DeKalb is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois. Founded in 1853, it was primarily an agricultural area known for its numerous crops and the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad by which they were shipped. However, in 1895 the rustic landscape became home to the Northern Illinois State School which we now know as Northern Illinois University.
Since that time, DeKalb has often been referred to as a "communiversity" due to the 25,000 students that pursue the many respected undergraduate and graduate programs offered by Northern Illinois University. This student body has undeniably contributed to the cultural flavor of DeKalb through a variety of unique shops, restaurants, and an emerging independent music scene.
That being said, DeKalb is a city with something for everyone.
There are also a number art galleries, thrift stores, candy shops and unique apartments in the downtown district. There are also beautiful examples of unique architecture such as Gurler House, which serves as an enduring example of Greek Revival Style, and the fully restored Egyptian Theatre. A National Landmark, the Egyptian is home to 15+ local performing arts groups. This is one of the best examples of Egyptian/Art Deco architecture in the country. Furthermore, there is Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Clock, a World War I memorial originally dedicated in 1921.
For lovers of the outdoors, DeKalb is also home to several golf courses, parks, the DeKalb Forest Preserves and the DeKalb Community Labyrinth and Serenity Garden.