2541 Division St Joliet, IL 60435

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About Joliet
Situated southwest of Chicago, the City of Joliet it is the seat of Will County and the fourth largest city in the state of Illinois with around 147,000 residents. In 1834, James B. Campbell laid out a village named Juliet along the Des Plaines River. The origin of the name, which had previously been used by local settlers, was probably a corruption of the name of French Canadian explorer Louis Jolliet. Jolliet and his father paddled up the river and camped on a huge mound, which they named Mound Jolliet. The village of Juliet was incorporated as a city in 1852, when the local residents voted to rename it Joliet. Joliet features a number of local landmarks, and history buffs may want to visit the Joliet Area Historical Museum and the Route 66 Visitors Center. Another landmark is the Joliet Prison near downtown, which has been featured in numerous television shows and movies, including Prison Break. A must-visit for film fanatics is the Rialto Square Theatre a favorite haunt of Al Capone as well as the Chicago Street downtown, which provided the backdrop for scenes from Kevin Bacon's film Stir of Echoes. A fun fact unrelated to the movie industry is that Joliet was also home to the first Dairy Queen store, a space now occupied by Universal Church. Those who like gambling can head to the Hollywood Casino and the Harrah's Hotel and Casino downtown, while shopping can be done at the Louis Joliet Mall by the I-55 and U.S Route 30; a large retail center that features a multitude of retailers and dining establishments. One of Joliet's nicknames is the City of Champions, thanks to the numerous state and national titles earned by the Joliet Township High School and grade school bands, as well as the Joliet American Legion Band. The Joliet Catholic Academy, one of the city's high schools, has won more state football titles than any other team in Illinois; a total of 13 in 2009.