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Joliet Prison

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1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432-1266
+1 815-727-6141
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Yes, from Blues Brothers

If you are a Blues Brothers fan, as I've been since the movie came out, then you know the opening... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Denny S
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Frankfort, Illinois
Interesting bit of history

Unfortunately you can only see a small portion of the prison complex form a parking lot with some... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kumack
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432-1266
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are a Blues Brothers fan, as I've been since the movie came out, then you know the opening scenes were shot at the old Illinois Correctional facility in Joliet. There's not much to see, but you can easily find the entrance were Jake...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately you can only see a small portion of the prison complex form a parking lot with some rather worn-out informational signs. No interior tour. Can’t recommend a special trip just to see the prison, but absolutely should stop-by if you’re in the area for...More

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Reviewed March 26, 2018

I really enjoyed seeing the prison and the short walking tour was good, really wish there was more. But did enjoy what was there.

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Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

Stopped as we were staying the night in Joliet. The only area available for access is the parking lot. There are quite a few informational signs to read which was nice. I wish there were tours as there is so much history here. Right now...More

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Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

Went here on my birthday weekend, love walking around and taking pictures. Just wish there was a tour we could’ve done to see the inside. There are plaques outside in the parking lot showing what movies/shows were filmed there. Prison break being one of them!

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Reviewed January 12, 2018

This stop was on our 'To Do' list for our Rte 66 trip. If those walls could talk, was on my mind as we drove around the building. It is formidable in many ways. A monument in American history, documented in numerous movies, but most...More

Thank Larry C
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Reviewed December 29, 2017

If I had a few million laying around i'd buy this up and turn it into a hotel/museum with a blues brother theme playing a concert at least once a week!! so sad that this is falling apart - but glad I crossed this off...More

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Reviewed November 11, 2017 via mobile

Inconvenient to get there but well worth it! It's just as eerie as expected. Such a historical site plus we are huge Blues Brothers fans. Needs to be a restored historical site. Fun, interesting site.

Thank paramedicokie
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Reviewed October 20, 2017

This meant nothing to me. My husband watched the Blues Brothers a million years ago and wanted to visit. Nice building though. Would make a great hotel. I suppose it has to be done if travelling on Route 66.

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Reviewed September 19, 2017 via mobile

I went there because I did a small tour of almost all Blues Brothers filming locations (just Google for complete movie locations guides and you'll find multiple). This is one of the most famous but hasn't been used as a prison for many years. It...More

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Mario D
May 21, 2018|
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Response from Larry C | Reviewed this property |
1 h 9 min (35.2 mi) Take bus 124 from Madison & LaSalle at 5:05pmGet Directions » 1 h 15 min (35.3 mi) Take bus 28 from Adams & Clark at 5:04pm 1 h 12 min (35 mi) Take bus 151 from Adams & Clark at 5:07pm Check these out for... More
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Dora C
February 2, 2018|
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Response from slowride83 | Reviewed this property |
At this time there are no tours, There are talks that in the future after a lot of required clean up and safety maintenance that a small bus type vehicle may take visitors on a tour in side the walls. As of now Evil... More
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