Sat, May 21 | Old Joliet Prison

Chicago and Movies in Prison

Take a unique walking tour of a suburban Chicago prison used in movies and TV shows
Chicago and Movies in Prison

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May 21, 2022, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Old Joliet Prison, 1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432, USA


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 tour, 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 and TV series featured in this tour:

  • Ghost Adventures (2019)
  • Empire (2015-20)
  • Public Enemies (2009)
  • Prison Break (2005-09)
  • The Blues Brothers (1980)
  • White Heat (1949)

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  • General Admission
    +$1 Service fee
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