Top 9 Things to do in DeKalb, United States

December 29, 2017 Chanda Heide

DeKalb /dɪˈkælb/ is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. The population was 43,862 according to the 2010 census, up from 39,018 at the 2000 census. The city is named after decorated German war hero Johann de Kalb, who died during the American Revolutionary War.
Restaurants in DeKalb

1. Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.

11504 Keslinger Rd, DeKalb, IL 60115-8810 +1 844-494-4753
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5 based on 106 reviews

Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.

We believe that great whiskey isn't made. It's Grown. At Whiskey Acres, we go well beyond small batch distilling. We are the first Estate Distillery in Illinois and one of the few in the United States. We grow our own corn, wheat and rye and distill it into award winning bourbon, vodka and rye whiskey. Weekend tours include an overview of the production process, a peek at the farm, a stroll through the barrel warehouse and a tasting in our historic tasting room. We are temporarily closed for the season and will reopen in the spring of 2018.

Reviewed By Josh W

What a great time and atmosphere. We had a great time on the tour and our guide was excellent in explaining the process. If you are ever in the area it is worth the time to enjoy a drink and take a tour.

2. Ellwood House Museum

509 N 1st St, DeKalb, IL 60115-3232 +1 815-756-4609
Excellent
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Ellwood House Museum

Reviewed By markmillieramon - Naperville, Illinois

Built in 1879 by Isaac Ellwood for the incredible price of forty thousand dollars, this magnificent mansion is a window into the American past of wealth and opportunity. Ellwood was the co-inventor of barbed wire and parlayed it into a fabulous fortune. The house is actually part of a complex of structures that sit on about two acres, a fraction of the original estate. The welcome center holds a museum that tells the Ellwood story. Period furniture and photos abound. Another house was repository for the considerable collection of trinkets his wife collected from around the world. A water tower and a giant dollhouse complete the tableau. But it's the big house that pays the bills. There is a modest fee but worth it. A docent leads the way and explains the history if the museum didn't connect. No picture taking inside, the only bummer. The tour goes from top to bottom, from servants quarters to concert hall in the attic. Wear sensible shoes, no elevator. Grand furnishings, of course. Dark wood and gold murals throughout. The rich are different in any age.

3. Star Worlds Arcade

1234 E Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115-3948 +1 815-787-4599
Excellent
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4 based on 6 reviews

Star Worlds Arcade

Star Worlds Arcade is locally owned and operated since 1985. Inducted into the International Registry of Historic Video Game Arcades in 2011 by Walter Day of Twin Galaxies. Arcade offers many classic arcade games from the 1980's, some newer video games and pinball tables. Over 40 games to choose from. 30 Tokens for $5.00. Open to the public, no admission fees. Private party's can be arranged. Game sales and service also available.

Reviewed By dmmh001

lots and lots of old retro games. real pinball and others. The price is right and for $5 a kid they have a ball not expensive. A real cheap night if you have a few kids to entertain.

4. Molly's Eatery & Drinkery

1000 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115-3020 +1 815-517-0335
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4 based on 5 reviews

Molly's Eatery & Drinkery

Reviewed By djdahlen

Good place for college kids to gather and have fun. Food is okay but the bar is the attraction for serving up the drinks. Large space inside.

5. Egyptian Theatre

135 N 2nd St, DeKalb, IL 60115-3203 +1 815-758-1215
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4 based on 5 reviews

Egyptian Theatre

The historic Egyptian Theatre opened in 1929 and is the largest auditorium in DeKalb County seating 1,400. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Theatre features live events, concerts, community events, films, and special events. The Theatre is owned and operated by the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Preservation of Egyptian Theatre, Inc.

Reviewed By OtherBeach - St. Charles, IL

This historic theater throws special events like when I was there to see Second City touring company (which by the way was just so-so). It has been lovingly restored ...or is being restored by what appears to be a very dedicated staff. Dedicated to making sure you dont "smuggle in" contraband beer during their performances! No no...make sure most of the staff is checking at the needed.

6. Buena Vista Golf Course

131 Buena Vista Dr, DeKalb, IL 60115-1069 +1 815-758-4812
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4 based on 3 reviews

Located off north 1st Street in DeKalb, Buena Vista is a 9-hole golf course that also includes a number of practice areas such as the driving range, 9-hole pitch & putt, and practice greens. With all these amenities, Buena Vista is a great place for golfers of ages and skill levels to play.

Reviewed By soccer01 - Dekalb,IL

If you are looking to get out for a round of golf and not break the bank this course is for you. easy to walk, some challenging holes over water. None of the holes are overly long, and the course is usually in decent condition. Worth the price!

7. Eduardos

214 E Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115-3229 +1 815-758-2677
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3.5 based on 5 reviews

Eduardos

Reviewed By Irene R - DeKalb, Illinois

My husband and I eat here often, as there are some healthy mexican style dishes. The food is well seasoned, and the dishes well prepared. the portions are so generous we have lately taken to ordering one dish for the two of us. There is a lively and somewhat noisy bar attached, the positive side of this is good beer with dinner. Also al fresco dining in the warmer weather, very pleasant outdoor eating. Pleasant decor.

8. River Heights Golf Course

1100 S. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, IL 60115 +1 815-758-1550
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3.5 based on 3 reviews

Operated by the DeKalb Park District, River Heights offers 18 holes of scenic golf along the Kishwaukee River and is located on the south side of DeKalb off Annie Glidden Road. A mix of traditional and links style holes challenge both weekend golfers and the more serious player. The friendly, professional staff provides first rate golf and excellent service for an enjoyable golfing experience.

Reviewed By John36758 - Sycamore, Illinois

River Heights Golf course is one of the better courses in this area. You have several water hazards, sand traps, dog legs, etc. I rated the course average because the greens and fairway are not in prime condition.

9. Mira Salon and Spa

327 E Hillcrest Dr, DeKalb, IL 60115-2405 +1 815-748-5887
Mira Salon and Spa

Mira Salon and Spa, in DeKalb, IL, is the area's leading beauty salon serving DeKalb, Cortland, Sycamore and surrounding areas since 2003. We offer haircuts, hair color, hair extensions, sugaring, massages, waxing, nails, facials and much more. For your next salon day, contact Mira Salon and Spa in DeKalb.

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