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A view of downtown DeKalbs shops and restaurants. DeKalb contains a rich history for students to get involved in. (Northern Star File Photo)

Familiarize yourself with DeKalb culture

By Sarah Rose, Managing Editor | August 30, 2023

DeKALB – The City of DeKalb contains a rich history and fun after-school activities that give students a break from college life. Step off campus and check out these four local sites.  FATTY’S Fatty’s Pub & Grille, located at 1312 Lincoln...

Fatty’s features musicians like Mike Notaro from the band Mike & Joe. 

Venues provide summertime fun

By Ginger Simons | July 23, 2018

Fatty’s features musicians like Mike Notaro from the band Mike & Joe. 

Alumni spotlight

By Northern Star staff | October 6, 2016

Kevin Strom, founder and CEO of GlobeChat, shares his experience at NIU for the Alumni spotlight.

Pass/Fail: Diversity class will foster acceptance; MTV star deserved better fan support

By Brooklyn Harper | October 6, 2016

Pass: Diversity class will foster acceptanceOn Sunday, the Student Association Senate approved a resolution which will require students starting their first semester at NIU in fall 2017 and after to take at least one credit in a human diversity course...

Patrons at Fatty’s Pub & Grille

Places To Go Before You Go

By Jay Ibarra | May 9, 2016

An ode to nostalgia may be what you need to get you through your finals week. See your favorite hangout spots one last time or go to a new building to experience DeKalb in a new light.Before you leave for the summer or for graduation and say goodbye to...

Three leaf clovers

3 things to know about St. Patrick’s Day in DeKalb

By Northern Star staff | March 17, 2015

1. Irish is the second-most common ancestry in the city of DeKalb, and the city is more Irish than Chicago.About 12.3 percent (or 5,504 people) have Irish ancestry in DeKalb.Those with Irish ancestry come second only to those who have German ancestry...

NIU fans view MAC game from local spots

By Kelly Bauer | January 8, 2015

Fatty’s Pub and Grille, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, hosted a watch party for the Mid-American Conference championship, where students reacted to NIU beating Bowling Green, 51-17.

“It was pretty awesome to see the game. We did a lot of great passes this time around,” said senior English major Lena Al-Loussi, who attended the pub’s watch party. “It was also really different to watch it on TV as opposed to being in the stands, since last year I was in the marching band so I got to actually go to it. It’s a completely different atmosphere watching it with a couple of friends.”

This was Fatty’s fifth time hosting a watch party for the game. Guests were given a special NIU football schedule beer mug for coming to the party.

Luke Underhill, Yorkville High School senior and co-host of open mic night, sings and plays acoustic guitar Monday at Fatty’s Pub, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway.

Open mic venues provide space for students to express creativity

By Carl Nadig | March 24, 2014

Monday night venues such as College Grind and Fatty’s, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, are places where students can express themselves with a stage and microphone.Any public forum is an opportunity for what a community has to offer students. For the purposes...

Students and locals hit the town Monday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

By Rachel Scaman | March 18, 2014

Students and locals hit the town Monday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.Bars such as Fatty’s, O’Leary’s and Rosy’s Roadhouse had a St. Patrick’s Day atmosphere, with green everywhere to celebrate the Irish-American holiday.Fatty’sFatty’s...

Northern Nights: Local venues showcase music

By Aymie Telinski | February 23, 2014

Rosy’s RoadhouseRosy’s Roadhouse is a great place to hear any kind of music you can imagine.Rosy’s Roadhouse, 930 Pappas Drive, wants all kinds of bands or DJ’s to perform and entertain the crowd. With different genres from rock to EDM you can...

Financial aid help available at FAFSA Fun Fest

By Lauren Dielman | February 15, 2012

Students are encouraged to attend FAFSA Fun Fest Thursday, where they can expect free food, raffle prizes and help filling out their FAFSA form. The FAFSA Fun Fest, hosted by the NIU Office of Student Financial Aid, will go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the...

DeKalb’s weekender’s list: April 8

By Chris Krapek | April 7, 2011

DeKALB | So you’re probably thinking you want to get out of here this weekend. Another incident means more hysteria which means more people saying “Why did I even come here?” That’s not without reason, but DeKalb is not the apocalyptic wasteland...