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Overview

Introduction to Kankakee, Illinois

Kankakee, Illinois, in Kankakee county, is 30 miles SE of Joliet, Illinois (center to center) and 52 miles S of Chicago, Illinois.

Kankakee History

Following the signing of the Treaty of Camp Tippecanoe by the federal government in 1832, settlers began arriving in Kankakee. The settlements started developing around the year 1834 with the arrival of immigrants from New York and Vermont. The community was named after the Kankakee river which flowed through the area.

Kankakee and nearby Attractions

  • Kankakee County Museum
  • Kankakee Public Library
  • Riverview Historic District and Charles E. Swannell House
  • Warren Hickox House
  • Soldier Creek
  • River Road Park

Things To Do In Kankakee

Visitors to this city can take a trip to Kankakee County Museum which houses exhibits on local history, Native American archeology, and a stunning sculpture collection. The Exploration Station museum is also nearby. The Kankakee Public Library, Kankakee County Courthouse, and Fire Station Number 2 are other tourist attractions in the city. One can also visit the churches and cemeteries dotting the streets of Kankakee. The Soldier Creek and the Gar Creek are two beautiful bodies of water worth visiting. The numerous parks also offer a range of entertainment facilities.

Kankakee Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available from the Gary/ Chicago Airport.

Kankakee Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are provided by Kankakee Community College and Olivet Nazarene University.

People

Total Population 26,821
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 9,386
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 33.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.2%
Median Earnings25+ $25,598
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,800

Wealth

Median Family Income $38,932
% Above Poverty Level 66.4%
% Below Poverty Level 33.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 4.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.4%
Median Gross Rent $766
Median House Value $94,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 55.3%
US/American 0%
English 4.4%
Irish 6.9%

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

Kankakee Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles SE of Joliet, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 52 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Kankakee
Standard Zip Codes 60901
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.12
Longitude -87.861

Kankakee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station KANKAKEE METRO WASTWTR
Distance 1.5 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 22.9 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 25.3 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
Bourbonnais 18,656 $73,240
Bradley 15,763 $71,098
Chebanse 1,129 $71,667

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

Kankakee Public Libraries

Library
Kankakee P.l.
304 S. INDIANA AVENUE
Kankakee, Illinois
(815) 939-4564
Library Web Site
Limestone Twp. Library
2701 W. TOWER RD
Kankakee, Illinois
(815) 939-1696

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Kankakee Hospitals

PROVENA ST MARYS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
500 W COURT ST
(815) 937-2490
Emergency Service: No

RIVERSIDE MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
350 N WALL ST
(815) 933-1671
Emergency Service: Yes

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Kankakee High Schools

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KANKAKEE HIGH SCHOOL
1200 W JEFFERY ST
815-933-0740
Serves 1,230 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

PROEGLER SCHOOL
710 N CHICAGO AVE
815-933-0773
A Special Education School
Serves 388 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 129.3

KANKAKEE AREA CO-OP DAY SCHOOL
1 STUART DRIVE
815-939-3651
A Special Education School
Serves 73 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.9

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50 INDUSTRIAL PARK
815-933-8536
A Special Education School
Serves 67 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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1 STEWART DR
815-933-4918
A Non-traditional School
Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

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