The Kankakee river still flows, train whistles still sound, and downtown Kankakee continues to grow as a highlight of the Midwest. It used to be a point where waterways connected, and it maintains its dedication to connection — with each other, the community, and the land we all share.
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The City of Kankakee was founded in 1853 and soon after was established as the county seat. But long before that, Kankakee was a gathering point where waterways connected. Native Americans called the spot "Kankakee", or, "beautiful land." Today, the river still flows, trains whistle in the night, and the county government still rules from downtown. Remnants of the city's past still stand, shoulder-to-shoulder with the glossy buildings of the present. Check out who sets up shop downtown and read about how they help make Kankakee the beautiful land it still very much is.
The Kankakee Farmers’ Market is the only market in the area which takes place on Saturdays, making it one of the most popular weekend destinations for miles and miles around. A remarkable center for community gathering, the Kankakee Farmers’ Market also welcomes people from as far away as neighboring states who travel to Kankakee in order to take advantage of the local fresh produce, handmade goods, and freshly-made, ready-to-eat foods. The Kankakee Farmers' Market is family-friendly, providing activities and music to visitors of all ages. Open almost exactly half the year, be sure to spend Saturdays downtown at the only local market in the area which provides shopping carts to its customers.
We believe rich culture starts with people who value the past and use it to develop the future. Developing takes vision and determination. We love Kankakee's past, present, and future, and it is our goal to highlight the hardworking individuals and companies that make it run so beautifully. Come check out some of the things that we have developed, read about the perks of doing business downtown, and submit available properties in downtown Kankakee to contribute the the continued advancement and growth of our beloved city.
The Kankakee Train Depot has been meticulously restored in order to preserve the splendor of its original construction in 1853. It is now largely utilized for hosting events and community gatherings—in fact, it is considered the premier location for hosting in the Kankakee area, made ideal by highlighting a historic gem of our community. Read more about the environmentally-friendly and uniquely innovative space that the Kankakee Depot offers for all types of events, and learn how to make our city's history a beautiful part of your future.