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Location and Transportation

Sycamore sits strategically within north-central Illinois, just 60 miles from downtown Chicago and 20 miles from Rockford. The community’s enviable position is not only desirable for residents, but for businesses as well. The thriving town offers a unique dynamic, offering proximity to major markets with a lifestyle removed from the hustle and bustle of big-city life.

The east branch of the Kishwaukee River winds through Sycamore, with the mighty Fox River flowing just 20 miles west of town. The area is criss-crossed by numerous local thoroughfares and several major highways, including Illinois Routes 23, 38 and 64, and Interstates 88, 39 and 90. Although these highways weave in and around the community, traffic eludes Sycamore, resulting in an ease of travel free from the congestion that plagues many suburban cities.

The closest public airport is the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport (DTMA), just two miles from Sycamore. DTMA is a general aviation facility capable of handling small, private aircraft to larger corporate aircraft. The Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) provides non-stop passenger service to nine national and international destinations through four commercial airlines as well as corporate/personal charter services. In just over one hour, air travelers reach Chicago’s O’Hare International and Midway International airports, which together offer innumerous daily flights to hubs across the globe.

When it comes to traveling locally, residents take advantage of TransVAC Blue Line, a flexible bus system offered through a joint partnership between the City of Sycamore and the Voluntary Action Center. The TransVAC Blue Line supplies affordable and efficient service throughout Sycamore, making stops at more than 30 local stations, Monday through Friday, hourly from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

An ideal location, combined with a mix of highway, air and transit options, only adds to Sycamore’s long list of assets. The city has certainly found a great niche for itself, as it continues to grow at a healthy rate while simultaneously managing to keep its non-crowded, small-town environment intact.

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