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DeKalb is a city of about 39,000, located in DeKalb County in northeastern Illinois. Founded in 1837, DeKalb remained a small community until the arrival of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad in 1853. After that, the town's central location was perfect for shipping of crops and access to larger markets. Agriculture was the primary industry in DeKalb until 1873 when farmer Joseph Glidden developed barbed wire. Glidden began commercial mass production of his new invention in DeKalb. Later, he sold half of his interest to hardware merchant Isaac L. Ellwood and together they formed the Barb Fence Company. Glidden's home is now a museum and historical center that is open to the public for tours. DeKalb is just one hour west of Chicago, an area rich in historical attractions, entertainment and outdoor recreation. The DeKalb Park District offers two public golf courses, more than 40 public parks, over six miles of paved bike trails, soccer fields and ball fields and a water park with an Olympic size pool. DeKalb is also host to the annual Corn Fest, a celebration of one of the top crops in the area, that features live music, races, good food, historical tours and more.

Surrounding areas: Yorkville, Illinois (25.3 mi), Aurora, Illinois (26.1 mi), Fort Sheridan, Illinois (28.1 mi), Sheridan, Illinois (28.1 mi), Rockford, Illinois (28.4 mi), Naperville, Illinois (32.8 mi), Wheaton, Illinois (33.5 mi)

DeKalb Vacation Rentals

DeKalb Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
De Kalb Motel1815 E Lincoln HwyDe Kalb, IL1.1 mi.(815) 756-5411
Travelodge-de Kalb1116 W Lincoln HwyDe Kalb, IL1.2 mi.(815) 756-3398
Best Western Inn & Suites-de Kalb1212 W Lincoln HwyDe Kalb, IL1.3 mi.(815) 758-8661
Baymont Inn & Suites De Kalb1314 W Lincoln HwyDe Kalb, IL1.4 mi.(815) 748-4800
Ho Jo Inn De Kalb1321 W Lincoln HwyDe Kalb, IL1.4 mi.(815) 756-1451
Super 8 Motel De Kalb800 W Fairview DrDe Kalb, IL1.5 mi.(815) 748-4688
Harbor Inn2675 Sycamore RdDekalb, IL2.1 mi.(815) 756-3552
Holiday Inn Express1935 Dekalb AveSycamore, IL3.1 mi.(815) 748-7400
America's Best Value Inn1860 Dekalb AveSycamore, IL3.2 mi.(815) 899-6500
Comfort Inn1475 S Peace RdSycamore, IL4.1 mi.(815) 895-4979
Country Inn & Suites1450 S Peace RdSycamore, IL4.1 mi.(815) 895-8686
Stratford Inn355 W State StSycamore, IL5.2 mi.(815) 895-6789
Bohemia Motel7N938 Rt 47Maple Park, IL7.9 mi.(708) 365-6564
Maple Park Motel49 W 950 Rt 64Maple Park, IL7.9 mi.(815) 895-2002
Super 8115 Arrowhead DrHampshire, IL16.2 mi.(847) 683-0888
Colonade Motel1079 N Seventh StRochelle, IL16.3 mi.(815) 562-2171
Amerihost Inn Rochelle567 E Hwy 38Rochelle, IL16.4 mi.(815) 562-9530
Comfort Inn & SuitesHwy 251 & Rt 38Rochelle, IL16.4 mi.(815) 562-5551
Hillcrest MotelRt 251 NRochelle, IL16.4 mi.(815) 562-8411
Super 8 Motel Rochelle601 Hwy 38eRochelle, IL16.4 mi.(815) 562-2468
Deer Haven I & II37W222 Rt 64 Suite 155ST Charles, IL18.9 mi.(630) 513-0115
Harvester Motel821 W Rt 34Plano, IL21.4 mi.(630) 552-8018
Fairfield Inn And Suites2096 BricherSt Charles, IL21.4 mi.(630) 845-5500
Comfort Inn Geneva1555 W Fabyan PkwyGeneva, IL22.2 mi.(630) 208-8811
Oscar Swan Country Inn1800 W State StGeneva, IL22.2 mi.(630) 232-0173
Q Center1405 N Fifth AveSt Charles, IL22.2 mi.(630) 444-4777
Fairfield Inn And Suites By Marriott St Charles2096 Bricher RaodSt Charles, IL22.9 mi.(800) 228-2800
Baymont Inn & Suites North Aurora308 N Lincoln WayNorth Aurora, IL23.0 mi.(630) 897-7695
Geneva Motel33 W 209 Rt 38Geneva, IL23.1 mi.(630) 232-7121
Herrington Inn & Spa15 S River LnGeneva, IL23.2 mi.(630) 208-7433
Super 8 Motel ST Charles1520 E Main StST Charles, IL23.4 mi.(630) 377-8388
Best Western Inn ST Charles1635 E Main StST Charles, IL23.6 mi.(630) 584-4550
Holiday Inn Express1600 E Main StST Charles, IL23.6 mi.(630) 584-5300
Quality Inn100 S Tyler RdST Charles, IL23.6 mi.(630) 513-6500
Howard Johnson North Aurora306 S LincolnwayNorth Aurora, IL23.8 mi.(630) 892-6481
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Elgin2270 Point BlvdElgin, IL23.9 mi.(847) 426-6400
Cambridge Inn1605 N State StBelvidere, IL24.2 mi.(815) 544-7111
Courtyard Chicago St. Charles700 Courtyard DrSaint Charles, IL24.2 mi.(630) 377-6370
New Mill Motel6766 11TH StRockford, IL24.3 mi.(815) 874-2461
Country Inn & Suites155 38th AveSt Charles, IL24.8 mi.(630) 587-6564

