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Old Joliet Prison Tours

1125 N. Collins Street, Joliet, IL 60432

State Parks & National Forest

The castle-like Prison was built with Joliet limestone, with over 20 buildings inside its four walls. Take the hour-long tour on specific days of the week, and learn more about Joliet Correctional Center ... which is more known as Old Joliet Prison.

The Old Joliet Prison was built in the 1850's, housing infamous criminals like Leopold, Loeb and Gacy. The prison also housed some famous characters, including Joliet Jake Blues (The Blues Brothers) and Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrons (Prison Break).

Pre-scheduled, guided tours are offered via the Joliet Area Historical Museum for select areas of the Prison “campus” from the months of April – October. Walking tours last approximately 90 minutes. Visitors should please note that because the site has been abandoned for over fifteen years, certain areas of the facility are off limits to the general public.

At the current time, tours are not ADA approved. 70% of the tour is accessible for all patrons.

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