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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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Rev Up Your Summer

A Car Enthusiasts' Guide to Kankakee County

Summer is here, and it's time to kick things into high gear! If you're a car enthusiast looking for some engine-roaring excitement, then Kankakee County is the place to be. From classic car shows to adrenaline-pumping races, we've got something for every gearhead's taste. Buckle up and get ready for a summer filled with horsepower and heart-pounding action!

Cruisin' the Square: Every First Saturday of the Month through October 5th

What better way to start your summer than by cruising the square? Every first Saturday of the month, downtown Kankakee comes alive with the sights and sounds of classic cars, hot rods, and muscle machines. Take a stroll down memory lane as you admire meticulously restored vintage rides and chat with fellow car enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned collector or just appreciate the beauty of a well-crafted automobile, Cruisin' the Square is an event not to be missed!

Manteno Cruise Nights: Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday through September 3rd

For those seeking a classic car fix with a side of community spirit, look no further than Manteno Cruise Nights! Held every first and third Tuesday of the month, this beloved event transforms downtown Manteno into a hub of vintage charm and automotive excitement. Join fellow enthusiasts as they gather to showcase their prized vehicles, from classic cruisers to custom hot rods. Live music fills the air, adding to the festive atmosphere as families mingle and admire the stunning array of automobiles lining the streets. It's a celebration of all things automotive and a testament to the tight-knit community spirit that defines Manteno.

Car Shows Galore

Throughout the summer, Kankakee County plays host to a variety of car shows that showcase everything from antique automobiles to custom creations. Grab your camera and snap photos of sleek lines and shiny chrome as you wander through rows of carefully maintained vehicles. From local gatherings to regional exhibitions, there's no shortage of opportunities to ogle some of the finest rides around. Keep an eye on our events calendar for upcoming shows—you won't want to miss out!

Notable shows coming up soon:

  1. Heros, Hogs, and Hotrods – Saturday June 1st – Manteno
  2. Bradley 315 Music Fest – Top 50 Car Show – Sunday June 9th at 9am - Bradley

Racing Thrills at Kankakee County Speedway: Every Friday Night

For those who crave speed and excitement, look no further than the Kankakee County Speedway. Every Friday night, adrenaline junkies from near and far gather to witness heart-pounding racing action under the lights. From stock cars to modifieds, the track comes alive with the roar of engines and the smell of burning rubber. So, grab your friends, pack some earplugs, and get ready for a night of thrills you won't soon forget!

In addition to the regular Friday night races, the Kankakee County Speedway also hosts special events throughout the summer. From memorial races honoring local legends to themed nights featuring your favorite movie cars, there's always something new and exciting happening at the track. Be sure to check our website for the latest schedule of events.

School Bus Derby at Kankakee County Fair

And let's not forget about one of the most unique events of the summer—the School Bus Derby at the Kankakee County Fair! Held every August, this crowd-favorite spectacle pits modified school buses against each other in a figure 8 derby. Watch in awe as drivers navigate their oversized vehicles around the arena, smashing and crashing their way to victory. It's a wild and unforgettable experience that's fun for the whole family!

So, whether you're into classic cars, high-speed racing, or derbies, Kankakee County has something for everyone this summer. Mark your calendars, grab your camera and get ready to make some memories that will last a lifetime. We'll see you at the races!

Kankakee County is located just 50 miles south of Chicago!

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