DeKalb Gold

Here are just some of our DeKalb Gold and why we are #proudlydekalb.  Watch the list grow!


DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Recruited and landed the film, “At Any Price”, which was directed by Ramin Bahrani and starred Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron.  The film was shot in 2011 and generated $1 million dollars for our area.

The DCCVB partnered with Northern Illinois University and won the bid to host the IHSA State Football Championships in DeKalb at Huskie Stadium every other year from 2013-2021.  We broke the IHSA attendance record for the event in 2013 and generated approximately $800,000 in revenue for local businesses.

Our marketing efforts have produced increased revenue generated from visitor spending for the last 5 years, with 2013 revenue reporting in at $81.86 million.


DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation
This year, 3M selected Park 88 in the City of DeKalb as the location for a new 987,000 square foot distribution center. The $40 million project will be developed by Park 88 Group, LLC and constructed by Clayco builders. This project is one of the largest in the metro Chicago this year. The new building is 3M’s 6th distribution center expansion in 30 years of operation in the city. When completed, 3M’s total footprint in DeKalb will be over 2.5 million square feet.

During 2010, 28% of all industrial construction in the metro Chicago market was located in DeKalb County, an area with 1% of the population. 3M’s 650,000 square foot regional distribution center at Park 88 in the City of DeKalb was selected as the build-to-suit project of the year by the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks. All of the manufacturing buildings constructed in metro Chicago that year – SK Hand Tools and Smart Motion Robotics – were built in the nearby Sycamore Prairie Business Park.

Since its formation in 1987, the size of the industrial market in DeKalb County has increased 99% and Industrial Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) increased 170% while employment increased 60%, and population increased 40%. In the City of DeKalb, Industrial EAV increased 440% during this period. Five of the top eight taxpayers in the City and County – 3M, Target, Goodyear, Nestle and Panduit – provide $5 million in tax revenue each year to DeKalb taxing bodies.


DeKalb Park District
Established in 1935, the DeKalb Park District maintains nearly 700 acres of parkland and multiple recreational facilities including a swimming pool, two golf courses, and indoor sports complex.

In 2013, the Illinois Association of Park Districts and Illinois Park and Recreation Association recognized the DeKalb Park District as a Distinguished Park and Recreation Accredited Agency in the State of Illinois.  This honor is awarded to agencies that demonstrate their commitment to providing high quality leisure services and recreational facilities for the residents through exceptional operations and management standards.

The DeKalb Park District maintains a community-wide pathway system 10.5 miles in length.  The pathway system connects many of our 44 parks and is routed through other natural areas throughout the community.


DeKalb Public Library
Awarded an $11.6 million grant from the state of Illinois’, Illinois Public Library Construction Grant; largest state grant given to a public library by the state of Illinois

Received the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read grant for nine consecutive years; one of three organizations in the nation to have this distinction

Honored to be one of four libraries in the nation that have been designed in the Art Deco style; Los Angles Public, Brooklyn Public Library, and Library of Congress John Adams Building and are listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

DeKalb High School




DeKalb School District 428

DeKalb High School named as one of the top 10% of high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Reports (2013).

DeKalb High School offers 14 AP classes; the most of any school in DeKalb County.  13 Honors classes are also offered at the High School.

The average class size is 23 students.

64% of the teachers at DeKalb High School have a Master’s Degree or beyond.

Egyptian Theatre

Egyptian Theatre
Downtown DeKalb is home to the historic Egyptian Theatre which is 1 of only 6 remaining in the United States and is the only one East of the Rocky Mountains.

Built in 1929, the Egyptian Theatre is the largest auditorium in DeKalb County and is also home to the largest movie screen in the County.

The Egyptian Theatre is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and has been visited by President John F. Kennedy and President Ronald Reagan.


Northern Illinois University
Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University first opened its doors as the Northern Illinois State Normal School in 1899 as a teachers’ school. We have since grown into a world-class, research-focused public institution that attracts students from across Illinois, the country and the world.

Through internships, research, study abroad, over 300 student organizations and more, the faculty and staff of NIU work hard to provide you with life-changing opportunities. An NIU education is nationally recognized in quality, nationally ranked in value and aimed at providing you with personal, career and life success.