Kankakee area Instagrams you need to follow


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Not following #KankakeeCounty on Instagram? You’re missing out. With everything from coffee, to photography, to podcasts, our local creatives are sharing amazing glimpses of what it is like to live, work, and have fun in Kankakee County. Below are ten local Instagram accounts you should be following.

Stefari Cafe | via Instagram


This specialty coffee shop is a true gem in the heart of the City of Kankakee. Serving small batch coffee and craft lattes, local’s hang out Stefari for its quaint and happy atmosphere.  Follow their Instagram to keep up with their latest craft inventions and pictures of coffee so pretty, you’ll perk up before the caffeine has chance to enter your system.

Sydney Mongaraz | via Instagram


Sydney Mongaraz is a local photographer, business owner, and founder of the Girls Night Out KCO. Her Instagram is filled with heartfelt moments of travel, fun, and realism that completely captures what it is like to be a 20-something woman living in Kankakee County.

K3 County Beauty | via Instagram.


Yes, the plains are beautiful. And yes, so is Kankakee County. @K3county.beauty captures breathtaking scenes of our parks, farms, and urban centers. Even longtime locals will have to stop and do a double take before they smile with pride at our county’s magnificent scenery.

Jacques LaMore | via Instagram.


Jacques LaMore, of the popular morning show “Wake ‘n Jake” on WFAV 95.1, has a monthly podcast where he talks all things pop-punk and pizza. A die-hard Green Day fan and musician, LaMore interviews and chats with Chicago area pop-punk bands and national acts, including Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Bowling for Soup.

Dress Well Boutique | via Instagram


Keep up on the latest fashion trends by following Dress Well Boutique. With their focus on individuality, check their Instagram stories daily as they feature new items with suggestions on how to put together a look. They also ask their followers to vote on what items they’d like to see in the store. Then go shopping online or at their brick and mortar store located in Bourbonnais across from ONU

Zander Betterton | via Instagram


“Simple. Authentic. Expressive.” is the bio on this IG, and that is exactly what you’ll get with this local film maker. Betteron captures a simple elegance with his photography that exhibits the realistic beauty of the modern world.

HD Cake Decorator | via Instagram


The Instagram of the owner of Heather’s Custom Cakes & More in Bradley, this Instagram will trigger your sweet tooth with creations of edible art. Oh, and she puts The Office quotes on her cookies.

Kankakee County Humane Foundation | via Instagram


Because everyone needs pictures of cute animals in their feed, follow a local shelter. The Kankakee County Humane Foundation offers up adorable picks of their shelter residents. Who knows? You might find your new best friend during your afternoon scroll.

Buzz From Above | via Instagram


Explore the county and more from a bird’s eye view with the drone photography account, @buzzfromabove. Garrett Offerman offers spectacular and sweeping views that will give the locals a fresh new perspective on familiar landmarks.

Joshua Riley | via Instagram


Local craft beer enthusiast and writer, Joshua Riley, shares his new finds, favorites, and recommendations as @brewdudek3, and has a blast doing it. Follow him to stay updated on his craft beer adventures and to find your new favorite brew. Don’t forget to check out his regular craft beer column over at the Daily Journal.

Did we miss someone?

Have a suggestion of a local influencer that should be added to the list? Write to us at news@countryherald.com and tell us about them! Or just complain to your friends how wrong we are, because hey, that’s cool too.

Cheri Boudreau
Cheri Boudreauhttp://www.CountryHerald.com
Cheri Boudreau is a writer for the Country Herald and a graduate student at Governors State University. When she's not writing, Cheri enjoys talking comics on podcasts and over on Instagram. She lives in Bourbonnais with her two rescue cats.


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