito Loco

185 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-6060

Fushi Yami Hibachi n’ Sushi

822 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 748-8868 •


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Golden Thai Jasmine

251 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 748-2800


Tapa La Luna

122 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-8450

226 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 217-0990 •

East China Buffet

Ren’s Chinese Restaurant

Great Wall

Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant

2350 B Sycamore Rd., DeKalb 754-9888 901M Lucinda Ave., DeKalb 758-5635 •

Haru of Japan

3206 Sycamore Road, DeKalb 517-0098

Los Jinetes Mexican Grill 146 E. Lincoln Ave., Hinckley 286-7900

Los Rancheros

2350 A Sycamore Rd., DeKalb 758-2200

310 E. State St. #10, Sycamore 899-8883

528 E. Main St., Genoa 784-5902

Taxco Restaurant Too

223 W. State St., Sycamore 895-2545 •

624 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 756-1201 •

Santa Fe Restaurant

132 E. Church St., Sandwich 786-6737

Thai Pavilion

131 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-6445 •

Trattoria Da Francesca, Inc. 140 W. Lincoln St., Waterman 264-8811

Sycamore Burrito Express

Villa Verone Ristorante

1615 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 899-3123

Tacos Salsas Y Carnitas

Taqueria Bravo

219 W. State St., Sycamore 895-9400 •

1021 W. Hillcrest Dr. Ste A, DeKalb 787-6898

Yen Ching

Fat Boyz Pub & Grille

Hometown Sports Bar & Grill

810 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-2007

Bar & Grill Brown’s Pub

200 Somonauk Rd., Hinckley 286-3329

Coop’s Bar & Grill

332 W. State St., Sycamore 991-5195

Fatty’s Pub & Grille

101 Viking Dr., Lee 824-8405

1312 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-7737 •

Daisy’s Sports Bar & Grill

Five Points Pub

901 Lucinda, DeKalb 756-6000

105 South Main St., Kingston 784-3500

Ec Pages Bar and Grill

Hink’s Bar & Grill

717 E. Church St., Sandwich 786-8376

123 S. California St., Sycamore 899-9990

241 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 217-3325

Houlahan’s Tavern & Grill

208 Lincoln Highway, Waterman 264-3333 •

J&K Half Moon Tavern

120 W. Lincoln Hwy., Hinckley 286-7303

All Area Codes 815 Unless Noted 42

Joker’s Bar & Grill

530 N. Main Street, Sycamore 895-4488

Karlsbad Tavern

413 West Main St., Genoa 784-6336


Kelly’s Pub & American Grill

14 E. Church St., Sandwich 786-3632 •

KJ’s Tap & Grill

518 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 748-2577

Lord Stanley’s Annex

142 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 754-9031

Luds Place

Mon-Thurs | 11am - 9pm Fri | 11am - 10pm Sat | 4pm - 10pm Sun | Closed

Maple Park Pub & Grill

Where food and friends come together.

149 West Lincoln Ave., Hinckley 286-3949 221 N. Main St., Maple Park 827-3452


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MVP Sports Club

122 S. California St., Sycamore 895-1888 •

PJ’s Courthouse Tavern & Grille 202 W. State St., Sycamore 895-9253 •

Pub West Pizza

100 West Adams Street, Waterman 264-3637

Rambo’s Bar & Grill

130 W. Market St., Somonauk 498-9514

OpEn 7 Days a wEEK at 11 a.m.

