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Address: 1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432-1266
Phone Number: (815) 727-6141

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Had to do it for Blues Brothers and Prison Break, but don't get your hopes up!

Had to do it just for Blues Brothers and Prison Break, though was very disappointed that you can't go in it and also the state of the outside. But, at least I can say 'been there... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
South West England
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South West England
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54 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had to do it just for Blues Brothers and Prison Break, though was very disappointed that you can't go in it and also the state of the outside. But, at least I can say 'been there and done that. If you like either of the two shows above, and you are passing close by, then you need to do this.... More 

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Kokomo, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

It was fun to park where Elwood waited for Jack at the beginning of The Blues Brothers. It is worth the short detour off I-80. It would be nice if it was touristy like Alcatraz, but all you can really do is drive by and read a few info signs.

Thank Stuart15734
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

This place is an amazing place to go different places to see each time easy ways to get in park in front and just through the fence. To those who are risk takers the roof is great for a nice sun set ho through the addict to the yard u have to cross the roof and go down latters so... More 

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

It's easily accessible - right on the main drag through Lockport. It has tremendous local and regional history. The state seems to have left it to suffer the effects of a lack of maintenance and upkeep (especially the vegetation). It's a nice visit.

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Cambridge, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2016

drive to the back of the prison - there's a road that leads to the back to train tracks guess for shipping prisoners. we stopped took pics and got a few surprise pictures too like most of the other reviews you walk the front area read panels which I was glad to see since there wasn't much else to see... More 

Thank Hespeler2016
Elko, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

It's very large and there really isn't a good place to get a photo to show the hugeness of it. It would be great if you could take a tour of the inside. But you are stuck on the outside to read the advertisements about Joliet in the parking lot. There is plenty of parking. I was the only visitor... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016

When I was 13 or 14 years old, I served as batboy for the Calumet Park Troublemakers semi-pro baseball team that scheduled a game with the Joliet Prison team--inside Joliet Prison. I still recall taking a tour of the prison and getting an up-close-and-personal look at the inmates and the jail cells and the cafeteria. I don't remember who won... More 

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Sterling Heights
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

Have visited Joliet Prison/Stateville numerous times, but sometimes the visitation rules change slightly esp. in the dress code. Make sure you get there early because visitor clearance can take a long time. Check ahead on IDOC website re: acceptable clothing items. Above all, be patient!

Thank J3523QKkathya
Cairo, Egypt
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81 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2016

If you're in Joliet, it's worth the drive by to see the Prison. It really is magnificent and it has a good parking area with good information signs around. Pretty welcoming for a prison!

Thank dana r
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2016 via mobile

The prison is located in a convenient spot to pass by and take a look. It's old with a lot of history. It's something that is simple but good to say you've seen it. It would be amazing if they gave tours. The only thing to do is stop and take a few pictures and read the board with the... More 

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