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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Escape to Kankakee County!
Lose yourself in the natural beauty of the Kankakee River and Kankakee River State Park, you won't be disappointed.

Ice Cream & Novelties

Did you know the concept of soft-serve was first developed in 1938 by John McCullough and his son. They convinced friend, Sherb Noble, to offer the product in his Kankakee, Illinois ice cream shop. That summer they held a 10 cent all-you-can-eat sale and sold 1,600 servings in two hours. Two years later, Noble and the McCulloughs opened the first Dairy Queen in Joliet. Today there are more than 6,000 DQ stores worldwide and it all started in Kankakee, Illinois. Don’t miss out on a treat from one of the five Noble Family-owned DQ’s in Kankakee County.

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Sweet Street
Sweet Street is a delicious place to visit. Just walking in the door sends your taste buds into a fr

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