Why Sycamore

Sycamore’s strategic location within north central Illinois is not only desirable for residents, but for businesses as well. Its position approximately 20 miles southeast of Rockford and 58 miles west of Chicago places it within proximity to major markets, while offering a lifestyle removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The City of Sycamore has more than thirty prime developed properties within the Sycamore Business District. These properties are available for Light Industrial Usage. The property is curbed and has sewer and water lines established.

There are also many prime commercial and industrial sites ready for your business. These sites offer the opportunity to position your business within miles of the Illinois 88 toll-way. Each of the sites offers advantages to potential businesses. Given the steady growth within the City, Sycamore is an ideal up and coming community for your business. Coupled with Kishwaukee Community College and Northern Illinois University within DeKalb County, the County offers a diverse workforce.

Diversity is the key to Sycamore’s business community – Industry, manufacturing, healthcare services, tourism, and trade all contribute to our healthy economic climate.

The City of Sycamore is a participating municipality in the DeKalb County Enterprise Zone.

Please visit our Sycamore Enterprise Zone Map and Incentives pages for additional information.

As of October 1, 2021 – Downtown & Immediate Surrounding Space Available:

308 West State Street, call 815-895-0786 or email mpeck@cityofsycamore.com

352 West State – call 815-981-1991 for information

513 DeKalb Ave,  call 815-754-4000  

407 West State Street, call 815-758-7374 or email bradrubeck@collegehousing.com

For a list of additional commercial/office space see below:

The Alison Rosenow Team, American Realty 519 W. State Street, Sycamore, IL (815) 991-5298 or (815) 762-5226 AmericanRealtyIL.com

Diane Hammon Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group 1957 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore,​ IL (815) 756-6757 dhammon@aol.com

Rubeck Realty Commercial Properties Available  1315 W. Lincoln Hwy., Suite 118, DeKalb, IL  (815) 758-7374  management@rubeckrealty.com

RVG Milner/Carpenter 1731 DeKalb Ave, Sycamore, Mike Carpenter (815) 754-4000

Or call the Chamber office at 815-895-3456 and we will be happy to help!


Employment opportunities are abundant in Sycamore too.

The Suter Company, who has for more than 90 years, achieved its success by focusing on the needs of its customers, providing innovative, top-quality prepared food products backed by outstanding service, and providing a wide range of career opportunities at different skill levels. Their employees have the opportunity to develop themselves personally and professionally through successful teamwork. Their employees also thrive in a family-oriented work place that rewards hard work, initiative and loyalty.

Take a moment and click on The Suter Company logo to view a brief video. . . .

Click on the video below to watch Dave Juday, of IDEAL INDUSTRIES,      explain how DeKalb County’s expedited speed to market helped SK Hand Tool build its new facility in the Sycamore Prairie Business Park in record time.

“Further enhancing the competitive advantages of DeKalb County, is the first-ever DeKalb County Enterprise Zone. The DeKalb County Enterprise Zone was approved and certified in December 2015 and offers numerous incentives and benefits to qualifying commercial and industrial development projects.”

Tate & Lyle
1631 South Prairie Street in Sycamore

Employment Opportunities are abundant. For over 160 years, we’ve been helping our customers make food healthier and tastier.

Our recipe for success: We draw our inspiration from three key ingredients: our purpose of Improving Lives for Generations; our technical expertise and deep understanding of the food and beverage market; and our portfolio of high-quality products and ingredients.  Blend them all together, and we’ve got the right recipe to help manufacturers deliver on sweetness, texture, fiber enrichment and stabilization to create products enjoyed by millions of people every day.

1140 Park Avenue, Sycamore


Design engineers and preferred distributors choose DRIV-LOK as the preferred brand for spring pins, grooved pins, dowel pins and barbed pins to build products providing dynamic, profitable growth.  Recognized as world leader in fastening strategies and products, DRIV-LOK is the only company with a proven methodology for identifying fastening solutions that reduce costs, promote safety and efficiency, and enhance product performance.  Known as DRIV-LOK EngiNomics™, this exclusive methodology combines our fastening engineers’ expertise with our high-quality fastener design and production.

Employment Opportunities are abundant.

Population in 2016: 17,611 (99% urban, 1% rural).

Males: 8,617    (49.1%)(
Females: 8,917    (50.9%)
Median resident age:   35.3  years
Illinois median age:   37.2 years

84.3% White
9.5% Hispanic
2.35% Asian
2.32% Black

Median household income:

Males  – $67,132
Females –  $39,352

Median Property Value

$173,900 and the home ownership rate is 65.5%.

Sycamore High School rating compared to average state, county and city schools ratings:

Illinois:  51
DeKalb County:  59
Sycamore:  83
Sycamore High School:  83

College Readiness Rating

Sycamore is a 9 out of 10 for College Readiness. The College Readiness Rating measures how well high schools prepare their students for success in college and career, compared to other schools in the state. The rating is based on the high school’s graduation rate, data about college entrance exams (SAT/ACT participation and performance) and/or Advanced Placement exam participation and performance. This rating only applies to schools with high school grades. (According to greatschools.org)

93% High School Graduation (State average 86%)

Sycamore School District Facts:

  • K-12 enrollment is approximately 3,763.
    Of those, 1692 are in one of five elementary schools, 859 are in the Middle School, and 1202 are enrolled in the High School.
  • Average ACT composite score- 22.7.
  • Highly qualified/balanced staff. 74.8% of teachers have a Masters degree or higher. The average teaching experience in the district is 13.2 years.


Current sales tax

8% — Sales: 5% State, 1% City, County .25%, Home Rule City 1.75 %
10% — Restaurant & Bar
13% — Hotel Motel Tax
6.25% — Automobile
1% — Groceries and Drugs

Community Events:

Our community works together with area businesses to strategically promote Sycamore by marketing our shopping, dining, entertainment and overnight accommodations. We developed area tourism through marketing partnerships, web-based campaigns, and community events; Community Expo, Taste of Spring, Cinco de Mayo, Northern Illinois Art Show, Farmer’s Market, Ladies Night out, Tuesday’s on the Town, Summer on State, Cruise Night, Car Show, Ribs, Rhythm & Brews Fest, Downtown Trick-or-Treat, Pumpkin Festival, 10K Pumpkin Run, Moonlight Madness, Winter Chocolate Walk, Walk with Santa and Santa House.

Parks and Recreation: http://www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com/about-the-district/