The House Café has been a long-standing staple of downtown DeKalb.  It offers a unique opportunity for the community as a space for members of all ages to enjoy live performance, art displays, delicious food, and quality beverages.  It has been fondly christened The Center of the Universe for its dedication to being a place for the community to meet, perform, and appreciate art.

There is always something exciting happening at The House Café, from live bands to stand up comedy, open mic, dance lessons, and more.  The House Café offers a diverse selection of food, including options for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans.  We have healthy and gluten-free menu items, as well.  Our drinks include fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, fair trade coffee, craft beers, and wine. 


Contact Info / Hours

The House Café
263 E Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115




(815) 517-1788


For booking or to contact management, please email


Monday – Thursday:  8:00 am – 1:00 am*
Friday: 8:00 am – 2:00 am
Saturday:  9:00 am – 2:00 am*
Sunday: 11:00 am – 1:00 am

*Earlier depending on the event that is happening



Tickets are available here on our site.  Just click on the TICKETS button next to the show you wish to attend and follow the prompts.  We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover for online ticket sales.

Box Office

Admission to an event may be paid for the day of the event starting one hour before the listed show time.

Age Policy

Most of the events at The House Café are all-ages.  During all-ages performance events, of-age patrons may consume alcohol with a meal in the restaurant.  Some events may be 21+ only; those will be advertised as such.  State issued ID is required of all guests during events, regardless of your age.  Minors that are under 18 years old will be required to leave ID at the door and will be asked to leave the venue before curfew.

Sold Out Shows

To ensure that you are guaranteed entry to the show, we recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance.  Once a show is sold out, we can’t do anything to help you, other than allow access to one individual each time one leaves.  This scenario is avoidable by buying in advance.


All shows are General Admission.  There are tables out, but the amount varies depending on the nature of the event.  There is also lots of standing room closer to the stage.  The House Café has a capacity of 168 people.

General Policies

No smoking in the venue. There is a designated area for smokers on the side of the building.
Absolutely no fighting, stealing, or being rude to guests or staff!

No outside food or drink is permitted in The House Cafe.

If you have any questions about tickets, please contact us at



For booking inquiries, please email

Please include as much of the following information as possible:

  • Audio samples (links preferred)
  • A brief description of your band/act (genre, attendance numbers, press info, venues played etc.)
  • Email and phone contact information
  • Links to social media sites if applicable
  • Proposed/possible performance dates

Mail all promotional materials to:
ATTN:  Booking
The House Café
263 E Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115


Tech Specs

  • Mains: 2 Electro Voice T221, 2 Turbosound TFM450
  • Subs: 2 Dual 18″ custom cabs
  • Monitors: 4 JBL JRX212
  • Amps: 3 QSC, Mackie
  • Board: Soundcraft Expression 3 – digital 32 channel, 14 aux, 4 FX buses
  • Mics: All Shure; SM58s, SM57s, Beta52, beta58s, beta 56s, beta27, and more…
  • 8 DI boxes and rack 4 channel DI, 20*8 and 24*4 snakes, 3 8 channel stage snakes