Built in 1912 by architect Jarvis Hunt who designed many important structures across the US in the early 20th century as part of the City Beautiful Movement.
Evening prior to sunset. Downtown Joliet can become congested with court traffic. Consider waiting until 4 pm or later. Sunset lights up the sharp features of the station.
If you like the mixture of hiking and industrial ruins, this is a great option for a one-day micro-adventure.
Depending on the season, allow for a 3-4 hour hike on the trail before dusk. You will have beautiful views at the end of your hike of the Industrial sites in the distance as their lights turn on and dramatic light and shadows on the old swing bridge.