Historic charm and outdoor fun

Escape from downtown Chicago to Will County, a slice of Americana in northern Illinois.

Start your visit in downtown Joliet, home to the historic Rialto Square Theatre which opened in 1926. Tour through Old Joliet Prison, built in 1858 and featured in the well-loved film, Blues Brothers. From there, venture through some of the nearby historic districts in Joliet, Lockport, Plainfield, and Lemont. Or start your road trip on Route 66, which starts in downtown Chicago, passes through Will County, and ends in California. Check out the Route 66 Diner and Gemini the Giant on the way. Get your adrenaline pumping at Chicagoland Speedway, the host of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the largest sports facility in Illinois. If you’re looking for something a bit more laid back, take advantage of over 21,000 acres of forest preserve with over 120 miles of trails.