Old Joliet Prison

The former Joliet Correctional Center, where Jake Blues (John Belushi) was incarcerated.

Joliet State Prison Will No Longer Have A Haunted House This Year

October 02, 2018 - 1:03 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Joliet City Council is expected Tuesday night to mutually rescind a contract with a company that was going to construct a haunted house in one of the old Joliet state prisons.  

Joliet Economic Development director Steve Jones said Joliet had had a one-year agreement with the company Evil Intentions, but all sides realized it would cost too much money in too short a time to get a haunted house built at the old women’s prison on the east side of Collins Street. 

That’s not to say there will not be any scary stuff going on at the Joliet State Prison complex in the coming weeks.

Jones said the Joliet Area Historical Museum is very close to reaching a contract agreement with a company that would provide paranormal tours at the old Joliet men's prison on the west side of Collins. 

"So, I think the Halloween season will have some activity at the Joliet prison even though it won’t be a haunted house," he said.

Jones believes the old women's prison is a prime location for investment.

"We've talked about things, maybe hotel, might be a restaurant in addition to a kind of haunted house, laser tag type entertainment use out there. So, we’re going back to the drawing board to a certain perspective," he said.