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Joliet Prison

1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 727-6141
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Ranked #9 of 15 attractions in Joliet
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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English first
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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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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46 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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104 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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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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Janesville, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Great visit to see the prison of my favorite show Prison Break. I hope they renovate parts of the prison so ppl would be able to visit and see the inside of it.

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London, England
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163 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

As a Blues Brothers Fan (original film) this was a "must see" location. Easy to find and park and plenty of informative boards around. Disappointing that it's not open for tours but if you walk around the side nearest the road you can find your own piece of cinema history. A piece of stone from the prison, which is a... More

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