Joliet, Illinois

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Joliet is a city located in the northeastern most region of the present-day U.S. state of Illinois.  Prior to meddling by Europeans, this area was, predictably, inhabited by the Illinois people.  However, in 1673, Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joilliet (French Canadian explorers who were the first non-Natives to explore and map the Mississippi River) rowed up the Des Plaines River, met with an Illinois Chieftain, and camped on a huge mound to the south of present-day Joliet, Illinois.  Subsequently, this mound was named Mound Jolliet.

Many years later, in 1833, after the Black Hawk War, the Treasurer of the Canal Commissioners, James B. Campbell, laid out the village of “Juliet,” which was named after his daughter.  Eventually the town’s name was changed to Joliet, and it was officially incorporated in 1852.

Today, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Joliet, Illinois has a total population of 149,395 people.  This makes it the third most populous city in the state of Illinois.  Joliet, Illinois is also known as serving as the county seat for Will County.

Back in 2009, Joliet, Illinois released a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.  According to this Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employer in the Joliet, Illinois area is the Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, which employs 2,500 people.  Coming in second is the County of Will, responsible for 2,400 jobs.  Silver Cross Hospital employs 1,800 people, while Hollywood Casino Joliet employs 1,756.

Beyond the economy, however, Joliet, Illinois is chock full of attractions and buildings of note.  Among these is undoubtedly the Rialto Square Theatre.  The Rialto Square Theatre, which was once a favorite haunt of Al Capone’s, has often been called ‘The Jewel of Joliet” and one of the world’s ten most beautiful theaters.  Built in 1926 by the architects Rapp & Rapp, the Rialto Square Theatre is a Neo-Baroque masterpiece.

Elsewhere around the city of Joliet, Illinois is Joliet Prison, which was a correctional facility in operation from 1858 to 2002.  Since that time, it has been used as a filming location for motion pictures and TV shows like The Blues Brothers and Prison Break.  Additionally, Joliet, Illinois also boasts the Joliet Area Historical Museum, which “commemorates the history of Joliet, especially its heritage as a stopping point on U.S. Route 66.”  The Joliet Area Historical Museum was established in 1977.

As for sports, Joliet, Illinois has no shortage of them.  In fact, the city calls itself the “City of Champions.”  This is because, according to the Joliet American Legion Band, “the numerous state and national titles won by the Joliet Township High School and grade school bands as well as by the Joliet American Legion Band over several decades.”  Also, Joliet Catholic Academy has been a major football powerhouse, winning more state football titles than any Illinois team in the last several years.

Joliet, Illinois is also home to two racing venues, Route 66 Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway.  Chicagoland Speedway even hosts the opening event in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.  Joliet, Illinois even has its own professional sporting franchise, the Joliet Slammers, of Baseball’s Frontier League.  The Slammers play their home games at Slammers Stadium and have one league championship to their names.

Any chance you own a small business in and/or around the Joliet, Illinois area?  Ever considered starting up one?  These resources listed below may be able to help you:

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