Would you dare to set foot in this haunted abandoned prison?
This Halloween thrill-seekers and horror movie enthusiasts in Chicago are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will startle all five senses.
The huge Joliet Correctional Center, known colloquially as Joliet Prison, has opened as a haunted house just in time for the 2021 Halloween season and it looks utterly terrifying.
If you are fascinated by the tales of purportedly haunted places, get a buzz from exploring abandoned buildings, and wish to celebrate this Halloween with more than a costume party, this is for you. For there will be few Halloween experiences spookier than a trip to what will be Chicagoland’s first and only haunted house inside a real abandoned prison.
The Joliet Prison, which was originally built as a women’s prison in 1896, closed in 2002 and lay abandoned for years until it was opened for paranormal and ghost hunting tours in 2018.
Fans of the paranormal have visited the haunted prison and claimed tormented voices can still be heard echoing around the prison’s walls. Whatever you choose to believe, the stories of notorious inmates and violent deaths during the days Old Joliet Prison was active are enough to make your hairs stand on end. Entering these eerie confines, however, provides another experience entirely.
The prison has become a famous landmark over the years for its iconic castellated gothic architecture and its appearances in television, film, and literature. The limestone structure’s interior and exterior have featured frequently in film and television including the motion picture The Blues Brothers, the gangster movie White Heat, Bob Odenkirk’s 2006 comedy Let’s Go to Prison, and as “Fox River State Penitentiary” in the first season of Fox Network’s Prison Break television show, among others.
Now the innovators of national haunted attractions, 13th Floor Entertainment Group, have now transformed the old prison into one of the most exciting (and terrifying) Halloween attractions in the state.
Located in the annex building at 401 Woodruff Road in Joliet, the breathtaking haunted house is now open with two attractions, The Forsaken and Ghost Chamber, all for the price of one ticket.
Prepare to tiptoe down the prison’s long-abandoned creepy corridors, peek inside the bleak prison cells from years gone by, and have your pulse race as you look anxiously over your shoulder for the next fright.
According to the Haunted Prison website, at The Forsaken guests will see that “the madness from within the prison has spilled out into the yard where the queen of the damned rules over the most infamous and. This doomsday squad has launched an all-out assault on the living at an attempt to escape their eternal captivity. Journey through the chaos as the path winds through open-air smoldering ruins and inside the prison’s machine shop, laundry room, and other various industrial spaces. Escape from purgatory might be futile but it won’t stop the prisoners from having a bloody good time.
Whilst at The Ghost Chamber, “a wealthy and dangerous eccentric has purchased a condemned prison for one sole purpose: To overcome the theory of spiritual existence. The top paranormal scientists in the world are recruited turning the reportedly haunted prison into an elaborate research facility. Not only have they uncovered the secrets of the afterlife, their maniacal leader unknowingly unleashes horrors beyond human comprehension. Within the corroded halls of this evil place, spirits from the most sinister entities the world has ever seen seek vengeance in Condemned.”