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Northern Illinois University

231 North Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, IL 60115


Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University first opened its doors as the Northern Illinois State Normal School in 1899 as a teachers' school. We have since grown into a world-class, research-focused public institution that attracts students from across Illinois, the country and the world.

Come tour the Northern Illinois University, catch a show or concert presented by the Theatre & Dance and Music departments, explore one of their Art Galleries, or immerse yourself in a STEM/STEAM event. There is much to do on campus including the Pick Anthropology Museum, an Observatory, the Huskies Den or take in a NCAA Div 1 sporting event! Their Museums are free to visit, some fees may apply for shows, sporting events, or concerts. There is never a dull moment on campus!

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DeKalb Annual Corn Festival

Downtown DeKalb •  Aug 23 – Aug 25

Corn Fest is one of the last remaining free music festivals among Illinois music and summer festivals.

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