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From gaming and racing to history and baseball, Joliet is bursting with exciting things to see and do. All visitors are well served when it comes to finding comfortable accommodations, as the area hosts a number of high-quality lodging facilities.

Looking to try your hand with Lady Luck? Located in Joliet are two of the region’s most popular riverboat casinos. Both Harrah’s and the new Hollywood Casino (formerly the Empress Casino) are leading destinations for exciting gaming experiences, as well as first-class dining and entertainment.

Joliet is also a major racing town, as it houses not one but three outstanding racetracks. Chicagoland Speedway hosts a number of NASCAR events each year, while its sister track, the Route 66 Raceway, is a top destination for drag racing. The community also features the Autobahn Country Club, a private motorsports facility offering members a quality and safe place to race their cars and enjoy a variety of special programs and scheduled events.

Fans of the Great American Pastime pack the seats at Silver Cross Field every season to take in a Joliet Slammers ball game. The Slammers are a continually solid team, most recently becoming the Frontier League Champions in 2011. Silver Cross Field also features the Joliet Sports Hall of Fame, which honors local sports heroes.

Embracing its rich history, the Joliet area is highlighted by many unique historical sites. A drive around town will bring guests face-to-face with a number of city landmarks, including the Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet Union Station, the Joliet Steel Works Building, the Old Joliet Prison Park and several well-known historic estates. The community also offers some unique museums, including the P. Seth Magosky Museum of Victorian Life & Joliet History, the SWUA Slovenian Heritage Museum and the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

Housed within the former Ottawa Street Methodist Church – a Neo-Classical Revival-style structure built in 1909 – is the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Visitors are invited to take a journey back in time to discover the rich heritage of this suburban area. The main gallery is made up of several distinct thematic areas: River City, the Canal, City of Steel and Stone, Metropolitan City, World War II and the All-American City. The exhibit is enhanced by state-of-the-art audio-visual presentations, which include a 12-minute orientation film, an interactive video program, a re-created Trolley ride and concluding film. A unique part of the museum is the Route 66 Experience, which is complete with a drive-in theater, murals, Blues Brothers photo-ops and more.

And that’s not all, as Joliet features a year-round calendar of events and festivals, as well as outstanding avenues for art, culture and entertainment. The community even has its own paintball complex at CPX Sports and an amusement park, Haunted Trails – an exciting family entertainment outlet with mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, rides, games, laser tag and more.

With so much to see and do, a one-day visit is definitely not enough to enjoy all that Joliet has to offer. Visitors in town for the night, weekend or longer have the choice of more than 20 major hotel chains offering all the comforts of home. The area is also furnished with several high-quality campgrounds for those in search of rustic accommodations.

For further information on tourism in Joliet, check out the Joliet Visitors Bureau website at www.visitjoliet.org.

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