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The marquee for the Egyptian Theatre hangs above the sidewalk on North Second Street. The theatres board announced it is buying back properties it previously owned in the 1930s adjacent to the historic building. (Courtesy of the Egyptian Theatre)

Historic Egyptian Theatre buys back adjacent properties

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | February 14, 2024

In the name of preservation the Egyptian Theatre has recently repurchased properties it owned in the 1930s. The Egyptian Theatre is now in possession of the two nearby units, both 143 and 147 N. Second St. The board of the Egyptian Theatre wishes...

Corn Fest attendees enjoy rides and carnival games on Saturday at the 46th annual Corn Fest in downtown DeKalb on 1st and 4th Street. The festival took place from Aug. 25 to Aug. 27 and expects up to 15,000 festival-goers every year. (Joseph Howerton | Northern Star)

Corn, country and celebration: Corn Fest 2023

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | August 27, 2023

DeKALB – During move-in weekend, students were given one last opportunity before the college grind to reunite with old friends or make new ones at Corn Fest. The weekend music festival and corn boil in DeKalb is one of the last free admission festivals...

Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb is inactive Monday during rush hour.

DeKalb weekend scene, entertain in a play, business shindig

By Sarah Rose, Managing Editor | April 25, 2023

Revel in the spring weather and explore the DeKalb scene this Saturday. Chemical Engineering with Society of Women Engineers From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the DeKalb Public Library, located at 309 Oak St. is hosting a chemical engineering event. Attendees...

The recently approved building for Excelleaf Dispensary sits vacant on Tuesday afternoon at 305 E. Locust St. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Dispensary gains approval for downtown DeKalb location

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 7, 2023

DeKALB – The DeKalb Planning and Zoning Commission approved the special permit for the location of a cannabis dispensary, Excelleaf Dispensary, at a public hearing. The dispensary location was approved for downtown DeKalb at 305 E. Locust St, formerly...

The Marching Huskies leading the tune of the homecoming parade last Thursday evening on Second Street in DeKalb. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

NIU’s Homecoming Block Party packs downtown DeKalb with parade, car show

By Sarah Rose, Managing Editor | October 10, 2022

DeKALB – DeKalb residents and NIU students gathered in downtown DeKalb to celebrate NIU’s 115th homecoming on Thursday. “I am most looking forward to the community coming together to support NIU,” said Devyn Grzywa, a DeKalb resident.  Shops...

NIU Homecoming Block Party to be held in downtown DeKalb on Oct. 6.

NIU Homecoming Block Party to be held in downtown DeKalb

By Sarah Rose, Managing Editor | September 28, 2022

NIU’s 115th homecoming will introduce over 40 festivities and events to welcome home Huskies in a week of celebration.  The Huskies Homecoming Block Party will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 6 on Second Street and Palmer Court in downtown...

New street signs designed by the university standing tall after being installed around the DeKalb area this semester. (Abbi Sweeney | Northern Star)

Huskie Pride street signs to be installed around DeKalb

By Eric Bjork, News Reporter | August 20, 2022

DeKALB — On the week of Aug. 7, the DeKalb Public Works Department began the installation of brand-new street signs which are NIU themed.  The street signs in Greek Row, located north of the NIU campus, have been replaced with the new signs.  Eventually,...

Vendor Larsons County Market sells at the DeKalb Farmers Market every Thursday

Small businesses expand at DeKalb Farmers’ Market

By Joey Trella, Marketing Team Coordinator | July 1, 2022
DeKalb Farmers' Market in downtown DeKalb allows residents to explore local vendors and small businesses until September.
A photograph of a line of customers waiting to get into Insomnia Cookies during the stores grand opening PJ party.

Insomnia Cookies opens new location downtown DeKalb

By Bailey Eschbach and Kyron Lewis | January 30, 2022

DeKALB — Insomnia Cookies hosted its grand opening at the chain’s new location in downtown DeKalb, 203 E. Lincoln Highway, on Saturday. The chain is known for having warm, delicious cookies available late at night and offers a delivery service.  This...

Takis To Go, 817 W Lincoln Hwy, serves traditional American food.

Local restaurant struggles due to opening during COVID-19

By Jaylen Conwell, News Reporter | January 26, 2022

DeKALB — Any DeKalb resident or NIU student looking for a new place to hang out with a diverse menu should consider visiting Taki’s To Go, 817 W Lincoln Hwy. Customers can order a variety of food including burgers, homemade chicken sandwiches,...

Byers Brewing Company, 230 E. Lincoln Highway, will be the site of the concert event.

Local musicians find a stage at Byers Brewing Company

By Parker Otto | October 12, 2019

Byers Brewing Company, 230 E. Lincoln Highway, hosted an open mic for local musicians Thursday evening.