Joliet Prison

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The Joliet Prison Website




  Park Sponsored by
Waste Management
Wolf's Sealcoating, Inc. 815-774-WOLF
Duke's Landscape Services

Park Hours: Dawn – dusk daily

No access to the prison building at this time. Stay tuned!

Old Joliet Prison Park

Illinois: Mile After Magnificent Mile

Renovations began in March 2009 to transform the parking lot of the Collins Street Prison into the Old Joliet Prison Park! 

As a grant funded project by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism and the City of Joliet with special assistance from Councilwoman Susie Barber, The Old Joliet Prison Park is free public park located just outside the Collins Street Prison.

Old Joliet Prison Park1125 Collins Street, Joliet IL 60432

You’ll be welcomed by colorful signage in all directions on your way to “Get Locked Up… At the Old Joliet Prison.”

Once you arrive, a huge steel and barbed wire entry sign will beckon you in to a park unlike any other.

8 Information kiosks on offer an insight into the prison’s past and inmate history as well as the famous films that have been ‘shot’ here. You’ll also learn about the exciting Joliet attractions just down the road, like restaurants, hotels, and historic information too!

Pack a lunch and dine with a prison behind you at the scenic picnic area, or just come for some great photos with the ominous prison backdrop! Whatever you choose, Do Not Miss your chance to be locked up at the Old Joliet Prison!


Renovations began in March 2009 to transform the parking lot of the Collins Street Prison into the Old Joliet Prison Park!

Sign Construction Prison Sign
Park Yard with plantings Angelo welding sign

Dukes Landscaping of Joliet bulldozed pavement, towed in top soil, and manicured the area with historically accurate plantings that compliment the masculine feel of the prison’s architecture. Dukes later added sod, plantings and even flowers to the beautification project. A sponsor of the Old Joliet Prison Project, Duke’s Landscaping proudly maintains the grounds of the Old Joliet Prison Park.

Staff and consultants worked to compile accurate information for the eight kiosk panels that will not only provide information but entertainment value to the park. A combination of sources were used including "Joliet Prison Images In Time" by Robert Sterling, the Joliet Area Historical Museum, the Historic Preservation Council of Joliet, as well as the "Joliet Postcard History Series" by David A. Belden (available from the publisher online at or by calling 888-313-2665).

Kiosk panels contain information on not only Joliet attractions and ways to Get Your Kicks on Route 66 in Joliet, but also the prison itself! Historical information regarding the inmate’s history, building architecture and the timeline of reformation and tragedy at the prison are all represented with vivid photographs to illustrate the concepts. Kiosks also detail the prison’s film history from Blues Brothers to Prison Break and so much more!

Guests are reminded to bring their fedora for a great photo opportunity!

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