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.

Movie in the Park
Rhubarb Festival 2022
Pembroke Rodeo
Making the Move to Kankakee County
Kankakee County offers the perfect blend of opportunity, momentum and fun.

Our Team

Our team works to ensure that every guest has a fantastic experience when they visit Kankakee County. Our marketing efforts are on behalf of every partner and with every interaction, we hope to encourage a visit, or repeat visit, back to see us.

Staci Wilken
Executive Director

Nicole Gavin
Office & Retail Operations Manager

Kathy Lee
Sales Manager

Meegan Massey
Marketing Coordinator

Mileen Joines
Finance Manager




Our Board of Directors

Laurie Cyr, President
Village of Bourbonnais

Alderman Dave Baron, Vice President
City of Kankakee

Jim Johanek, Secretary
Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce

Mayor Tim Nugent, Treasurer
Village of Manteno 

Hollice Clark III, Voting Director
Bourbonnais Township Park District

Jamie Boyd, Voting Director
Village of Bradley

Recorder Lori Gadbois, Voting Director
Kankakee County Board

Scott Billadeau, Voting Director
Kankakee County Lodging Association

Commissioner Michael Matthews, Voting Director
Kankakee Valley Park District

Rob Bishir, Voting Director
City of Momence

Dayna Heitz, Voting Director
Public Member

Kankakee County is located just 50 miles south of Chicago!

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