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Chamber Welcome History Transportation Residential Living Recreation Sports Connection Culture Gaming Dining Out Shopping Education Business & Economic Development Health Care Senior Living Advertiser Index
This is a Town Square Publication created and produced for the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry 63 N. Chicago St., Joliet, IL 60432 Phone: (815) 727‑5371 • Fax: (815) 727‑5374 Email: email@example.com Website: www.jolietchamber.com Copyright© 2017 Town Square Publications 155 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 www.townsquarepublications.com Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The Chamber and Town Square assume no responsibility for misinformation. Please contact the Chamber with any additions or corrections. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the Chamber and Town Square is prohibited. Chairman, CEO and Publisher | Douglas K. Ray President and Chief Operating Officer | Scott Stone Vice President / Director | Scott Ray Production Manager | Joseph Nugara Editor and Graphic Designer | Gail Gaboda Content Coordinator / Client Liaison | Stefanie Nugara Ad Production Coordinators | Tiffany Hogan and Neila Frontier Directory Coordinator | Michael Sumrak Photos | Stefanie Baran Advertising Sales | Michael Holmes
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Discover what you can do at Joliet Junior College! FOR STUDENTS 180+ degree and certificate programs Easy transfer opportunities Free support services, such as Career Services and the Tutoring and Learning Center On-campus, online and hybrid class options in Joliet, Romeoville and Morris
FOR ADULT LEARNERS GED prep and tutors College and career transition services Advisors specifically for adult learners ESL classes and citizenship test prep
FOR THE COMMUNITY Fine dining at two student-run restaurants, Saveur and Thrive (City Center Campus) Sporting events (basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, volleyball and more) Free, all-ages planetarium shows Free art exhibits Theatre and music performances Scenic nature trails Historic 150-year-old Cronin Schoolhouse Fun, interest-based continuing education classes
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Greetings from Joliet! The Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry proudly presents the 2018 Lifestyle Magazine. We invite you to use this valuable resource to learn more about the many facets of our region, including history, education, health care, entertainment and recreation. We also encourage you to keep this book handy to find Chamber-member businesses and organizations who support our community and its Chamber of Commerce. By patronizing their businesses, you are helping to strengthen our region’s business climate. Established in 1914, our Chamber takes seriously its mission “to advance the interests of business, professional and service organizations in the Joliet Region, acting as their voice in governmental and social affairs, communicating and servicing their needs and thereby enhancing the business environment and the local quality of life.” If you are a Chamber member, you already know and benefit from the many programs and services offered to help businesses succeed. If your business is not a member of our Chamber, we personally invite you to join the more than 1,200 member businesses that have come together to support each other and to build a better business community. Please refer to the back of this book for specific information on the benefits of membership. Please feel free to call the Chamber office at (815) 727-5371 so we can be of assistance. Sincerely, Mary Jaworski, President • Michael Paone, Vice President Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry 63 N. Chicago St. • Joliet, IL 60432 Phone: (815) 727-5371 • Fax: (815) 727-5374 www.jolietchamber.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
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Route 66 has been described as an authentic impression of the “Real America.” In Joliet, this is no exception: Route 66 history is Joliet’s history! The original 1926 alignment passes through the heart and soul of Downtown Joliet, Chicago Street. “The Route” as it is simply known beckons travelers from all over the world with a promise of a new discovery around every turn and a true “DIY” travel experience.
Route 66 in Joliet: The Real America When you enter Joliet, a 1950s ice cream parlor situated on a greenway invites you to stop for a frozen treat. You can almost see the 1950s era pastel, finned cars in the parking lot. Across the Ruby Street Bridge, the twin spires of St. Joseph’s Church marks the neighborhood once known as “Slovenian Row.” This neighborhood was once the site of a massive steel mill and factories which employed waves of Eastern European immigrants in search of a better life in the late 19th century. A small unassuming store front on Chicago Street markes the spot where entrepreneur Sherb Noble opened the first Dairy Queen in America in 1940. At the Joliet Area Historical Museum, get your bearings in the facility’s expansive Route 66-themed welcome center where you can plan your trip, and learn how Route 66’s ancestor, the I&M Canal, moved goods and people nearly a century before the highway was established. The museum’s modern, fully interactive galleries offer a big-city museum experience while paying homage to the 1909 Ottawa Street Methodist Church by retaining its beautiful stained glass and architectural features. At the center of it all in Joliet is the magnificent Rialto Square Theater. This
incredibly lavish theater, modeled in part after the Palace of Versailles, was opened just months after Route 66 was established. The ostentatious Rialto hosted the most significant Vaudeville acts from the area while was also accommodating newfangled “talkies” that appeared across the country. Saved from the wrecking ball, the beautiful theater is an internationally-renowned source of pride for the community and an architectural treasure on Route 66. Architecture abounds in Downtown Joliet. The famed “White City” architect, Daniel Burnham, built the city’s stately public library building in 1903, and over a half dozen buildings by Burnham’s architectural firm can be found in the City Center. On Chicago Street, the Woodruff Building was designed by Willam Baron Jenney, known as the Father of the Modern Skyscraper. Joliet’s Union Station is also a must-see for Route 66 travelers. Al Capone was arrested here in 1927 just before Christmas on a “gun-toting” charge. Capone was attempting to allude authorities in Chicago by disembarking his train early in Joliet and driving back up to Chicago. It is said that the entire Joliet police force apprehended Capone and that it was
