We welcome you to explore our unique blend of natural beauty, heritage and urban attractions along 57 miles of winding river. Kankakee County is located just 50 miles south of Chicago, off of Interstate 57. Routes 45/52, 50 and 17 also run through the River Valley. O'Hare International Airport is 75 miles north of Kankakee County, and Midway Airport is 50 miles north. The Greater Kankakee airport is also available for personal aircraft landing space.

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Kankakee County Museum & Historical Society

Kankakee County Museum & Historical Society

801 S. 8th Ave. | Kankakee, IL 60901-4744 | 815-932-5279

History breathes life into your experience at the Kankakee County Museum and Historical Society. Founded in 1906, it is the oldest historical society in Illinois. The Museum Complex encompasses the historic 1855 Drive A.L. Small house, 1904 Taylor One- Room Schoolhouse,  three past Illinois Governors Gallery, artist George Grey Barnard permanent sculpture exhibit, Native American artifacts and the Column Garden outdoor exhibit. Discover an extensive collection of reminders of Kankakee’s history.  Don’t forget to visit the museum’s gift shop for memorable souvenirs.

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