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Manhattan Irish Fest Parade 5K
5K race that kicks off the Manhattan Irish Fest Parade. Chip timed and USATF certified. Irish Fest admission and a beer are included
The outdoor Show returns! This one-day event welcomes the public to a variety of outdoor vendors inside the heat controlled Sportsplex with special expert presentations. Vendors displaying the latest gear and equipment will be on hand to help get you ready for spring and summer. There will be food and beverages available.
Historical H.A. Rathje Windmill Fall Festival
Explore three floors of the largest Illinois Windmill built in 1872, the demonstrations of old time crafts as well as expanded children activities - and it’s free.
Frankfort Half Marathon
The Frankfort Half Marathon will begin and end in the beautiful historic district of downtown Frankfort. The race will commence right outside the door of Running Excels on the Old Plank Trail and run westward. After 2.7 miles of running on the scenic, tree-lined Old Plank Trail, the racers will turn off into the Hickory Creek Forest Preserve. The rolling hills of the forest preserve will provide a picturesque tour for the runners as they reach the halfway and turn-around point in the race. The runners will then proceed back through the forest preserve and to the Old Plank Trail for their final journey towards the finish line and the post-race party on the Breidert Green. 7AM.
You will see many hand crafted items by the creative minds of the artists that made all of these beautiful items. Original art work includes water color and oil paintings, blown and fused glass creations, woodworking, jewelry, hand knits, porcelain paintings and other media.
Thee Old Time Farm Show
There's fun for the whole family, and if you would like the collection of David Bradley tractors this is the place to come. Along with the tractors there's farm demonstrations, children activities, tractor pulls, weed wacker pulls, a flea and crafts market, plus for a fun filled experience you don't want to miss the tractor square dancing show.
Kankakee Gun & Sportsman Show
For the sports enthusiast to the avid hunter, law enforcement officer or collector, there’s something for you to buy, sell, or trade with one of the area dealers.
Museum of the Matteson Historical Society
History and artifacts of the Matteson area; obituaries, maps, oral histories, library of antique books and newspaper clippings can be found at this informative resource.
Monee Fall Fest
There is no place like Monee for fun. Free admission & parking. Great bands, food & beer garden. Parade carnival and family entertainment. Spectacular fireworks display.
Autumn Splendor Quilt Show
For the fine appreciation of quilt making attend this show and see hundreds of quilts on display; along with quilt making demonstrations. There will be quilt vendors and food concessions; plus raffle tickets that will be sold at the door for a quilt drawing.
1950s Park Forest Museum
Step back into the 1950s in a representation of an original home with toys, dolls, books, clothes and furnishings of the era, in the first fully-planned post-World War II suburb.
28th Annual Jazz Festival
An annual two-day festival including a concert featuring top jazz artists and two days of instrumental clinics for local junior high and high school musicians.
They are committed to producing the finest small batch hand crafted spirits in the Midwest, using premium locally sourced ingredients, tried and true processes, superior equipment, and the collective knowledge and skill of dedicated entrepreneurs.
Pause for Patriotism
The Mission of the "Pause for Patriotism" Committee is: to instill a Love of our country, demonstrate an attachment to the land and people, an admiration for our customs and traditions, and a devotion to the welfare of our country in our children and their families through the annual "Armed Forces Day" celebration and other activities throughout the year. There will also be great entertainment, food, and beverages for people all ages.
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.
Memory, an exhibit of portraits
Memory is an exhibition of portraits that reflect less the "sitter's" likeness than their psychological state. Works include paintings, colored pencil drawings, prints and pastels by Judith Roth, Ellen Holtzblatt, John Smolko and Joseph Taylor.
KVPD Ultimate Outdoor Show
For the avid hunter and fisherman you'll be pleased to see the great fishing demos, games, vendors, food, live concerts, archery, demos, boat show, RV's and camping.
Chew on this Dog Barkery
Toys, Treats, Accessories, Natural Foods, Holistic Supplements. They carry everything you need for a healthy happy dog and/or cat.
Park Forest Historical Society Archive
Park Forest Local History Collection and Archive. Documents, photographs, video, and newspapers on historic Park Forest, 1946. Some items are on the early history of the region. It is best to call ahead to speak to the archivist. Some information is available at the Park Forest Public Library.
Howard Johnson - Manteno
54 guest rooms with complimentary continental breakfast, indoor pool, and free high-speed internet. Packages are available.
Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Southland - Matteson
On the southern edge of the broad-shouldered city, the Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Southland calls Matteson home. The quiet suburban village provides visitors quick access to the shores of Lake Michigan and an easy commute to the big-city thrills of Downtown Chicago.
Super 8 - Monee
Fine, new economy lodging. 42 rooms, 3 Jacuzzi suites; free continental breakfast, truck & bus parking available. Meeting facilities for up to 35 people.
Country Host Motel
24 deluxe rooms, satellite remote color TV, free HBO & ESPN, large vehicle parking for RV, truck and bus.
79th Annual Gladiolus Festival
On the agenda for the Gladiolus Festival are the Coronation of the Princess and Queen, plus numerous parades, a carnival and giant flea, swap, and craft market.
LaQuinta Inn & Suites - Matteson
108 guest rooms - in-room coffee maker with complimentary coffee, ironing boards, hairdryers, free continental breakfast and a complimentary copy of the Southtown.
Visit the Museum Campus at Small Memorial Park for vendors, music, contests, pies, and lovely gardens. The one room school house and the memorial home of Dr. A.L. Small, built in 1855, and boyhood home of Lennington Small, Governor of Illinois from 1921-1929, will be open.
The Bennett - Curtis House
Dine in an 18-room mansion built in 1900. Beautifully furnished and decorated with antiques. The tables are set with fine silver, elegant crystal and china. If you are looking for a unique and historical setting for your wedding ceremony, reception, dinner party, shower or your next event, The Bennett-Curtis House is it.
Bistro 57 - Holiday Inn Matteson
American cuisine at comfortable prices. Skillet inspirations, creative sandwiches, quality steaks and chops, baby back ribs with special sauce and herb chicken.
Seecago Tours, Inc
Historical and sightseeing motorcoach day-tours of Chicago and the suburbs. Tour packages available for out-of-town groups, conventions, family reunions, local groups and organizations. Call for group tour details.
The Star Motel
This 27-room property offers budget lodging conveniently located near many restaurants, a laundry center, gas stations, grocery stores and a wide variety of shops. Free parking is offered during your stay.
Country Inn & Suites - Matteson
Come "Be our Guest" at Country Inn & Suites by Carlson. All rooms are equipped with hairdryers, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards. Indoor pool. Free high speed internet.
This property has 43 guest rooms and 3 suites. Other amenities include free parking, handicapped accessibility, a laundry facility, non-smoking rooms and refrigerator availability.
Frankfort Historic Business Association
Whatever the season, there's a reason to shop historic Frankfort. Visit our web site for a list of our charming stores, eclectic boutiques and relaxing restaurants, plus monthly special events.
Riegel Farm & Conservation Center
Riegel Farm has a very diverse group of animal residents. We have exotic birds and reptiles such as an alligator and snakes. Birthday parties, group tours, pony rides and hayrides.
Red Roof Inn & Suites - Monee
Features 67 modern rooms, deluxe express start breakfast (hot), free secure parking, free wireless internet & indoor heated pool.
Park Forest Rail Fan Park
Viewing platform and educational displays at one of the country's largest rail intersections, where the Canadian National main line connects with the Metra line. A must-visit attraction for area visitors!
Americas Best Value Inn - Monee
Free continental breakfast, indoor pool, and cable TV. Truck and bus parking available. Nice, quiet village atmosphere, close to shopping, the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, and Route 66 Raceway.
Start your day off with deluxe complimentary continental breakfast with fresh Belgian waffles, hot freshly brewed coffee, fresh breads and pastries, milk, juice, hot and cold cereals and more. Relax at the end of the day or have fun with your family in our indoor pool and spa.
Museum of the Matteson Hisotrical Society
History and artifacts of the Matteson area; obituaries, maps, oral histories, library of antique books and newspaper clippings.
Quality Inn & Suites - Bradley
Located in the heart of The Kankakee River Valley. Just 50 minutes from Chicago. A full service hotel that offers a downtown atmosphere of elegance and luxury.
SPAA THEATER is focused on providing quality stage plays and much need programs, such as their; CSI & Film Camps, Adult Acting, Writing & Speaking Classes, SPAA Master's Certification Classes, SPAA Children's Theater, SPAA Radio, SPAA TV and Much more! They are dedicated to providing, developing and enhancing "Edutainment" (Education & Entertainment) through programs, live productions and commitment to the surrounding communities.
Campsites are located on the banks of the lake in the birch trees, in the meadow nestled among the oaks and maples, and along the Kankakee River. Entertainment is planned on weekends and holidays.
