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Splash Valley Aquatic Park
Kankakee's premiere water park offers splashtacular fun for the whole family. The outdoor water park encompasses a lazy river, three waterslides, lap pool, and two zero-depth entry pools. Group rates and party rentals are available.
The Heartland Spa
Escape to a country estate on a private lake surrounded by acres of wood and miles of farmland. Once a busy dairy farm this award-winning destination spa stays true to its roots by providing a welcoming, unpretentious, and nurturing environment for guests to relax, unplug and focus on their individual lifestyle goals.
Kankakee County Fair
Let's spend a day at the Fair. Go to the time-honored livestock shows, play some games, enter contests, enjoy the exciting live entertainment, be brave and ride on the carnival rides, or feast on the fair food but don't forget to see the demolition derby or rodeo.
Frank Lloyd Wright's B. Harley Bradley House
The B. Harley Bradley House Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1900 The B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, Illinois, is widely acknowledged as Wright's first Prairie Style design. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places individually and as part of the Riverview Historic District. Following an extensive restoration, the Bradley House now enjoys the opportunity to be appreciated by architecture fans from around the world. 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.
Gallery of Trees
Throughout the Kankakee County Museum, Christmas trees are decorated by community organizations. Yearly, a special theme is added for your enjoyment. Come in and view the different arrangements and vote for that special tree.
The Kankakee River takes a leisurely path from its origin to a point near Wilmington, Illinois, where it joins the DesPlaines River to form the Illinois River. Long acclaimed as one of the cleanest rivers in the Midwest, the Kankakee is a gentle Class I river ideal for first-time canoeists.
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.
Scuba dive the spring-fed quarry of 12 acres in a park-like setting. Call for reservations.
Iroquois County State Wildlife Area
The area features some of the finest and most extensive prairie-marsh and sand dune vegetation remaining in Illinois. Primarily operated as a permit pheasant hunting area, hiking, picnicking, and snowmobiling opportunities are also available.
Kankakee River State Park
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, snowmobile trails, picnic areas, hunting, boat launches, and much more! In addition there are several shelters available for picnic events.
Kankakee South KOA
The Kankakee South KOA offers a quiet get-away-from-it-all retreat that's just an hour south of Chicago. Good restaurants, golf courses, canoe trips and Friday night stock car races are nearby.
Majestic Town Mall
Located in the lower level of the historic Majestic Centre, this charming mall houses specialty shops and art galleries. The specialty shops offer collectibles, home décor, jewelry, purses, and art.
Essex Historical Society Museum
This historical site features a one-room schoolhouse and historical artifacts contained in an adjacent brick building. Learn about area strip mines that date back to the 1900's. This Kankakee museum is open by appointment and during special events.
Kankakee Model Railroad Club and 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.
Boudreau Vegetables and Grain
Farm-fresh pumpkins and watermelon are sold here.
Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena
A facility of the Kankakee Valley Park District, Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena features a NHL rink, Game Zone arcade and Breakaway Cafe concessions.
Barn Quilts of Kankakee County
For an enjoyable leisurely drive through the scenic countryside; come to Kankakee County and do the barn quilt tour. Throughout the county mounted on historic barns or corncribs are 8 by 8 foot painted wood blocks with a colorful quilted pattern. Each Barn Quilt shares a unique story of growth, celebration, toil and tradition. For more information please call 800-747-4837 or log on to www.VisitKankakeeCounty.com
Summer Farmer's Market - Kankakee
Produce, prepared foods, bread, cheese, plants, entertainment and activities at the gazebo 7 am -12 pm. Farmers market open May through October. Accepts WIC coupons, senior citizen coupons.
Buy cucumbers, gherkins, peppers, pumpkins and other in-season produce.
CITY: Cissna Park
Conrad Park Pioneer Cabin
Check out this pioneer cabin that gives a glimpse of Illinois' earliest settlers' way of life on the frontier. It is located in a majestic park setting along the Kankakee River.
Fey Orr Memorial Mural
This mural honors the late Fey Orr, a prominent local businessman and philanthropist. The mural is painted on the Chebanse Grain & Lumber Co. building, and depicts the people and lifestyle of Beaverville.
A tandem Skydive with Skydive Greater is a fun safe way for you to experience the thrill of skydiving while securely attached to an experience instructor with 1,000 jumps and many years of experience.
Iroquois County Historical Society Museum
This old ourthouse museum houses numerous exhibits, as well as collections of natural and cultural objects that reflect the dinstictive characteristics of the county.
