Momence is another of the Kankakee County communities included in Chicago Southland, and one of the oldest. Settled in 1834, Momence takes its name from Momenza, a Pottawatami chief.
Momence is located on the banks of the Kankakee River, which provides such recreational activities as fishing, boating, water skiing and swimming.
The City of momence has a population of approximately 3,300 residents. The surrounding townships of Momence and Ganeer encompass an additional 10,000 people.
Residents of Momence enjoy a friendly, small town environment within easy reach of Chicago and its suburbs. The metropolitan area of Kankakee, Bradley and Bourbonnais is just ten miles to the west. Momence has an expanding economy based in light industry and agriculture. Momence has an expanding economy based in combination of low taxes and low cost municipally owned water and waste treatment services.
Momence is fortunate to have one of the best school systems in the state, producing bumper crops of Illinois State Scholars each year. Both public and parochial schools are available.
Many of the community's fine homes reflect Momence's long history. Some date back to the pre-Civil War era. The city's downtown business district also preserves its historic character, with storefronts restored to their early elegance.
Due East of Kankakee, Momence is easily accessible by Illinois highways 1, 114 and 17. I-57 and I-65 are also close by.
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