On July 11, 1853, the first train pulled into Kankakee on the Illinois Central Railroad. As a result, Kankakee became a prominent point in the Midwest and hosted the traveling feet of prominent people as well as witnessed millions of hellos and goodbyes. Today, the train whistles still sound.
The Kankakee Depot was rebuilt in 1898 and meticulously restored one hundred years later to preserve its original construction. Today it sits downtown and is considered to be the premier place for community gatherings and celebrations.
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It was the first building constructed in the Prairie School style, known for its horizontal lines, flat roofs, and overhanging eaves meant to visually reflect native prairie landscapes. This is the style for which Frank Lloyd Wright would eventually be best known.
The B. Harley Bradley House underwent extensive restoration between 2005 and 2008 and now is open to the public as a beautiful and historic location available to host events of all kinds.