The 2nd Annual Great Joliet Prison Break-In will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 4 to 11p.m. The prison fundraiser will feature iconic Chicago band The Ides of March, as well as Hot Mess, Great Moments in Vinyl, and The Nikki Hill Band.

“The funds raised from this event are vital to help us improve the conditions of Old Joliet Prison and further opening it up for the entire world to see,” stated Greg Peerbolte, executive director of the Joliet Area Historical Museum. “There’s more of a story to be told, and through events like this, we are able to raise the capital needed to make this a world-class site.”

The Old Joliet Prison operated as a correctional facility from 1858 to 2002, and also served at the filming location for scenes from many different movies and TV shows, including The Blues Brothers, Prison Break, Empire and more. Currently, the site is managed by the Joliet Area Historical Museum, in partnership with the City of Joliet, who provides guided tours through the site.

This year’s event looks to build on the success of the inaugural Great Joliet Prison Break In, which attracted a near capacity crowd of over 3,000 people and featured entertainment by “The Blooze Brothers” tribute band. Patrons were offered a chance to step inside the main prison walls and party on the prison grounds. Guests had a chance to walk through the North Segregation (“solitary confinement”) building and take a quick peek into one of the administration building’s cell blocks. Due to the ongoing work of dedicated tradespeople and volunteers, this year, the cafeteria will also be available for viewing.

Tickets for the Great Joliet Prison Break-In are $40, and can be purchased online at

Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Joliet Area Historical Museum during regular hours.

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