Latitude / Longitude:
656 ft (200 m)
Central (CST) (UTC-6)
Kankakee /kæk’ki/ is a city in and the county seat of Kankakee County, Illinois, United States. The city’s name is probably derived from the Miami-Illinois word teeyaahkiki, meaning: “Open country/exposed land/land in open/land exposed to view,” in reference to the area’s prior status as a marsh.
The area of Kankakee was inhabited by the Potawatami beginning sometime in the 18th century. In 1833 the Potawatami signed a treaty with the United States government, agreeing to leave the region and move west. Kankakee was founded in 1854.
As of the 2010 census, the city population was 27,537. Kankakee is a principal city of the Kankakee-Bourbonnais-Bradley Metropolitan Statistical Area.