the only time he was taken by authorities at gunpoint. When he went before a judge, Capone promised, “I’ll never tote a gun again. … in Joliet.” Just off the route, visit the iconic Old Joliet Prison. Built in 1858 by architect W.W. Boyington – the same architect who built the Chicago Water Tower – the prison became even more famous in 1980 as the home of “Joliet Jake” Blues, portrayed by John Belushi. While the prison remains closed to the public, a pocket park and interpretative signage allows for a Route 66 visitor photo op! South of Joliet, the former site of a World War II era munitions plant now blooms as Midewin, America’s only restored National Tallgrass Prairie. Walk scenic trails and experience what the area looked and felt like centuries before European settlement, including native species of bison. Route 66 in Joliet offers an experience that rivals any community along the Route. In addition to a wealth of history, modern gaming, lodging, dining and entertainment are just located steps off of the “Mother Road” and will ensure your time on the road in Joliet is memorable! by Greg Peerbolte, Joliet Area Historical Museum www.jolietchamber.com | 9
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TRANSPORTATION Joliet’s strategic location in ever-growing Will County, approximately 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, places it within easy access of the region’s centers of employment, recreational hubs and popular cultural and entertainment attractions. With its ideal position within the “Crossroads of Mid-America,” Joliet has become the perfect place for commuters, as well as business ventures. GROUND TRANSPORTATION
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Joliet is home to the Joliet Regional Airport, utilized for air charter service and a variety of pilot instruction programs for youth and adult. The airport is operated by the Joliet Park District and offers an array of modern amenities normally found through an airport of its size. The Lewis University Airport, located in nearby Romeoville, also offers instructional programs, as well as corporate charter opportunities through its facilities. Further air transportation, both domestic and international, can be found through both O’Hare and Midway airports. Each airport is situated within one hour of Joliet.
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By car: The city is served by an organized web of local roadways, including U.S. Routes 6, 7, and 52, State Highways 53 and 171 and is afforded quick access to Interstates 55 and 80. Interstate 55 is a major north-south highway vital to transportation of goods and commuters. Interstate 80, a vital east-west highway, meets Interstate 57 at Tinley Park and now offers a link to Interstate 355 at New Lenox – thanks to the opening of the Interstate 355 extension project, which was designed to not only reduce travel times, but also to efficiently link the Pingree Grove 20 quickly expanding county and its communities with additional major Chicagoland areas. By bus: The Regional Transit Authority operates public bus service through Pace, which offers several fixed routes within Joliet. Pace also provides ADA Paratransit Service and Dial-A-Ride Service for those located in the Joliet community. For more information on fares and schedules, visit the Pace website at www.pacebus. com. By rail: Centrally located in the city, the soon to open, brand-new Joliet Gateway Center offers both commuter and long-distance rail service. Two Metra commuter rail routes – Metra Heritage Corridor Line and Metra Rock Island District Line – service the station, providing quick transit to Chicago and a number of additional Chicagoland suburbs. For the long-distance traveler, a host of Amtrak rail lines run 30 through Joliet Union Station, providing transportation to a number of Midwest cities, plus service to San Antonio, Texas (via the Texas Eagle Line). For more information on fares and schedules, visit the Yorkville Metra website at www. metrarail.com and the Amtrak website at www. amtrak.com. What’s more, the Joliet region provides freight service through a handful of lines, including CSX, Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, 47 EJ&E, BNSF, Union Pacific and Canadian National.
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HOUSING OPTIONS FOR EVERYONE Joliet is the third-largest city in Illinois. Its population has nearly doubled over the last 20 years, ballooning from 76,836 in 1990 to 147,433 in 2010. As Joliet continues to grow, so do its housing options. There is a home for everyone here – from luxurious estates to modest singlefamily homes and modern townhouses. Historic preservation work has resulted in many beautifully maintained homes from the city’s earliest days, while newer construction reflects Joliet’s dedication to the future. Downtown revitalization has also added to the local real estate market with the opening of apartment and condominium complexes in renovated structures, such as the historic Auditorium building and the former Louis Joliet Hotel.
The price of homeownership is just as appealing, with many families and individuals relocating to this southwest suburban area due to its affordable real estate and overall lower cost of living. Homes in Joliet start as low as $130,000 and go all the way up to the million-dollar range. Reasonable rental options are also available throughout the city, as are several excellent retirement homes for seniors looking for a lowto no-maintenance lifestyle. The city’s safe, affordable, family-oriented neighborhoods – close to shopping, recreation, schools and a thriving business district – continue to bring in new residents who desire the perfect environment to raise a family and enjoy life at its best.
