Live and Work

Citizens at all levels work together to make DeKalb a great community filled with great places to live & work. As the western anchor of the booming I-88 corridor, DeKalb is a hotspot for growth and opportunity in Northern Illinois. While the edge of the City bustles with new residential and commercial development, other parts of town pay homage to its distinctive history and create an atmosphere for higher learning as home to Northern Illinois University (NIU).

Easy access to DeKalb from Chicagoland and Rockford adds to its appeal as an ideal, centrally-located Northern Illinois community. Yet despite its proximity to major urban areas, DeKalb maintains its own unique character as an economically stable City with both urban and rural roots. Community spirit is alive and well in DeKalb, with a level of dedication and volunteerism that is unmatched.

DeKalb has become a destination for residential and urban living, growing employment opportunities, national and local entertainment, abundant shopping and dining, esteemed education and health care institutions and an overall high quality of life.

From downtown DeKalb to outlying shopping centers, sweet treasures abound throughout DeKalb. Some treasures you will enjoy tasting, while others you will use to decorate your home, office or garden. Quaint and welcoming shops line historic Lincoln Highway and a recent surge in national retail shopping and dining establishments have added to DeKalb’s appeal, making it more convenient for residents to easily find whatever they need right in their own backyards. Whether you’re looking for national brands or eclectic treasures from retail merchants, DeKalb offers a plentiful and diverse mix of shopping.

To find out more about all of the great shopping, dining, local companies and unique offerings that DeKalb has, be sure to explore the Quicklinks provided here.

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce invites all businesses, individuals and organizations to belong to our voluntary membership organization. Align yourself with other DeKalb Area business leaders and citizens who are investing their time, energy and money to strengthen our community and business environment.

Chamber Mission

"To serve and advance business interests of the Greater DeKalb Region"
Online Payments


DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
164 East Lincoln Highway / DeKalb, IL 60115
phone: (815) 756-6306 / fax: (815) 756-5164 / email
Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.