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Only 50 miles from Chicago, DeKalb enjoys many benefits of city living while maintaining its small rural charm and sensibility. DeKalb founded in 1837 was named in honor of Johann DeKalb a hero from the American Revolution and remained a small community until the railroad was built through town in 1853. The city's central location made it a desirable hub for shipping crops to larger markets.

With its own commercial airport, convention center and direct access to major railroad systems, which provide in-bound and out-bound shipping, DeKalb is a Northwestern Illinois hub for business and commerce. Downtown features a traditional diner, Irish, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Mediterranean and Asian cuisines, as well as several quality pubs, coffeehouses and bars.


Northern Illinois State Normal School founded in 1895 changed its name to Northern Illinois University has earned a reputation for its high-quality business, nursing, education and music programs. DeKalb offers state of the art health care, medical services and health providers included in the KishHealth System, who recently built their new 232,00 square foot Kishwaukee Hospital in Dekalb.

The Egyptian Theater in downtown DeKalb, a superb surviving historic architectural landmark built in 1929, is one of eight built across America and today serves more than 25 local community and arts groups, hosting favorite acts from across the nation.

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