Joliet Prison

Going To Prison...By Choice

The Joliet Historical Museum offers prison tours on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday; starting in June the museum will add Tuesdays to the weekly tour schedule.

The Joliet Historical Museum offers prison tours on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday; starting in June the museum will add Tuesdays to the weekly tour schedule.

Later today, the Joliet Area Historical Museum kicks off a second season of walking tours of the old Joliet prison. The museum started offering tours last summer and they quickly sold out. First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited the prison late last summer and discovered that for some people the tour is an opportunity to answer a lifelong curiosity, for others want to see the location for Hollywood blockbusters, and for some, it’s about closure

Going Behind The Stone Walls of The Joliet Prison

The Administration Building of the now shuttered Joliet Prison

The Administration Building of the now shuttered Joliet Prison

The idea of being locked-up in an Illinois prison is the stuff of nightmares for most people. Now people are choosing to walk through the gates and behind the walls of one of the state’s most notorious prisons. For some it’s an opportunity to answer a lifelong curiosity, others want to see the location for Hollywood blockbusters, and for some, it’s about closure. First Light host Brian O’Keefe went inside the prison The Blues Brothers made famous.

The Joliet Area Historical Museum is taking people inside castle like stone walls of the Joliet Prison

The Joliet Area Historical Museum is taking people inside castle like stone walls of the Joliet Prison

Paint hangs in sheets in the now vacant cell block of the old Joliet Prison

Paint hangs in sheets in the now vacant cell block of the old Joliet Prison

One of the original cells was preserved during a renovation during the 1950s. The 7x4 foot cell is smaller than closets in many homes had no running water and held two inmates.

One of the original cells was preserved during a renovation during the 1950s. The 7x4 foot cell is smaller than closets in many homes had no running water and held two inmates.

Graffiti artists painted a massive mural Inside the dining hall at the old Joliet Prison, plans are to eliminate most of the graffiti, but some work, like this one, will remain

Graffiti artists painted a massive mural Inside the dining hall at the old Joliet Prison, plans are to eliminate most of the graffiti, but some work, like this one, will remain