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The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) encompasses the communities and counties along the historic 97-mile Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. The Heritage Corridor spans from the Chicago Portage Area just southwest of Chicago to LaSalle-Peru including the counties of Will, Grundy, LaSalle and Putnam. The region conveniently located along I-55 from Chicago to Joliet along I-80 west to LaSalle-Peru.

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Great Joliet Prison Break-In

Enjoy great music, food, beer and more inside the gates of the Old Joliet Prison during the Great Joliet Prison Break-In, which will be held on August 24 from 4 - 11pm. This fundraiser benefits the Joliet Area Historical Museum and their works of turning the Old Joliet Prison into a world-class tourist attraction.  

Last years concert at the Prison Break-In

This year's featured headliner is the iconic Chicago band The Ides of March, singers of the classic hit "Vehicle."  Other bands include Hot Mess, which features Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekrik on drums, as well as Carolina rocker Nikki Hill with the Nikki Hill Band, and Great Moments in Vinyl, which is a truly unique tribute band that plays a memorable album while telling a series of stories about the songs and artists that helped shape that album. 

Last year, guests had a chance to walk through the “solitary confinement” building and take a quick peek into one of the Administration Building’s cell blocks. This year, the cafeteria will also be available for viewing, thanks to the ongoing work of dedicated tradespeople and volunteers. 

This year, the event will have even more food trucks and beer vendors on site. This is your chance to step inside the main prison walls and party on the prison grounds! Last year’s event was at capacity, so reserve your tickets now by clicking here!