Remember how exciting it was going on an Easter egg hunt? Join us on Friday, March 23, 2018 for an event that will take you back to your childhood!

Adults (18+ only), grab your own Easter basket, flashlight, and running shoes and get ready to search for 1,000 Easter eggs after the sun goes down. Tickets $10/person.  TICKETS LIMITED TO 150!!

Easter eggs will be hidden on a 2-acre parcel. Inside some of the hidden Easter eggs will be special prizes; top prize is a $100.00 Visa gift card.

Event location: DeKalb County Community Gardens’ Walnut Grove Vocational Farm, 33600 Pearl Street, Kirkland, IL. Doors open at 7:30pm for check-in with a shotgun start at 7:45pm. (Please allow plenty of time for parking and check-in.) Hot chocolate and water will be available for purchase.

For more details and to purchase tickets, go to:

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 6, 2018


– St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sycamore will host the Russell Hustle Trail Run on Saturday April 14, 2018 at Russell Woods in Genoa, Illinois.


The Russell Hustle winds through scenic Russell Woods on wide trails and single track as well as on a prairie trail along the Kishwaukee River.  The 2K Run/Walk also travels through the woods on the main lane; flat and even and is appropriate for a variety of ages and abilities. The 5K race begins at 10:00 am and the 2K Fun Run/Walk begins after the 5K is completed at 11:00 am.

The Russell Hustle began in 2012.  The event engages individuals in physical activity and is an excellent opportunity for families to spend quality time together.  There is no minimum age for the race.  Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners.

“This family friendly event is a lot of fun for all ages and allows everyone to get outside and enjoy the scenic natural beauty of Russell Woods. All proceeds support St. Mary Catholic School in Sycamore,” said Chris Collins, Race Director.

Registration is open and can be accessed by visiting  Participants can choose to participate in the 5K Trail Run or 2K Fun Run/Walk.  The registration fee for the 5K is $25.00 prior to April 1, 2018 and $30.00 beginning April 1, 2018.  The fee for the 2K Run/Walk is $15.00 prior to April 1, 2018 and $20.00 beginning April 1, 2018.


Participants are encouraged to register in advance.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Funds raised from this event provide scholarship funding for families, helping the school keep Catholic education affordable and accessible for all children in the community.


Race packets will be available to pick up on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 8am until 4pm at St. Mary’s Catholic School, 222 Waterman Street, Sycamore. Registration and packet pick up will also be available the morning of the race beginning at 8:00 am.


St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sycamore is grounded in the Catholic faith and strives to maximize each student’s academic potential while encouraging life-long learning.  Catholic teaching and Christian family values are incorporated to promote the spiritual, intellectual, and physical growth of students.  Children of all faiths are welcome.  St. Mary’s relies on school families to utilize their time, talents and treasure to support and educate students.  This is accomplished through the Fair Share Program, which helps determine the amount of financial support parents are asked to contribute.  For more information about the Russell Hustle or St. Mary’s Catholic School, contact St. Mary’s at 815-895-5215.






Russell Woods

Russell Woods is located just west of Genoa, IL on Illinois Route 72 (Higgins Road) located about 15 miles north of DeKalb, 20 miles SE of Rockford, 25 West of Elgin.



Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 1, 2018

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra to Perform Special Pops Concert March 10

DeKALB, Ill. – The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra invites the community to its Spring Pops Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. This concert is a special add-on performance to its regular 2017-2018 season of events. “We are presenting this fun concert at a time of the year when everyone is excited to emerge from the cold,” said Linc Smelser, KSO music director and conductor. “We hope members of the community can join us for a great evening.”


The program will feature a variety of popular music including selections from the Broadway hits Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Wicked, by Stephen Schwartz; classical music including “Spring” from The Four Seasons, by Antonio Vivaldi; “Voices of Spring Waltzes,” by Johann Strauss; “Hungarian Dance No 1,” by Johannes Brahms; and “Suite No. 2” from L’Arlésienne, by George Bizet; music from the movies including Superman, and “Aunt Marge’s Waltz” from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by John Williams. Also on the program are timeless favorites including “Plink Plank Plunk,” “The Syncopated Clock,” “The Typewriter,” and “Fiddle Faddle,” by Leroy Anderson.


