Sycamore, with a population of 17,600, is the embodiment of classic small town Mid-America, a place where smiles are a way of life. Downtown parking meters still give six minutes for a penny and if you stay longer than your penny’s worth, you may get a ticket that carries a one dollar fine.
The homes of Sycamore reflect the community’s age of 160 years. Along Main Street, Somonauk, and Park Avenue, in the city’s Historic District, are grandly styled Victoria mansions and other homes that date back into the mid-1800s. There are contemporary homes, as well. They’re springing up on sunlit fields that previously grew corn.
Sycamore is a community of families, so church and recreation needs are satisfied. The churches of 16 denominations dot the neighborhoods. More than 200 acres of park lands are equipped for maximum recreational enjoyment and include a challenging 18-hole golf course. Sycamore itself is home to two museums; the Midwest Museum of Natural History and Sycamore Historical Museum.
Sycamore is a great place for business and industry. Sycamore is host to a diverse business environment including a historic downtown shopping and dining area and many new commercial developments. A 150-acre industrial park offers tailored incentives for plant expansion and relocation. Training and retraining of workers is available through nearby Kishwaukee College and Northern Illinois University. And transportation is as near as an Interstate Highway, only five miles away.
With Interstate Highway 88 about five miles distant, Sycamore is away from the rush that plagues I-System towns. Set some 58 miles west of Chicago, Sycamore’s primary arteries are State Highways 64 and 23, east-west and north-south routes respectively. The two highways intersect in the heart of the community and provide links to nearby communities and to I-88 at neighboring DeKalb. Other Interstates within easy reach include I-39,17 miles to the west, and I-90, 19 miles to the north.
Sycamore business and industry are served by a local trucking line and the several interstate firms that provide transport services to DeKalb. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is about 75 minutes from Sycamore via interstate highways. Limousine service between the city and O’Hare is available. Nearby DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport is undergoing expansion of runways and facilities and is expected to offer commercial passenger service in the future. The Rockford Airport is about 45 minutes from Sycamore.