Introduction to Bourbonnais, Illinois
Bourbonnais, Illinois, in Kankakee county, is 28 miles SE of Joliet, Illinois and 51 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The village benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns which are also in the Kankakee metropolitan area. Bourbonnais contains a population of approximately 15,256.
Due to the presence of the Kankakee River, the area now known as Bourbonnais has an extensive Native American history. This region was once the site of the largest Indian village in the neighborhood, called the "Little Rock Village." This village is now a part of the Kankakee River State Park. Initially, a trading post was established by the French in 1832. The area got its name from Francois Bourbonnais, a hunter, fur trapper and agent of the American Fur Company. He arrived here in 1830.
Bourbonnais and nearby Attractions
- Kankakee County Museum
- Maternity Cemetery
- Maternity Blessed Virgin Mary Church
- Gettysburg Park
- Bourbonnaise Towne Centre Shopping Center
Things To Do In Bourbonnais
While in Bourbonnais, one can visit the nearby museums. Among these are the Kankakee County Museum and the Exploration Station. A variety of entertainment facilities are available at the Gettysburg Park. One can also enjoy shopping at the local Bourbonnaise Towne Centre Shopping Center. The Bourbonnais Friendship Festival, which is organized every June, is another popular tourist attraction drawing crowds from Northeast Illinois and beyond. This festival offers a host of recreational opportunities including a variety of rides, games and fun contests.
Air transportation is available from Chicago Midway International Airport.
Bourbonnais Higher Education
Opportunities for higher education are available at the local Olivet Nazarene University. Students can also enroll at the nearby Governors State University, the Prairie State College or the University of St Francis.