History & Architecture History & Architecture
Basu Museum & Cultural Center
An African American multicultual museum, featuring thousands of artifacts.
13643 E 2000 S Rd, Pembroke Township, 815-295-7357
Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society-Letourneau Home/Museum
The museum was the home of Bourbonnais' first mayor George R. Letourneau. Exhibits include history of Mayor Letourneau and centers on the French-Canadian influence in the Bourbonnais area.
698 Stratford Drive East, Bourbonnais, 815-933-6452
Bronte History of Printing Museum
Spanning 550 years of printing history, exhibits showcase materials used in wood engraving, etching, and typesetting.
6172 N. 4180 W. Rd., Bourbonnais, 815-932-5192
Conrad Park Pioneer Cabin
Visit an authentic cabin built during Momence's 150th anniversary to honor the area's first settlers.
Mill Street Island Park, Momence, 815-472-4520
Essex Historical Society Museum
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.
218 Parls St., Essex, 815-365-4048
French Heritage Museum at the Stone Barn
The Lemuel Milk Carriage House, known locally as the Stone Barn, is now home to the French Heritage Museum and is part of the Kankakee County Museum Campus. Here you can explore the French involvement in the history of the Kankakee River Valley—the first explorers and missionaries; the coureurs de bois and fur traders, and the pioneer settlers from France, French Canada, and Belgium. Currently the museum is open on weekends.
165 N. Indiana Ave., Kankakee, 815-936-0834 or 815-932-5279
Herscher Area Historical Society
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.
190 S Main St., Herscher, 815-426-2292
Kankakee County Museum
The Kankakee County Museum is the home of the Kankakee County Historical Society. Founded in 1906, it is the oldest incorporated local historical society in Illinois. The Main Museum Building contains seven permanent and temporary exhibit galleries, the Museum Store, the Museum's Archival Research Library, the Museum's offices, and support facilities. The Museum Complex also encompasses the historic 1855 Dr. A. L. Small House, the 1904 Taylor One-Room Schoolhouse, Column Garden and Outdoor Exhibit Area. The museum boasts more than 85,000 artifacts in addition to 20,000 still images in the photo collection.
801 S. Eighth Ave., Kankakee, 815-932-5279
Kankakee Railroad Museum
See large operating model train displays and railroad memorabilia within Kankakee's restored train depot. The museum also features a scale model replicating the city of Kankakee during the 1950's. A restored rail car and trolley can be rented for special events.
197 S. East Ave., Kankakee, 815-929-9320
Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society
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.
200 E. Court St., 3rd Floor Kankakee, 815-939-4564
Little Red School House
Originally called the Mount Airy School, the building was moved to its present location in 1983. This 1850's schoolhouse has been restored and contains period memorabilia and artifacts.
5th Street-West of Dixie Hwy. at Range School, Momence, 815-472-2924
Manteno Historical Society Museum
The museum features a one-room schoolhouse and restored horse-drawn doctor's buggy.
192 W. Third St., Manteno, 815-468-6124
Momence Historical House
An 1870's home containing period furnishings and artifact displays recreates the period of history from 1870 to 1900.
117 N. Dixie Hwy., Momence, 815-472-3861
Momence Railroad Depot Museum
This privately-owned 1890's depot was restored in 2001 and contains photos and artifacts relating to Momence's railroading history.
691 N. Dixie Hwy., Momence, 815-472-2255
Frank Lloyd Wright's B. Harley Bradley House
This Prairie Style house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright along with its neighboring home. The houses are acknowledged by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy as Wright's first house designs that ushered in Wright's Prairie Style. The B. Harley Bradley House is open for 1 hour tours.
701 S. Harrison Ave., Kankakee, 815-936-9630
View a video of the house HERE!
The Kankakee County Courthouse
This 1912 Courthouse features a dome mural depicting scenes of local history. This beautiful architectural gem is a focal point that is positioned in the center of six Historical Churches that were built in the 1800's.
450 E. Court St., Kankakee, 815-937-2930
Asbury United Methodist Church
Asbury Methodist Church began well before the Civil War when a Methodist circuit rider brought Methodism to the early settlers of Kankakee in 1836. In 1866 ground was broken for what is now the first third of Asbury Church. In 1922 the balcony was added to the sanctuary.
196 S. Harrison Ave., Kankakee, 815-933-4408
First Presbyterian Church
The First Presbyterian Church of Kankakee had its founding on September 28, 1854, when 10 men and women met with two ministers from the Chicago New School Presbytery. It houses some of the finest stained glass in the area.
371 E. Court St., Kankakee, 815-939-3546
Maternity BVM Catholic Church
Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church was built in 1858 in French- Canadian architectural style, resembling many churches around Quebec, Canada. The most notable feature of the Church is the three crypts located under the sanctuary.
308 S. Marsile St., Bourbonnais, 815-933-8285
St. Anne Catholic Church
This Gothic designed structure was built in 1872 to replace the original log church. The stone church survived a fire in 1893.
230 N. Sixth Ave., St. Anne, 815-427-8265
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
In 1891, St. Patrick's parish started when the Catholic Columbian Association assembled and began construction in 1892 with the first service in the new building being held on March 11, 1894. The beautiful stained glass windows depict the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church, as well as the four evangelists - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
428 S. Indiana Ave., Kankakee, 815-932-6716
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
St. Paul's Episcopal Church building was dedicated on September 6, 1900. Built primarily of Bedford Stone, St. Paul's Episcopal does not have a steeple; instead it has a Norman style tower, which reflects its English heritage.
298 S. Harrison Ave., Kankakee, 815-313-6000
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded by German immigrants in 1859. The first church was built in 1864. After a series of fires, the cornerstone for the third church was laid in 1888. The three large bells in the bell tower were purchased in 1901. Electric lights were added in 1923.
348 E. Merchant St., Kankakee, 815-932-0312