private Banquet Rooms Groups 25-125

Ski’s All American Pub 1001 W. State St., Sycamore 899-9018

Sullivan’s Tavern

722 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-4323

Twin Tavern

1028 S. 4th St., DeKalb 756-9604

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Italian Dreams Pizza

Sam’s Pizza

Bootlegger’s Pizza

Joe’s Pizza & Pub

Terry’s Pizza

Chumly’s Pizza

Michael Angelo’s Pizza & Pasta

Toppers Pizza

1023 Hillcrest Drive, DeKalb 748-1850 221 Main Street, Maple Park 827-3065 312 W. Comance Ave., Shabbona 824-2754

Dave’s Pizza

146 East Lincoln Ave., Hinckley 286-7071

Dough Brothers Pizzeria

20 West Benson Ave., Cortland 754-0000

Hot Stuff Pizza

411 Main St., Kirkland 522-3510

Gonzo’s Pizzeria

1 S. Main St., Sandwich 786-3322

Huskie’s Pizza

850 Pappas Dr., DeKalb 787-4992

436 N. Main St., Sycamore 899-0905

526 E. State St., Sycamore 895-6121

313 W. Main St., Genoa 784-6186

117 Comanche Ave., Shabbona 824-2262 1015 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-7755 •

309 Main St., Maple Park 827-4417

Uncle Milty’s Pizza House

Moscato Pizza

140 W. Market St., Somonauk 498-4108

506 W. Main St., Kirkland 522-3555

Vinny’s Pizza & Wings

Mugzzies Pizzeria & Restaurant

221 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 787-6200 •

2030 Baron Dr., Sycamore 895-6849

World Famous Pizza

Pagliai’s Pizza

817 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 754-4060

(inside Lord Stanley’s) 142 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 756-8718

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World Famous Pizza

1205 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb 758-4776 •

124 E. State St., Sycamore 899-5074 •

Pizza Villa

824 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb 758-8116 •

All Area Codes 815 Unless Noted 44

Sweet Treats & Bakeries Baker’s Basket

125 E. Market St., Somonauk 498-3494

Chesapeake Bagel Bakery 122 S. South 1st St. #1, DeKalb 754-5211

Elleson’s Bakery

344 W. State St., Sycamore 895-4533

The Neighborhood Bakery & Deli

2205 Pleasant Street, DeKalb 748-7707 •

Ollie’s Frozen Custard

2290 Oakland Dr., Sycamore 758-8222 •

Screamers Ice Cream

408 E. Comanche Ave., Shabbona 824-8181

Sunshine Scoop Shoppe & Bakery, LLC 818 W. Lincoln Hwy #C, DeKalb 758-4PIE. •

Sweet Dream Desserts & Catering 1969 B DeKalb Ave., Sycamore 756-8150 •

Your official Pre & Post Game Headquarters of NIU Athletics

Wisted’s Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Store

Come see Why Fatty’s Has Be voted the Best of deKalb!

512 W. Comanche Ave., Shabbona 824-2813

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125 Duvick Ave., Sandwich 786-9766

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Calendar of Events

January 8th DeKalb Ag: 100 Years of Agriculture Innovation Celebrates DeKalb • Nehring Gallery The 100th Anniversary of DeKalb Ag. Exhibit themes touch on the permeation of the company.

January 10th - March 10th The New Art Examiner “Chicago’s Independent voice of the Visual Arts” 1973-2002 DeKalb • NIU Art Museum Diagatic exhibition exploring the history & significance of the New Art Examiner.

January 11th-12th Northern Illinois Farm Show DeKalb • NIU Convocation Center Indoor farm show, featuring products & services available to manage successful farm operations from more than 200 companies.

January 15th NIU Bridal Expo: Singing in the Rain Duke Ellington Ballroom, DeKalb • Holmes Student Center Free to the public. Over 50 exhibitors, groom’s room, bridal fashion show, taste testing, and more! 11:00am-4:00pm

January 10th - February 25th New to the Collection DeKalb • NIU Art Museum Selection of art work recently donated to the Northern Illinois Art Museum

January 25th-29th Quilt & Fiber Arts Walk Downtown Genoa • Quilts and fiber arts of all sorts displayed throughout downtown, workshops, speakers, kids activities.

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January 28th The Groundhog Gala Midwest Museum of Natural History Sycamore • Enjoy a fabulous evening filled with entertainment, exhibitors, a silent auction and more.

