Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | October 16, 2018

3rd Annual Trunk Or Treat ~ DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC is excited to announce that their 3rd  Annual Trunk or Treat Event will be held on Saturday, October 20th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1925 Mercantile Drive in Sycamore.
Come join us for a free, family-friendly event for the entire community.  In addition to “Trick or Treating” from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., there will be a costume contest from 3:30-4 p.m. with prizes awarded to the winners at 4:30 p.m.
The DeKalb High School girls’ track team will also be present to help pass out candy and judge the costume contest. In return, DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC will be donating $2,000 to the team to help them with travel expenses associated with their upcoming meets.
Bring your entire family & all your friends out to this fun family event!

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | October 16, 2018

Community Invited to Benefit Dinner for KSO’s Music Education Fund

The community is invited to “Supper and Songs,” a uniquely festive event, on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 6 to 8:30 pm, at The Hillside Restaurant, 121 N. 2nd Street, DeKalb. This special opportunity is presented by the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates’ Planning Committee to support the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s new Music Education Fund, dedicated to musical outreach initiatives for youth in our community.

Upon arrival at The Hillside Restaurant, guests may choose from a variety of entrees prepared especially for this occasion. Salad, dessert, coffee, and tea are included. Dinner guests may sit where they like, have a drink from the cash bar, and then enjoy their dinner, while being entertained with music featuring Gavin Wilson, The Hillside Restaurant owner, chef extraordinaire and multi-talented musician.

Reservations and checks will be accepted until Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

*$50, per person, for KSA members
*$60, per person, for non-members

Please make checks payable to “Kishwaukee Symphony Associates” and mail to:

Gretchen Moore
531 College Terrace
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

For more information about the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates and the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, visit

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | October 16, 2018



Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | October 10, 2018

NIU Open House of Continuing & Professional Education

The Northern Illinois University Office of Continuing and Professional Education (NIUCPE) cordially invites you to an Open House event for NIU and the community on Thursday, October 25 at the Monat Building, 148 N. 3rdSt., DeKalb from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m in the building lobby.

Refreshments will be provided at this free event along with information about upcoming programming and how NIUCPE can best work with different areas of NIU and the community to customize and create programs.

Those in attendance will also have opportunities for door prizes and NIU branded items. One door prize includes a pair of registrations to a Travel with the NIU Expert event in 2018.

NIUCPE is a one-stop shop for amazing non-credit programming for all ages. Our team believes that learning is a lifelong journey, which is why we provide dedicated programming for educators, working professionals, students at all levels, alumni and community members.

Feel free to visit our website at to see some of our upcoming events. Please send us your ideas and feel free to join our email list.

Questions can be directed to me by an email reply or calling 815-753-1456. Thank you!




Mark Pietrowski Jr.


NIU Continuing and Professional Education

Northern Illinois University

NIU Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Faculty Advisor

Supportive Professional Staff Presidential Award for Excellence Recipient

2018 Edgar Fellow

NIU SPS Council Representative

NIU LGBT/Trans Ally

NIU Undocumented Community Ally

NIU Annuitants Member



Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | October 10, 2018

Voluntary Action Center Launches Volunteer Recruitment Campaign

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Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | October 3, 2018

Stage Coaach Player’s Presents: Jekyll & Hyde

In the struggle between good and evil, we tend to root for a good man to defeat the evil man.  But when the good man and the evil man share the same body, things become a bit more interesting.  In Stage Coach Player’s final production of its main season, Jekyll & Hyde, Dr. Henry Jekyll must battle his internal demons in the form of Edward Hyde.   Jekyll & Hyde was written by Frank Wildhorn, Leslie Bricusse and Steve Cuden and is directed by Cortney Jo Newby with vocal direction by Hillary Rutten.

Based on the famous gothic novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, the story delves into the human psyche and its struggle between doing good and being a kind person or doing evil.  Dr. Jekyll, who is passionate and a romantic is driven to find a chemical breakthrough that can solve some of mankind’s most challenging medical dilemmas.  Rebuffed by those in powers, he makes himself the subject of his own experimental treatments and accidentally unleashes his inner demons along with the man that the world would come to know as Mr. Hyde.

