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Outdoor adventures, cultural activities, family recreation, dining and shopping await you less than an hour south of Chicago. With more than 900 hotel/motel rooms, Kankakee County has the accommodations you need to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Our web site has several sample itineraries to enhance your visit and take advantage of all of the wonderful things to see and do in Kankakee County. The Kankakee County and Visitors Bureau welcomes the opportunity to work with your group. Our community offers exciting places to eat, play, meet and sleep. Our seasoned sales and services team are available to assist you.

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Arts Center
Arts Center (Tours)
Northfield Square Mall
Bourbonnais, IL

815-933-2787
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Learn, create and share. Plan your next group activity at Kankakee County Community Arts Council’s Art Center. You will leave with a work of art to share with family and friends. The Art Center is an interchangeable gallery that features lo Read More...
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B. Harley Bradley House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
B. Harley Bradley House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (Tours)
701 S. Harrison Ave.
Kankakee, IL

815-936-9630
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This famous architect introduced his Prairie Style designed house during the early 1900’s. The first two houses designed during this era are located in Kankakee next to each other in the Historic Riverview District. View the beautiful lands Read More...
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Barn Quilts of Kankakee County, Driving Tour
Barn Quilts of Kankakee County, Driving Tour (Tours)
1 Dearborn Square, Ste 1
Kankakee, IL

815-935-7390
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If you are a lover of quilts then the Quilts of Kankakee County will unfold the history of living on the farm. Barns are iconic reminders of our country’s proud agricultural heritage. Kankakee County celebrates its’ history with colorful qu Read More...
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Basu Natural Farms
Basu Natural Farms (Tours)
13643 E. 2000 S. Rd.
Pembroke Township, IL

815-944-8211
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Basu Museum and Cultural Center is an unique community-based, non-profit organization, that has been serving youth and their families since 1997. The museum is located on Basu Natural Farms a sustainable, organic farm at the north end of Pe Read More...
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Bennett-Curtis House
Bennett-Curtis House (Tours)
302 W. Taylor Ave.
Grant Park, IL

815-465-2288
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Talk about creating fun for your next group gathering! Solving a mystery is like putting together a puzzle at the Bennett-Curtis House Murder in the BC Mansion. This Chateau is flanked by bubbling fountains, grape arbor and shaded by 100 ye Read More...
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Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society
Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society (Tours)
PO Box 311
Bourbonnais, IL

815-933-6452
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Letourneau home is a museum that contains many artifacts and is maintained by the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society. The museum is open on the third Sunday of each month (except January, February and holidays). Read More...
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Bourbonnais Township Park District
Bourbonnais Township Park District (Tours)
459 N. Kennedy Dr.
Bourbonnais, IL

815-933-9905
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Pick fruit in the fruit orchard, let the kids experience the Exploration Station or visit farm animals at Perry Farm Park. These are just a few activities provided by the Bourbonnais Township Park District. You can also learn about nature a Read More...
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Bronte History of Printing Museum
Bronte History of Printing Museum (Tours)
6712 N. 4180W Rd.
Bourbonnais, IL

815-932-5192
Spanning 550 years of printing history, exhibits showcase materials used in wood engraving, etching, and typesetting. Read More...
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Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See
Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See (Tours)
6641 N 6000W Rd.
Manteno, IL

815-933-3011
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Camp Shaw was established in 1956 and is the best kept secret in all of beautiful Kankakee County!Camp Shaw has great indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate almost any event and offers onsite catering to make your stay easy and enjoyable! Read More...
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Conrad Park Pioneer Cabin
Conrad Park Pioneer Cabin (Tours)
Mill Street Island Park
Momence, IL

815-472-6081
The Pioneer Log Cabin, which was to resemble as near as possible the original cabins built by the men and women who settled this area, was the vision of local teacher and historian, Kay Hess. She and a group of volunteers worked together to Read More...
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Cupola House Tree Farm
Cupola House Tree Farm (Tours)
4030 N 3000 W Rd.
Bourbonnais, IL

815-932-6635
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Free hayrides, hot cider, and a cozy wood fire complement this choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm. Read More...
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Dickman’s Farm Fresh Poultry
Dickman’s Farm Fresh Poultry (Tours)
6480 S 14000W Rd.
Herscher, IL

815-426-2154
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Dickman's offers hormone-free, locally-raised poultry as well as farm tours. Read More...
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Essex Historical Society Museum
Essex Historical Society Museum (Tours)
218 N. Parls St.
Essex, IL

815-365-4048
This historical site features a one-room schoolhouse and historical Essex artifacts contained in an adjacent brick building. Learn about area strip mines that date back to the early 1900's. Read More...
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Family Tree Nursery
Family Tree Nursery (Tours)
1548 E 10000N Rd
Manteno, IL

815-468-8611
This choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm offers refreshments and wagon rides. Read More...
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French Heritage Museum
French Heritage Museum (Tours)
165 N. Indiana Ave.
Kankakee, IL