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THE JOLIET PARK DISTRICT Joliet encompasses much in the way of both active and passive recreation. Comprising the community’s landscape is a medley of amenityfilled parks, multi-use trails, golf courses and preserved natural areas. One of the city’s largest sources for parks and recreation is the Joliet Park District. The park district operates nearly 80 wellmaintained parks and facilities, and offers hundreds of different programs to residents of all ages. From early childhood learning, senior trips and sports for youth and adults to arts and leisure classes, safety courses and performing arts, there is truly something for everyone through the Joliet Park District. Parks are scattered throughout the community, offering picnic areas, athletic fields, play equipment, tennis and basketball courts, recreational trails and plenty of open space. The park district’s list of rec facilities is extensive, as well, and includes the Hartman Recreation Center, the Inwood Athletic Club powered by ATI Physical Therapy, the Multi-
Purpose Center, ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium and three golf courses. It also manages Pilcher Park, a 640-acre outdoor haven featuring multi-use trails, natural habitats, the Bird Haven Greenhouse & Conservatory, the Barber & Oberwortmann Horticultural Center and the Pilcher Park Nature Center. In 2002, the Joliet Park District and the City of Joliet came together to open Splash Station Water Park – a summertime favorite. The park is home to the Midwest’s only 200-foot, six-lane racing slide, along with an 865-foot lazy river, various tube and body slides, a zero-depth pool, a sand play area and full-service concessions. The options for recreation don’t end there. The Forest Preserve District of Will County maintains several trails in the Joliet area. Several portions of the 1,200-acre Rock Run Greenway are located here, including the Black Road Access, Paul V. Nichols Access, the I&M Canal Access and the Rock Run Trail/Joliet Junction Trail loop. The district also oversees the Joliet Iron
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Works Historic Site, which is an access point to the 12.5-mile I&M Canal Trail/Centennial Trail, which links City Center in Joliet to the Centennial Trail in Cook County. The Greater Joliet YMCA is another staple in the local recreational community. Tens of thousands of residents use the Y each year for activities including aquatics, youth sports leagues, health and wellness programs and before- and after-school day care. The Greater Joliet Area YMCA currently operates five branches in the region, thanks to a recent official charter in nearby Morris. For those who prefer to exercise their minds, the Joliet Public Library system has been serving Joliet residents since 1876. The Joliet Public Library currently offers two facilities housing more than 300,000 books, 400 magazine subscriptions, numerous audio and videotapes, nationwide magazines and newspapers, reference materials and a calendar year of programming for all ages.
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FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT OF WILL COUNTY Forest preserves are nestled all over Will County, beckoning nature lovers, exercise enthusiasts and wildlife watchers to visit and explore these pockets of paradise that are located just a short walk, bike ride or drive away. Each year, thousands of people accept the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s invitation to enjoy their local preserves, lakes, trails and visitor centers. Whether you want to bike, boat, camp, canoe, crosscountry ski, hike, fish, kayak, picnic or volunteer, the district has a spot for you that is close to home. The Forest Preserve District features nearly 22,000 acres of preserves and 127 miles of trails in all corners of the county. Around 200 programs are presented annually – most of them free – to educate, entertain and enlighten preserve visitors. From bird hikes in spring to sled dog racing in January, the district’s offerings highlight many species of flora and fauna as well as the history of the region and the many recreational activities that are available. Off-leash dog parks that are sprinkled throughout the country provide wide-open spaces where both dogs and their owners can stretch their legs and socialize. The five dog parks are conveniently located in Homer Glen, Joliet, Naperville, Shorewood and Wilmington. A sixth dog park will open in Crete Township later in 2017. Five unique Forest Preserve visitor centers are year-round hubs for learning and fun. Isle a la Cache in Romeoville celebrates nature and the history of the 18th century fur trade era. Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township hosts many children’s programs and is home to resident reptiles, a working beehive and an outdoor nature playscape. Monee Reservoir is an angler’s delight with a 46-acre lake and boat and sports gear rentals. Monee Reservoir is just one of 20 fishing spots located throughout the district. Some lakes are simply for the birds. For instance, only the magnificent herons, cormorants and egrets can fish at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve in Plainfield each spring summer and fall as they nest and raise their families. Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, located where the DuPage, Des Plaines and Kankakee rivers meet to form the Illinois River in Channahon, hosts programs and school groups and offers facility rentals for banquets, meetings and conferences. The center also features a picturesque setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Four Rivers is a model of green architecture, as is the Sugar Creek Administration Center, which is located in Sugar Creek Preserve in
Joliet. Sugar Creek features a parking lot for equestrians who ride the 22-mile Wauponsee Glacial Trail, one of three equestrian trails that weave through forest preserves throughout the district. For more information on the district’s programs and preserves, visit ReconnectWithNature.org or call (815) 727-8700.