Presidential Inn Motel
This property has 43 rooms and 3 suites. Other amenities include free parking, handicapped accessibility, a laundry facility, non-smoking rooms and refrigerator availability.
White Street Cafe
White Street Cafe is a family owned business located in charming Frankfort, IL. We offer delicious food that features high quality ingredients and reasonable prices.
Route 50 Motel
Welcome! At the Route 50 Motel you can easily find us after a long day of driving. We are located on the highway and easy to spot. We offer fresh coffee as well as an outdoor pool, cozy beds and all the necesities you need. 96 rooms. Outdoor pool. Free HBO and ESPN
Holiday Inn Chicago Matteson Conference Center
The Holiday Inn Chicago Matteson Conference Center is a full service, award-winning Holiday Inn. This property features a holidome, 202 deluxe rooms, 15,000 square feet of meeting space, a restaurant, nightclub and atrium bar.
Thorn Creek Nature Center
Enjoy a day in the country while learning about wildlife through nature displays and exhibits.
Bull's Pit Smoked Barbeque
A mouth watering treat, you'll want to come back for more. Rubs and sauces are made from scratch.
Frankfort Area Historical Society
Small museum with unique display areas and photographs of Frankfort memorabilia.
The Princess Cafe
Fine dining specializing in prime steaks and fresh seafood.
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.
Merchant Street Music Festival
Merchant Street MusicFest brings together an eclectic range of music, artists, food and people to celebrate diversity throughout the community. Merchant Street MusicFest is a free two-day music and arts festival at the historic downtown train depot located at 199 South East Avenue in Kankakee, IL. 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. Tempt your tastebuds with our local food vendors' best offerings or just sit back with a cold one and let the melodic sounds wash over you.
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.
Lively bistro with everything from coffee to cocktails. Reasonable prices for exceptional fare.
Casual, family-friendly dining, with signature pizzas, pasta and sandwiches being the focus of the menu. Jugs of GoomBa Red and GoomBa White table wine will be available. Bar area and adjacent pub room now feature high-top tables, big screen TVs and updated decor.
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.
Frankfort Fall Festival
The Frankfort Fall Festival is ranked in the top 15 shows to visit by Sunshine Artist. There are 300 artisan from 30 states selling hand-crafted items at our show which includes local civic organizations selling food items, a carnival, entertainment and a community parade.
KidsWork Children's Museum
KidsWork is an interactive educational experience for ages 0-8. Two floors of exhibits including a theater, art room, tot spot, pet vet, dino dig and more! Visit the KidsWork website for events, programming and new exhibits!
Hampton Inn - Bourbonnais
59 Rooms, one meeting room for 35 people, business center, Indoor pool, spa, fitness center.
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.
Country Inn and Suites - Manteno
With generous accommodations and located near Bradley, Bourbonnais, Olivet Nazarene University and Kankakee, this hotel is a hospitable place for all travelers. Convenient location, great service, affordability and comfortable hotel rooms. Located at Exit 322 off I-57 just minutes from the Bradley/Kankakee/Bourbonnais area and less than an 1 hour from downtown Chicago. Maximum 2 pets up to 40lbs each allowed.
The Drama Group
Bringing drama to the South Suburbs since 1931, The Drama Group is one of the oldest volunteer community theatres in the country. This drama group is a not-for-profit community theater.
Alsip Home & Nursery Super Store
Ranked among the nations top 100 garden centers by Nursery Retailer Magazine. Top quality nursery plants, garden supplies, Home décor, patio furniture, pool & spa accessories, garden décor, ponds, silk floral, seasonal holiday, and pets & supplies.
Olde Barn Antiques
Specializing in furniture. Large selection of armoirs. Only open weekends.
Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
The Center for Performing Arts presents high-quality and affordable national touring acts, Chicago-based artists and community programs in genres from jazz to opera, dance, theatre and family favorites.
Manteno Antique Mall
Antiques and collectibles over 100 dealers. Over 75 showcases, 10,000 sq ft. All on one floor. Appraisals. Buy-sell-trade.
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites - Matteson
The Americas Best Value Inn & Suites in Matteson guarantees high quality accommodations, friendly & efficient service, and clean, comfortable surroundings. Every guest feels that this is their "home away from home."