February 15th NIU Philharmonic Band

DeKalb • Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU • 8:00 pm •

February 16th-19th Macbeth

DeKalb • Stevens Building Corner Theatre NIU •


February 18th Gaelic Storm

February 1st Avalon String Quartet

DeKalb • Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU • The Avalon String Quartet plays Beethoven at 8pm •

February 2nd-5th & 8th-12th The Weir by Conor McPherson

DeKalb • Players Theatre, NIU A woman visits a rural Irish town, where men try to impress her by telling stories of the town’s folklore and its ghosts. These stories begin to metamorphose into personal confessions, but the woman’s story becomes the most moving tale of all.

DeKalb • Egyptian Theatre The band interlaces high energy, footstomping performances of original interpretations of Celtic classics and well-crafted originals with endearing stage banter and story-telling.

February 23rd-28th & March 1st-4th The Ascent F6, by W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood DeKalb • O’Connell Theatre, NIU Alternating poetry and prose, this modernist play explores the disparate meanings of patriotism to an individual and to a nation.

February 25 Dayglow

February 11th Chocolate Walk

Genoa • Free chocolate treats and valentine specials throughout downtown, demonstrations & contests.

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DeKalb • NIU Convocation Center “World’s Largest Paint Party”. DJs, light show, and acrobatic dancers.

February 25th ADM Young Artist Concerto Competition Concert

DeKalb • Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU 7:30 pm •

March March 1st-4th Los Angeles!...Is Underwater

DeKalb Stevens Building Corner Theatre, NIU

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March 3rd Indy Horror Film Festival DeKalb • Egyptian Theatre Special guests, live entertainment, vendors, art, and of course, more horror films.

March 20th-May 25th Francisco Goya: Satirical Caprices DeKalb • NIU Art Museum

March 20th-May 25th Graphic Novel Realism: Backstage at the Comics

DeKalb • NIU Art Museum Features the work of cutting-edge creators of non-traditional, full-length graphic novels displaying examples of their work as well as original source materials explaining their inspirations and working process. artmuseum

March 23rd-25th Beach Party Genoa • Beat the winter blues with live music, beach treats, decorations contests & merchandise.

March 27th-29th Tournees French Film Festival DeKalb • Egyptian Theatre Showcase of European cinema with a variety of styles and genres with appeals to a variety of tastes.

March 29th-April 1st & April 11th-15th Mrs. Packard, by Emily Mann DeKalb • Players Theatre, NIU A woman becomes institutionalized for her dissenting views in 1861. Has she been wrongfully committed or is she truly losing her mind? Based on actual events.

March 22nd-25th & 29th- April 1st Cinderella DeKalb • Stage Coach Theatre

All Area Codes 815 Unless Noted 48

April April 5th-May 25th The Graphic Novel: An Interpretive History DeKalb • NIU Art Museum Explore the history of the graphic novel, tracing its history to sequential narrative in medieval tapestry, early Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, stained glass church windows, and looking at 18th/19th century figures.

April 5th-May 5th Golden Age of Wordless Novels and Illustrated Books: 1917-1951 DeKalb • NIU Art Museum Explores how for a few decades, taking advantage of the revival of relief print making, artists in Europe and North America created powerful works that reached broad and international audiences by disseminating their work through established book publishing companies.

April 7th Pete’s Easter Train Waterman • Ride Pete’s Train with the Easter Bunny.

April 12th NIU Jazz Ensemble Concert DeKalb • Duke Ellington Ballroom Holmes Student Center, NIU 8pm •

April 12th Taste of Spring Sycamore • A progressive pairing of wine & hors d’oerves coupled with local shopping in downtown Sycamore.

Blumen Gardens

April 14th Spring Babies

Sycamore • Midwest Museum of Natural History. Visit with baby chicks, bunnies, ducklings, goats, and lambs.

April 15th World Music Concert

DeKalb • Music Building 3 pm •

April 19th - 22nd 6 Characters in Search of an Author

DeKalb Stevens Building Corner Theatre, NIU

April 21st Kites Over Sycamore Sycamore Park Annex • Come Join us for some high flying fun. Create & decorate your own kites, plant a pumpkin, blow bubbles, enjoy cotton candy and popcorn & of course fly a kite.

