Village of Manhattan 

Memories with Progress

Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm Park

The Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm is a beautiful, 103-acre park that offers two types of recreational areas.  The first includes open space, Jackson Creek, wetlands, and an oak grove.  The more active section offers a baseball/softball field, a forest-themed playground, a tennis court, volleyball courts, trails, horseshoes, a fitness circuit, an 18-hole disc golf course, and a fishing pier.  The historical 100-foot diameter Round Barn on the property was built in 1898 from the lumber left over after the 1893 dismantling of the Chicago Columbian World Exposition. The Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm Park is located at 24115 S. U.S. Highway 52. For more info contact the Manhattan Park District at (815) 478-3324 or on the web at

Manhattan Township Historical Society

The Manhattan Township Historical Society's mission is to educate area residents about the lives, customs, activities and history of the businesses, residents, and residences of the village and township of Manhattan, IL. In October 2014, the Society opened up its first museum to better serve the community. The museum features exhibits that display the history of Village of Manhattan and Manhattan Township. The Museum is located at 255 S. State Street, Unit A, Manhattan, IL. The museum is open one Saturday per month with no fee.

Museum Open Dates for 2016: Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 5, Apr 16, May 21, June 18, Aug 20, Sept 5, Oct 22, Nov 12, Dec 3

For more information email: or call 815-478-4530

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie: Hiking & History, Biking & Bison!

The first National Tallgrass Prairie in the United States, Midewin is home to rare bird species and one of the largest prairie restoration projects in the country.  Midewin offers visitors hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, many that connect with the Wauponsee.   In addition to observing birds, butterflies, and prairie plants, visitors can walk, bike, or ride past ammunition bunkers that stored bombs and TNT when Midewin was the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant, also known as the Elwood Ordinance Plant and, later, the Joliet Arsenal.In addition to historical buildings, visitors have the chance to view bison roaming Midewin's pasture. Bison returned to Midewin as an experiment to observe how bison grazing affects prairie plants and animals.

Wauponsee Glacial Trail

The Wauponsee Glacial Trail travels 22.29 miles from Joliet south through Manhattan, Symerton, and Wilmington to Custer Park. The trail may be accessed in Manhattan:15927 W. Manhattan Road

Trail Experience and Activities
The Wauponsee Glacial Trail is a 22.29-mile paved/crushed limestone linear trail consisting of two segments.

The northern segment of the trail travels 2.8 miles from Sugar Creek Preserve north to Rowell Avenue in Joliet. This flat, paved segment of the trail travels through woodland, prairie, and wetland. It is ideal for the following activities: biking, hiking, running, in-line skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.

The southern segment of the trail extends an additional 19.49 miles from Sugar Creek Preserve south to the Kankakee River. This flat, crushed limestone segment of the trail travels through prairie. It is ideal for the following activities: biking, horseback riding, hiking, running, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. For more information visit:
Village of Manhattan 260 Market Place, Manhattan, IL 60442 815-418-2100 Village Hall Hours are M-F 9:00am - 5:00pm