Manteno Historical Society Museum
The Manteno Historical Society Museum is headquartered in the Charles Skinner House, located in the center of Manteno. The opening of the Skinner House as a Museum took place in 1994. The first floor of the building has display areas of early 20th century living in the area. Of special interest is the medical display of items from the offices of Dr. Rouleau, Dr. Phipps, Dr. Malott, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Echevarria. Articles from Dr. Gagnon's dental office and pharmaceutical items from Hilsenhoff Drug Store have also been donated. The lower floor includes exhibit space, a kitchen and collections of archival materials. The upper floor presently houses a room commemorating Manteno war veterans featuring uniforms and memorabilia from WWI to the present.
1950s Park Forest House Museum
Step back into the 1950s in an original rental townhome furnished with toys, dolls, books, clothes and home furnishings of the era, in the first fully-planned post-World War II suburb.
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.
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.
Union Street Gallery & Art Studios
Union Street Gallery hosts 10 art exhibits per year, classes and workshops. There are 16 artists' studios to compliment the experience. Free Admission, free tours and field trips available. First floor galleries and studios are handicapped accessible.
Freedom Hall offers a diverse series accenting dance, music, theatre, popular attractions, children's theatre and outreach activities. Join us in the intimate 280-seat Nathan Manilow Theatre.
Irons Oaks Enviromental Center
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Located in an old border town, situated along the Kankakee River. Designed and built by A.E. Wikstrom in 1892, it was known as the Villa Swea and was a gathering place for visiting Swedish dignitaries and local socialites.
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!
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.
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.
KidsWork Children's Museum
KidsWork Children's Museum is a cultural institution that brings children, families and the community together to engage in fun, hands-on interactive play.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites
Please come enjoy our hospitality and Stay Smart breakfast buffet. The hotel meeting rooms can accommodate up to 100 people. Additionally, there are many restaurants within walking distance and the Northfield Square Mall is next door for any shopping needs. We are a pet friendly with a refundable deposit. Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Bourbonnais where you can Stay Smart in the Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais area.
Kankakee South KOA
A campground that has something for everyone with basketball, volleyball and other activities.
Family fun for all ages! Manteno goes all out for this annual fest that features live music, games, crafts, food vendors and a lighted parade. The whole town joins in with city wide garage sales, contests, a 5K run and fabulous fall decorations throughout.
Momence Railroad Depot
This privately-owned, 1890'a depot was restored in 2001 and contains photos and artifacts relating to Momence's railroading history.
Tuckaway Golf Club
18 hole championship golf course with 1st class practice facilities. Full service restaurant and banquet facility.
The Pickwick Society Tea Room, Gifts & Antiques
Loosely based on Louisa May Alcott's novel, Little Women, with menu items named for characters. Specialties include homemade bakery items, adult tea parties and showers. Check website for special events.
Super 8 Motel - Bourbonnais
41 comfortable rooms including free continental breakfast, an indoor pool and suites available. Close to I-57 exit 315.
Comfort Inn & Suites
Luxury at a moderate price, the Comfort Inn is conveniently located in Bourbonnais off I-57, near Olivet Nazarene University, Legends Sportsplex and Northfield Mall. With 114 new guest rooms, complimentary hot breakfast, free WiFi and onsite meeting room facilities, this property is ideal for business guests and leisure travelers.
Aspen Ridge Miniature Golf
This fun family spot, open April-October, offers two miniature golf courses. This par 70 course exhibits excellent golfing conditions. The blue championship tees boast a 6191 yard layout; where as the white/silver/red tees cover 5833/5616/4946 yards respectively.
Coyote Canyon is a casual low price concept with an exciting twist. It is an all-you-can-eat steak buffet with juicy steaks, tender chicken and steakburgers, all prepared right before your eyes on the display grill. Guests can also enjoy our hot and cold buffet, soups, salads, side dishes and vegetables as well as a full-service bakery with rolls, muffins, pies, cakes and soft serve ice cream with a variety of toppings.
The Market Place
17 Dealers, 4,000 square feet wide variety of antiques.
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.
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.
Kankakee County Soldiers
The Kankakee County Soldiers, members of the International Basketball League, provide hoops action during their regular season and special exhibition games.
Plum Creek Nature Center
This center features local natural history exhibits, hands-on displays for children, and family programs that are offered throughout the year. Picnic facilities and camping are available by reservation.
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.
Witness the history of the universe from its fiery birth to the formation of our own solar system on a state-of-the-art digital projector that gives a multimedia and full-dome show. Open year round, there are several shows scheduled during the week.