City, chamber hope to draw people to downtown events

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Chamber of Commerce and city officials are teaming up to bring visitors to downtown Sycamore on the second Tuesday of the month through September.

“We’re calling it Tuesdays on the Town, and it’s really a partnership between the city and the chamber to bring family-friendly activities to downtown Sycamore,” said Brian Gregory, Sycamore’s city manager. 

The first event will be on Tuesday, May 14. 

“The city is going to host a touch-a-truck with police vehicles, and the county sheriff’s office is going to have their K9 unit out, and we’ll have an ambulance, a fire truck and some other city vehicles,” Gregory said. He added that the Sycamore High School pep band will perform at 6 p.m. at the corner of State and Somonauk streets.

All of Sycamore’s downtown businesses will be open late and will feature special offers.

“It’s just a summer event to bring people downtown to meet and talk,” said Rose Treml, executive director of the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce. “You’ve got to give people a reason to come out.”

Treml said that since Sycamore’s downtown is only five blocks long, it is easy for locals and visitors to explore its museum, theater, restaurants and shops.

“Communities that have their own unique and one-of-a-kind shopping district have a distinct advantage,” Treml said.

Gregory said that for future Tuesdays on the Town, he is hoping to bring attractions like Northern Illinois University athletes and musicians to Sycamore, and he also hopes to have a “made in Sycamore” event to showcase some of the products that are manufactured in Sycamore. 

“I think it would be fascinating for our kids to see what kinds of things are made in the factories in our town,” he said.

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