Map Your Next Adventure! With nearly 22,000 acres of preserves and 127 miles of trail, the Forest Preserve District of Will County makes it easy to map your next adventure. Recreational opportunities are offered year-round, with most free of charge. Hike, camp, fish, kayak, picnic, sled, cross-country ski, and more. Forest Preserve Visitor Centers provide a variety of experiences, and are welcoming places to stop in to find out about upcoming programs or plan your own excursion. You don’t need to travel far for an adventure. We’re a neighbor in your community. Visit us. Learn more at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815.727.8700.
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THE GREATER JOLIET AREA YMCA
BRINGING FAMILIES TOGETHER VISIT YOUR LOCAL BRANCH TODAY! C.W. Avery Family YMCA 15120 Wallin Dr., Plainfield Galowich Family YMCA 749 Houbolt Rd., Joliet Morris Community YMCA 320 Wauponsee St.,Morris Smith Family YMCA 1350 Briggs St., Joliet The Greater Joliet Area YMCA has been a mainstay in our community for 90 years. With four locations in the surrounding area – two in Joliet, one in Plainfield and one in Morris – the Y serves thousands of residents in Will and Grundy counties each day. As one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, the Y is committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Think of the Y as more than just a place to work out; more than a place to swim; more than a place to play sports; more than a place for families to spend time together; and more than a place for seniors to socialize. The Y is all those things and more. The Y is a place where you belong. At its core, the Y is about helping individuals reach their full potential, and giving them opportunities to connect with the community around them, all in service of making us better as individuals, communities and as a nation. That’s why, when you step through YMCA doors, you’ll find no shortage of quality programs aimed at creating positive change. From before- and after- school care to youth sports, group exercise classes to swim lessons, senior social clubs to diabetes prevention programs, everything it does helps strengthen local neighborhoods and the people who live there.
To meet the unique needs within the community, the Y works closely with a number of community partners. Through collaborations with school districts in Joliet, Plainfield, Morris, Minooka, Troy, Rockdale and New Lenox, the Y provides safe and affordable before and after school programs at dozens of area schools. Partnerships with Presence Health and Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers propel members to new levels of healthy living. It is through these types of collaborations that the Y is making a difference in the community each and every day.
There is no other place quite like the Y. Because the Y is for everyone, they it brings together kids, families, adults and communities like no other organization can. Through its scholarship fund, the Y provides financial assistance to those who need it most, ensuring no one is turned away due to the inability to pay. Last year, the Greater Joliet Area YMCA answered 8,000 calls for help in the form of $1.1 million in scholarship assistance to make its facilities and services accessible to all. To learn more about what the Y can do for you and your family, visit www. jolietymca.org, call (815) SAY-YMCA or follow the Y on Facebook.
STRENGTHENING OUR COMMUNITY By working together, we can make our world better. Four convenient locations to serve your family: C.W. AVERY FAMILY YMCA MORRIS COMMUNITY YMCA 15120 Wallin Drive, Plainfield 320 Wauponsee Street, Morris GALOWICH FAMILY YMCA 749 Houbolt Road, Joliet
SMITH FAMILY YMCA 1350 S. Briggs Street, Joliet
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SPORTS CONNECTION Since the early part of the decade, sports have claimed a prominent place in the Joliet entertainment world. Many believe the growth of sports organizations in the area has helped make Joliet an important attraction for neighboring communities. Mark Basso, founder of the Joliet Autobahn Country Club, says the city’s diverse entertainment options are part of its appeal. “Joliet is becoming an entertainment capital of the Midwest,” he said. “There is nowhere else you can go to get all this in a small area.” Basso’s Autobahn Country Club is built on the same concept as golf-oriented country clubs, except high-speed driving is the focus. Since 2004, the club’s private membership has grown to more than 350, and the public can take advantage of some of the Autobahn’s features, which are available through group bookings. “We have a fleet of go-karts that go 60 miles an hour, we rent cars and track by the hour,” Basso said. The go-kart track is available for corporate events or private parties, and there are also options for those who want something faster than go-kart driving. “We also have a driving experience half-day program. We have a fleet of brand-new BMWs, five of the new 135i
coupes,” Basso said. The half-day program includes an outing on the track. Ever since NASCAR’s Jimmy Johnson won the Tropicana Twister-300 in 2001, Joliet racing fans have enjoyed a second high-speed sports option – the Chicagoland Speedway. This track features NASCAR and IndyCar competitions, and the 2008 season was the first to include night races. The stadium has a 75,000-fan capacity, free parking and a busy race schedule. According to the Chicagoland Speedway official site, 40 hospitality suites are available for groups and corporations. The hospitality package offers a great view of the speedway, closed-circuit race coverage and even pit tours when weather and schedule permit. The Chicagoland Speedway is co-located with the Route 66 Raceway, a staple for drag racing enthusiasts since 1998. Dubbed the first true “Stadium of Drag Racing,” Route 66 Raceway has a quarter-mile, 30,000-seat, stadium-style drag strip. Like the Chicagoland Speedway, it offers luxury suites to accommodate groups and corporate events. Fans of the Great American Pastime pack the seats at newly named Joliet Route 66 Stadium every season to take in a Joliet
Slammers ball game. The Slammers are a continually solid team, most recently becoming the Frontier League Champions in 2011. Joliet Route 66 Stadium will now feature field turf, which will enable additional sports to be played as well as concerts. When the weather turns colder and football season begins, Joliet Memorial Stadium is the longtime host for youth, high school and college gridiron games. The stadium has a capacity of 10,000 on traditional bench-style seating typical of most high school or small collegiate stadiums. Depending on the schedule, you can see contests featuring youth football organizations and the Joliet Catholic Academy High School football team. Fans of college football can get tickets for the University of St. Francis games. Times have been good for Joliet sports fans since the early part of the decade, thanks to a growing number of professional teams and facilities. Each of the city’s sports entertainment options offer busy seasons with plenty of opportunities at the race track, football field and baseball diamond.