815-936-0834
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The Lemuel Milk Carriage House, historically the Stone Barn, is now home to the French Heritage Museum. Explore the French involvement in the history of the Kankakee River Valley—the first explorers and missionaries; the Coureurs de bois an Read More...
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Grant Park
Grant Park (Tours)
W. Taylor St.
Grant Park, IL

815-465-6531
Grant Park has facilities and parks that host a variety of events, including the annual Driving the Dixie antique car run. Indoor and outdoor park rentals are available. Read More...
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Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery
Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery (Tours)
901 N. Entrance Ave.
Kankakee, IL

815-939-4506
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Provena Heritage Village, a senior living facility lends their home to local artists’ displays. The Gallery provides a beautiful and quiet setting for artists, professionals, and amateurs alike. Works by local and regional artist’s are disp Read More...
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Herscher Area Historical Society & Museum
Herscher Area Historical Society & Museum (Tours)
PO Box 403
Herscher, IL

815-949-1555
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The Herscher Area Historical Society was established in 2000 and the Museum opened in 2004. The Museum contains photographs, documents, and artifacts which depict the history of Herscher and many local communities. Read More...
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Historic Churches of the Kankakee Area, Driving/Walking Tour
Historic Churches of the Kankakee Area, Driving/Walking Tour (Tours)

Kankakee, IL


Kankakee County’s history is directly tied to the many church congregations that began in the 1800s. Most of these churches are located in downtown Kankakee and represent the spirit of commitment our early settlers had in establishing our a Read More...
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Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena
Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena (Tours)
1601 River Rd.
Kankakee, IL

815-939-1946
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Have the coolest party ever! The Ice Arena is open for public skating and party packages. Offering unique options for skating get-togethers, hockey to group skating parties, there are several skating packages to choose from. The indoor spor Read More...
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Kankakee County Courthouse
Kankakee County Courthouse (Tours)
450 E. Court St.
Kankakee, IL

815-937-2930
This 1912 Courthouse with its Beaux Arts inspired dome, dominates the downtown Kankakee skyline. A mural depicting scenes of the county’s history embellishes the dome’s ceiling. The Kankakee County Courthouse built during the era when Beaux Read More...
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Kankakee County Fairgrounds
Kankakee County Fairgrounds (Tours)
213 W 4000S Rd.
Kankakee, IL

815-932-6714
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The first county fair was held in 1856 in the current Riverview Historic District. The fair has been held every year since, except when a fire destroyed the grandstands in 1921, and in 1933 during Chicago’s Century of Progress fair. Today t Read More...
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Kankakee County Historic Preservation Commission
Kankakee County Historic Preservation Commission (Tours)
189 E. Court Street
Kankakee, IL

815-937-2940
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Kankakee County Museum & Historical Society
Kankakee County Museum & Historical Society (Tours)
801 S. 8th Ave.
Kankakee, IL

815-932-5279
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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 Read More...
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Kankakee Farmers Market
Kankakee Farmers Market (Tours)
199 S. East Ave.
Kankakee, IL

(847)630-6100
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Kankakee Farmers Market (May – October) Corner of Schuyler and Merchant Street, Kankakee, IL Read More...
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Kankakee Railroad Museum
Kankakee Railroad Museum (Tours)
197 S. East Ave.
Kankakee, IL

815-929-9320
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Instead of automobiles and planes, enjoy trains and the good old days. Lay your eyes on large operating model train displays and railroad memorabilia housed in Kankakee’s restored train depot. The museum also features a scale model replicat Read More...
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Kankakee River State Park
Kankakee River State Park (Tours)
5314 W. State Route 102
Bourbonnais, IL

815-933-1383
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The 4,000-acre park extends along both sides of the Kankakee River offering unspoiled settings that are surrounded by scenic bluffs and woods. The park includes hiking trails, biking trails, canoeing, fishing, camping, cross-country skiing, Read More...
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Kankakee Valley Forest Preserve
Kankakee Valley Forest Preserve (Tours)
3301 Waldron Rd.
Aroma Park, IL

815-935-5630
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Dedicated to preserving natural areas, the Kankakee Valley Forest Preserve offers conservation and educational programs at six sites in the Kankakee area. The Forest Preserve encompasses trails for walking, hiking, biking, and cross-country Read More...
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Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society
Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society (Tours)
200 E. Court St., Fl. 3
Kankakee, IL

815-939-4564
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The Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society has been recording Kankakee County's history since 1968. Their records include death records from 1877, birth records from 1878, and marriage records from 1853. Read More...
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Kankakee Valley Park District
Kankakee Valley Park District (Tours)
893 W. Station St.
Kankakee, IL

