Bourbonnais Grove originally referred to the stand of trees between Beckman Park in Kankakee on the south and Davis Creek on the north. The Kickapoo, Illini, Iroquois, Mascouten and Potawatomi Indians were inhabitants of the area at various times before the arrival of the French Canadians.
Bullbonus, Bullbonus Grove and Bulboney were early place names used to describe the area. The use of an 'l' sound instead of an 'r' is based on the Potawatomi's difficulty in pronouncing the 'r' sound. Other names were LaPointe, LaVille and Old Vasseur's Place