Introduction to Mokena, Illinois
Mokena, Illinois, in Will county, is 7 miles S of Orland Park, Illinois and 26 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is included in the Chicago metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 14,583 people lived in Mokena.
The McGovney and Van Horne families settled in this part of Will county in the early 1830s. Gradually, settlement began to grow around the banks of Hickory Creek, and a post office was established here in 1838. The Rock Island Railroad was built in this area in late 1852. The community got its name from the Algonquian term for "turtle."
Mokena and nearby Attractions
- Lockport Pioneer Settlement
- Frankfort Historical Museum
- Saint John's United Church
- Gun Club Lake
- Willowview Park
Things To Do In Mokena
The Lockport Pioneer Settlement, the Gaylord Building, the Frankfort Historical Museum, the Isle a la Cache Museum, the Glady Fox Museum and the Illinois and Michigan Canal Museum are all popular historical and cultural destinations in the Mokena area. The banks of the Gun Club Lake are also a popular tourist spots. One can also plan a fun trip to any of the local parks in Mokena.
Air transportation is available from Chicago Midway International Airport.
Mokena Higher Education
Institutes of higher education include the Moraine Valley Community College, Governors State University, Lewis University and the University of St. Francis.