Joliet: Where the Fast Lane and History Merge
Joliet, Illinois is the place to be for serious car-racing action, as well as diverse attractions centered on the Des Plaines River that appeal to a range of visitors. Home to the Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, it sure packs adrenaline for the action seeker, while art lovers won’t be left behind with the city’s strong dedication to the arts as well. As part of the Chicagoland region of Illinois, Joliet is easily accessible by air from any of Chicago’s major airports such as Chicago-O'Hare International, or directly through Joliet Regional Airport.
Best Time to Visit
Peak season in Joliet is during the warm-weather months of June to September, when the speedways roar to life with the screech of tires. During autumn, the temperature is more desirable with manageable crowds and more affordable accommodations at some of Joliet, IL hotels.
What to Do & Area Attractions
While NASCAR races take most of the spotlight and hotel space, Joliet offers a lot more for every visitor. For a different kind of thrill, it is the only city in Illinois that has two casinos, both riverside at that—the Hollywood Casino and Harrah’s Hotel. History and heritage lovers will be pleased to find several historical buildings and museums—Joliet Area Historical Museum, the Jacob A. Henry Museum, and the Rialto Square Theater, once called as one most beautiful theaters in the country. Visit the iconic-looking Joliet Prison, used as filming location in shows such as Prison Break. For food and entertainment, make a beeline for Route 66 Street Market in downtown area, where several malls and shops abound. Recharge afterwards at great hotel options such as Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel or Hollywood Casino Joliet.