Kick-off 2020 with DeKalb County!
If you are looking for something to do, DeKalb County has it. Check out the DeKalb County Convention and Visitor Bureau’s 2020 Guide.
The current guide features cultural events, crafted brewers, wine cellars, a whiskey distillery, diverse cuisines to chose from, farm-to-table produce, open space, trails, forest preserves, a very rich history of farming, historic barn tours, museums, antiques, sports, recreation, with multiple transportation choices as well as comfortable and affordable hotels one can enjoy in the county throughout the year.
Some popular places of interest and entertainment include the Ellwood House Museum, the Egyptian Theatre, Northern Illinois University Athletics, arts and crafts, musical performances and museums. Jonamac Orchard offers something for everyone, from small children to adults. For those who enjoy the great outdoors, Lake Shabbona State Park is serene with abundant activities for all to enjoy. The City of DeKalb hosts its popular Cornboil Festival each year. In Sandwich, the County Fair is a must, held in September. Car buffs can enjoy Cruise Night. The annual Pumpkin Festival in the fall is also a real crowd-pleaser.
In addition to the yearlong attractions, the Convocation Center will host the Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championships March 13-14, 2020 and the IHSA State Championship in 2021, as well as many musical performances.
Our county offers a leisure lifestyle of the farms mixed with rich cultural and intellectual ingredients. According to the U.S. Travel Association, our county contributed to the state’s economic domestic growth in 2018 with $101.7 million in travel expenditures (a 2.9% increase) and $1.69 million in local tax revenue (a 1.5% increase). This marks the ninth consecutive year of growth.
DCEDC will be actively assisting the Convention and Visitors Bureau and other partners in promoting, presenting and preserving the unique features of our county.