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Address: 1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432-1266
Phone Number: +1 815-727-6141

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Prison from Blues Brothers museum

Was in the area and had to drive by and take a selfie in front of the the Joliet Prison from Blues Brothers movie fame. it is in ruins and fenced in but worth the short drive... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 2, 2016
Greenville, South Carolina
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Sudbury, Canada
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is awesome. Very safe. My family got to walk around the entire place. There are signs warning you not to trespass but you can entire almost anywhere. We respected the signs but observed several kids leaving the property who were more than likely vandalizing it. It is a real shame there is no effort to preserve this place.... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

Was in the area and had to drive by and take a selfie in front of the the Joliet Prison from Blues Brothers movie fame. it is in ruins and fenced in but worth the short drive from downtown Joliet to see. What amazes me is how close this prison was to downtown.

1 Thank Traveler54258
Norridge, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

The first stop on our Route 66 tour on Sept. 8th was Joliet Prison. As it is closed to the public, myself and about 34 others walked around the outside. Placards in the parking lot provide information regarding the connection of this old prison and Route 66. The Blues Brothers as well as other movies were filmed at this site.... More 

2 Thank patshea2016
South West England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

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 

1 Thank SHBanwell
Kokomo, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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 

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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 

2 Thank Taylor B
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!

1 Thank J3523QKkathya

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