The Village of Mokena is a small village located in Will County, Illinois. The estimated population of the town is 9,500 people. New England settlers founded the oldest part of the village was founded in 1854 by New England settlers. The community was originally named "Keyes" after its first settlers, Eli Keyes. But an unknown author's decision to rename the town Mokena after nearby Lake Moneka altered the course of history for this once-thriving hub of railroad activity.
Mokena became famous during America's Gilded Age for hosting seemingly bottomless oil wells that drew hundreds of thousands of dollars in petroleum profits from beneath its farmlands and prairies. Because it had no means to tax or regulate any industry, Mokena's early village councils were often at the mercy of oil speculators.
Today, Mokena is a bedroom community for commuters to Chicago and its western suburbs. It is known for its strong sense of community, many parks and recreational facilities, and award-winning schools. The village is also home to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Midwest Branch, the only art museum in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area.
Mokena residents enjoy a wide variety of shopping and dining opportunities, as well as easy access to I-80 and I-355. The village has several small businesses, but most residents travel to Frankfort or Tinley Park for their major shopping needs. There are no major hospitals or other large employers in Mokena; however, two new commercial developments on LaPorte Road and Wolf's Crossing Road draw the village's attention.
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