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Review of Joliet Prison

Joliet Prison
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Right on the old Route 66 out of Chicago, this place is well worth stopping off at, but it could be so much more...

Came here because of the Blues Brothers, the exterior of this historical prison is impressive. Unfortunately it is falling into decay. Although there are plenty of fences and "No Trespassing" signs, it's easy enough for anyone to get inside. Unfortunately not everyone wants to preserve this place.

I hope that the State of Illinois can find enough money in the near future to restore at least a part of this monument, and open it up to the public. I'm sure there would be enough interest to pay for the costs. Maybe a donation from the movie/TV profits?

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Reviewed 10 September 2017

Fans of Prison Break will enjoy seeing the outside of the prison but that is all that is allowed. There are a few informational signs about the the prison's history as well as a bench and picnic table. There are no tours and no trespassing.

Unfortunately this prison has been left to decompose while Illinois continues to be nearly bankrupt.

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Reviewed 3 September 2017

The old prison is fascinating. Lots of history, and lots of Hollywood. Part of The Blues Brothers movie was filmed here. The signage was helpful to understand a bit of the history, but I know I and many others are hopeful that someday we will be able to tour at least part of this prison. It's right on Route 66 and the architecture is impressive. Route 66 fans, movie fans, paranormal fans would all stand in line to tour this historic site. I'd rate this 5 stars if only I could tour inside.

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

You can not go inside the penitentiary. You'll just have to see them beyond the wall or the fence.

I've read a lot of haunted stories regarding the prison. We went there in the afternoon. The closest we can get near was the entrance and we felt a little eerie and spooky.

Too bad this prison site were never maintained or made as a tourist attraction unlike Alcatraz. Many movies have been made here like Blues Brother etc.

I hope the town of Joliet will do something about it because the building is deteriorating and history is being destroyed.

Thank Jun D
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

The prison itself is long closed. Are you old enough to remember"the Blues Brothers"? The opening scene was shot outside these walls. "Joliet Jake" is named after this town. "Elwood" is a small town just south of Joliet. Wear your old clothes.

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