Minooka’s history has been tied to the railroad. Rail surveyor Randall Gardner purchased 500 acres of land along the proposed route of the Rock Island Railroad, effectively founding the village in 1852. The name Minooka is derived from the Pottawatomi word for “good land” — which aptly describes the area. The Village of Minooka was incorporated on March 27, 1869. Minooka has an estimated population of 6,365.
Hometown ambiance couples with modern convenience, making the villages of Minooka perfect for business and family life. Amenities abound with reasonable housing costs, superior schools, developing retail, new business endeavors and with Chicago less than 50 miles away, residents have a thriving and connected community to call their own. Minooka’s close proximity to this metropolis allows residents living here an easy commute to work. The region is rapidly expanding to meet the needs of a growing community.
For more than 150 years, the Village of Mokena has been a wonderful oasis in the southwest Chicagoland area. The Village has a track record of well-planned growth since its incorporation, and now has a population approaching 19,000. Mokena is a quiet community, well-removed from the congestion of city life, and its warm, friendly atmosphere invites families and businesses to share in its success.
The best quality of life for today and tomorrow can be found in Mokena. Nowhere is a higher value placed on a great education. The area’s growing population is currently served by two large, quality high school campuses, and with two new campuses on the way, the community’s children continue to be prepared for the challenges ahead.
Businesses — the lifeblood of any community — also find many advantages in Mokena, and new enterprise continues to grow within the community. With its close proximity to splendid shopping, exciting entertainment, and relaxing recreation, Mokena relishes its reputation as a thriving community poised for even greater success in the years to come. Rich in tradition, atmosphere, and opportunities — Mokena offers the best in suburban living.