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RIALTO SQUARE THEATRE
The Jewel of Joliet
The construction of a “vaudeville movie palace” in Joliet, Illinois, was the undertaking of the six Rubens brothers. Architects for the Rialto Square Theatre project were the Chicago Firm of Rapp & Rapp Architects, founded in 1906 by C. W. and George L. Rapp. Following the Rialto Square Theatre project, they continued to build ornate theaters throughout the Midwest. The primary contractor for the Rialto Square Theatre building was Kaiser-Ducett, who were also contractors for many of the exhibits at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. The Royal Theatre Company was formed to guarantee the 2 million dollar project. With the opening of the theater on May 24, 1926, the Royal Theatre Company leased the operation of the theatre to the Great States Theatre, Inc. The Rialto’s magnificent European architecture is the signature work of the late Eugene Romeo, a Sicilian immigrant who settled in Park Ridge, Illinois. Romeo joined the McNulty Brothers Company of Chicago, one of the largest plastering firms in the country. The esplanade, or inner lobby, is designed after the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles near Paris, France. The arch between the esplanade and rotunda area has been carefully copied from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. In the center is the head of the goddess Athena.
The former “vaudeville movie palace” changed its costume to a “performing arts center” on Nov. 27, 1981. Actual restoration began in April 1980 by the Conrad Schmitt Studios of New Berlin, Wisconsin who restored and renovated the theatre beyond its original magnificence. A campaign to “Save the Rialto” for future generations as a performing arts center was initiated by Dorothy Mavrich, president of the Cultural Arts Council of the Joliet Area, formerly known as the Rialto Square Arts Association. “Save the Rialto” involved the entire community and with the assistance of local businessman, Christo Dragatsis, support was sought from City of Joliet, State of Illinois and federal officials. Former State Representative, LeRoy Van Duyne, was instrumental in obtaining the necessary funds for purchase of the properties. The Will County Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority, a unit of local government, was created in 1978 to own and operate the Rialto Square Theatre complex and surrounding properties. The Rialto Square Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the Rialto Square Theatre hosts a wide variety of cultural and educational programs as well as weddings and corporate events and is managed by VenuWorks. In addition to full time staff, The Rialto is also
supported by nearly 300 volunteers who wish to show their pride and enthusiasm for the theater with others. Support is generously provided by The Rialto Square Theatre Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Tours are available subject to availability. Visit rialtosquare.com for more information.
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Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park
Located in downtown Joliet, the scenic 10-acre park is nestled between the Des Plaines River and limestone bluffs. Running through the park is historic Bluff Street, one of Joliet’s first streets in 1832. In addition to a place of natural beauty and landmarks, the park features year-round entertainment for the community with its bandshell and indoor theater. A vision begun in the early 1970s is still going strong today, over 40 years later. As 1976 approached, Joliet and Will County decided to leave a lasting memorial in honor of our great nation’s 200th birthday. They formed the all-volunteer, nonprofit Will-Joliet Bicentennial Park Corporation, headed by Mrs. William (“Billie”) C. Limacher. The WJBP, Inc. obtained the land, planned the cultural park, raised the funds and built the theater/ bandshell complex, still in operation today. They gave the park and building to the City of Joliet. In 2000, additions were added to the building by the nonprofit and the city renamed the park after the longtime volunteer, Billie Limacher. The WJBP, Inc. continues to raise funds for the park. An oasis near downtown Joliet, brick pathways meander past flowerbeds surrounding historic markers, murals and statues. A self-guided tour is available anytime using the online guide (www.bicentennialpark. org/history/walk). High overviews offer an expansive view of downtown, active lift bridges and pleasure boats, which are welcome to dock on the south end. Through the years, many events and festivals have entertained thousands of residents and visitors through the years: Battle of the Bands, Car Show, Emerging Playwrights Festival, Family Fiesta, Improv Uncorked,
Independence Celebration, Leprechaun Zero K Run, Madrigal Dinner, Night At the Movies, plays and musicals, Polka Fest, Pumpkin Fest, Redneck Ravinia, Spirit of All Hallows Eve, Summertime On Stage Drama Camp and
Waterway Daze. Fireworks over the water are a big draw during the Independence Celebration. Two original events are now over 40 years running: 41st Festival of the Gnomes in December and the free 43rd Concerts On The Hill every summer Thursday evening on the bandshell. A place for children to create and explore the arts, the drama camp grows each year. In 2017, over 80 children participated, many for the first time. Providing opportunities for creativity for all ages, relaxation in a beautiful setting and preserving Joliet history, the park looks forward to sharing its treasures with the community for decades to come. Visit www.bicentennialpark.org for more information.
