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72nd Annual National Sweetcorn Festival
Held each year over Labor Day weekend, the National Sweetcorn Festival is best known for distributing over 50 tons of free, antique steam engine cooked, sweetcorn each year! Traditional carnival rides and grandstand events are additional highlights throughout the weekend, and the festival is home to the annual National Sweetheart pageant, a highly recognized pageant in which nine former contestant have gone on to become Miss America.
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
Boudreau Vegetables and Grain
Farm-fresh pumpkins and watermelon are sold here.
Bull's Pit Smoked Barbeque
A mouth watering treat, you'll want to come back for more. Rubs and sauces are made from scratch.
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.
Culbert Flowers & Gifts by Molly
Nursery, gifts, antiques and much more. We had a wide range of unique selections perfect for any occasion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scuba dive the spring-fed quarry of 12 acres in a park-like setting. Call for reservations.
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.
Buy cucumbers, gherkins, peppers, pumpkins and other in-season produce.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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
A campground that has something for everyone with basketball, volleyball and other activities.