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Joliet Prison

1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 727-6141
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Ranked #9 of 17 Attractions in Joliet
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Marshalltown, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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175 reviews 175 reviews
48 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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Louisville, Kentucky
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221 reviews 221 reviews
123 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

This prison is amazing, and the informational park out front really adds to the experience, providing information on the history of the prison, as well as movies and television series that were filmed here. Yes, this was the infamous Fox River from Prison Break!

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Morris, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The signs on Collins St by the prison really do make it seem like you can visit the prison. You can't, though. You can visit the prison parking lot, see the exterior wall, and read some wordy and incredibly boring informational signs in that parking lot. You can't even see into the yard. I think Joliet is missing an opportunity... More

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chicago, il
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

What can you say good about a prison. I visited the friend of a friend once. The visitor procedure is inadequate, had to wait a long time in a room with a bunch of undesireables. As I walked corridor I was shouted at by prisoners who were just behind a gate.

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Plainfield, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
6 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

If you like old prisions this one will work for you, still the original walls and towers. Has a very scary holloween fright night. Its good that you can leave when you want too.

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