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.

Please visit our Sycamore Enterprise Zone Map and Incentives pages for information regarding the DeKalb County Enterprise Zone and incentives.


Population in 2021: 18,913

Median resident age:  36.6  years
Illinois median age:   37.2 years

91.2% White
2.71% Hispanic
2.09% Asian
4.0% Black/African American

Female 52.49%
Male 47.51%

Household Median Income $71,698

Married Family Household Median Income $103,737

Median Property Value $137,900

Home Ownership Rate 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

As of February 1, 2022 – Downtown & Immediate Surrounding Space Available:

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. Click here to view available opportunities.

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.


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