We welcome you to explore our unique blend of natural beauty, heritage and urban attractions along 57 miles of winding river. Kankakee County is located just 50 miles south of Chicago, off of Interstate 57. Routes 45/52, 50 and 17 also run through the River Valley. O'Hare International Airport is 75 miles north of Kankakee County, and Midway Airport is 50 miles north. The Greater Kankakee airport is also available for personal aircraft landing space.

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Barn Quilts

The colorful Barn Quilts welcome visitors to explore Kankakee County’s scenic countryside. These 8 foot by 8 foot quilt patterns at select homesteads share a unique story of growth, celebration, toil and tradition.

Take a drive down memory lane as the story of our Barn Quilts unfolds.

The Barn Quilt concept originated in Ohio and Kankakee County adopted the initiative in 2008. In cooperation with the Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau, University of Illinois Extension and Kankakee Quiltmakers, local artists and barn owners worked together to create a county-wide tour of rural splendor. The Barn Quilt squares are 8 foot by 8 foot wooden panels, painted with durable exterior paint for prolonged display.

To learn more about the Barn Quilts of Kankakee County, contact the Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau and request a free Barn Quilt Tour Guide or download yours today!

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