If you want variety, look to DeKalb County. Our local restaurants, bar & grills and bakeries offer diverse meal options and experiences from family-friendly and intimate dining. The county also supports the growing farm to table movement with farmers markets and nearly 40 community gardens providing fresh produce to chefs.
DeKalb County is proud of its award-winning spirits and wines. We invite you to drink it all in at a tasting room, lounge or brewery.
Our vibrant dining culture provides a nice mix of International and American cuisine. Locally owned diners serve up shakes, green rivers, burgers or 20 different custom hot dog creations. If you’re in the mood for something a little more upscale then head to one of our fine dining hot spots where you can get fresh seafood, grass-fed steak, Italian specialties and more.
Many of us need our morning bagel and coffee, or sometimes we just want a pick-me-up in the form of a cupcake. DeKalb County bakeries make some of the most delicious baked goods including cakes, breads, scones, cookies, and more. Take the time to delight in some decadence.
The pub scene is vibrant with many offering live music. Enjoy a specialty brew while eating some of the most mouth-watering food you’ll ever taste. Dine at an outside patio, watch a game or join in a bags tournament.
DeKalb County’s local brewers, bottlers, and distilling artisans are serving up craft beers and sodas, ales, porters, barley wines, IPA’s and more. You just never know what our spirited crafters and distillers are brewing up for your tasting pleasure. Let our Interactive Spirits Brochure help plan your next adventure in DeKalb County.
Let’s talk about flights, tastings, and savoring award-winning Illinois wines.
Open mid-August through early-November, this fall staple now offers apple wines, hard ciders, and ales in their Cider House. Jonamac Orchard also offers special events outside their regular fall season including a 5k, food and wine/hard cider tastings, and more. Tastings and bottles are available to purchase, along with apple cider donuts and the other farm fresh fall favorites.
Prairie State Winery
Prairie State Winery is a family owned winery that is dedicated to being good stewards of the land and grapes. They produce award-winning wines from Illinois grape varieties. From dry reds to sweet whites and traditional fruit wines, their Master Winemaker creates something to please every palate. Sit back, relax and enjoy award-winning wine and a bite to eat at one of Prairie State’s two DeKalb County locations and “Wine Down” with live music.
Waterman Winery & Vineyard
Head out to the Waterman Winery & Vineyard for a tour of the grapes before you tempt your taste buds and drink in the scenery and the wine. This family-operated,
self-sustaining vineyard produces local wines from French-American hybrid grapes.
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
Sip and savor corn whiskey, apple flavored whiskey, rye bourbon, and vodka from the Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., the only estate distillery in Illinois. From “Seed to Spirit”, they start with the finest grains grown in the best soils the earth has to offer right here in DeKalb County. Learn about their hand-crafted distilled spirits on a tasting tour and sample their bold spirits surrounded by the natural beauty of the farm on the outdoor cocktail patio lounge or in the historic tasting room. Whiskey Acres is eager to toast and meet new friends!
The Forge of Sycamore serves up dynamic and quality craft beers for the inquisitive palate and specializes in local farm to table brick oven pizza. Sample Belgian classics, English Brown Ales to Bareleywines, IPAs and more.
The Forge Tap Room in DeKalb
The Forge has expanded to a second location. Their new Tap Room is now open and serving the craft brews, and root beer, being brewed right there at the Tap Room.
Group Tours and Private Events
Call 815/756-1336 or toll-free 877/335-2521 to set up at group tour or private event.
You’ll want to Stay and Play in DeKalb County!