Downtown Kankakee is a unique mix of old and new. Century old brick and stone structures stand alongside modern steel and glass buildings. Downtown Kankakee is the governmental, financial and legal center of the city and the county. By day, downtown is buzzing with the vital business of the Kankakee county seat. By night, the sounds of acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies spill out onto the sidewalks. Crowds gather for movies or concerts at the stunning Paramount Theater or in the lawn of the iconic Illinois Central Depot. It is also home to a first-rate music festival, a renowned Saturday morning Farmers' Market and even a railroad museum.
Welcome to downtown Kankakee - we hope that you will take part in the exciting resurgence of our city's historic core.
Kankakee Farmers' Market
Finding Kankakee: A Unique Artist Residency Experience
There is special experience open to a creative person to live and produce their art in Kankakee, Illinois. The artist selected would spend the summer experiencing Kankakaee, creating art, networking with local community leaders and artists, and presenting their work at several public events and venues. We are looking for a writer, an artist, a songwriter, or filmmaker to document their summer and hopefully be inspired to create from the sights and sounds of Kankakee.
The residency begins June 1 through August 15, 2014. Applications will be accepted from March 15 through April 18, 2014.
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Kankakee Farmers' Market
Saturdays starting April 26 from 8am to noon at the Farmers' Market lot, Schuyler Ave. & Merchant St.
The spring market starts Saturday, May 25 - every Saturday 7am to noon with your favorite spring flowers, baked goods, cheese, olives, mushrooms, asparagus and rhubarb!
Brats, Bags & Beer
Thursday, June 19th, 5-7pm at the Depot
Bring your entire office and make it your fun, casual, summertime get together with other downtown businesses! Live music, great food and great networking oppurtunities!
Wednesday Wheels Car Show
The first Wednesday of the Month @ Depot Park, starting at 5:30pm
All summer long Downtown Kankakee is the place to be on the first Wed evening of the month for the much anticipated Wednesday Wheels Car Shows. These shows feature live entertainment and prizes. The dates for 2014 are:
6/4, 7/2, 8/6, 9/3
Sandwiches with a Side of JAM
The lunchtime concert series at The Depot Park is back this year to put the spotlight on local restaurants and local talent providing live music. These events are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30am to 1pm at The Depot. The dates for 2014 are:
6/11, 7/9, 8/13
Music & Movies in the Park
Come on out to the Depot Park for Music & Movies every 3rd Saturday of the month starting at 7pm. The dates for 2014 are:
6/21, 7/19, 8/23
Merchant Street Music Fest 2014
Friday, July 25 + Saturday, July 26
Save the Date!
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