Introduction to Manteno, Illinois
Manteno, a village in Kankakee county, was named after the daughter of one of the region's earliest settlers, Francois Bourbonnais, Jr.; however, the spelling of the name varies from book to book: Oliver W. Barnard spells it as Mantenau, some as Mawteno, and others as Manteno. It is believed that the name is an Anglicized version of a Potawatomi word, 'manito' or 'manitou', meaning 'spirit'. Due to her Indian origin, the settler's daughter was granted a section of land in the present-day territory of northeastern Kankakee county by the treaty of Camp Tippecanoe, which took city on December 20, 1832. Originally, both Kankakee and Iroquois counties were part of the Will county, Illinois. The Kankakee county was incorporated on February 11, 1853, comprising of six townships. Manteno remained a part of the township of Rockville until it was officially incorporated on March 12, 1855.
Manteno and nearby Attractions
- Manteno Historical Society Museum
- Aspen Ridge Golf Course
- Kankakee Model Railroad Club and Museum
- Hidden Cove Family Fun Park
- Chicago Portage National Historic Site
Things To Do In Manteno
The area is home to a number of local museums, such as the Manteno Historical Society Museum, Kankakee Model Railroad Club and Museum, and Kankakee county Historical Museum. The Aspen Ridge Golf Course, the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, and The Hidden Family Park are nearby.
The closest airport to the city is the Chicago Midway International Airport.
Manteno Higher Education
Higher education is available at Olivet Nazarene University, Governors State University, and Prairie State College.