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The inside of Mollys Eatery & Dinery show several drinks sitting behind the bar. Mollys is one of DeKalbs bars that attracts college students and townies. (Northern Star File Photo)

DeKalb after dark: Catering to 2 communities

By Tamya Burch, Lifestyle Writer | October 19, 2023

DeKalb’s rustic-style nightlife struggles to find a balance between students and townies.  DeKalb is not known for its nightlife, as the small, western Chicago suburb is nestled between corn fields that drape the town in a rural feel. Students and...

Multiple colorful pumpkins sit in rows together. The DeKalb Public Library will host multiple Halloween events aimed at younger audiences. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

DeKalb Public Library to host children’s Halloween events

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | October 18, 2023

With All Hallow's Eve fast approaching, the time has come to appease the spirits with candy and fun Halloween events at the DeKalb Public Library. LASER CUT AND PAINT WOODEN HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS People can get into Spooky Season with wood-cut Halloween...

Black and orange text says The Caucasian Chalk Circle and sits inside a ring. The play will be playing in the Black Box Theater. (Courtesy of the College of Visual and Preforming Arts)

‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ on stage now

By Lindsay Curtis, Lifestyle Writer | October 14, 2023

A new adaptation of “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” will be presented at The Black Box Theater in the Stevens Building at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, Oct. 14, Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 15 and Oct. 21. NIU’s School of Theatre and Dance...

A huskie statue painted in blue overalls stands outside Jonamac Orchard. The Orchard has many fall activities for the public to enjoy such as apple picking and a corn maze. (Sarah Rose | Northern Star)

Fall into love with fall festivities

By Tamya Burch, Lifestyle Writer | October 12, 2023

Fall is here, and it is time to indulge in some fun festivities. DeKalb County is ready to bring in the season with these fall-themed activities to do with friends and family.  October is in its final stretch of gearing towards the pinnacle of the...

The DeKalb Public Library sign is lit up at night. The Library will be hosting its annual fall book sale from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22. (Northern Star File Photo)

DeKalb Public Library to host fall book sale

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | October 11, 2023

DeKALB – The DeKalb Public Library is gearing up for a sale of books and more.  The selections that are on sale are in good condition, and include the following genres such as fiction, science fiction, gardening, cookbooks, mystery, biographies,...

The entrance for NIU’s Esports gaming arena that held the recent Retro Smash Bros tournament on Tuesday in Altgeld Hall, Room 100. Retro Smash Bros night was hosted as a part of the 116th Homecoming week. (Ariyonna McGahee | Northern Star)

‘Smash from the past’ revives retro games

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | October 11, 2023

DeKALB – Since the early 1970s, video games have spread far and wide across the world and have seen significant improvements. However, as more advanced games are released year after year, the older consoles and games become more scarcely available to...

The DeKalb Public Library sits under a cloudy sky located in downtown DeKalb. Jazz In Progress will visit the library on Oct. 14. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Join Jazz In Progress for late night jazz.

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | October 4, 2023

Jazz In Progress, also referred to as JIP, is a nonprofit organization that uses the funds they earn from their performances and donates it to local community music programs and organizations. Communities that have received funding from JIP in the...

One of the pages titled love lasts from author Tatianna Salisburys book words my heart needed to hear being flipped. Salisbury has several dates in the DeKalb and Rockford area in October where she will be promoting her debut poetry collection. (Courtesy of Tatianna Salisbury)

NIU alum showcases book, poetry events

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | September 27, 2023

NIU alum Tatianna Salisbury released her debut poetry collection “words my heart needed to hear” in June. The collection features poems and short stories that express the ugly and dark side of the human experience and the cycle of love.  Salisbury...

A group of people dance on a hardwood floor. Dimensions Dance Academy begins its Fall Ballroom series Oct. 7. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

DeKalb fall dance classes offered

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | September 26, 2023

DeKALB – Step into the fall with a pair of dancing shoes. Dimensions Dance Academy is beginning its Fall Ballroom series offering dance classes and social dancing. Classes begin 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Dimensions Ballroom at 134 E. Lincoln Highway with Tango...

Proton Tattoo, a tattoo shop for customers in downtown DeKalb, 125 S. Fourth St., sits on a cloudy day. Proton is celebrating 20 years in DeKalb on Oct. 15 with a free party open to the public. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

DeKalb’s first tattoo shop celebrates colorful history

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | September 24, 2023

Proton Tattoo established itself in DeKalb 20 years ago, laying the groundwork for tattooing in a town where tattooing was illegal. The owner, Chris May, started this business with his best friend Jon Bowman from elementary school. It was an arduous battle...

The Open Door Coffee Truck parks at the Taste of DeKalb. The Taste of DeKalb is one of the many fun events happening in DeKalb this weekend. (Northern Star File Photo)

Hang out in DeKalb this weekend

By Eli Tecktiel, Senior Lifestyle Writer | September 20, 2023

If you’re bored and have no weekend plans for the weekend, the local DeKalb community has you covered. Here are just a few of the fun events being offered in the area this weekend. FAMILY WEEKEND The annual Huskies Family Weekend takes place this...

The Hopkins Park Bandshell sits unattended on a cloudy day. On Sept. 23 The Burning Cicada Music Festival will be hosted at Hopkins Park. (Northern Star File Photo)

Join DeKalb for free music festival

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | September 14, 2023

DeKalb – Enjoy a hot day out in the sun and gather with your local community for an annual music festival. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 23, Hopkins Park will host the Burning Cicada Arts and Music Picnic Festival, 1403 Sycamore Road. This event...