Joliet City Center Partnership The Joliet City Center Partnership, LLC was developed in the late 1980s in an effort to revitalize the downtown area and maintain existing structures that hold architectural and historical significance. Today, the partnership focuses on Downtown Joliet’s vast potential for economic and residential development. The city center partnership strives to promote existing businesses while bringing the community together through familyfriendly events such as the Light Up the Holidays Parade, Race Fan Rally, Kidzfest, Nitro Nite, Route 66 Street Markets, Paws on 66 Pet Rescue Day, Blues and Brews on 66 and Salute to the Blue. Numerous dining and entertainment
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HARRAH’S JOLIET When you visit Harrah’s Joliet, you’ll experience exciting gaming action, incredible amenities and non-stop fun. Located in Joliet, this riverboat property is the perfect choice for a day trip or overnight stay. Enjoy the eclectic dishes at Harrah’s steakhouse, The Reserve or stop by the newest restaurant, the Cross Street Grill, which serves everything from burgers and sandwiches, to tacos and full entrées. Flavors the Buffet offers a wide variety of cuisine including BBQ, house-made pizza and even build your own stir-fry, plus 40 feet of desserts. Take your luck for a spin on one of over 100 new slot machines on the casino floor. Whether you prefer traditional spinning reels, hightech video games with elaborate bonus rounds or anything in between, Harrah’s Joliet has your favorite game. Make the most of your night at Sheer, a scintillating bar that offers cold beer, signature cocktail and traditional drinks. After an exhilarating day on the gaming floor, treat yourself to a night of luxury in one of Harrah’s refreshing hotel rooms. Harrah’s Joliet also hosts weddings in its full-service events center that features a 6,000-square-foot ballroom that can accommodate up to 280 guests, as well as space for those interested in a more intimate setting. Earn and redeem credits though Harrah’s Total Rewards loyalty program. With nearly 40 resorts and casinos to visit as well as access to cruises, tropical vacations and even sporting events, Total Rewards brings you the most perks and incredible experiences.
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Savarino Pizza 1134 W. Jefferson St. Shorewood, IL 60404 (815) 725-1800
SPORTS BAR/GRILL 12 Handles Ale House 1827 Knapp Dr. Crest Hill, IL 60403 (815) 582-4446
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Sweet Gallery Cups ‘n Cakes 1015 Brook Forest Ave. Shorewood, IL 60404 (630) 780-2923
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Louis Joliet Mall: A shopping experience for the whole family Louis Joliet Mall has seen many changes in the last 40 years since first opening in 1978 at 3340 Mall Loop Drive—retail stores have come and gone, the mall has changed hands and the area’s population has grown and diversified. But one constant in the last four decades has been Louis Joliet’s reputation as a premiere area shopping destination. Today, Louis Joliet Mall is managed by Starwood Retail Partners, a platform that has taken pride in maintaining and improving on the mall’s exceptional reputation. At just shy of a million square feet, Louis Joliet Mall has shopping, dining and entertainment options for the whole family. The enclosed, one-level center houses over 90 stores and kiosks, including four anchors (Sears, JCPenney, Carson’s and Macy’s), a spacious 400-plus seat food court and a 14 screen Cinemark theater. Shoppers will recognize brand-name stores such as H&M, New York & Company, Charlotte Russe and Pandora. Recently, Starwood has also welcomed new businesses to the mall, including Fashion 5, Elegant Fashion, urban retailer J-Bees and Gloria Jeans Coffee. And of course, a visit to the Louis Joliet Mall wouldn’t be complete without taking a shopping break to check out the “digital” ficus tree in the mall’s center court; this interactive “DigiTree” is adorned with more than 100 LCD panels and LED pendants that display community news and mall events. Indeed, while the mall’s retail and entertainment offerings are impressive, it’s the environment at Louis Joliet that truly sets it apart from the competition. Upon entering
the mall, patrons are welcomed into a vibrant, brightly lit, fun shopping environment. Stores are clean. Employees are friendly. There’s a general positive energy that permeates the facility. More than the sum of its retail stores, Starwood Retail Partners has worked hard to improve and redefine the mall experience at Louis Joliet by creating a shopping destination that is also a family-friendly, community space. According to Starwood Marketing Director Sandy Martinez, 44 percent of Louis Joliet Mall visitors are families with kids 18 and under – way above industry standard, which is typically 30 to 34 percent. “That’s huge because we know that we’re in an area that’s growing, we’re in an area where there are lots of parents looking for things to do with their kids,” Martinez said. With kids, families and safety in mind, Starwood implemented a youth supervision policy in 2017 that requires adult supervision for kids 17 and under on Friday and Saturday nights. In partnership with the Plainfield Park District, Louis Joliet Mall also offers a free MallStars Kids Club once a month for children under 10. At MallStars, kids can take part in seasonal activities and crafts, win prizes and take photos with their favorite characters. Other family-focused mall events include a back-to-school fashion show, a prom fashion show and seasonal photo opportunities with Santa and the Easter Bunny. In 2018, Starwood also plans to launch a Live 360 program with community partners to bring even more interactive activities to Louis Joliet Mall. Live 360 programs might include a hospital visiting
