Although exact meaning of Mokena is not known, tradition states that it is Potawatomi for "turtle."
Mokena owes its existence to the Rock Island Railroad. Seeing the potential of the area, Allen Denny authorized the surveying of the area and commenced selling the lots for $100 in the 1830’s. The railroad station served a major draw for farmers to distribute their goods. Mokena's population grew to about 500 people by the time it was incorporated in 1880. By 1990 the population was over 6,000 and will be close to 15,000 by the 2000 census. Despite the growth, Mokena has maintained its small town atmosphere and a safe and secure way of life.


  • Clock Tower Gifts

    Located in the Old Mill Pond Mall, offers a wide selection of home decor and retail gifts for practically any occasion.

  • Cottage Creations

    Offering select Irish and German/Austrian import gift items, unique embroidered and cutwork tablecloths, Nora Fleming occasionals, hand painted furniture, home decor, garden items and hand made tea light luminaries.

  • Front Porch Coffee & Drinks

    Coffee and tea house specializing in custom drinks, coffees of the day, drink specials, locally roasted beans, gourmet teas and distinctive gifts for everyone no matter what age.

  • Mokena's French Market

    For centuries, markets where individual vendors sell food, clothing, books and flowers have been a central feature of European life. You can now experience this Cultural Event on Saturdays, from 8am to 1pm, May through October.



Fun Facts!

  • The first name proposed for the Lincoln Highway was the Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway.
  • By 1927 90% of Americans owned an automobile.
  • The Town of Fulton, Illinois has an authentic, working Dutch windmill.
  • Chicago Heights Illinois is known as The Crossroads of the Nation, because the Lincoln and Dixie Highways intersect.
  • The very first Seedling Mile is located in Malta, Illinois.