April 22nd NIU Steel Band DeKalb • Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU 3:00 pm •

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April 26th-29th Siecle de Ballet DeKalb • O’Connell Theatre, NIU First staged with about one hundred years between them, the Siecle de Ballet (“Century of Ballet”) ballet pieces will demonstrate just how far the technique and style of the form has progressed.

April 27th Red Hat Day

Genoa • Red Hatters fill the downtown with their own brand of fun.

April 28th Roman Impressions

April 29th Brian Regan DeKalb • Egyptian Theatre Said to be one of the premier comedians in the country. Brian Regan has a balance of sophisticated writing and physicality.

May May 1st Taste of Home Cooking School

DeKalb • Egyptian Theatre Interactive event with a top culinary expert. Learn new recipes to recreate in your home.

May 3rd “Cleopatra” DeKalb • Egyptian Theatre Presented by book dramatist Barbara Rinelle.

DeKalb • NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30pm. All Area Codes 815 Unless Noted 50

May 3rd-5th & 10th-13th Much Ado About Nothing, By William Shakespeare

May 26th - October27th Genoa Open Air Market

DeKalb • Stage Coach Theatre

Genoa • Last Saturday of every month. Fresh produce, antiques, crafts, new items and more.

May 5th Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra


DeKalb • Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU

May 5th-6th Cinco de Mayo Sycamore • Festive Sycamore celebration with games, prizes, crafts, food, petting zoo, live music and family entertainment.

May 5th -6th Overnight at the Museum

June 3rd - September 30th Sycamore Farmers Market Corner of Somonauk & Elm Street, Sycamore • Sundays 10am-2pm. Featuring locally grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers, and artisan crafts.

June 7th Ladies Night Out

Sycamore • Spend a night at the Midwest Museum of Natural History among animals of North America and

Sycamore • Sycamore is a sea of pink to raise money for Breast Cancer research. Fabulous finds & free treats. 4pm.

May 20th Open House/Open Barn

June 7th-September 27th DeKalb Farmers Market

DeKalb • Joseph F. Glidden Homestead featuring “Music on the Porch” working blacksmith shop & tours. Noon-4pm.

Van Buer Plaza, DeKalb Every Thursday. Featuring locally grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers, and artesian crafts.

June 7th-10th & 14th-17th Forbidden Board, by Gerard Alessandrini Ladi es N igh tO ut

DeKalb • Stage Coach Theatre

June 8th-10th Malta Days Malta • Soundstage, carnival, bingo, food and craft fair, beer garden & more.

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June 10th & 24th Blacksmith Demonstrations and Tours

DeKalb • J.F. Glidden Homestead. July 8th & 22nd, August 12th, September 9th & 23rd, October 14th & 28th Noon-4pm.

June 12th-August 21st DeKalb Municipal Band Concerts

DeKalb • Hopkins Park Tuesdays at 8 pm •

June 13th-16th Genoa Days

June 30th Rockin’ for Reptiles Sycamore • Live encounters with reptiles at the Midwest Museum of Natural History. Musical entertainment.

July July 1st Art Fair at the Ellwood House

Genoa • Rides, games, food, bands, contests and parade.

DeKalb • Over 50 artists displaying and selling work on the grounds of the Ellwood Estate. 9am-4pm.

June 14th-16th Treasures from the Attic

July 1st Screamers Car Show

Sycamore • City-wide estate, yard and sidewalk sales throughout Sycamore.

June 29th-July 1st Sandwich Freedom Days

Sandwich • Live entertainment, beer garden, parade, food & craft vendors, tot trot, kids bike rodeo and more.

Shabbona • Vintage cars and live music.

July 4th Shabbona Main Street Parade

Shabbona • Rides, food, vendors, and fireworks.

All Area Codes 815 Unless Noted 52

July 4th 4th Kirkland Fourth of July Celebration Kirkland • Huge parade, food, entertainment & fireworks.

