Walking Tour

Chicago and Movies in Prison




2 hrs



All Experiences


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.


Tour Specifics

Start/End Points

1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432. Tours meet in the Welcome Center. Then, guests will drive around to the West Gate parking lot, off Collins St. View aerial map of meeting locations.

Low Attendance Policy

This tour needs at least 10 guests to run. In the event we must cancel because of low ticket sales, we will notify you via email and then refund you in full.


Guests must initial a digital general waiver of liability with Chicago Movie Tours when they book. Guests must also sign a waiver with Joliet Area Historical Museum when they arrive at the Welcome Center. Guardians must sign waivers for children under the age of 18. 


Plenty of free parking is available.


This tour is not ADA-approved, but 70% of it is accessible for all guests.

What to Bring

Please wear closed-toe shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Tours run rain or shine. You might also wish to bring sunscreen and a bottle of water. Note: the property has little shade, which can make summer tours rather warm.


Flushable toilets are available in the Welcome Center. Portable toilets are available throughout the tour.


Guests ages 10 and up can attend.


No video or audio recording of the tour, but take as many pictures as you’d like!

Cancellations and Refunds

You may cancel or amend your reservation 48 hours or more before the tour departs. Read more Tour Terms and Conditions.


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