This Corn-Themed Festival In Northern Illinois Has Been Going Strong Since 1977 With Free Corn, A Carnival, And Live Music
By Linze Rice|Published July 11, 2023
Ope! From the rural cornfields of DeKalb County, Linze is an Illinois native and true Midwestern gal who can make a mean bonfire and whip up a perfect marshmallow salad. Since 2014, her bylines and photography have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, and Block Club Chicago/DNAinfo Chicago, Only in Your State, and more. She has interviewed Dolly Parton, written about beloved diners along historic Route 66, visited the last Rainforest Cafe in the Illinois, and reviewed luxurious English manor-inspired hotels. Whether it's writing about a local gem or world-renowned establishment, Linze brings a heartwarming and historical perspective to each story, using facts, wit, and personal experience to impress upon readers the importance of culture, food, travel, and all things local. Her favorite destinations in Illinois include Starved Rock State Park, Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, the charming small town of Sycamore, and historic Rosehill Cemetery. When she's not writing or photographing, Linze enjoys gardening, spending time with her husband and pets, cooking, baking, and grilling, and relaxing with trashy TV.
No matter where you live in Illinois, you probably know the state is filled with an abundance of corn fields. Growing up in DeKalb County, ears of golden kernels were impossible to avoid — whether you were grabbing a baker’s dozen from a roadside stand, spent summers detasseling, or were out on the farm growing it. In fact, corn is so ingrained in this region of the state that it got its own dedicated weekend in the form of a free music festival in DeKalb, Illinois. And while there are lots of great festivals in Illinois, this one truly cries out “Midwest” like no other.
So, would you add this free music festival in DeKalb, Illinois to your summer bucket list? What’s your favorite festival in Illinois? Tell us in the comments! Start planning your trip by checking out the Corn Fest website and the Corn Fest Facebook page. And if you love local festivals, come back to DeKalb County the last week in October, that’s when the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival (my favorite!) takes place.
Learn more about Corn Fest from the video below!
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