July 4th Fourth of July Celebration in Hopkins Park DeKalb • Vendors, food, crafts, live music, and fireworks.

July 12th-14th & 19th-22nd Private Eyes, by Steven Dietz DeKalb •

July 20th-22nd Let’s Dance Big Band Weekend DeKalb •

July 21st Waterman Summerfest & Tractor Show Waterman • Antique tractors, craft vendors, petting, kids pedal tractor pull and more.

July 21st Kingston Fest & Kardboard Boat Regatta Kingston • Boats made out of cardboard race on the Kishwaukee River at Kingston Township Park.

July 24th-28th Kishwaukee Fest

DeKalb • Free concerts at Hopkins Park Tuesday-Thursday. Friday night is the twilight parade thru downtown DeKalb with drum corps and marching bands. The Drum Corps competition caps off the week at Huskie Stadium.

July 27th-29th Somonauk Summer Fest Somonauk Community Park Three day event featuring ISP Tractor Pull, cruise night, craft show, kids zone, parade & more.

July 28th Summer Farm Fest Genoa • Tractor run, parade, farm animals, games and more.

July 28th-29th Sycamore’s Turning Back Time Weekend

Sycamore • Saturday-Cruise night, free concert, Classic Car Cruise, food vendors and beer garden. Sunday-Classic car show with over 1,000 cars.

August August 5th Ellwood House Ice Cream Social

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DeKalb • 2pm - 4pm. Enjoy some ice cream & good music by the DeKalb Municipal Band. Bring a blanket or chair & find a good seat on the lawn.

August 9th-12th & 16th-19th Guys and Dolls DeKalb • Stage Coach Theatre

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August 10th-11th Cortland Summer Fest

Cortland Community Park • Bands, beverage garden, silent auction & activities for the kids.

August 9th-12th Sycamore’s Steam Show & Threshing Bee Sycamore • Taylor Marshal Farm, antique farm equipment tractor-pull, food, music and Threshing Bee.

August 26th Genoa Pioneer Days

Genoa • Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society Old time tradesmen & crafter demonstrate skills, stagecoach rides and more.

August 28th - November 17th Music for the Divine

DeKalb • NIU Art Museum Burmese Musical Instrument & traditions.

August 18th Sycamore Block Party

August 31st-September 3rd Maple Park Fun Fest

August 24th-26th DeKalb Corn Fest


Sycamore • Kids activities, games, prizes, crafts, free concerts, bags tournament, beer garden and food vendors.

DeKalb • DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport Soundstage, carnival, food, beer garden, and airplane rides.

Maple Park • This community event includes a soundstage, softball tournaments, car and motorcycle show and craft fair.

September 5th-9th Sandwich Fair

Sandwich • This is the oldest continuing county fair in the State of Illinois.

All Area Codes 815 Unless Noted 54

September 6th-8th & 13th-16th The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney DeKalb • Stage Coach Theatre

September 7th-8th Middlewest Fest

DeKalb • Middlewest Fest is Northern Illinois’ annual celebration of the live music and arts, taking place in downtown DeKalb.

September 8th NIU Home Opener Football Game vs. Tennessee Martin DeKalb •

September 9th Kite Fest

DeKalb • Corner of Lucinda and Kishwaukee Drive, NIU Campus. Stunt kites, dancing kites, food, and activities for the kids & family.

September 14th-16th Sycamore Film Festival

Sycamore • The international film festival at the State Street Theatre in Sycamore.

September 22nd Harvest Time Festival

Waterman • Enjoy a parade, pie auction, pumpkin decorating/carving contest, pork chop bbq and pet parade.

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October October 4th-6th & 11th-14th Not Now Darling by Ray Cooney & John Chapman DeKalb • Stage Coach Theatre

October 12th-31st Pete’s Pumpkin Train

Waterman • Take a spooky train ride to a pumpkin patch & receive a free pumpkin.

