Joliet is exploring opening the famous prison that was featured in movies such as The Blues Brothers, Prison Break, and Empire. Even Al Capone was arrested in the city of Joliet. The city would work with the Joliet Museum to make it a Route 66 attraction.
Here's the presentation (at the 1 hr 33 min mark) given by the Museum to the City Council:
The comparison they made is to Eastern State Penitentiary which was in worst condition than the Joliet prison yet generates over $1.7 Million in profit today.
The idea is to open only a small section of the prison first and then as profits are generated to fix up the rest.
The council and mayor needs to hear that people would be interested in touring this prison. Please help by emailing them here: firstname.lastname@example.org and ROdekirk@jolietcity.org. Then please share this!
Note the images of the prison were found online: