Go Beyond the Forbidden Walls

Built in 1858, the iconic Old Joliet Prison was built as a powerful showpiece.  Now, you can walk in the footsteps of famous and fictional criminals with one of several different tours – including Historical, Photography and more.

The Great Joliet Prison Break-In

August 24, 2019 – A fundraiser for the Old Joliet Prison, featuring The Ides of March, The Nikki Hill Band, and a lot more.  It’s a Party on the Prison Lawn!  Food trucks and beer vendors will be on site.  Find out more and get your tickets by clicking the button.

Take a Prison Tour

Go Behind the Forbidden Walls
of Old Joliet Prison

Great Joliet Prison Break In

August 24, 2019
Featuring The Ides of March

Art From the Ashes

Find out more about this unique exhibit at the Joliet Area Historical Museum.
Get to Know “Snake Jailbird”

Get to Know “Snake Jailbird”

Part of the story of Old Joliet Prison is its abandonment. In 2002, the Prison was closed.  You saw some use from the State of Illinois, some filming (such as Prison Break), and sometime after that - it was just a building surrounded by barbed wire.
Solitary Confinement

Solitary Confinement

Learn more about "North Sag," and how you can see this building during an upcoming Prison tour or the 2019 Great Joliet Prison Break-In.
The Original Cell

The Original Cell

As part of touring Old Joliet Prison, or as part of attending the Great Joliet Prison Break-In, you will get a chance to see one of the original cells of the Prison. The cell was able to be 4' x 7' x 7', and would be used to house two inmates.
2019 Community Volunteer Days

2019 Community Volunteer Days

The prison fundraiser will feature iconic Chicago band The Ides of March, as well as Hot Mess, Great Moments in Vinyl, and The Nikki Hill Band. Tickets are currently on sale for $35 per person (plus fees).