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 History

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

Bourbonnais is close to the Kankakee County Museum and the Exploration Station. A variety of entertainment facilities are available at the Gettysburg Park. The local Bourbonnaise Towne Centre Shopping Center is a popular destination. 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.

Bourbonnais Transportation

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.


Total Population 18,656
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 8,465
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 45.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $73,240
% Above Poverty Level 87.8%
% Below Poverty Level 12.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 21.1%
Median Gross Rent $874
Median House Value $167,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.7%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 14%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bourbonnais Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles SE of Joliet, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 51 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Kankakee
Standard Zip Codes 60914
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.141
Longitude -87.875

Bourbonnais Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Station WATSEKA 2 NW
Distance 24.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 39.2 inches
Station LOWELL
Distance 25.4 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aroma Park 659 $65,093
Bonfield 319 $77,500
Bradley 15,763 $71,098

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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