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Address: 1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432
Phone Number: (815) 727-6141
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Do forget the back of the prison .....drive back take pictures

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2016
Hespeler2016
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Cambridge, Canada
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Cambridge, Canada
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3 of 5 stars 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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Elko, Nevada
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2 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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!

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Thank J3523QKkathya
Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars 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!

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Aiken
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3 of 5 stars 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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Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The prison is old and has been featured in numerous TV and Films including "Blues Brothers". As others have stated, you cannot go inside however. If you are in the area, it is neat to go by, however probably not worth going out of your way to see it.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

You can only see it from outside. But from the main street there is an access to the parking lot where there are several signs/boards with information placed and you can read about this place history. This prison was closed around 2000 and there is nothing going on inside. I wish it is turned it into museum and you can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

It was very interesting. Read the signs around the outside. It must of been hell back in the 1800's to be in it. It is sad though no inside tour's available. This is an other historical place that will go by and by because the mayor really doesn't know what they have there. It is getting broke into and bushes... More 

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Clifton, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The Blues Brothers movie has always been one of my top 10 favorite movies and knowing I would be passing through Joliet, I had to stop at the prison to photograph it. I assumed it would be like some of the other old prisons, a place to wander around and photograph or take a tour. I was disappointed that it... More 

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