Chicago and Movies in Prison
Time and Location
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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