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Historic Old Joliet Prison Tour

  • 13 Aug 2022
  • 11:00 AM
  • 1125 Collins Street, Joliet, IL 60432

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Do you have an ancestor that spent time at the Old Joliet Prison? There is plenty of Chicago history in the prison where many Chicago criminals were sent. This 90-minute walking tour of the Old Joliet Prison will be lead by a docent from the Joliet Area Historical Museum. The tour will include the history of the site from when it was first opened in 1858 till its closure in 2002. We will visit the East and West Cell Houses, North Segregation Building, Cafeteria, Chapel and the Honor Dorm. Keep in mind this tour is mostly an outside, approximate 1 mile walking tour.

Old Joliet Prison address: 1125 Collins Street, Joliet, IL. We will meet at 10:50am at the Gift Shop Building in the main parking lot off of Collins Street in front of the prison (plenty of parking). All participants will be required to sign a digital waiver of liability/hold harmless agreement before entering. Closed toe shoes should be worn and dress for the weather (rain or shine). We will be going in and out of the buildings. The tour is not currently ADA approved. Approximately 70% of the tour is accessible for all visitors.  

Registration is required via the Chicago Genealogical Society website under Events. Our group rate is $26 per attendee. No refunds after August 6, 2022. The online payment service fee of $1.00 will be deducted from refunds.  We will offer a waitlist option. If we have enough people on the waitlist, we will be able to schedule an additional tour group for the same day and time.

Picture courtesy of the Joliet Area Historical Museum

Chicago Genealogical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Address: PO Box 1160, Chicago, IL  60690-1160

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