Located just Southwest of Chicago, Joliet is known as the fourth most largely populated city in Illinois and the most rapidly growing city in the entire Midwest. Established in the late 1800s and situated in Will County, the city spans a total area of 62.77 miles and extends into several different townships including Plainfield, Troy, and Jackson.
The United States Census estimates that the population in Joliet is approximately 148,402 with 50.6 percent being females. The area’s median income is $60,502, making it a very economical place to live for the many families that reside there.
Victorian homes featuring beautiful historic architecture are a well known feature of this city, which has been made famous by movies such as The Blues Brothers and Public Enemy.
According to U.S. Census reports, the homeownership rate in Joliet, IL is 74 percent, with the median value of homes being $188,700. According to Trulia, the median sales price for homes is $103,000 with more than 500 homes currently for sale with an average listing price of $146,284.
Renting in Joliet can be as affordable as $500 a month for a one bedroom apartment all the way up to $2,500 per month for a three bedroom house.
As for education, Joliet is home to the nation’s first public community college, Joliet Junior College. Other higher education opportunities include University of St. Francis, Rasmussen Collage and Lewis University.
School districts serving the city include Joliet Township High School District 204, Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202, Oswego Community Unit School District 308, Minooka Community High School District 111. Private school options include Joliet Catholic Academy and Ridgewood Academy.
A wealth of shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation can be found here, including:
- Al’s Steakhouse & Banquets – Located on W. Jefferson St., Al’s Steakhouse provides upscale American steakhouse cuisine.
- Truth Restaurant– Featuring American cuisine with a contemporary theme, Truth Restaurant is located on W. Jefferson St.
- Texas Roadhouse – Located on Tonti Dr., Texas Roadhouse is Joliet’s own legendary steak and American cuisine restaurant.
- Downtown Joliet: Enjoy local boutiques and specialty shops along Chicago Street, including Dan’s Candies, Jole’s Fashions Boutique and Gallery 7.
- Louis Joliet Shopping District: This area is home to more name brand retailers including Old Navy, Famous Footwear, Aldi, Best Buy, Goodwill, Target, Toys-R-Us, Home Depot and the Louis Joliet Mall.
- Harrah’s Casino – Harrah’s is a full casino with games, fine dining, entertainment and comfortable hotel rooms.
- Hollywood Casino – Located on Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood Casino is another well know entertainment hotspot located in Joliet. The Hollywood Casino features the best in gaming and entertainment, fantastic dining and lodging.
- Rialto Square Theatre – Opened in 1926, The Rialto Square Theatre is located on Chicago St., and is currently the place to see many musicals and shows – the perfect source for entertainment.
- Chicagoland Speedway – Located on Speedway Blvd., the Chicagoland Speedway was opened in 2001 and hosts NASCAR events. Chicagoland is also located near Route 66 Raceway and is the ultimate entertainment source for speed-lovers.
- Metra: Joliet’s Union Station is the final stop from Chicago for the Heritage Corridor route from Chicago Union Station and the Rock Island District route from LaSalle Street Station.
- Airports: O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport are about 50 minutes away
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