2017 IHSA Destination DeKalb Gets Glowing Feedback

November 24 and 25, 2017, DeKalb County, the IHSA Destination DeKalb Host Committee and volunteers welcomed the 2017 IHSA State Football Championships to Huskie Stadium. The championships featured 16 teams competing in 8 championship games to earn their class (teams are broken up into 8 classes, 1A – 8A, based on school population) state football title. IHSA Destination DeKalb received …

Join the IHSA Destination DeKalb Volunteer Team

The boys of fall are headed back to Huskie Stadium. The countdown stands at 23 days until DeKalb County hosts its third IHSA state football championships on Nov. 24-25 at Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium. The IHSA Destination DeKalb Committee, led by chair Wendy West, the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau and NIU is busy planning to welcome thousands …

Liberty Park’s New Playground

A new playground was installed at Liberty Park, an active neighborhood park located at 1018 Lewis Street in DeKalb. The new playground replaces an 18-year-old playground that was the last wooden play structure in the Park District. The new playground features vibrant colors, a generation swing, and ADA accessible play components. In addition, based on neighborhood input, the purple dinosaur …

Lion’s Park Grand Opening

The DeKalb Park District held a grand opening celebration for the newly renovated Lion’s Park on Saturday, July 22nd. Following the ribbon cutting, refreshments were served and there were a variety of games and activities such as, sand volleyball, bags competitions, horseshoe games and basketball. The new playground, trails, and council ring were also open.   The renovation of Lion’s …

DeKalb Welcomes IESA State Wrestling Finals

The DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Northern Illinois University (NIU) are proud to be hosting the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Wrestling Finals for its 19th year.  The estimated impact of the event for our area is $255,000. 450 hotel room nights have been booked for the event.  Restaurants and shops can expect to see an increase …

2nd Annual Toys for Tots Basketball Game Takes Place

The 2nd annual Toys for Tots basketball game recently took place.  Huntley Middle School and Clinton Rosette Middle School staffs played against the DeKalb Police and Fire Departments.   This game raised over 3 boxes of toys and $200 in donations which beat last year’s total.  A great sign of the community coming together!

Pickleball Popularity Hits DeKalb

It’s fun just to say pickleball, now imagine how fun it is to play!  Invented in 1965 as a makeshift sport between family and friends, Pickleball has evolved into one of the fastest growing sports and recreation activities in the country. Pickleball combines elements of tennis and ping-pong using paddles and plastic whiffle balls.  It is played on a court …

NIU Softball Pediatric Cancer Awareness Game

On Saturday, October 8th, NIU softball field held their first game in support of pediatric cancer awareness. Thanks to senior softball player, Kali Kosakowski, NIU teamed up with Cal’s Angels. This organization is based out of St. Charles and founded by Tom and Stacey Sutter who lost their 6 year old son, Cal, to leukemia. The goal of the organization …

Camp Power

Camp Power, a free summer camp for child living in University Village administered by the Kishwaukee YMCA, DeKalb Police Department and other community partners, joined the NIU Huskie football team as well as other teams on the NIU campus to get some playing time with college athletes this summer. Campers were invited to Huskie Stadium to get on the field …

KaBOOM! NIU STEAM Works named Play Everywhere Challenge finalist

Competition will fund play spaces in unexpected places in cities across America NIU STEAM Works has been selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award funding to outside-the-box ideas that make play easy, available and fun for kids and families in cities across the United States. The challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, …