Joliet is the fourth largest city in Illinois and the fastest growing city of the State. It is also the home to Joliet Junior College, the first public community college in the United States. The Rialto Square Theatre is one of the top tourist destinations in Joliet. This Neo-Baroque style theater houses musicals, plays, concerts and standup comedy. This is a great venue to get up close and intimate with the performers. Many notable performers performed here over the years including Acoustic Alchemy, The Beach Boys, Pat Benatar, BoDeans, Ray Charles, Bill Cosby, Goo Goo Dolls and Kenny Rogers among the long list of other performers. If you are a history buff then you will love Joliet Iron Works Historic Site. Joliet is known as the City of Steel and Stone. The Joliet Iron and Steel Works was once the second largest steel mill in the country. The site had rich deposit of lime stone which led to the thriving of excavation industry. You can take a self-guided tour through the walkway stretching 1-mile. The exhibits explain the iron making process as well as describe the day-to-day life of the workers who works there. It offers a picnic shelters, drinking water and restroom facilities. The site is an access point to 12.5 mile long the Centennial Trail leading towards the Joliet’s City Center. Many people also visit Birdhaven Greenhouse and Conservatory. It is located on the 630-acre Pilcher Park. This Italian Renaissance-style conservatory was built in 1929. It showcases various Flower Shows throughout the year for visitors. You can also take pictures many plants generally rare in northern Illinois.
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If you like racing then there are plenty of things for you to do in Joliet. First place you can go to is Chicagoland Speedway. It is a 1.5 mile long tri-oval speedway located in Joliet, southwest of Chicago. The speedway was opened in 2001 and hosted many racing events since then including Firestone Indy Lights and IZOD IndyCar Series. The speedway currently hosts NASCAR racing. It hosted the opening event in the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup. It is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation. The stadium can hold about 75,000 people. The track is very nice and fan-friendly. You can see the entire track from every seat. There are also many venues to outside the track to see the pre-race. The adjacent to Chicagoland Speedway is Route 66 Raceway. This is a motorsports facility consists of a 0.25 miles dragstrip and a 0.5 miles dirt oval. Build in 1998 on a 250-acre area the facility can seat about 30,000 people. This facility is also owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation. It hosts several drag racing events including the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Drag Racing, E.T. bracket racing, Jr. Dragsters, NHRA Midwest Division, the Super Chevy show and Goodguy's car show. The dragstrip was repaved in 2010. It is known for its smoothness and grip. The slightly banked dirt oval currently hosts team demolition derbys, USAC Midget and Sprint Car Series and AMA Flat Track competition. If you enjoy golfing then you are in the right place. Joliet is home to four golf courses: Woodruff Golf Course, Wedgewood Golf Course, Inwood Golf Course and Joliet Country Club. Opened in 1926, Woodruff Golf Course is the oldest golf course in the Joliet Park District. It is a scenic and a well-maintained golf course with sweeping elevation changes amid its wide fairways and small greens.