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Joliet Prison

Address: 1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432
Phone Number: (815) 727-6141
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Ranked #7 of 12 Attractions in Joliet
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks

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New Lenox, Illinois
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93 reviews 93 reviews
27 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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152 reviews 152 reviews
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
2 helpful votes 2 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
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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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
63 helpful votes 63 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
36 helpful votes 36 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
66 helpful votes 66 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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246 reviews 246 reviews
138 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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