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Joliet Prison

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Address: 1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432
Phone Number: (815) 727-6141
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Not much to see, but still neat.

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
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Zeeland, Michigan
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Zeeland, Michigan
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165 reviews 165 reviews
67 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
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 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

It is a shame the city and state has let this old prison degenerate. It is only a shell of what it used to be. While those new to the area see it as an imposing fortress where dangerous criminals were once housed, those of us from the area remember when it was still used and in decent shape. You... More 

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New Lenox, Illinois
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27 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Love the architecture of this old building, such a shame they haven't worked on preserving it to use as a museum or something. They do have plaques that gives some history. And you are free to walk around and look. Makes you wonder what the inside just like to happen inside tour would be awesome.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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20 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A cool stop to see a prison of the past but also the very familiar sites of movies like The Blues Brothers and TV shows like Prison Break were shot here. Some detailed plaques give a great overview of the prison and its history. It was a fun stop on the book tour.

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It could be so much more if someone would turn this into a REAL tourist attraction. As it is, you can take pics of the exterior of the building, and that's about it. It's getting run down. However, this place is still the site from the series "Prison Break", as well as being featured in The Blues Brothers movie. I... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I was only in Joliet for a day and decided to stop here. The historical exhibits around the outside were very interesting and as photographer I loved the photo opportunities. This is a must see attraction in Joliet. They may open a tour of the prison soon...

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swindon
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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I spent about year researching places to visit and hotels to stay to fulfil an almost lifelong ambition to complete Route 66. Joliet Prison was first planned attraction on Route 66 after leaving Chicago en route to St Louis. I loved the iconic Blues Brothers movie and thought is a "must do". Despite it being a substantial sized building(s) we... More 

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Although this may be of interest to the casual tourist with a historical interest or passer-by, it will mainly be of interest to the tv and film buffs due to its connection with the already mentioned Blues Brothers and Prison Break. It’s a stark reminder of decades past, and the brutality that occurred within pervades the publically accessible perimeter. The... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

I enjoyed seeing Old Joliet prison however I think they should capitalise on this by making an Indoor museum area. The information boards outside direct you to the museum in downtown Joliet which was less interesting than the prison.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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180 reviews 180 reviews
50 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Wish there was more to see and do there but I thoroughly enjoyed what was offered, which is a good up close view of the outside of the facility and markers to read along the building.

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