Changes in programs, dates, times and location of concerts will be posted on the orchestra’s website. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes prior to the concert. All seats are general admission. Individual ticket prices are $16 for adults, $11 for seniors 62 and over, and a special discounted price of $6 for students (with a valid school i.d. card), and $6 for children under 12.

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organization supported in part by grants from the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation, the George and Betty Dutton Foundation, the Mary E. Stevens Concert Trust, Ideal Industries with a generous gift from Jean Juday, WNIU/WNIJ station sponsorship, the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates, Marilyn Montzka and family, the Phillip S. Smelser family, and other private donations. The KSO is a member of the Illinois Council of Orchestras.


To learn more about the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and rest of its concert season, visit or the KSO’s Facebook page.




Additional photos available by request.


Please share this event in your community calendars.


Thank you!




Tamara Farrell

Publicist and Music Librarian

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra


P.O. Box 310

DeKalb, Illinois

815.517.3700 cell


Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra- Spring Pops Concert

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 1, 2018

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra- Spring Pops Concert


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 1, 2018


The Children’s Advocacy Center of DeKalb County (CAC) is hosting the 2018 Annual Walk to End Child Abuse on April 21, 2018 starting at 9:00 AM at the Sycamore High School Field House. The purpose of this walk is to bring awareness to our community about the realities of child abuse and raise the funds to assist with both prevention efforts and our current child abuse cases here in DeKalb County.


Our overall mission is to prevent and reduce child abuse nationwide and within our local community. To this end, the CAC implements a multidisciplinary approach to most effectively investigate, prosecute, and treat cases of child physical and sexual abuse. We collaborate with law enforcement, DCFS investigators, and state’s attorneys to keep our communities safe. We also work with medical and mental health professionals to ensure children and families receive proper treatment.


We would appreciate any donation or donated item that your company is willing to contribute to help our cause. If you would like to donate please free to send the item to the address listed below or donations can also be made via our website. For your records, the agency’s Tax ID number is: 36-2360012.


Thank you for your time and we hope to hear from you soon. Please feel free to reach out via phone or e-mail for more information.




Lauren Munguia


Children’s Advocacy Center: Program Specialist

14 Health Services Drive, DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-758-8616

Fax: 815-758-7569


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | February 27, 2018


rebakah lodge

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | February 24, 2018


Spaghetti, Mostaccioli,Lasagna, Garlic bread and salad
Adults $8, 6-12 $4, under 5 are free.  Saturday, March 10, 5-7pm
Join us at the Sycamore Vets Club for dinner. Public Invited
Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | February 24, 2018


Our very own IDEAL Industries produced a 30 minute television special that captured the experiences of the people who competed in the 2017 IDEAL National Championship weekend, tell their stories and relay the beauty of this competition.    The video at describes how the top national competitors competed in Disney World for $500K in cash and prizes.

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | February 24, 2018


(Sycamore, IL) – The Activity Committee of the Sycamore Vets Club invites the community to a corned beef and cabbage dinner benefiting the children and grandchildren of Veterans in our community.

Dinner to be held at the Sycamore Vets Club, 121 S. California St. from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 16th. Tickets purchased in advance at the Vets Club are $10 for adults or $12 for adults at the door. Children under 8 eat free. The menu will include corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, roll, and dessert. The meal is dine-in or carry-out. Entertainment provided by the Firefighters Highland Guard of DeKalb performing with bagpipes and drums during dinner.

This dinner is the largest fundraiser for the Activity Committee which is part of the Sycamore Vets Club. With the help and generosity of volunteers who make these events possible they hold a Christmas Party at the Vets club for children and grandchildren of local Veterans every December. Come out enjoy great food, entertainment and support your local Veterans and their families.

For more information, call Megan Carrier at 815-901-7821 or the Sycamore Vets Club at 815-895-2931

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