Kankakee County, Illinois VISIT KANKAKEE COUNTY ILLINOIS
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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39th Annual Gallery of Trees
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Bradley Christmas Parade
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Annual Craft & Vendor Fair
Do it up Wright!
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Wright's birth at the B. Harley Bradley House and other Wright-centered events throughout the year.

History

The passage of time is well documented in Kankakee County through its diverse architecture and rich history. The many fine museums include the Kankakee County Museum, home of the Kankakee County Historical Society, founded in 1906, it is the oldest incorporated local historical society in Illinois. You can learn about the first explorers and missionaries in the Kankakee River Valley at the French Heritage Museum at the Stone Barn and 550 years of wood engraving, etching, and typesetting at the Bronte History of Printing Museum. Architecture fans won’t want to miss Frank Lloyd Wright's B. Harley Bradley House which demonstrates the very beginning of Wright's iconic Prairie Style. Click the green tabs with the plus sign to add an item to your itinerary. 



 The George R. Letourneau Home and Museum
The George R. Letourneau Home and Museum
The museum was the home of Bourbonnais' first mayor George R. Letourneau. Exhibits include history o
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Asbury United Methodist Church
Asbury United Methodist Church
Asbury Methodist Church began well before the Civil War when a Methodist circuit rider brought Metho
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B. Harley Bradley House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
B. Harley Bradley House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
The B. Harley Bradley House is one of Wright's earliest Prairie Style homes. View the beautiful land
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Basu Natural Farms
Basu Natural Farms
An African American multicultural museum, featuring thousands of artifacts.
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Bronte History of Printing Museum
Bronte History of Printing Museum
Spanning 550 years of printing history, exhibits showcase materials used in wood engraving, etching,
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Conrad Park Pioneer Cabin
Conrad Park Pioneer Cabin
Visit an authentic cabin built during Momence's 150th anniversary to honor the area's first settlers
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Durham-Perry Farmstead
Durham-Perry Farmstead
The Durham-Perry Farmstead was one of the first pioneer settlements in the Kankakee River Valley. Th
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Essex Historical Society Museum
Essex Historical Society Museum
This historical site features a one-room schoolhouse and historical Essex artifacts contained in an
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Exploration Station.  A children's museum
Exploration Station. A children's museum
This children's museum is a must-see attraction in Perry Farm Park. Little imaginations grow big in
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First Presbyterian Church of Kankakee
First Presbyterian Church of Kankakee
The First Presbyterian Church of Kankakee had its founding on September 28, 1854, when 10 men and wo
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Four Walking Tours of Historic Bourbonnais, Illinois
Four Walking Tours of Historic Bourbonnais, Illinois
Before the Village of Bourbonnais was incorporated in 1875, the settlement was known as Bourbonnais
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French Heritage Museum
French Heritage Museum
Explore the French involvement in the history of the Kankakee River Valley- the first explorers and
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Graham Historic House and Museum
Graham Historic House and Museum
Depicting everyday life in the late 1880s, this 1869 home features period furnishings throughout. Th
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Herscher Area Historical Society & Museum
Herscher Area Historical Society & Museum
The Herscher Area Historical Society museum contains photographs, documents, and artifacts which dep
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Herscher Area Historical Society & Museum
Herscher Area Historical Society & Museum
The Herscher Area Historical Society museum contains photographs, documents, and artifacts which dep
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Historic Churches of the Kankakee Area, Driving/Walking Tour
Historic Churches of the Kankakee Area, Driving/Walking Tour
Tour our nine historic churches that represent the spirit of commitment our early settlers had in es
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Kankakee County Courthouse
Kankakee County Courthouse
Built in 1912, the courthouse features a dome mural depicting scenes of local history and is a focal
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Kankakee County Fairgrounds
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
The first county fair was held in 1856 in the current Riverview Historic District. The fair has been
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Kankakee County Museum & Historical Society
Kankakee County Museum & Historical Society
Discover an extensive collection of county history. The museum grounds include the 1855 Dr. A. L. Sm
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Kankakee Railroad Museum
Kankakee Railroad Museum
Explore restored train cars- a 1900s trolley car, a 1964 Union Pacific caboose and a 1947 Pullman ca
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Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society
Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society
The Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society has been recording Kankakee County's history since 1968. Th
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Little Red School House
Little Red School House
This 1850s schoolhouse was called the Mt.Airy School because of its original location in Mt. Airy Ce
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Mainstreet Momence
Mainstreet Momence
Nestled on the Kankakee River, this intact turn of the 19th Century commercial district provided the
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Manteno Historical Society Museum
Manteno Historical Society Museum
The society is headquartered in the Charles Skinner House and contains a collection of photographs,
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Maternity BVM Church
Maternity BVM Church
Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church was built in 1858 in French- Canadian architect
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Momence Railroad Depot Museum
Momence Railroad Depot Museum
This privately-owned 1890s depot was restored in 2001. The building served as a depot from 1890 to t
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Riverview Historic District
Riverview Historic District
The Riverview Historic District sits on the scenic banks of the Kankakee River and contains custom-b
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St. Anne Catholic Church
St. Anne Catholic Church
This Gothic designed structure was built in 1872 to replace the original log church. The stone churc
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St. Patrick's Catholic Church
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
In 1891, St. Patrick's parish started when the Catholic Columbian Association assembled and began co
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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
St. Paul's Episcopal Church building was dedicated on September 6, 1900. Built primarily of Bedford
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St. Paul's Lutheran Church
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded by German immigrants in 1859. The first church wa
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The Kankakee Depot
The Kankakee Depot
The 1898 Illinois Central Railroad depot was restored in 1998 and placed on the National Register of
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