Jekyll & Hyde is a rock pop opera and for that reason, isn’t done often.  There is very little dialogue with much of the show being sung by a talented group of actors.  The musical numbers contained in the show include “A New Life,” ”Someone Like You,” “This Is The Moment,” and “Once Upon A Dream.”  To get an idea of the music, the original Broadway cast recording can be heard via Spotify.  Or a sampling of the songs is available at the Music Theatre International website.

The 1997 Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde garnered four Tony Award nominations for best costume design, best lighting design, best book for a musical and best actor in a musical for Robert Cuccioli for his portrayal of Jekyll and Hyde.  Cuccioli won both a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award while Linda Eder won Theater World Award for her portrayal of Lucy Harris.  Jekyll & Hyde contains adult themes and material and may not be suitable for kids aged 13 and under.

Performances for Jekyll & Hyde are October 24th through October 27th and November 1st through November 3rd with a curtain time of 7:30, along with a Saturday matinee on October 27th and a Sunday matinee on November 4th with a curtain time of 2:00.  Tickets are $20 each or $18 for seniors and children age 13 and under.  To purchase tickets, visit our online website at  You can also call the Stage Coach box office which opens Sunday, September 16th.  The phone number is 815-758-1940.


DeKalb, Ill. – The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is proud to present its first concert of its 42nd season, “Romantic Legends,” on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 7:30 pm, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall inside the Music Building, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. There will be a free pre-concert talk led by Music Director and Conductor Linc Smelser, at 6:30 pm in the Recital Hall.

On the evening’s program will be Prelude to Act 1 of Lohengrin, by Richard Wagner, dedicated to the memory of Thomas Sims and Susan Huhta; Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, Op.61, by Camille Saint-Saëns, featuring soloist Stephanie Jeong; and Symphony No.6 in D Major, Op. 60, by Antonin Dvořák.

Violinist Stephanie Jeong is the associate concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony

Orchestra. Prior to joining the CSO, she was a member of the New York Philharmonic. For more information about Jeong, visit

This concert is supported in part by the Kishwaukee Symphony Associates. WNIU/WNIJ is the radio station sponsor for the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, featuring KSO concerts on select Monday nights on its Encore program.

Changes in programs, dates, times and location of concerts will be posted on Tickets go on sale at the concert hall 30 minutes prior to each concert. All seats are general admission (no reserved seating).

Tickets may also be purchased, with cash, check, or credit card, by visiting the box office at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb, between 3 and 6 pm on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Tickets can be purchased with cash, check, or credit card. Tickets may also be purchased with a credit card via telephone at 815.758.1225.

Visit for information about purchasing tickets online.

Individual ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 62 and over, $7 for students with school ID, and $7 for children under 12. Season tickets may be purchased at special prices for the five regular concerts of the season, using the order form found on the website or in person at the first concert.

Highlights of the 42nd annual concert season include (all concerts are held in the NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall):

  • Two free Halloween concerts on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm, with a theme appropriate for children and adults. There will be trick-or-treating in the NIU Music Building a half hour before the 5:30 concert. This concert is supported in part by the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation.
  • Winter Wonderland, on Friday, December 7, 2018, at 7 pm, and on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 2 pm. This concert is supported in part by the George E. and Betty B. Dutton Foundation.
  • Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert, on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 7:30 pm, featuring the winner of the KSO’s annual Young Artists Concerto Competition. (The public is invited, at no admission charge, to the live annual competition on Saturday, January 5, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm, where the winner will be determined.) This concert is sponsored in part by Northwestern Medicine, The Mary E. Stevens Concert Trust, and WNIU/WNIJ Station Sponsorship.
  • Spring Pops Concert, on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 7:30 pm.
  • Aaron Copland: An American Music Icon, on Saturday, May 4, 2019, 7:30 pm, featuring soloist Stephen Beus, piano. This concert is sponsored in part by Ideal Industries with a generous gift from Jean Juday.

For more information about the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra or season tickets, please call 815.756.3728 or visit and on Facebook.


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | September 27, 2018

Illinois Community Credit Union Names New Sycamore Branch Manager

Illinois Community Credit Union has named Shealyn Wankel as Branch Manager of the Sycamore office at 508 W. State Street.  Shealyn currently serves as Branch Manager of the Plano branch.

