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Channahon at a Glance…
Channahon’s rich history has its ties with the coming of the railroad. The village was founded in 1852 by rail surveyor, Randall Gardner. The village moniker was derived from the Pottawatomi word for “good land” which perfectly describes the area. The Village of Minooka was incorporated on March 27, 1869 and is home to an expanding population of over 10,000 people. Since 2000, Minooka has seen a 133% percent growth rate. In addition, Minooka is in top 5 towns in Illinois for residential growth. The blending of distinctive, mature residences with newly constructed single-family homes accentuates the area’s attractive appearance. Minooka reveals the tradition of steady growth while maintaining a family orientated atmosphere.
As the influx of new residents and neighborhoods continues to grow, so does the expansion of retail offerings. Major chain retailers and small independent specialty shops provide residents with a wide array of products and services within a close proximity. Local merchants take pride in adding a personal touch in service and quality. With its ever expanding population, Minooka still maintains that small town atmosphere. In addition, Grainger has opened a one million square foot facility in Minooka which has added many job possibilities for residents.
FUN THINGS TO DO IN MINOOKA
There is plenty to see and do in Minooka. From bountiful natural resources, such as forest preserves and wildlife areas to a variety of community events and festivals, there is never a dull moment in Minooka. The year is jam-packed with events to celebrate holidays and community heritage. Local dining establishments offering a wide range of dishes that are sure to please.
Minooka is situated 50 miles southwest of Chicago’s bustling downtown. Conveniently nestled between Interstate 80 and 55, which provides a nationwide east west route.
Just northeast of the Arbor Lakes community, residents have convenient access to Morris Hospital Ridge Road Campus providing immediate care services, laboratory, x-ray and digital testing. Morris Hospital is located 10 miles west for emergencies and is equipped with a Level II Trauma Center.
Residents of Arbor Lakes are part of Minooka Community School District 201. Your childred can attend pre-kindergarten and kindergarten at the Minooka Primary Center. Students 1st – 4th grade attend Aux Sable Elementary School. 5th and 6th graders attend Minooka Intermediate School and Minooka Junior Hight for 7th and 8th graders.
Arbor Lakes students will attend the highly-regarded Minooka Community High school. This mid-sized school offers a unique educational experiencce through its two campuses.