Located an hour southeast of Chicago, Wilmington holds onto its small-town charm while still enjoying the comforts of nearby large cities. Nestled in the middle of Kankakee River Valley, residents enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities and a broad spectrum of family-friendly activities, making it a great place to grow a family.
Check out some of the great attractions and things to do in and around Wilmington!
Catfish Days: Don’t miss this annual event held every July since 1976. Attendees will enjoy family-friendly activities such as carnival rides, live entertainment, karaoke, and a variety of contests.
Historic Route 66: This historic route travels through Springfield, Joliet, and Wilmington on its way to Chicago, just an hour to the north. Called the Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor, each community in its path has its own festivals. Though you can visit at any time, be sure to check out the special events for an even better experience! Be sure to visit the Gemini Giant when you’re in town!
Kankakee River: A clear, shallow stream, the Kankakee River offers anglers a variety of fishing opportunities. Visitors can also camp, swim, hunt, or picnic in the area.
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie: The largest contiguous open space in northeastern Illinois, Midewin is a “prairie under construction.” Visitors can hike, bike, horseback ride, or just enjoy the pleasures of the surrounding outdoors. Midewin is located just a few miles north of Wilmington.