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Address: 1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432
Phone Number: (815) 727-6141
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Prison Featured in TV/Film

The prison is old and has been featured in numerous TV and Films including "Blues Brothers". As others have stated, you cannot go inside however. If you are in the area, it is... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The prison is old and has been featured in numerous TV and Films including "Blues Brothers". As others have stated, you cannot go inside however. If you are in the area, it is neat to go by, however probably not worth going out of your way to see it.

Thank dmacwi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

You can only see it from outside. But from the main street there is an access to the parking lot where there are several signs/boards with information placed and you can read about this place history. This prison was closed around 2000 and there is nothing going on inside. I wish it is turned it into museum and you can... More 

Thank Anna G
Burr Ridge, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

It is rather interesting that the main claim to frame of the Old Joliet prison is a movie called the Blues Brothers. I find it more fascinating that many of the visitors to this location come because of opening sequence in an old movie that dates back to the last century. If you're not driving through or driving very close... More 

Thank EpicureanFunTraveler
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

It was very interesting. Read the signs around the outside. It must of been hell back in the 1800's to be in it. It is sad though no inside tour's available. This is an other historical place that will go by and by because the mayor really doesn't know what they have there. It is getting broke into and bushes... More 

Thank Kiwigirl4x4
Clifton, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The Blues Brothers movie has always been one of my top 10 favorite movies and knowing I would be passing through Joliet, I had to stop at the prison to photograph it. I assumed it would be like some of the other old prisons, a place to wander around and photograph or take a tour. I was disappointed that it... More 

Thank Bruce M
Clifton Heights, Pa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Not a place to go out of your way for. You only get to walk around the outside of the prison. There are historical information boards that are interesting. If you read all the boards, plan about 30 minutes for the stop.

1 Thank ValM66
Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The architecture of the prison is very nice, but there is not much to see. The parking lot has a few large signs where you can read history about the area and Route 66. The buildings are not open to the public.

1 Thank honestrealreviews
Dallas, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

When we were driving from Dallas to Chicago and saw that Joliet was on the way, how could we not stop at the Joliet Correctional Facility (from Blues Brothers)? It said on Google that it was closed, but we assumed that it said that because the prison is technically closed. Google Maps took us on an odd journey and we... More 

1 Thank Liz K
Moline, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Being Blues Brothers fans, my husband and I enjoyed stopping here. Wish Illinois wasn't so broke and could fix it up. It's been vandalized. I'd pay to take a tour of the inside to see more. Limestone structure is fascinating. Worth stopping!

1 Thank mrskeager
Zeeland, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Well, with 4 walls around it and only about a 20 foot break where you can see in, there isn't much to see. Although the stone work is amazing!!! On the one side, they have a very small parking area with info boards for you to read about the prison, when it opened, the movies that have been filmed there.... More 

2 Thank Cinnilouwho

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