DeKalb has some of your positives, but the school district is struggling... Although they finally got a referendum passed and it sounds like big things
will be happening. So by the time you need them, they should be there.
There are now two Montessori schools, since one just opened in Sycamore.
I would love to see a natural parenting shop, and it might do well, especially if it was in Sycamore (right next door) but on the other hand, Geneva had one that closed after I think less than a year, and it was next to Trader Joe's in a great spot. But I went only once, to get supplies I couldn't wait for, and mostly my thought was, I get this stuff cheaper online without the drive! It was nice to see and touch things, though...
But back on topic, Dekalb has a nice farmer's market, some nice parks, and lots of good cultural stuff cos of the Univ. There is fishing in the area, especially in Shabbona
, about 10 minutes away. There is a wide variety of neighborhoods, depending on your price range...
Not familiar with a dog park, although TAILS
does a "meet and greet", and if you asked them they would know if there are any dog parks.
There is also a MDC mama who is a family doc in Genoa and on staff at Kishwaukee Hospital (brand new building, btw) who is bf/no vax friendly. Her name is Karen Federici, and she has four kids of her own. She leads classes as well, for bf and I just saw in the paper, one
to teach parents about starting solids. I laughed out loud, literally, at the tone of this article...."Baby food doesn't have to come in jars! Babies can eat with their families!"
But someone has to bring these radical ideas to the masses, I guess....
HTH - anything else I could answer?