to talk about healthy eating, or a local fitness instructor leading a morning Zumba class for mall walkers. Starwood also partners with national charitable organizations to organize events that give back to the community. Throughout the year, Red Cross blood drives usually see a large turnout at the mall. Then, during the holidays, Louis Joliet Mall participates in The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program where mall patrons can grab gift-wish tags and bring back presents for needy children. Additionally, Louis Joliet Mall makes an effort to partner with local nonprofit organizations and charities. In recent years, the mall supported The Little Footprints Foundation (LFF), a Naperville-based nonprofit that aids children who have lost one or both parents in an automobile accident. During the holidays, Magnum Insurance sponsored a breakfast for Santa at the mall where LFF kids were able to meet Santa and receive Christmas presents. With nonprofit partnerships, community events, kids activities and new retail stores, it’s exciting to watch the ways the Louis Joliet Mall continues to evolve to meet the needs of the community. “We’ve created a wholesome, save environment for families,” Martinez said. “We want people to come enjoy shopping, enjoy our events, sit in our food court, enjoy the offerings that we have and come back time and time again.”
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PRE-K THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL Education is, and always will be, a top priority in Joliet. The community is well equipped with knowledgeable and committed faculties, active school boards and highly involved parents, who all come together to ensure high-quality learning opportunities are provided to students at all levels. The area’s youngest learners are served by numerous daycare and early childhood education centers in the area – great options for busy parents looking for a good start to their children’s education. Joliet also hosts a multitude of private and parochial institutions offering everything from preschool and kindergarten programs through secondary education. Leading options include Joliet Catholic Academy and Providence Catholic High School in nearby New Lenox. Joliet Catholic Academy is a Roman Catholic college preparatory high school for boys and girls co-sponsored by the Joliet Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate and the Carmelites of the Most Pure Heart of Mary. With an enrollment nearly 700 and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15:1, personal and individualized academic attention is given to each student. The Providence Catholic High School family embraces the gospel of Jesus Christ in an atmosphere of acceptance, respect and love. Providence Catholic High School is a diocesan co-educational, college preparatory school under the leadership of the Order of St. Augustine. The majority of the area’s students (around 11,000 each year) enroll at one of more than 20 schools in Joliet Public Schools District 86. In addition to more than a dozen traditional elementary schools and four junior high schools,
District 86 operates four magnet-designated schools, an early childhood center, a gifted center and an alternative school. The district recently unveiled its newest preK-5 school, Isaac Singleton School, in011, the third school to be built since 2003. All District 86 students receive a basic skills curriculum consisting of language arts, mathematics, science, social science, fine arts and physical development/health. Joining these core areas are opportunities for gifted education, bilingual instruction, unique beforeand after-school programming, intensive reading programs and comprehensive special services. Upon graduating eighth grade, the greater part of the community attends one of two comprehensive high schools managed by Joliet Township High School District 204. Whether attending the Central or West campus, all students receive a diverse education fashioned to prepare students for what’s next – continuing their learning at a college or university, or entering the workforce. The district’s comprehensive curriculum includes coursework from the foundations of math, science, English and social studies, as well as foreign language, computer technology, applied life, industrial technology and the fine arts. The district also offers a range of specialized educational programs, including gifted & talented courses, Advanced Placement options, an alternate high school for at-risk students and the Academies program, which is designed to increase student achievement and career preparedness through a smaller, more focused learning environment. For more information on the public school systems serving Joliet, visit www. joliet86.org and www.jths.org.
Troy #30-C Troy #30-C offers its students a cohesive yet diverse approach to education. With 4,500 students and 600 employees, Troy covers 26.5 square miles of residences, businesses, parks, farms and industry in Joliet, Plainfield and Shorewood. The preK-8 district includes seven well-maintained buildings – five elementary preK-4 schools, one fifth- and sixth-grade building and one seventh- and eighth-grade junior high. Troy #30-C offers students challenging curricula in core subjects as well as physical education, art, music and technology. The district implements a uniform education process; however, recognizes that all students learn differently. This cohesive yet diverse approach is the strength of the district.
