Residents will find a wide variety of recreation options in the Kankakee River Valley, ranging from biking, hiking and horseback riding to just relaxing as they watch the NFL's Chicago Bears train each summer at Olivet Nazarene University.
For 80 years‚ boat racers and spectators have descended on Kankakee County for the Kankakee River Valley Regatta. The only trouble‚ organizers found‚ was the name.
The race is not a genteel competition‚ with sailors navigating the waters powered only by Mother Nature’s fickle breeze. No‚ this race is about horsepower‚ and plenty of it.
In 2006‚ event organizers changed the title to the Powerboat National Championships‚ alerting all that speeds must be measured by stopwatches‚ not sundials.
Whether stepping on the ice at the OAK Orthopedic Sports Arena or swimming at Splash Valley Aquatic Park‚ playing ball at a Kankakee Valley Parks' ball field or checking out Exploration Station children's museum, families find plenty of action in the Valley.
Kankakee is the only place in the world with two Frank Lloyd Wright homes side by side. Located 60 miles south of Chicago, the city is rooted in agriculture, and other major industries include manufacturing and health care. Riverside Medical Center continues to nationally rank for its services and care. Residents also enjoy fishing and boating at The Kankakee River State Park, which attracts more than a million visitors a year.
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