Old Joliet Prison

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Decatur, IL

#1 Oct 15, 2010
i wish they would open the prison for visitors. kids noe day get a slapping on the hand i was here turning 21, they need to see their new rooms if they dont change. i know i would like to show my kids, where i learned the hard way.
I agree

Clarendon Hills, IL

#2 Oct 16, 2010
Yeah, I also wish they would open that up for tours. I know it wouldn't be a tourist draw (everybody around Will county seems to want nothing more than a quick buck), but I'd drop twenty bucks in a donation box on top of whatever reasonable admission was charged. I suppose not many people would do that, though.

Frankly I am amazed they haven't demolished it yet for something really rare like a, oh I don't know..... maybe a casino?(Can we please get some new ideas?)

It'll probably be gone soon after the economy picks up so something of true "value" to the community like an outlet mall or some crap can go up in its place.

I hear a lot about the Joliet and Will County Historical Societies from time to time, and I've always wondered why those two agencies don't come up with a plan for the old Joliet big house.

Yes, it would be great to tour that place, but I'd bet money it will never happen. Nobody around here cares for much past Dancing With the Stars, etc. It never ceases to amaze me how lazy and stupid most people are around these parts.
Bad intentions

Lockport, IL

#3 Oct 16, 2010
It would make for an interesting museum.

As for the whole scaring your kids straight thing: I bet the police department could help you do that.

If you're kid is into really bad stuff, it might be better to just bust them before it goes too far. That's scary, but might do the trick.
dirty girl

Lombard, IL

#4 Oct 25, 2010
If you drive past, there are signs saying you can get locked up at the prison. I believe it is open for tours.
stanmikitasdonut s

Lockport, IL

#5 Oct 27, 2010
I think I heard that at one point the plan was to move the county offices to the old prison because the county building is so overcrowded. However, I think that plan must have been scrapped because that was a long time ago... Over the summer a group showed The Blues Brothers there for free, and the Exchange Club sold concessions. And yes, I think there are parts of it you can tour.

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