As Mayor of the City of Kankakee, I am pleased to welcome you to our city on the rise. Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to learn more about our community. From our newly and ever evolving downtown, our historic district's scenic homes with panoramic views of the Kankakee River, our schools and parks, diverse neighborhoods to our community services and inherent volunteerism, the City of Kankakee has something for everyone to discover and enjoy.
Our continuing progress can be credited to a dedicated and visionary city government and staff, along with involved community members and committed businesses working to make the City of Kankakee ready for the next generation. The City of Kankakee is conveniently located 60 miles south of Chicago and is a multi-cultural melting pot. Its closeness to Chicago and Champaign makes it an ideal location, attracting people of all ages and backgrounds.
Outdoor adventures and natural beauty await you along the beautiful Kankakee River. While cruising on a Duffy boat, you'll discover the B. Harley Bradley House, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Downtown Kankakee boasts a vast amount of historic architecture, churches and museums dating back to the mid-19th century. A unique Farmers Market celebrating a historic heritage, sidewalk dining, Merchant Street Music Fest and Kankakee's many other annual events will entertain the entire family.
As a full-service city responsive to its citizens, the City of Kankakee addresses their needs today while building a better tomorrow, and is well prepared for the changes ahead that affect our citizens and the region. The city offers its residents and businesses:
- Extensive police and fire protection.
- Ample availability of water and sewer to allow future growth.
- An extensive Public Library.
- Numerous recreational programs, and
- Acres of lush, green parks to enjoy.
I invite you to explore our website - and our city - to discover all that our area has to offer. Once again, welcome to the City of Kankakee, we are glad you are here.