Chicago and Movies in Prison

2 hrs

Explore a suburban Chicago prison used in movies and TV shows

 

About

Located about 30 miles outside Chicago, Old Joliet Prison has served for years as an Illinois state penitentiary and a movie set. Learn more about the prison's double histories on this two-hour (mostly) outdoor walking tour.


On the 1.25-mile guided walking tour with Chicago Movie Tours, wander through the former correctional center's barbed-wire gates and imposing 19th-century fortress-style walls. While inside, experience firsthand the prison's sally ports, cellblocks, chapel, cafeteria, yard, and solitary confinement.


Finally, take a seat in the darkened gymnasium to hear about Hollywood's century-long relationship with Old Joliet Prison, including cinema's role in Illinois prison reform.



Movies/TV Series Featured: Ghost Adventures (2019), Empire (2015-20), Public Enemies (2009), Let's Go to Prison (2006), Prison Break (2005-09), The Blues Brothers (1980), White Heat (1949)

 
 

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What's Included

  • Expert tour guide commentary

  • Special access to buildings/areas used by Hollywood crews and casts

  • Demonstration featuring old and new media to bring the prison's history and stories to life

  • Plenty of Instagram opportunities

  • Free parking

  • Mini goodie bag! 💙

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