- Northern Illinois University's "hometown" of DeKalb is located just 65 miles west of downtown Chicago, giving student-athletes the luxury of living, training and competing in a college town while still providing the opportunity to experience all that one of the greatest cities in the country has to offer.

- While it is close to the "Windy City" and even closer to the city's ever-expanding western suburbs, DeKalb maintains a unique character and offers a quality way of life to its nearly 45,000 residents.

- Student-athletes do not have to leave town to enjoy a variety of restaurants, nightlife and shopping available in DeKalb and neighboring Sycamore.