As Illinois' fourth largest city, Joliet is a major stop along our tour of Route 66 in Illinois. Known as the City of Steel, City of Stone, and City of Champions, Joliet is also a city of attractions when it comes to Mother Road enthusiasts.
Learn all about J-town and R66 at your first stop, the Joliet Area Historical Museum. The museum offers the Route 66 Welcome Center and the Route 66 Experience – a must for road trippers. Just be sure to pick up a post card and more fun stuff at the Joliet Museum Gift Shop.
Other attractions in Joliet include the iconic Rialto Square Theatre (former stomping grounds of Al Capone), the Louis Joliet Mall, and the Chicagoland Speedway or Route 66 Raceway – in case you want to watch someone else drive for a while. You can even see the Joliet Prison – film site of 1980's The Blues Brothers.
And if you're staying the night in Joliet, there's plenty to do the next morning. Check out the city's many golf courses, cycling trails, and parks like Hammel Woods and Pilcher Park.
SJoliet also acts as the starter-town for the annual Illinois Rt. 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival – beginning in the City of Steel and hitting towns like Braidwood, Odell, and Chenoa before ending in Towanda.
Best Western Joliet Inn & Suites
4380 Enterprise Drive
Joliet, IL 60431-8309