The locktender’s house at I&M Canal Lock No. 6
The locktender’s house at I&M Canal Lock No. 6
Location of Channahon in Grundy and Will Counties, Illinois.
Location of Channahon in Grundy and Will Counties, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°25′46″N 88°13′43″W / 41.42948°N 88.22867°W / 41.42948; -88.22867
CountryUnited States
CountyGrundy, Will
TownshipsChannahon, Troy, Aux Sable, Goose Lake, Saratoga
IncorporatedDecember 11, 1961 (1961-12-11)
 • Village PresidentMissey Moorman Schumacher[2]
 • Total16.9 sq mi (43.77 km2)
 • Land15.62 sq mi (40.46 km2)
 • Water1.28 sq mi (3.30 km2)
531 ft (162 m)
 • Total13,383[1]
 • Density856.7/sq mi (330.77/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code815
FIPS code17-12476

Channahon (/ˈʃænəhɒn/ SHAN-ə-hon)[4] is a village in Grundy and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. The population was 13,383 at the 2020 census.[1]

Located in a rural area southwest of Joliet, Illinois, Channahon lies at the confluence of the Des Plaines, Kankakee, and DuPage rivers, where they form the Illinois River. The Illinois and Michigan Canal runs through the village, intersecting the DuPage at Channahon State Park. Most of the village is within Channahon Township in Will County. The current village president is Missey Moorman Schumacher.


Archaeological evidence suggests that the land on which the village now stands was inhabited as long as three to four thousand years ago by Mound Builders. When white settlers arrived in the early 1830s, the region was populated by Potawatomi, with whom the early settlers had friendly relations. The settlers called the area "Channahon", which means "meeting of the waters" in Potawatomi. After a brief period of growth, the settlement dissolved.[5]

When construction of the I&M Canal began in 1836, this location was chosen as the site for one of the waterway's locks. In 1845, Myrvin Benjamin plotted a new settlement to take advantage of the two rivers and nearly-completed canal surrounding the location. First called "DuPage" for the river and then "Swifton" for the I&M Canal board president, the settlement was formally named Channahon when the township government was organized in 1850. Channahon prospered until the rise of railroad transportation in the late 19th century caused commerce and population in the canal town to decline. The Village of Channahon was first incorporated in 1896, but dissolved in 1908 to avoid a lawsuit after an automobile plummeted into the DuPage River due to a bridge failure.[5]

The Channahon community saw slow growth in the first half of the 20th century.[5] On December 11, 1961, the area was reincorporated as the Village of Channahon.[6] Serious development finally began in the 1970s as the village's proximity to two major interstates resulted in both residential and industrial growth (a Mobil oil refinery, two petrochemicals plants, a soybean oil production facility, CenterPoint Intermodal Center to the east in Elwood, Illinois, and numerous warehouses to the east in both Elwood and Joliet, Illinois, including Amazon and Walmart distribution centers). Channahon, once a farming community, has developed into an affluent suburb of Chicago.


According to the 2010 census, Channahon has a total area of 16.417 square miles (42.52 km2), of which 14.99 square miles (38.82 km2) (or 91.31%) is land and 1.427 square miles (3.70 km2) (or 8.69%) is water.[7]


Channahon experiences cold winters with plenty of snow. Its summers are hot and humid, with cooling rains occurring frequently. The temperatures vary from 18 °F to 84 °F on average, with extremes reaching -2 °F and 92 °F on average.

Cloud coverage in Channahon varies from month to month. The time of the year with the most clouds is October 27 to June 13. The cloudiest month on average is December, and the least cloudy month on average is August.

Channahon has differing amounts of precipitation throughout the year. The time with the most rain is between March 27 to September 24. The month with the most precipitation is June.[8]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 7,344 people, 2,279 households, and 1,989 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,019.0 inhabitants per square mile (393.4/km2). There were 2,346 housing units at an average density of 325.5 per square mile (125.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.22% White, 0.42% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.27% Asian, none Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 3.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,279 households, out of which 50.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.6% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.7% were non-families. 10.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.22 and the average family size was 3.47.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 32.8% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $71,991, and the median income for a family was $74,481. Males had a median income of $52,479 versus $31,692 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,867. About 1.8% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Historic sites

The Illinois and Michigan Canal runs through the village, where it passes the locktender's house at Canal Lock No. 6[11] as well as the Dresden Mule Barn.[12] The Briscoe Mounds stand near the Des Plaines River.[13]

Parks and recreation

Formed in 1971, the Channahon Park District maintains over 383 acres (1,550,000 m2) of public parks. Facilities include:


Channahon is run by a Village Board of Trustees. The current President of the Board of Trustees is Missey Schumacher (elected in April 2015).[2] At the county level, Will County residents are located within Board District 6,[2] and are represented by Don Gould (R-Shorewood) and Joe VanDuyne (D-Wilmington).[16] Grundy County residents are part of Board District 2,[2] and they are represented by Chris Balkema (R), Debra Jo Kinsella (R), Lana Phillips (D), Eric Rasmusson (R), Greg Ridenour (R), and Deb Warning (R).[17] In the Illinois State Senate, Channahon is represented by:[2]

District Name Party First Served Area(s) of Channahon Represented
  38 Sue Rezin Republican 2010 Aux Sable Township, Channahon Township
  42 Linda Holmes Democratic 2007 Troy Township
  43 Pat McGuire Democratic 2012 Troy Township

In the Illinois House of Representatives, Channhon is represented by:[2]

District Name Party First Served Area(s) of Channahon Represented
  75 David Welter Republican 2016 Aux Sable Township, Channahon Township
  84 Stephanie Kifowit Democratic 2013 Troy Township
  86 Lawrence Walsh, Jr. Democratic 2012 Troy Township

At the federal level, Channahon is represented by: Senators Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois), and Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-16th District).[2]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Channahon, Village of. "Village of Channhon Illinois". Archived from the original on 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  3. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 15, 2023.
  4. ^ Brown, Donald E.; Schooley, Frank E. (1957). Pronunciation Guide for Illinois Place Names. Division of University Broadcasting, College of Journalism and Communications, University of Illinois. p. 12.
  5. ^ a b c "Rural Historic Structural Survey of Channahon Township".
  6. ^ "Name of Local Government: Channahon". Name Index to Illinois Local Governments. Illinois State Archives. Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  7. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  8. ^ "Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Channahon Illinois, United States". Weather Spark. Weather Spark. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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  12. ^ "Then & Now: Dresden Mule Barn – Channahon". Shaw Local New Network. Shaw Local New Network. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  13. ^ "Briscoe Mounds". Forest Preserve District Will County. Forest Preserve District Will County. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  14. ^ "Channahon State Park". Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  15. ^ "McKinley Woods". Accelerator. Retrieved 2022-12-01.
  16. ^ Will County Board (2009). "District 6". Illinois Government, Will County. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  17. ^ Illinois Government, Grundy County. " - Grundy County Board". Archived from the original on 2020-02-06. Retrieved 2020-02-06.