October 14th Cortland Fall Fest Cortland Community Park Join us for our parade and fun in the park, Big Red’s Apple cook-off, the “mutt strut”, beer garden and live music.

October 19th-21st, 26th-28th & 30th-31st Amenti: Egyptian Theatre Haunted House DeKalb • Featuring over 20 different scenes on 6 different levels, this attraction has become one of the most talked about events in the DeKalb area.

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October 24th-28th Sycamore Pumpkin Fest Sycamore • Historic downtown Sycamore is decorated with hundreds of carved and painted pumpkins, huge parade, craft shows, food vendors, carnival and more.

October 27th Spooktacular Downtown DeKalb Trick-or-Treating DeKalb • Bring the family to trick-or-treat, craft, and kids haunted house. 1pm-3pm


November 8th Candlelight Open House Downtown Genoa • Beginning at 5pm, shoppers will follow luminaries from shop to shop downtown. New holiday finds and free refreshments.

November 16th-18th DeKalb Hollydays Open House Downtown DeKalb • Stroll store to store to enjoy free treats, music, and discounts to kick off the holiday season.

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November 4th Glidden Homestead Patent Day Celebration

DeKalb • Noon-4pm with Barbed Wire Sites Tour at 2pm.

All Area Codes 815 Unless Noted 56

November 16th Moonlight Madness

Sycamore • Beat Black Friday crowds & get all your holiday shopping done a week early. Moonlight deals you wont want to miss.

November 17th OCB Midwest States Bodybuilding Competition DeKalb • Egyptian Theatre


November 18th Glidden Homestead’s Antique Toy & Doll Show DeKalb • Noon-4pm

November 24th- December 31st Pete’s Holiday Lights Train

Waterman • See over 250,000 lights and figures. Free popcorn & hot chocolate in their heated train station.

December December 3rd-9th Ellwood Elegance

December 6th-9th Christmas Carol DeKalb • Stage Coach Theatre

December 6th Winter Chocolate Walk Sycamore • Indulge yourself with some sweet savings and make your holiday shopping a treat.

December 7th Celebrate the Season

DeKalb • Open for custom tours of the decorated mansion throughout the week & a special weekend open house on the 7th & 9th. Experience the home decorated for the season.

Genoa • Jingle Bell parade & tree lighting, refreshments, contests, songs.

December 6th Santa Comes to DeKalb

Sycamore • Parade with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and elves through Sycamore’s historic downtown district to the traditional Courthouse tree lighting.

DeKalb • Cookies, cocoa and caroling at the Egyptian Theatre help to celebrate Santa’s arrival at 7pm. Dec. 8th, 15th & 22nd: Free carriage rides and visits with Santa from 11am-2pm. •

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DeKalb Corn Fest August 24-26, 2012

DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport 3 Day Soundstage • Car Show • Historical Tours Food Booths• Vendor Booths Airplane Displays • Free Corn Boil Art Fair and Much More! Like us on: For more information:

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Explore DeKalb County Cortland Since being incorporated in 1865, the Town of Cortland has been characterized by small hometown living in a warm community atmosphere. Visit us throughout the year for our annual town Garage Sales, Movie Night, Summer Fest, Fall Festival and Parade, and Turkey Trot.

DeKalb DeKalb is home to Northern Illinois University and its 20,000-plus students. Explore our historic architecture, agriculture, museums, galleries, theatres, and enjoy national and local entertainment. Culture and arts thrive on campus as well as downtown with local artists and theatrical groups. Make a date for lunch and shop our historic downtown to find vintage clothing and gifts. Outdoor seating invites you to linger as you take in the beautiful surroundings while live music is performed at lunchtime from June through August at Van Buer Plaza.

Genoa Make Genoa your destination for a great day in a historic community. We are easy to find at the intersection of Illinois Route 72 and 23. Browse unique shops, choose from a variety of restaurants including a Victorian tea room, cafes, ethnic restaurants and taverns. Sample local wines, visit the nature center, hike forest trails, canoe the Kishwaukee River or enjoy a round of golf.

