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

Small businesses expand at DeKalb Farmers’ Market

By Joey Trella, Opinion Editor | July 1, 2022
DeKalb Farmers' Market in downtown DeKalb allows residents to explore local vendors and small businesses until September.
Head brewer John Sanderson shows some of the various instruments used to create microbrew craft beers.

Sycamore brewery opens downtown

By Jessie Kern | July 23, 2018

DeKALB — A Sycamore business has relocated to downtown DeKalb after transitioning from a brew pub to a microbrewery.Forge Brew House, 216 N. 6 St., had a soft opening March 17 and grand opening March 24. The Sycamore location, previously on Airport...

Retail and music venues to help reconnect NIU and city

By Jessie Kern | October 1, 2017

DeKalb and NIU officials are working to bring more foot traffic through the city by looking into different retail, socialization and community-enhancing spaces.The revitalization efforts come in the form of many initiatives, including the construction...

InFocus: How should DeKalb TIF district funds be spent?

By Northern Star staff | June 15, 2015

Abby Zaccaria, columnistDeKalb can use TIF funds to improve areas of the city that are in need of maintenance. The TIF funds will expire in 2018 if DeKalb doesn’t use them for something.The DeKalb city council has been debating on what project the city...

Sycamore businesses plan appearence improvements

Sycamore businesses plan appearence improvements

By Keisha Howerth | March 4, 2014

The Sycamore City Council’s draft of its updated plan on zoning and land uses to improve the downtown’s appearance should be expected in the next 45 days.Mundy said Sycamore’s Architectural Review Committee has been recommending grants to the City...

Electronics store opens downtown

By Ryan Chodora | February 9, 2014

An electronic shop is the latest small business to move into downtown DeKalb.Bobby’s Electronics, 663 E. Lincoln Highway, opened its doors Feb. 3.The shop sells a variety of electronics, ranging from GPS devices to television sound bars. The shop also...

Callie Beckford, 31, of DeKalb hands out free DeKalb corn during the Corn Boil held at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport during Corn Fest on August 25, 2012.

City prepares for Corn Fest’s new location

By Ali Combs | May 6, 2013

Organizers are optimistic about Corn Fest’s move back downtown. Corn Fest provides free music and entertainment to the DeKalb community to wrap up summer. This is one of the last free summer music festivals in Illinois as well as one of the oldest,...

New bridal shop opens in DeKalb

By Erin Kolb | April 7, 2013

Store owners Dawn and Marissa Caltagerone are taking advantage of DeKalb by starting a new business in the heart of downtown. The mother-daughter team opened Alexis Kay Designs, Inc., a bridal and formal wear boutique at 128 E. Lincoln Highway, about...

Corn Fest moving to downtown DeKalb

By Brooke Shinberg | February 19, 2013

Corn lovers rejoice: Corn Fest will officially be held at its previous location in downtown DeKalb after a five-year hiatus. The festival is held yearly and will take place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 in historic downtown. For the last five years, it has...

Family and friends gather to watch the NIU Steel Drum Band at the intersection of Second Street and Locust Street Thursday afternoon.

Students venture into uncharted territory

By John Bachmann | August 26, 2010

DeKALB | Despite the short proximity from campus, there are still some students who are not very familiar with downtown DeKalb. This is why Debbie Armstrong, DeKalb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau coordinator, and the rest of the convention organization...