Events and Entertainment

Rich in history, DeKalb captures the spirit of days gone by while embracing the future and offering residents and visitors many architectural and entertainment wonders. From historic landmark venues to new and remodeled facilities, DeKalb benefits from its unique mix. Six self-guided walking tours showcase some of the city’s most prominent architectural homes and buildings, and they tell DeKalb’s unique story along the way. Participants will be inspired by the eclectic mix of architectural styles and designs favored by DeKalb’s founding fathers. The famed Egyptian Theatre (a restored 1930s movie palace) is one of the best examples of Egyptian/Art Deco architecture in the country. Likewise, the Stage Coach Theater is one of the oldest community theaters in Illinois, having been organized in 1946.

The Ellwood House Museum is perhaps the most notable of historic gems in DeKalb. This grand Victorian mansion was built by barbed wire millionaire Isaac L. Ellwood in 1879. Inside, the mansion gleams just as it did when the Ellwood family lived there decades ago. Commemorate the area’s history at one of its community-wide celebrations, such as Corn Fest. The festival celebrates DeKalb’s agricultural heritage, and features live music, a marathon, great food and kid’s activities. And as the holiday season approaches, enjoy downtown DeKalb’s Halloween Spooktacular and Holly Days, complete with horse-drawn carriage rides. For more modern offerings, turn to NIU’s Convocation Center — the area’s premier multipurpose venue. The 10,000 seat arena hosts a variety of events — including top-billed concerts, family shows, theatrical productions, commencement ceremonies, job fairs, trade shows and NIU Huskie athletic events.

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