DeKalb Weather & Climate

Northern Illinois, near Lake Michigan, has a four-season continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. The annual precipitation for this region is less than 36 inches. The area can receive heavy snowfalls and experiences blizzards occasionally. Lake Michigan influences the climate of most of northeastern Illinois by providing a moderating influence on temperatures. Near the lake, cool breezes provide some relief from summer heat and the lake also tends to increase cloudiness and suppress summer precipitation. Winter precipitation is enhanced by lake-effect snows that occur when winds blow from the north or northeast. These winds allow air to pass over the relatively warm lake, boosting storm system energy and water content, and leading to increased snowfall.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 26°F 10°F 1.54 in. -
February 32°F 15°F 1.40 in. -
March 44°F 26°F 2.46 in. -
April 58°F 36°F 3.52 in. -
May 70°F 48°F 4.21 in. -
June 80°F 58°F 4.49 in. -
July 83°F 62°F 4.22 in. -
August 81°F 60°F 4.48 in. -
September 74°F 51°F 3.51 in. -
October 62°F 39°F 2.60 in. -
November 45°F 28°F 2.82 in. -
December 32°F 16°F 2.13 in. -

DeKalb Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the De Kalb Taylor Municipal airport (DKB) located about 2 miles east of DeKalb in De Kalb, Illinois, the Greater Rockford airport (RFD) located approximately 25 miles northwest of DeKalb in Rockford, Illinois, the Du Page airport (DPA) located roughly 25 miles east of DeKalb in Chicago / West Chicago, Illinois, the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located around 43 miles east of DeKalb in Chicago, Illinois, and finally the Southern Wisconsin Regional airport (JVL) located about 50 miles northwest of DeKalb in Janesville, Wisconsin.

