For an alternative to cookie-cutter hotels and motels, consider staying at a Kankakee bed and breakfast inn. Kankakee is the county seat of Kankakee County in Northern Illinois. Its name has been immortalized in the folk song, “City of New Orleans,” written by Steve Goodman and performed by Arlo Guthrie. The song tells the story of a southbound train ride originating from Kankakee.

Some historic points of interest include the Kankakee Railroad Museum, Lemuel Milk Barn, and the B. Harley Bardley House and Stable and the Warren Hickox House, both designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Prairie Style.

The Kankakee River winds through town for recreational activities such as fishing, canoeing, and pontoon rides. The Kankakee River State Park also offers opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Events during the year include the Kankakee County Fair and the Momence Gladiolus Festival. Thousands of fans attend the Chicago Bears Training Camp at Olivet Nazarene University a few minutes away in Bourbonnais, IL.

Soak in the collections of diverse artists who have created sculptures, pottery, paintings, photographs, and other art inspired by the area’s river valleys and scenic views.

Travel to and from this region is facilitated by Amtrak. Take the short ride to Chicago to soak in all that a big city has to offer.

Whether you are in the area for a weekend getaway or a vacation, plan to stay at an inspected and approved member inn of the Illinois Bed and Breakfast Association.

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