About Kankakee, IL
Kankakee is a city in northeastern Illinois, approximately 60 miles south of Chicago.
The city draws its name from the rich tapestry of history, derived from a transformed rendition of the Miami-Illinois term "teeyaahkiki." It pays homage to Kankakee's earlier incarnation as a marshland, where nature's untamed beauty once held sway.
Established in 1854, Kankakee stands as a testament to the resilience of pioneers who sought to carve a community from the fertile soil of the Midwest.
The population of Kankakee was over 24,000 people, according to the 2020 census. Historically, Kankakee has been an industrial and manufacturing center. Yet, agriculture also plays a significant role in the economy due to the fertile soils in the region.