Find Your Community

As part of the Huskie pack, you’ll make friends and memories on our beautiful campus. Our range of organizations and activities reflects the diversity of our cultures, interests and perspectives.

Ways to Get Involved

What to Do in DeKalb

One of the best parts of college can be discovering exciting things to do in a new town. DeKalb and its surrounding communities have a lot to offer, including hidden gems known only by locals. Whether you’re venturing out for the afternoon or a night on the town, there’s something close by to keep you entertained.

Fun and Games

Local Flavors

  • Barb City Bagels in downtown DeKalb and The Junction Eating Place on Lincoln Highway are family-owned establishments that offer a small-town atmosphere with great food and service.
  • Old School Pizza, located in an old school building in nearby Malta, is a one-of-a-kind pizzeria with tasty eats and iconic pop culture décor.
  • Insomnia Cookies in downtown DeKalb has the sugary treats you crave, even when it’s late. They’re open until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Concerts and Shows

  • The historic Egyptian Theatre in downtown DeKalb hosts music performances, comedy shows, theater productions and more.
  • Stagecoach Players, DeKalb’s community theater company, brings stories to life on stage. Their performances typically take place Thursday through Sunday.
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts events, such as concerts and theater productions, are free for students. See a show and support your fellow Huskies.

Parks and Nature

  • Outdoor Adventures plans fun opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, from bike rides in local parks to trips to national parks.
  • The DeKalb Park District has something for everyone, including biking and walking trails, special events and concerts, and plenty of places to relax with a book.

Have a Question?

Take a look at frequently asked questions about getting involved.

Huskie Spotlight

Yousuf Khan

"My involvement with student organizations, especially OHANA, helped me meet many new people from different backgrounds and identities, which has been very valuable to me."

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