- The list below includes 76 free or cheap things to do in or near De Kalb, Illinois, including 104 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Lake, Historic Homes and Parks.
- From Ellwood House Museum to Shabbona Lake State Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in De Kalb and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia and Elgin.
Carmike Market Square 10 Cinema is a movie theater and amusement center. good movies are up on the showreel and snacks like popcorn and soda complete the movie going experience. It is spacious and fuzzy.
A small art gallery in the same building as the Dekalb Chamber of Commerce, the Nehring Cultural & Tourism Center features a variety of exhibits. Some exhibits center on art, while others center on natural or cultural history.
Dekalb Park District features a number of parks and facilities. Parks offer a wide range of recreational activities including playgrounds, soccer fields, golf courses, sports complexes' and historic museum flower gardens.
Opened in 1965, the NIU Huskie Stadium is a 30,998 seat multipurpose stadium and home to the NIU Huskies. The stadium features a dual lighting system, a scoreboard with an 11-by-15-foot video display system, and concessions areas.