815-939-1311
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More than 25 parks, the Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena, Splash Valley Aquatic Park, Theodis Pace Field ( football) and the River Road Softball Complex are just some of the Kankakee Valley Park District’s attractions. The park district also off Read More...
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Manteno Historical Society Museum
Manteno Historical Society Museum (Tours)
192 W. Third St.
Manteno, IL

815-468-6629
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The society headquartered in the Charles Skinner House, adorns the center of Manteno’s beautiful village. Gaze at a collection of photographs, histories, documents and artifacts. Find your way to the third floor ,which houses a room commemo Read More...
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Manteno Parks
Manteno Parks (Tours)
98 E. Third St.
Manteno, IL

815-929-4800
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Manteno partners with the Bourbonnais Township Park District to offer a wide variety of programs for all ages. New developments of the Legacy Park include soccer fields, an outdoor theater, and additional softball fields. Read More...
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Mary's Berries
Mary's Berries (Tours)
9495 E 1500N Rd.
Momence, IL

815-472-6015
This seasonal u-pick farm offers a variety of berries. Read More...
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Momence Farmers Market
Momence Farmers Market (Tours)
123 W. River St.
Momence, IL


The market is open from mid-July to the first of October on Wednesdays. In addition to produce vendors, a variety of craft and product vendors are on site. 123 W. River Street, Momence, IL Read More...
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Momence Historical House Museum
Momence Historical House Museum (Tours)
117 N. Dixie Hwy.
Momence, IL

815-472-3861
The 1870's home displays period furnishings and artifact from 1870 to 1900. Depicting everyday life in the late 1880’s, this 1869 home features period furnishings throughout. It originally served as a private residence. The Momence Women’s Read More...
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Momence Park District
Momence Park District (Tours)
79 E. Mill St.
Momence, IL

815-472-2670
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The Momence Park District operates five facilities within the boundaries of Momence, IL. Each facility serves a unique purpose and provides the residents of Momence, Illinois and surrounding communities with opportunities to play, learn and Read More...
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Momence Railroad Depot Museum
Momence Railroad Depot Museum (Tours)
691 N. Dixie Hwy.
Momence, IL

815-472-2255
This privately-owned 1890s depot was restored in 2001. This building served as a depot from 1890 to the 1950s, and served the Chicago, Indiana Southern Railroad and the New York Central lines. In the depot are photos and artifacts relating Read More...
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Olivet Nazarene University
Olivet Nazarene University (Tours)
One University Ave.
Bourbonnais, IL

815-939-5011
An accredited, Christian liberal arts university, Olivet offers numerous opportunities for education, culture, faith and fun for the community. Located in Bourbonnais, Kankakee County’s newest concert and worship venue — Centennial Chapel — Read More...
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Riverview Historic District
Riverview Historic District (Tours)
PO Box 571
Kankakee, IL


Take a ride, walk or drive through one of Kankakee County’s Historic neighborhoods. Historic Riverview sits along the banks of the Kankakee River. Enjoy custom built, carefully restored homes - some more than 100 years old - including two o Read More...
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Strickler Planetarium
Strickler Planetarium (Tours)
One University Ave.
Bourbonnais, IL

815-939-5681
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Popular with student groups Everyone can reach for the stars when you visit Strickler Planetarium at Olivet Nazarene University. Experience the history of the universe from its fiery birth to the formation of our solar system. Explore colli Read More...
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Sunrise Greenhouse Inc.
Sunrise Greenhouse Inc. (Tours)
10300 E 9000N Rd.
Grant Park, IL

815-465-6310
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This seven acre greenhouse provides quality plants specializing in bedding plants, baskets, vegetable plants, herbs and perennails for the discerning shopper. Sunrise greenhouse facility is all under one roof for shopping convenience and no Read More...
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Vana's Pumpkin Land
Vana's Pumpkin Land (Tours)
7705 W. State Route 17
Kankakee, IL

815-939-2000
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Vana's Pumpkin Land celebrates fall with wagon rides, a petting zoo, corn maze, and u-pick pumpkin patch. Open during the month of October. Read More...
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Vitreous Matter Glass Studio
Vitreous Matter Glass Studio (Tours)
1585 Commerce Dr.
Bourbonnais, IL

815-592-4011
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Are you looking for a unique experience? In prehistoric times, a natural glass formed by volcanic eruptions, was prized for its hardness by primitive man and was used to make tools and arrowheads. Man-made glass amulets and beads from as fa Read More...
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Willowhaven Interpretive Center
Willowhaven Interpretive Center (Tours)
1451 N. 4000E Rd.
Kankakee, IL

815-933-9905
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Visit this free, hands-on museum housing exhibits focused on Illinois wildlife, conservation and natural history. The center also hosts live animal displays and includes butterfly gardens, aquariums, a children’s reading nook, computer tabl Read More...
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Zanjabil Gardens
Zanjabil Gardens (Tours)
5430 S. Mulberry Ave.
St. Anne, IL

815-549-7332
This organic farm offers a variety of u-pick fruits and vegetables. Read More...


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