Joliet

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Joliet is a city in the Chicagoland region of Illinois, a state in the Midwest of the United States of America. It is the largest city and county seat of Will County.

Understand[edit]

Joliet is a blue collar city which in recent years has built several tourist attractions. Notably, Chicagoland Speedway hosts NASCAR races during the summer, and there are two riverboat casino's located on the canal which bisects the city. Sherb Noble opened the first Dairy Queen here on June 22, 1940; the landmark 501 N. Chicago Street building is now a church. Joliet's prison, now closed, appears in the film Blues Brothers. The city was part of Route 66 from 1926 until 1940, with the road demoted to "66 alternate" locally when the mainline was redirected westward through Plainfield (Illinois). A freeway (now I-55) bypassed both roads in 1957.

Get in[edit]

Joliet is can be accessed from I-80 and I-55.

Many Amtrak lines run through Joliet's Union Station.

The Metra Rock Island District Line and Heritage Corridor Line run from downtown Chicago to Joliet Union Station.[1]

Get around[edit]

Driving is the primary means of transportation in Joliet. Joliet is also served by Pace bus lines.[2]

See[edit]

  • The exterior of the Joliet Correctional Center, closed in 2002, which was used as a filming location for numerous tv shows and movies, including The Blues Brothers and Prison Break. As of 2014, the Joliet Area Historical Museum [3] has proposed that a future seasonal, daily bus tour run from the museum (204 Ottawa Street) to the prison (1100 block of Collins Street).

Do[edit]

  • Chicagoland Speedway500 Speedway Blvd +1 815 727-RACE (7223). The speedway opened in the summer of 2001 and is the annual host of the LifeLock.com 400, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, and the Dollar General 300, a NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The speedway also plays host to an Indy Racing Northern Lights (IRL) race and an ARCA Re/Max Series race every September.
  • Joliet Park District3000 West Jefferson St +1 815 741-PARK (7275). The greater Joliet area provides a multitude of both leisure and business experiences, from nightlife to nature, festivals to food. Several of these activities can be found through the Joliet Park District.
  • Rialto Square Theater102 N. Chicago St +1 815 726-7171. The historic theater originally opened in May of 1926 and is a stunning reflection of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine architecture. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Rialto has been called one of the ten most beautiful theaters in the nation. Public and private tours are available as well as shows and banquets.
  • Bicycling. There are several miles of bike trails which wind through Joliet. The Rock Run and Joliet Junction Trails are roughly North/South routes that begin at the Theodore Marsh in Crest Hill, IL and have southern terminuses on the I&M Canal State Trail. These three paths can be used as a 16 mile loop through Western Joliet. The I&M Canal State Trail stretches ~60 miles to Peru, IL for longer bike rides.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • Heroes West Sports Grill1530 Commerce Dr. +1 815 725-1234. Sports bar and grill located near I-80 and Houbolt Rd.
  • The Hot Skillet2314 W Jefferson St +1 815-744-8144. Low prices, greasy food
  • White Fence Farm1376 Joliet Road, Romeoville, IL 60446 +1 630-739-1720. White Fence Farm is located in Romeoville, IL. They specialize in "baked then fried" chicken that is served with several sides and a choice of potato. In addition to the 1,100 seat restaurant in Romeoville there are carryout locations in several nearby towns including Joliet.
  • Merichka's604 Theodore Street, Crest Hill, IL, 60403 +1 815 723-9371. Merichka's is a Crest Hill institution. Their trademark sandwich is a beef poorboy smothered in garlic butter.

Drink[edit]

  • Maneuver's118 East Jefferson. GLBTQ bar, empty most nights including Saturdays. Corona $4.

Sleep[edit]

  • Comfort Inn North Joliet Hotel3235 Norman Ave +1 815 436-5141. Just minutes from the Louis Joliet Mall, 6 miles away from Harrah's and Empress casinos, just 20 miles from the Route 66 Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway, only 35 miles from O'Hare International Airport and 40 miles from Downtown Chicago. [4]
  • Comfort Inn South Joliet Hotel135 S. Larkin Ave +1 815 744-1770. 2-3 minutes from the Harrah's and Empress Casino's, 5-6 miles from the Route 66 Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway, 25 miles from the O'Hare International Airport. [5]

Go next[edit]

Chicago is easily accessible from Joliet via I-55 or Metra.

The Metra Rock Island District Line stops at U.S. Cellular Field for White Sox baseball games in Chicago

Routes through Joliet
Bloomington-NormalGardner  S I-55.svg N  BolingbrookChicago
DavenportMorris  W I-80.svg E  → Jct N I-355.svgTinley ParkGary
DavenportMorris  W US 6.svg E  → Jct N I-355.svgTinley ParkGary
Sterling-Rock Falls ← Jct I-39.svgUS 51.svg  W US 30.svg E  Chicago HeightsValparaiso
Dixon ← Jct I-39.svgUS 51.svg  W US 52.svg E  BourbonnaisKankakee
Bloomington-NormalGardner  S US 66 (historic).svg N  BolingbrookChicago
ENDGardner  S Illinois 53.svg N  BolingbrookSchaumburg


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