City of DeKalb

The City of DeKalb, located in northern Illinois, is a unique blend of rural and urban cultures. Rooted in agriculture and agri-business, DeKalb is also home to Northern Illinois University, which gives the community an international atmosphere with access to art, music, and culture not usually encountered in rural communities. Surrounded by corn but with easy access to Chicago and the western suburbs, DeKalb is situated to provide both a “small town” quality of life and ready access to the goods and services of more urban locations within comfortable travel distances. The population of the City is a mix of local residents, students, and academics, with a youthful feel within a well-established community.

DeKalb is poised to become a western anchor of the expansion of the Chicago suburbs, without the excess traffic and crowding of communities farther to the east. We have become a major center for warehousing and distribution operations, retailing, health care, and professional services. Major employers include Northern Illinois University, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, 3M, Target Distribution Center, Walmart, Sonoco Alloyd, Nestle Distribution, CST Storage, Forge Resources Group, and Algus Packaging. The City is open to new opportunities in housing, business, and industry, and welcomes others to join us.

As the cultural hub of the county, DeKalb offers big city amenities without the big city drive. Art galleries, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Municipal Band, live theater, dance, arena concerts, independent films, and championship sports are all in your back yard! Add in 40 area parks, 3 major bike trails, and the art deco Egyptian Theatre – there is always something to do. Our City is a great place to live, learn, grow, and stay!