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Address: 1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432
Phone Number: (815) 727-6141
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Joliet Prison from show "Prison Break"

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW 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 

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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 

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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.

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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.

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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 

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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!

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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 

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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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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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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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