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Take a drone

I got some amazing video with my drone here. When we visited there were no tours and the prison was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Matty C
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Prison Tours Now Being Conducted

Tours of the Old Joliet Prison began about 3 1/2 weeks ago. They are $20 per person and last about... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mar L
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't sure what to expect on this tour as this is the first year they have been offered. We thought there might not be enough time spent inside the buildings. That was not the case! This was an excellent tour. The docent knew about...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I got some amazing video with my drone here. When we visited there were no tours and the prison was fenced off. Except for the car park. Do not trespass, security officers patrol.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tours of the Old Joliet Prison began about 3 1/2 weeks ago. They are $20 per person and last about 1 1/2 hours. You park in the Old Joliet Prison Park parking lot. There is a lot of walking and most of it is outdoors...More

2  Thank Mar L
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

Had a quick photo stop here. Nice to read some of the history. Shame it is closed for now. Hopefully next time we can do a tour.

1  Thank Samantha25uk
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

The community is going through a ten year plan to open this place back up for tours. Great architecture, history that dates back to the mid 1800’s - the oldest functional prison in the U.S.. It’s not ready for prime time yet - it’s in...More

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Reviewed July 25, 2018

This was a must see if you ever saw The Blues Brothers film. We were surprised we could drive right up to the prison. The initial guard gate was open. Two of us jumped out to take pictures. The guard came out of the prison...More

2  Thank JMoore55
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

I love the Blues Brothers and was a big fan of prison break. It was cool to see the prison and drive around fortunately I was on the outside as I sure would not want to be on the inside

Thank David R
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

I was thrilled to see the old Prison. I was on a mission from gad! The place is on the fringe of Joliet. You might expect a prison to be far from town and you’d be correct. It’s yet another case of Tourist Attraction gone...More

2  Thank Iratdog
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

We are huge prison Break fans. Stopped by on the way home from a trip, just to see it was very cool. Many story boards in parking lot from Blues Brother movie and Prison Break. Would have been awesome to see inside the prison, grass...More

1  Thank patrickdC8964WL
Reviewed June 6, 2018

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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kel T
September 23, 2018|
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Response from Flyby0161 | Reviewed this property |
Like their or monitor Face Book page, “Old Joliet Prison“ or monitor the website under “Old Joliet Prison”. Within, they post private tours and volunteer work.
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
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