Where to Stay & Eat


The DeKalb – Sycamore locale is a sub-rural area (and yes, we just made up the word) that’s a combination of quiet rural life with some suburban luxuries. While there are a number of motels and hotels available, there are some that are better than others. (And by that, we mean some have issues with crime and other have issues with bed bugs.)


Hampton Inn

The Hampton Inn is the newest hotel in the area and is about six or so years old. It’s also closest to the church and about 10 minutes from the reception hall. The location is near Northern Illinois University so you will want to make sure you lock your vehicles and don’t leave anything valuable in them.

575 S Annie Glidden Rd, DeKalb, IL 60115
phone: (815) 375-5465

Other options

A couple of other hotels that are clean but don’t have all the bells and whistles can be found right off Highway 23.


Motel 6

This is a popular option for those looking for simple, clean and low-cost. The rooms are not fancy, but the beds are comfortable.

Address: 1860 Dekalb Ave, Sycamore, IL 60178 Phone: (815) 899-6500


Country Inn & Suites

While the hotel is older, it is clean and the staff helpful. It’s located in a residential area. Also it’s easy to locate since it’s off Peace Road.

Address: 1450 S Peace Rd, Sycamore, IL 60178 Phone: (815) 895-8686


There are a number of dining options available in the area and it just depends on what you’re most fond of eating! You’ll find the usual chain restaurants and fast food eateries.

If you’re staying in Sycamore, you’ll find most chain restaurants off Highway 23. If you’re staying in DeKalb, most chain restaurants are located off Lincoln Highway.

But if you want to savor some great local food, here are a few of our favorite places …

Rise and Shine Family Restaurant
(815) 899-0455
1640 Dekalb Ave Sycamore, IL 60178
This is a family-owned business and the food is primarily made from scratch and made-to-order. They serve breakfast all day. Breakfast skillets are huge (and can be shared among two people). The pancakes are excellent. They make some excellent steak and Philly sandwiches plus outstanding pork chops. We discourage ordering any of the soup. You can call ahead and dine-in, or pick-up your order. Generally open from 6 am to 9 pm 7 days a week.

Ellwood Steak and Fish House
(815) 901-0270
2219 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115
This is more of a casual meets finer dining eatery. They are known for their steaks, juicy burgers and pork chops. The meal portions are enormous so come hungry! We’re love their ribeye pork chops. And if you’re looking for classic homemade baked French onion soup with bubbly cheese, you’ll find it here! Closed Mondays but generally open from noon until 9 pm all other days. It’s strongly recommended that you make reservations to avoid wait times.

Bea’s Wok N Roll
(815) 756-1660
1402 Sycamore Rd, DeKalb, IL 60115
Online Menu
This little restaurant packs a big punch of Vietnamese flavor! Everything is made from scratch and exactly to order. It’s fresh and absolutely delicious. We haven’t tried anything on the menu (yet) that we haven’t thought was delicious. Be sure to try the crab rangoons and egg rolls. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Typically open Tuesday – Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm.

(815) 895-0100
1780 DeKalb Ave. Sycamore IL 60178
If you’re not from the Chicagoland area you might not be familiar with the chain restaurant, Portillos. While it’s similar to a fast-food restaurant, the food is just a notch better. Fresh salads, Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago style hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, burgers and made-to-order shakes and malts are specialties.

Eggsclusive Cafe
(815) 899-3447
265 W Peace Rd # 111, Sycamore, IL 60178
Another brunch hotspot is Eggsclusive Cafe. This isn’t on the main drag in the Sycamore area, but is worth the drive further north on Peace road. It’s an experience that feels as if you are dining outside in California, drinking freshly squeezed orange juice with music piped in that amplifies sunshine. Expect large portions and be prepared to either take home or split a meal. It’s also a family owned business and we personally know the owners. Generally open from 7 am until 2 pm.

El Jimador
(815) 301-5008
260 E Lincoln Hwy, Dekalb IL 60115
El Jimador offers a diverse south of the border menu that includes traditional tacos, burritos, enchiladas, even seafood and steaks. They will make fresh guacamole at your table and if you’re lucky, they may even have live musicians playing! This is one of the hot spots in DeKalb so it is recommended you make reservations if possible to avoid wait times. This is also a restaurant where we personally know the owners. The food is authentic which is amazing to find in the heart of the Midwest. Typically open from 11 am to 8 PM 7 days a week.

Pizza Villa
(815) 758-8116
824 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115
This landmark has been around in DeKalb forever. Most people dine here for pizza, and it’s truly a greasy spoon, but it’s good. It’s extremely casual dining. Don’t expect thick Chicago style crust. This is hand-tossed pizza, thin with a crispy crust. There are other Italian dishes as well but pizza is what it’s known for (thus the name!) Open 7 days a week, typically from 3:30 pm until 9 PM.


If you have questions about the area, need help locating a place to stay, or have any other questions, feel free to reach out.

(815) 501-6806 or (630) 675- 2762

Kristine and Michael Evenson
Event Organizers
(aka: Parents of the Bride)