Whether you’ve just moved to Kankakee or have lived here for years, it’s always nice to find a new and exciting excursion for family and friends. Below are the best things to do in Kankakee, IL – with a little something for everyone:
B. Harley Bradley House
In 1901, famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed a home in Kankakee known as The B. Harley Bradley House. This home and its sister home, the Willits House, also built in 1901 in Highland Park, Illinois are known as for the first Prairie School residence designed by Wright. The B. Harley Bradley House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Riverview Historic District on August 22, 1986. On June 2, 2009, it was even recognized by the National Park Service with a listing. The home is now a very popular Kankakee landmark and is open to the public for tours and features a gift shop. Whether you’re an architecture buff or just appreciate a beautiful home – this one is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the Kankakee area.
Kankakee Railroad Museum
Founded in 1999, the Kankakee Railroad Museum was the work of Glenn Johnson and Harold Woods, members of the Kankakee Model Railroad Club. It features history and artifacts memorabilia from the Illinois rail system that has been restored from Kankakee’s train depot. The museum offers a scale model replicating the city of Kankakee during the 1950’s, as well as a restored rail car and trolley that can be rented for special events! The museum is truly a hidden gem of Kankakee that isn’t to be missed.
The Majestic Theater
Built in 1912, The Majestic was one of the largest Vaudeville theatres in Chicago-land. Known as one of the nation’s hotspots for Broadway’s best and brightest, The Majestic reached an early pinnacle in 1916 when it hosted the Marx Brothers. Now, the venue has been transformed into a performing arts theater for concerts, weddings, etc. for all Kankakee residents to enjoy.
Big River Fly Fishing
Last but certainly not least, Big River Fly Fishing introduces Kankakee residents and visitors to the exciting sport of fly fishing! This guide service will take you out on the Kankakee River to share the love for the river’s history, ecology, conservation efforts, and of course, fly fishing. Professional and amateur fishers alike will love this guided fishing experience on Kankakee’s most beautiful waterway. This is best enjoyed in Spring time so plan your trip accordingly to make the most of this rewarding experience!