Joliet Union Station
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.
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. He created a building still revered today as one of the Great American Stations.
Joliet was a critical hub in the later years of the Industrial Revolution because of it's proximity to Chicago as one of the main suburban areas. As Joliet moved towards the early 1900's, it stayed alive through operating as a steel town. While Joliet is currently in the midst of revival, there is limitless access to what a town felt like at the turn of the last century with an abundance of historical sites and industrial ruins. The train station is a prime example of Joliet's former glory when it soared as the "City of Steel". The last trains stopped there in 2014. Now, the train station sits as a historical gem used for larger events in their Grand Ballroom that can embrace up to 350 people. Open to the public but consider calling first if you would like to ensure a look around inside to see the old ticket windows and extensive marble work. 815.727.1200