With an emphasis on member service, Shealyn brings over 12 years of experience in the financial industry.  Prior to joining ICCU, she served in branch managerial roles at BMO Harris and Fifth Third.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Shea on board at our Sycamore location,” said Thor Dolan, CEO at Illinois Community Credit Union.  “She not only understands the value we place in developing trust with our members, but has a long history of working closely with individuals who look to us for financial advice and guidance.”

“I have enjoyed getting to know the members of the Sycamore community and understanding the credit union model of “people helping people,” Shea stated.  “I look forward to making a positive impact and shaping the growth of our Sycamore location.”

Since 1935, Illinois Community Credit Union has served the residents of DeKalb, Boone, Ogle, or Winnebago County. With three branches and more than 10 ATM’s, ICCU offers unparalleled service, individualized support and customized solutions for all its members.  To learn more about Illinois Community Credit Union, or to become a member-owner, call 815-895-4541, visit

For more information, contact Lisa Hendrickson at



Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | September 25, 2018

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet GMC Cadillac is Expanding!

September 24, 2018 (Sycamore, IL) –DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet GMC Cadillac is proud to announce the addition of Buick to their lineup of GM vehicles at the dealership in Sycamore, IL. They are one of only a few full-line GM dealerships (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac) in the state of Illinois.

With the addition of Buick’s award-winning vehicles to their inventory, they are now the Sycamore and surrounding area’s source for all things GM under one roof. Along with a knowledgeable sales staff, they also have GM Certified Service technicians who are equipped to handle any routine maintenance or repairs.
Executive Manager Ryan Gilleland said, “We are excited to offer the thoughtful technologies and efficient performance incorporated into Buick vehicles to our customers. With Buick’s complete line of efficient, luxury sedans and SUVs as part of our lineup, we now have even more vehicles to better serve the customers in the community that we call home. With Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac and now Buick, we strive to only provide the best for our customers and all at one low price, plain and simple, always!”

Dekalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac is a new and used Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac dealership located in Sycamore, Illinois. They are a premier Chicagoland dealer and the largest GM dealership in DeKalb County. At DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, customers are the top priority, which is why you find One Low Price, Plain & Simple… Always. For more information visit



Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | September 20, 2018

2018 Sycamore Pumpkin Fest Historic Homes Tour

On Thursday, October 4, the DeKalb County History Center will sponsor a special sneak preview of this year’s Pumpkin Fest Historic Homes Tour, featuring noted local historian, Steve Bigolin and Event Chair Jayne Higgins. They will feature an inside look into the people and the properties that will be showcased on this year’s tour.
The theme of the 2018 Pumpkin Fest Historic Homes Tour is “Built in Brick.” As Sycamore was home to several important brickyards on Brickville Road and several builders who specialized in brick work, we want to feature this impressive and substantial building material on this year’s tour.

This year’s tour, on Saturday, October 27th from 10 am to 5 pm, will include homes at 413 Somonauk, 519 S. Main, and 630 W. State St. Also, since the DeKalb County Community Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the historic C&NW Depot in which it is housed is magnificently built in brick, we’ll feature that location as our centerpiece. Tour participants will also get a firsthand view of the exciting new building and expansion going on at our 1730 N. Main locations..

Bigolin has been involved in local historic tours for many years and has helped put our Pumpkin Fest event together for several years. He is also an avid collector of pictures and artifacts from historic properties around the county, so he will give an “insider’s” view of the featured locations. Higgins was on the original committee that put the event together for the Friends of the Sycamore Library and has chaired the event since the SHM, now DCHC, took over 6 years ago.

Event tickets will be available at the DCHC, Sweet Earth Gifts, and the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce beginning October 15 or at any location the day of the event. In addition, a volunteer training will be held at SHM on October 20th at 10:00 for anyone interested in helping with tours and earning a free ticket. Please call the museum in advance to volunteer. The House Walk is on Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

The Brown Bag Lunch/Local Lore program takes place on the first Thursday of every month at noon and is hosted by the DCHC and Ellwood House Museum. The program is free and open to the public, and donations are welcome. Coffee and cookies are provided. For more information, call 815-895-5762, visit, or like us on Facebook. .

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