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The City that Kankakee Made Famous. Kankakee, Illinois is known as the “City that Kankakee Made Famous”. The city is mostly unincorporated but it’s surrounded by the village of Channahon. The story goes that a local Native American tribe called the Potawatomi decided to settle there in 1833 after fleeing from a drought in Michigan. They named it “Kau-kau-kee” or “where the river meets the lake,” a name given to where their new home met Lake Michigan at this point. The history of Kankakee is not just interesting because of its unique namesake and history. It’s also interesting because it began as a place where people moved for peace and prosperity. People could make an honest living and farm with dedication without having to worry about being attacked by neighboring tribes or neighboring cities (that they were close enough to).

Restaurants & Places of Interest to visit near Kankakee, Illinois

Kankakee Farmer’s Market
Kankakee Farmer's Market
6 reviews
Farmers Market
+18159330462
Schuyler Ave, Kankakee, IL 60901
Kankakee County of
Kankakee County of
1 review
+18159373915
187 E Court St, Kankakee, IL 60901
Kankakee Public Library
Kankakee Public Library
1 review
Libraries
+18159394564
304 S Ind, Kankakee, IL 60901
Kankakee Community College
Kankakee Community College
1 review
Colleges & Universities
+18158028100
100 College Dr, Kankakee, IL 60901