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.
The City of Kankakee has the only
Federally authorized Opportunity
Zone within Kankakee County.
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.
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 City of Kankakee has partnered
with neighboring communities and
Kankakee County in the formation of
the Kankakee River Enterprise Zone.
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.
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