Bourbonnais (population 15,256) is located in northeastern Illinois in central Kankakee
County, just north of Kankakee. The town was home to the Pottawatomi Indians, who were befriended by
French explorer Robert Cavalier deLaSalle during an expedition in 1679, but it wasn't until 1830 when Canadian
fur trader Francois Bourbonnais established Bourbonnais Grove. Slowly but surely,
more French-Canadians made their way to the area and settled. The community was incorporated in 1875.
Bourbonnais is approximately 15 miles west of the Indiana state border. The following roadways
now lead to and from this busy metropolis: Interstate Highway 57, U.S. Route 45, Illinois Routes 17, 50, and 102. The
Kankakee River flows to the west and south of town. The Illinois Central Gulf Railroad
also has tracks which pass through town.