Fall Art Stroll
For one day each fall, downtown Kankakee is transformed into a center for arts and entertainment. The Art Stroll brings together artisans from all over the Midwest, including painters, photographers, jewelry makers, potters, glass makers, and a variety of music and performance artists.
164 North Fine Dining
USDA Prime Steaks, fresh seafood, pork chops and pastas. Full bar on site. Our private dining room is now available for seating up to 80. Please call between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and ask for Maria for more information.
French Heritage Museum at the Stone Barn
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.
This nine-ton cannon, used in WW II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, stands alongside Veterans Parkway in honor of the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.
River Front Berry Farm
This roadside spots sells in-season red and black raspberries, strawberries, aspargus, rhubarb, sweet corn, new potatoes, zucchini, acorn squash, apples, pears, garlic, pumpkins, tomatoes, onions and peppers.
Willowhaven Interpretive Center
A facility of the Bourbonnais Township Park District, The Willowhaven Interpretive Center is a free hands-on museum that houses natural and historical exhibits, provides the community a place to learn, explore, and enjoy the splendors of nature! Displays focus on Illinois wildlife, conservation and natural history. The most popular displays include hands-on discovery tables with pelts, nests, feathers, tracks and more. The center also has live animal displays, aquariums, a children's reading nook, computer tables and a microscope lab table.
Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery
This not-for-profit Gallery acts as an advocate for local and visiting artists from a variety of genres. It also offers an opportunity to people of all ages to learn about and appreciate the visual arts through our exhibits, tours, workshops, and programs offered. The Gallery is uniquely located with Provena Heritage Village senior facility, and continues to enrich the daily lives of the residents here. Admission into the gallery is free and donations are accepted.
Kankakee history comes to life with the guided history walk through Mound Grove Cemetery. Actors will portray historical figures sharing their lives and times in Kankakee County. Tours are at 11 a.m and 2 p.m.
The Homestead Restaurant
For over 100 years (1906) the Homestead has been serving the community its home grown Italian and American cuisine. The menu ranges from Italian pastas to steaks, chops and outstanding seafood choices. Additionally, there are daily and weekly specials to make anyone's mouth water. Come see what keeps people coming back year after year.
Riverview Guest House, Inc.
Reflecting on the past one might envision the charm of the neighborhood. Built in 1907 this late Queen Ann home offers a quiet comfortable getaway of yesteryear from the stress of modern life. Breakfast creations can be served in the Maurice Chevalier Dining Room or on the Front Porch. Travelers of both business and pleasure are welcome!
Kankakee South KOA
A campground that has something for everyone with basketball, volleyball and other activities.
Family House Restaurant and Sport Bar
For more than twenty years, this family-owned restaurant has catered to family and casual dining enthusiasts. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are accented with a sports bar and live entertainment.
Momence Historical House
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 Club was instrumental in preserving this lovely house museum. The home is maintained by the City of Momence. The arbor and gardens were created by the Momence High School Shop Class and Main Street Momence.
Bull's Pit Smoked Barbeque
A mouth watering treat, you'll want to come back for more. Rubs and sauces are made from scratch.
Onarga Township Cemetery
The cemetery is the eternal home of Timothy Webster, a Civil War spy.
Hilton Garden Inn Kankakee
Hilton Garden Inn Kankakee is only minutes away from Kankakee River Road Park, Splash Valley Water Park, and Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena. There are also several golf courses as well as our beautiful Kankakee River State Park within only 10 miles of our facility. Our features at the Hilton Garden Inn Kankakee, Illinois include our full breakfast, dinner and evening room service in the Great American Grill. Also enjoy our complimentary workout facility and indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi.
Culbert Flowers & Gifts by Molly
Nursery, gifts, antiques and much more. We had a wide range of unique selections perfect for any occasion.
The Razzano House
Uniquely private, the Razzano House is an architect designed home built by restauranteur and golfing professional Louis Razzano in 1952 to match the elegant period homes in the area. It is now a charming, comfortable guest home.
A beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre. Shows are open to all ages and start at 7pm except on special events. The theatre brings the opportunity of a variety of entertainment arts; from concerts, live music & professional dance troupes to dinner theatre, local talent shows, private events such as weddings, and special holiday productions. This building was designed by the famous Louis Skidmore of "Skidmore, Owens and Merrill." The Watseka Theatre is believed to be the only theatre he ever designed. It's definitely a "Diamond in Our Own Backyard."