DeKalb Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa's VillageDundeeIL26.3 mi.
DinorexCrystal LakeIL31.0 mi.
Enchanted CastleLombardIL38.3 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL39.1 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL39.3 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL41.0 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL46.0 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL48.5 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL51.8 mi.
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL53.1 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL56.9 mi.
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN73.7 mi.
Little A-Merrick-AMarshallWI87.1 mi.
Water Parks
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL23.4 mi.
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL27.2 mi.
Wacky WatersDavenportIA98.3 mi.
Fairview Family Aquatic CenterNormalIL98.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Sycamore Golf ClubSycamoreIL5.0 mi.
Oak Club of GenoaGenoaIL11.5 mi.
Indian Oaks Country ClubShabbonaIL13.3 mi.
Hughes Creek Golf ClubElburnIL14.7 mi.
Deer Valley Golf CourseBig RockIL15.9 mi.
Edgebrook Country ClubSandwichIL20.1 mi.
Trestle Creek Golf & Country ClubPaw PawIL20.9 mi.
Cedardell Golf ClubPlanoIL21.8 mi.
Marengo Ridge Golf & Country ClubMarengoIL22.8 mi.
Black Hawk Golf ClubSaint CharlesIL23.2 mi.
Pottawatomie Golf ClubSaint CharlesIL23.2 mi.
Pinecrest Golf & Country ClubHuntleyIL23.3 mi.
Settlers Hill Golf CourseBataviaIL23.3 mi.
SwanhillsBelvidereIL23.3 mi.
Whisper Creek Golf ClubHuntleyIL23.3 mi.
Mill Creek Golf ClubGenevaIL23.4 mi.
Tanna Farms Golf ClubGenevaIL23.4 mi.
Fox Valley Golf ClubNorth AuroraIL23.9 mi.
Valley Green Golf CourseNorth AuroraIL23.9 mi.
Blackberry Oaks Golf ClubBristolIL24.2 mi.
Aurora City Golf CourseAuroraIL25.1 mi.
Highlands of ElginElginIL25.1 mi.
Orchard Valley Golf CourseAuroraIL25.1 mi.
Rolling Knolls Country ClubElginIL25.1 mi.
Wing Park Golf CourseElginIL25.1 mi.
Earlville Country ClubEarlvilleIL25.7 mi.
Sandy Hollow Golf CourseRockfordIL25.8 mi.
Golf Club of IllinoisAlgonquinIL27.1 mi.
Crystal Woods Golf ClubWoodstockIL27.3 mi.
Fox Bend Golf CourseOswegoIL27.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Chestnut Mountain ResortGalenaIL92.3 mi.
Ski SnowstarTaylor RidgeIL105.9 mi.
SunburstKewaskumWI113.1 mi.
State Parks
Silver Springs State ParkIL24.4 mi. 
Lowden State ParkIL30.1 mi. 
Franklin Creek State ParkIL30.5 mi. 
Rock Cut State ParkIL31.2 mi. 
White Pines Forest State ParkIL36.7 mi. 
Moraine Hills State ParkIL37.1 mi. 
Garfield Farm and Inn MuseumSt. CharlesIL22.7 mi.(History)
Tinker Swiss Cottage MuseumRockfordIL29.5 mi.(History)
Downers Grove MuseumDowners GroveIL38.9 mi.(History)
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and MuseumOak ParkIL49.8 mi.(History)
Kohl Children's MuseumWilmetteIL53.7 mi.(Children's)
PullmanChicagoIL56.9 mi.(History)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL56.9 mi.(History)
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian CultureChicagoIL56.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Online MuseumsChicagoIL56.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Peace MuseumChicagoIL56.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL56.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Ukrainian Institute of Modern ArtChicagoIL56.9 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL56.9 mi.(Science)
Chicago Academy of Sciences Nature MuseumChicagoIL56.9 mi.(Science)
Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoIL56.9 mi.(Science)
Museum of Science and IndustryChicagoIL56.9 mi.(Science)
Illinois Railway MuseumChicagoIL56.9 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsChicagoIL56.9 mi.(Technology)
Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoIL56.9 mi.(Art)
D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL56.9 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL46.8 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL56.9 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL56.9 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI74.0 mi.
Henry Vilas ZooMadisonWI85.7 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI87.9 mi.
Glen Oak ZooPeoriaIL95.8 mi.
Miller Park ZooBloomingtonIL100.7 mi.
International Crane FoundationBarabooWI117.9 mi.

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