Thursday, March 5, 2015

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Kankakee area, IL-Perry Farm Park and Exploration Station

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Kankakee area, IL-Perry Farm Park and Exploration Station

The Perry Farm Park is a good choice for a nice warm day.  Located within the park is a farmhouse and outbuildings, miles of trails, and the children’s museum Exploration Station. The park’s trails lead all the way to the nearby Kankakee River.  Unfortunately once at the river end there are few protective buildings, no washrooms, and the signs not as helpful as one would expect.

Address:
459 N. Kennedy Drive, Bradley, IL 60914
http://btpd.org/perry_farm.php

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Destination of the Week: Chicago-Kankakee area, IL-Wright In Kankakee’s The B. Harley Bradley House

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Kankakee area, IL-Wright In Kankakee’s The B. Harley Bradley House

Hard core Frank Lloyd Wright fans will recognize this location instantly the home that marks the beginning of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School period.  Located on the banks for the Kankakee River, the home has been restored, minus furniture.  Tour guides are volunteers so be prepared to wait a bit for some tours.  

Address:
701 S Harrison Ave, Kankakee, IL 60901
http://www.wrightinkankakee.org/

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Kankakee area, IL-Kankakee County Museum

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Kankakee area, IL-Kankakee County Museum

It nearly always helps, especially with smaller museums, is breaking up the complex into a number of galleries.  The Kankakee County Museum, with a number of well-designed galleries, gives the visitor the satisfaction of exploration.  The collection is pretty broad-one has statues, another has local sports artifacts, and yet another gallery is filled with locally made goods.  The grounds include a small park, a schoolhouse, and other little exhibits.

Address:
801 S 8th Ave, Kankakee, IL 60901
http://www.kankakeecountymuseum.com/

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Kankakee area, IL-French Heritage Museum at the Stone Barn

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Kankakee area, IL-French Heritage Museum at the Stone Barn

Part of the Kankakee County Museum system, the French Heritage Museum at the Stone Barn is a great example of building reuse.  This tan building stands out downtown.  While the museum is TINY, the displays are so well designed and informative that it still may take a while to tour the museum.  True to the name, the museum focuses on the French influence of the region.   Complete your visit by taking the short drive to the main museum.

Address:
165 N. Indiana, Kankakee, IL 60901
http://www.kankakeecountymuseum.com/french-heritage-museum-.html

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Destination of the Week: Chicago-Kankakee area, IL-Kankakee Railroad Museum

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Kankakee area, IL-Kankakee Railroad Museum

The Kankakee Railroad Museum is just big enough to keep the younger set busy for about 45 minutes or so.  Located in the Kankakee Amtrak station, one building contains a small model railroad collection and artifacts.  There are two railcars on site and a second building with an old trolley car.

Address:
197 S E Ave, Kankakee, IL 60901
http://www.kankakeerrmuseum.com/

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