Established in 2018, The Downtown
Kankakee Historic District consists of 73
buildings located in the central downtown
business district of Kankakee, Kankakee
County, Illinois. The district is comprised
mainly of one- to three-story buildings with
first-floor storefronts and upper-floor office
or residential space.
While the homes might be the initial
attraction, it is the people of the neighborhood that are its greatest asset.
Singles and couples of all ages, newcomers
and life-long neighbors, all add something
special that makes Riverview a wonderful
place to call home. Riverview is people
The I-57 interchange at Court Street
(Exist 312) is a vital link to the
transportation network for
Kankakee County. IL Route 17 is a
major east-west corridor that links I-57 with I-55 to the east. According to
Illinois Department of
Transportation, more than 30,500
vehicles per day are on I-57 at Exit
312, while Court Street/Route 17 has
more than 15,000 vehicles per day.
The City is leading the effort to improve Hobbie Avenue from Court Street (IL Route 17) on the south to Fair Street (IL Route 50) on the north, a distance of 0.78 miles. Hobbie Avenue currently experiences poor pavement condition, safety issues, mobility deficiencies, pavement drainage deficiencies, gaps in the sidewalk, non-ADA compliance, outdated railroad crossing protection, and lack of bicycle accommodations.
Opening in 2022, the City of Kankakee in partnership with J. Jeffers & Co. is developing a 30,000 square foot business incubator and commercial kitchen meant to serve regional entrepreneurs at any stage in their business. This project includes a new 64-unit market-rate apartment building at the same site.
The City of Kankakee has partnered
with neighboring communities and
Kankakee County in the formation of
the Kankakee River Enterprise Zone.
The City of Kankakee is requesting qualifications from qualified Consulting Engineering Firms to perform Construction Engineering services for the North Schuyler Avenue ADA & Lighting Upgrades Project.
In June of 2018, the City of Kankakee
adopted a visionary, dynamic and
transformative plan for the Kankakee
River and adjoining properties.
Tax Increment Financing utilizes incremental
property taxes attributable to new growth as
a way to incent private investment, and to
finance needed public improvements. There
are two established TIF’s within the City of
The purpose of these development guidelines is to provide a proactive tool for communicating and achieving the future vision and desired character of the Kankakee Downtown and Riverfront District.
The City of Kankakee has the only
Federally authorized Opportunity
Zone within Kankakee County.
The City of Kankakee is soliciting proposals for the purchase of a state-of-the art, integrated Community Development Management Software Suite including Planning, Permitting and Licensing, fee collection, as well as an integrated online customer portal. The total Project will include the selection and acquisition of software and hardware, installation, training and maintenance costs to replace or upgrade the current system.
Kankakee Community College, Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, Kankakee Workforce
Development Board, Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, River Valley Metro, Kankakee
Airport, City of Kankakee – Building Department