- The list below includes 76 free or cheap things to do in or near Dekalb, Illinois, including 104 different types of inexpensive activities like Bowling, Movie Theaters, Other Entertainment and History Museums.
- From Dekalb Park District to Northern Illinois University Athletics, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Dekalb and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia and Elgin.
Warp Skate Park & Pro Shop is an indoor skate park that features Masonite riding surfaces, restrooms, lights, and a fully stocked pro shop. The park can be used for skateboarding, roller blading, or biking.
Chasers Laser Tag is an amusement complex that offers a token-free video game arcade in addition to both open play and private sessions of laser tag. They also host parties, corporate outings, and special events.
An indoor and outdoor tennis facility, the Crystal Lake Racket Club features nine indoor tennis courts, an indoor practice lane, clay and standard outdoor courts, a fully stocked pro shop, and lessons or players of all levels.
Spanning 310 acres, Lippold Park houses a skate park, batting cages, dog park, and outdoor fitness area. Many sports fields and courts are spread throughout the area, along with ponds/wetlands and over 3 miles of walking/biking trails.
Coyote Crossing Mini Golf is an 18-hole, family friend course that features rolling greens and picturesque fountains and water features. The park also offers a full service snack stand, party rentals and summer camps.
A British style pub, The Hope & Anchor serves a variety of authentic pub specialties, including fish and chips, bangers and mash, steak pie, and Cornish pasties. The pub also hosts trivia nights and other events.