Attractions in Kankakee, IL
Amongst the other various things to do, Kankakee features several key attractions for both residents and visitors to keep themselves entertained. These, combined with the local and regional events, restaurants and shopping make Kankakee and the surrounding region an inviting place to live.
Kankakee is the only city in the world where you'll find two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes side-by-side. Both homes have been privately owned and off limits to tourists – until now.
Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed two Kankakee homes that were both constructed in 1900 – Hickox House and the B. Harley Bradley House. In 2012, both remain showplaces next door to each other on South Harrison Avenue in the Riverview Historic District.
Looking for a good reason to settle down in Kankakee County? The people who live here can give you a hundred. “I’m in love with this place. It’s everything we wanted it to be and more‚” says Susan Crisp‚ who moved to Kankakee County from Chattanooga‚ Tenn. in February 2007 to become the director of Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See in Manteno. Her husband‚ Jason Robertson‚ and four-year-old son‚ Gabriel‚ came with her.
There are plenty of busts of President Abraham Lincoln, but the ones created by master artist George Grey Barnard are considered among the best. You can see them in the Kankakee County Historical Museum. Barnard was an active artist between 1894 and 1936 and spent a portion of his early life in Kankakee. The museum also features the actual rustic boyhood home of Lennington Small – Illinois governor from 1921-1929. In addition, the museum features permanent exhibits, temporary galleries, display cases and photographs.
Kankakee County is eager to showcase arts and culture options to residents and visitors. Art galleries, big names in entertainment, theaters and a rich history make Kankakee County a great place to expand your artistic mind. Metro Centre Arts Gallery