71st Annual National Sweetcorn Festival
Diligence, family, and a whole lot of corn! Each and every Labor Day weekend, for the past 70 years, the Hoopeston Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) hosts the National Sweetcorn Festival. Classic American festival events include a midway full of carnival rides, games, and stands of delicious fried goodness, smashing cars at the demo derby, and a grand parade featuring marching bands, pageant queens, and plenty of candy. Being the National Sweetcorn Capital of the World, Hoopeston has to have their own unique twists to the festival. An antique steam engine cooks more than 50 tons hot buttered sweetcorn and is served up to approximately 20,000 visitors over the course of the weekend free of charge! With a line that wraps around the park, it is clear that Hoopeston really does sweetcorn the right way, the best way.
Watseka Union Depot
This historic depot is now home to railroad memorabilia displays.
Shagbark Golf & Country Club
This challenging nine-hole, par 36 course is noted for its small greens.
Super 8 Motel - Gilman
52 rooms, super start breakfast from 6am-10am, Olympic-size jacuzzi.
Kankakee County Speedway
Fun-filled racing action roars through Kankakee County on Friday nights. The Kankakee Motor Speedway hosts seasonal stock car racing, including UMP Late Models, UMP Modified, UMP Street Stocks and the I-Mods.
Step across the threshold of this lovingly restored, 106 year old building. Throughout the two story shop and its enclosed garden, you’ll find a tasteful and eclectic blend of upscale, contemporary home and garden décor items. Mirrors, lamps, clocks, candles, candleholders, vases, and gorgeous garden iron. You’ll also find trendy fashion jewelry and accessories. The ground floor Wine Corner features fine wines from Illinois vineyards and wine accessories. Sampling takes place every day and wine can be purchased by the glass (or bottle) for sipping while you shop or to enjoy in our beautiful garden. Up the Stairs, you’ll find The Food Corner, filled with a surprising array of Illinois Food products and kitchen gadgets you won’t want to live without. All around you’ll find April Cornell linens, more accessories and décor, a Spa Corner designed to inspire and sooth your mind, body and spirit.
Super 8 Motel - Watseka
42 rooms, large truck parking available. Nice hotel. Meeting room accommodates 50. Handicap rooms, pet friendly.
Motel 6 - Gilman
38 rooms, pet friendly, handicap accessible.
26 rooms, some with kitchenettes. Handicap rooms, pet friendly.
You will see many hand crafted items made by the creative minds of the artists that made all of these beautiful items. Original art work will include water color and oil paintings, blown and fused glass creations, woodworking, jewelry, hand knits, porcelain paintings and other media.
Willowhaven Interpretive Center
Whispering Willows Park at Willowhaven Interpretive Center features open prairies, wetlands, interpretive gardens and 1.5 miles of limestone trails surrounding two scenic ponds. All trails begin and end at the Willowhaven Interpretive Center scenic outlook.
Reed's Canoe Trips
Reed's Canoe offers three trips ranging in length from 2 to 6 hours, and are suitable for new and experienced canoeists.
Ultimate Outdoor Show
For the avid hunter and fisherman you'll be pleased to see the great fishing demos-games-vendors-food-live concert-archery demos-boat show-RVs- and camping.
Washington Skate Park
Launch off a ramp and go airborne at the area's only skate park! It is an unsupervised skate at your own risk park.
Merchant Street MusicFest
Merchant Street MusicFest is a free two-day music and arts festival. The event is a community celebration featuring local, regional, and national musical talent on 3 stages, fine and folk art vendors and great food and drink.
Gun & Sport Show
Showcasing local and regional vendors, the Gun and Sport Show at the Kankakee County Fair Grounds has something for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned collector or just want to view the vintage militia items, this is a must see. This is held several times a year, so be sure to check www.visitkankakeecounty.com for future dates.
Autumn Splendor Quilt Show
Over 400 quilts will be on display. There will be a silent auction, also quilt vendors and food concessions are available. Quilt raffle tickets will be sold at the door for the drawing on Sunday at 4 p.m.
12th Annual Sugar Creek Opera
Featuring the performance, a lightly staged Die Fledermaus, is a German operetta by Johann Strauss II, and will be sung in English. Helen Todd will sing the role of Rosalinde and Michael Mayes will appear as Gabriel von Eisenstein.
Watseka Farmers Market
This farmers market is located at the First Trust & Savings bank in downtown Watseka. There are approximately fifteen vendors. Most of the vendors sell homegrown fruits and vegetables. There are also craft vendors on site. Held on Saturdays, 7am-Noon, June through September.