Hinckley Southeast of DeKalb lies the Village of Hinckley, a quiet place to live, a quaint place to shop and a great place to find comfort food. Hinckley offers an annual fireworks display and carnival, ice cream socials and various park programs for the entire family.

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Kingston Kingston is a small town located along Route 72 in northern DeKalb County where every summer you can find boats made entirely out of cardboard being raced on the Kishwaukee River during Kingston Fest’s Kardboard Boat Regatta.

Kirkland Kirkland is rich in the small town American traditions. Come see us during our 4th of July celebration and experience the best fireworks in Northern Illinois. Enjoy a game of disc golf, try skateboarding, or visit one of the most beautiful veteran’s memorials in the country, where each Memorial Day weekend, we honor those who have served our great nation.

Lee A visit to the quaint Village of Lee wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Hardanger Hus. This shop boasts a wide selection of Norwegian and Swedish gifts, material and thread for needle work, jewelry books, and other unique finds. It has been a staple in the community for more than 30 years.

Malta Come share in the Lincoln Highway’s wonderful heritage. Our seedling mile mural is a hand painted, unique work of art. The mural is located on the Historical Society’s Old Town Hall Museum at 127 North Third Street. It depicts the history of the first concrete mile of paved highway coast to coast. Our small town festival in June with big town attractions feature free entertainment all weekend, a carnival, food vendors, car show and beer garden. Visit Jonamac Orchard August thru November for the corn maze and apples.

Maple Park Maple Park is located on the edge of DeKalb County. It was founded in 1854 and named to reflect the many Maple trees growing in the area. Enjoy the many family-owned businesses, orchards and vegetable markets in and around the area. One event that draws many families to Maple Park is the Labor Day Weekend Fun Fest, complete with softball games, 5K run, crafts, parade and a huge display of fireworks.

Sandwich Sandwich is centrally located 60 miles west of Chicago. Visitors and residents can peruse a number of specialty shops and fine restaurants. The Sandwich Antique Market and Sandwich Fair bring visitors from miles away to the Sandwich Opera House, local home for the performing arts, provides live entertainment to the area. Other event highlights include the Taste of Sandwich, Annual Craft Fair, Sandwich Freedom Days and much more. All Area Codes 815 Unless Noted 60

Shabbona Shabbona is home to Lake Shabbona State Park and Indian Oaks Golf Course located in southern DeKalb County, about halfway between Chicago and Rockford. Shabbona Lake State Park is a 318-acre man-made lake that is said to be the “Muskie Capital of Illinois�. It is the first and only lake in Illinois designed just for fishing. The 6.5 miles of wooded shoreline has five earthen fishing piers, a handicap-accessible fishing pier and is open year-round.

Somonauk The Village of Somonauk lies at the southern end of DeKalb County. Attend Somonauk Summer Fest, featuring cruise night, live entertainment, parade, 5K run, tractor pull, craft show, and kids play zone. Fun for the entire family.

Sycamore Sycamore is a warm, vibrant city full of small town sophistication and historic charm. Experience our many annual events, explore our museums and relax in our parks. Enjoy the beautiful 100-year old Courthouse in the heart of the historic downtown business district or unique finds in our shopping district. Come experience how lovely and inviting a small town can really be.

Waterman This tranquil community is taking on a new look. Located at Routes 30 and 23, is a village rich in agricultural and historical traditions. Take a miniature train ride and enjoy the playground and skate park year-round in Lions Community Park. Stop by our winery and vineyard and try some lively local wines. Also, be sure to visit our local orchard and enjoy cider donuts, pick apples, or find the perfect pumpkin. Enhance your holiday traditions with a farm-fresh HOKA turkey. Join us for Summer Fest and be sure to come back in November for the Lions Club Gobbler Gallop 5K race. Grab a bite to eat at one of our three local establishments. Waterman awaits to share its charm with you.

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National Bank & Trust


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NIU Art Museum

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815/756-1336 or 877/335-2521


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