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    Route 66 Welcome Center in Joilet, IL

    by meteorologist1 Written Jul 4, 2009

    The Historic Route 66 passes through Joilet. Here you will find the Route 66 Welcome Center in the Joilet Historical Museum. Learn about the history of the road as well as the history of the area. Worth a stop if you are a Route 66 fan.

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    Lincoln Highway in Joilet, IL

    by meteorologist1 Written Jul 4, 2009

    The Lincoln Highway was the first road across the U.S. In Joilet, the Historic Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway cross. You can visit the Joilet Historical Museum to learn more.

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Joliet Transportation

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    by sambarnett Updated Feb 18, 2003

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    The downtown Union Station has direct service to Chicago's Union Station via Amtrak and Metra's Heritage Corridor line. Much more frequent is Metra's Rock Island District line. Visit metrarail.com for complete information.
       Given the ballpark's downtown location, Metra can be a great transportation option for weekend day games. The fare is $4.90 one way and the journey take a little over an hour.

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Joliet Warnings and Dangers

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    by Bwana_Brown Updated Nov 7, 2009

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    A distant relative of mine lives and works in Chicago and I remember her saying on one of her visits north that the morning and evening trafffic jams around the outskirts of the city can be terrible. That information was in the back of my mind as we approached Chicago from the west as the light began to fade after another long day of driving. Sue and I actually spoke about the fact that we should try to get past the southern tip of Lake Michigan so we would be heading AWAY from the Chicago in the morning. However, I had done enough driving for one day so we pulled in for the night - while still a few miles to the west of the city.

    At 7 AM the next morning, we had no trouble getting back out onto I-80 East toward the Indiana state line, but as soon as we pulled onto the highway we were immediately brought to a stand-still by stalled traffic in both east-bound lanes as far as the eye could see (traffic west was flowing freely). Everyone else from the west and south were also trying to make it into Chicago for another work day, resulting in traffic moving at a walking pace. After about an hour, we made it to the next intersection with no sign of relief in sight so we decided to follow the big rigs that were taking the exit off the Interstate - heading south. Even after we made that move, it was at least another half-hour before we got clear of solid traffic because we were passing through small communities with numerous stop lights. Eventually we swung east on secondary Highway 30 which runs parallel to I-80 and turned north once more to get back on I-80 once we were into Indiana and east of Chicago.

    We lost at least 2.5 hours of driving time, so had to push harder that day as we crossed Indiana, Ohio, a slice of Pennsylvania and finally stopped in Buffalo, New York for the night. The remainder of our trip (with only a stopover in Bangor, Maine) before reaching Fredericton was no problem at all. In a nutshell, if you are heading east, make sure you are east of Chicago before you stop for the night. If heading west, don't stop until you are on the west side of the city.

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Joliet Off The Beaten Path

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    Ausable Acquiduct

    by Toughluck Updated Apr 12, 2007

    The Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor is a 100 mile long cultural park between Chicago and LaSalle/Peru. It is a geographic area of about 322,000 acres.

    Some of the highlights (west to east) begining at:$cg
    Peru/LaSalle
    1. Starved Rock State Park
    2. Matthiessen State Park
    3. Illinois Waterway Visitor Center
    Ottawa
    Marseillies
    Seneca
    Morris
    4. Buffalo Rock State Park and Effigy Tumuli
    5. Illini State Park
    6. Gebhard Woods & Information Center
    7. Goose Lake Prairie State natural Area
    8. Aux Sable Access (Aqueduct, Lock #8 & Lockkeeper's House)
    9. Des Plaines Wildlife Conservation Area
    Joliet
    Lockport
    Chicago
    10. I&M Canal Bicycle Path
    11. Chicago Portage National Historic Site

    There are over 30 recommended sites along the route, these are just the few that I've visited. For pictures of the acquduct, see my travelogue

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    by Toughluck Updated Apr 12, 2007

    The acqueduct is a rare sight for most people. A bridge of water over water. Then you add the lock and the locktenders house. This is a compact place to stop and see all the major components of an historic canal from the 1800's. For more pictures, see my travelogue. Additional information is available at the Illinois DNR webpage

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    by Toughluck Written Apr 12, 2007

    Goose Lake Prairie is 50 miles southwest of Chicago and 1 mile southwest of the confluence of the Kankakee and Des Plaines rivers. More than half of Goose Lake Prairie is a dedicated nature preserve. The prairie provides important nesting habitat for endangered or threatened species of birds, such as the upland sandpiper and Henslow’s sparrow.

    5010 N. Jugtown Rd.
    Morris, IL 60450

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Joliet Sports & Outdoors

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    by sambarnett Written Oct 6, 2002

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    Another example of the new breed of cookie cutters. Silver Cross Field features all the ammenities common today's new minor league parks: good views, cramped seats, overpriced beer and plenty of options for the kiddies when they grow weary of the game (which usually happens around the fourth inning.)
    All that said, Silver Cross is a fine looking facility and a nice addition to a downtown area that looks much nicer than it did a few years ago. Now, how long people will come out to pay ever increasing prices to watch guys who couldn't hack it in the organized ranks remains to be seen.

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Joliet Favorites

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    He lost his Juliet !

    by sourbugger Updated Jan 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: "Go on then astound me, what do the tourist guides say about this place ?"

    "Well not very much, although the name itself is quite interesting"

    "It's been fascinated me for seconds"

    "Sarcasm aside, the town was originally called Juliet"

    "And I suppose it's twin town is Romeo just up the road"

    "Got it in one"

    "Every good love story should end in a divorce"

    "Actually read the play have we ? Hurrah to that anyway. The name-change thing reminds me of Eastern Europe last year, there was a whole country that changed its name by one letter"

    "I don't remember that, which one ?"

    "Try and guess it by the time we get to the next town"

    "Ummm"

    "If you can't get it... you're buying the beers tonight"

    Passed a sign to the Meramec caverns.

    Next>>>

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