Explore a suburban Chicago prison used in movies and TV shows
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.
Yes, you may book this tour as a private or group tour!
Our private tour prices are flat fees for up to 10 guests. If you plan to have more than 10 in your party, please contact us so we can accommodate you.
This tour can accommodate up to 25 guests.
1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432. Tours meet in the Welcome Center. View aerial map.
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.
Ghost Adventures (2019)
Public Enemies (2009)
Let's Go to Prison (2006)
Prison Break (2005-09)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
White Heat (1949)
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
Mini goodie bag!
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