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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,607
Male Share of the Population46.3%
Female Share of the Population53.7%
Senior Citizens12.8%
Employed Population 16+8,898
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married46.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher30.9%
Median Earnings25+$41,649
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$10,714
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,479

Wealth

Median Family Income$78,409
% Above Poverty Level89.2%
% Below Poverty Level10.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone22.2%
Median Gross Rent$871
Median House Value$165,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)24.1%
Irish15.4%
French Except Basque9.8%
English8.4%
Polish6.7%
Italian5.9%
Swedish4.1%
Canadian2.2%
Norwegian1.4%
Greek1.1%
Scottish1%
Danishn0.6%
African0.5%
Czech0.5%
Welsh0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Belizean0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
German0.1%
Basque0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Bourbonnais Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kankakee County
Standard Zip Codes60914
Phone Area Codes815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.16
Approximate Longitude-87.88

Bourbonnais Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationKANKAKEE METRO WASTWTR
Distance0.7 miles
Jan Temp12 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 86 F
Oct Temp40 to 65 F
Annual Precip38.5 inches
StationWATSEKA 2 NW
Distance24.5 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip39.2 inches
StationLOWELL
Distance25.4 miles
Jan Temp12 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 64 F
Annual Precip40 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Aroma Park675$66,250
Bonfield337$81,250
Bradley15,668$70,221
Kankakee26,424$42,141
Manteno8,958$76,352
Momence3,071$65,960

Bourbonnais Public Libraries

Bourbonnais Public Library District
250 WEST JOHN CASEY ROAD
Bourbonnais, Illinois
(815) 933-1727

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Bourbonnais Public Schools

Alan B Shepard Elem School
325 N Convent St
ZIP: 60914
(815) 929-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 468
Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center
200 W John Casey Rd
ZIP: 60914
(815) 929-5200
Middle
Total Enrollment 551
Liberty Intermediate School
1690 Career Center Rd
ZIP: 60914
(815) 929-5000
Middle
Total Enrollment 520
Noel Levasseur Elem School
601 W Bethel Dr
ZIP: 60914
(815) 929-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 340
Robert Frost Elem School
160 W River St
ZIP: 60914
(815) 929-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 247
Shabbona Elem School
321 N Convent St
ZIP: 60914
(815) 929-4700
Primary
Total Enrollment 299
St George Elem School
5200 E Center St
ZIP: 60914
(815) 933-1503
Primary
Total Enrollment 468

Bourbonnais Private Schools

Kankakee Valley Montessori School
165 Mohawk Dr
ZIP: 60914
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Maternity Bvm School
324 E Marsile St
ZIP: 60914
Elementary
Total Enrollment 303
St Paul's Lutheran School
1780 Career Center Rd
ZIP: 60914
Elementary
Total Enrollment 122
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