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Troy Community Consolidated School District 30-C has a long and rich history, going back to 1863 when Mr. John Cronin donated one acre of land for a school to be built. This was a one room school house named Cronin School. From humble beginnings we are now a school district of five elementary buildings, one intermediate and one middle school with over 4,000 students and 700 employees. To honor our past, Troy Crossroads Elementary name will once again be Troy Cronin Elementary beginning the fall of 2017. The students at Troy school district have the advantage of innovative technology, challenging curriculum and staff willing to meet their academic goals, along with standards based curriculum. Wm. B. Orenic Intermediate offers 5th & 6th graders 17 clubs and 10 athletic activities. Troy Middle School offers 7th & 8th grade students 21 clubs and 11 athletic activities. Intramurals is also offered at both Wm. B. Orenic and Troy Middle School. There is something for everyone! Our elementary buildings offer many events for students and their families. Daddy/Daughter dances, Mother/Son dances, Family Reading Nights, Family Game nights and Fine Arts Evenings. So many opportunities for our schools to be an integral part of the community in which they are located. Please visit our website at www.troy30c.org for more information or you can contact the District office at 815.577.6760.
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HIGHER EDUCATION Joliet Junior College With a proud history as the nation’s first public community college, Joliet Junior College is a leader and innovator in higher education. Offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs, the college serves more than 35,000 students of all ages and backgrounds at its six campuses and education centers, and numerous satellite locations. The college encompasses a fast-growing 1,442-square-mile district in seven counties. Joliet Junior College is the college for students who want to go to school close to their home and job, who want further training to get ahead in the field they already work in, who want to explore different subjects before settling on a major, who want a smooth transfer to a four-year university in two years, who want options to combine online and classroom learning, who want to go back to school and complete their degree and who want a college that is excellent, and also affordable.
University of St. Francis The University of St. Francis offers four degree completion programs and 38 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and allied health and social work. Additionally, the university presents 12 graduate programs and a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The university’s arts & design department
operates out of its modern facilities at the renovated historic Rialto City Center campus in downtown Joliet. The university also operates a federally funded Health and Wellness Center in the downtown area, the first nurse practitioner-managed center in Will County. University of St. Francis is a “Yellow Ribbon” university, welcoming military veterans, and is ranked in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s edition of “America’s
Best Colleges.” The university is also noted in The Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges: Region by Region.”
Lewis University Located just north of Joliet on Route 53 in Romeoville, Lewis University is a comprehensive, Catholic university with a richly diverse student body, including traditional-age students, as well as adults of all ages. The ninth-largest among more
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than 80 private colleges and universities in Illinois, Lewis University offers approximately 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, 22 graduate programs and accelerated programs for working adults through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing and Health Professions. Students attend classes at the main campus in Romeoville and at sites throughout the Chicagoland area, including campuses in Shorewood, Hickory Hills, Oak Brook and Tinley Park. Lewis is a dynamic, coeducational university sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. The university provides its nearly 5,800-student population with programs for a liberal and professional education grounded in a values-centered curriculum. Among Lewis’ many offerings is a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning. Lewis has the largest undergraduate nursing program in the state of Illinois, and is the only university in the Midwest to offer the Air Traffic Control program.
Rasmussen College Romeoville/Joliet Founded in 1900, Rasmussen College is a premier provider of online educational experiences, delivering regionally accredited degree programs through its network of 17 campuses. The Rasmussen College Romeoville/Joliet campus is the third Rasmussen College campus to open in Illinois, and provides an interactive learning environment for students featuring a resource center with internet access, health care labs and a mentoring center to support both residential and online students. Rasmussen College offers programs that will help qualify students for an in-demand career upon graduation. The associate degrees offered at Rasmussen College Romeoville/Joliet will provide students with a well-rounded education along with preparation for future careers. With specialized Schools of Allied Health, Business, Justice Studies and Technology and Design, Rasmussen College helps students gain the knowledge they need to succeed.
DeVry University Tinley Park Campus The 11-acre DeVry University Tinley Park Campus is ideally situated in the heart of the Interstate 80 Corridor. Here, students take advantage of a number of undergraduate and graduate programs conferring associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in numerous career fields. Once enrolled at DeVry University Tinley Park, students are able to take courses at any Chicagoland campus and/or online.
Prairie State College Prairie State College has grown in many ways – in size, in facilities, in breadth and depth of educational options and in reputation. Prairie State College’s 130-acre campus is located at South Halsted Street and Vollmer Road in Chicago Heights. The main campus, located south of Vollmer Road, houses administrative offices, classrooms, laboratories and student services facilities such as the bookstore, the Counseling and Academic Advising Center, the Student Success Center, Enrollment Services and the Business Office. The main campus also is home to the Conference Center, a place for special events, meetings, conferences and the site of the Christopher Art Gallery. The Adult Training and Outreach Center, where the College’s English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, and GED classes are held, and the Illinois workNet Center are also located on the main campus.
Governors State University Founded in 1969, Governors State University is a four-year public university that champions openness, innovation and flexibility. Serving more than 5,500 students, the university offers 64 degree and 24 certificate programs. Students earn the qualifications needed to succeed in business, industry, health care, the arts and education.
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Illinois Welding School Illinois Welding School is a private vocational school located in Romeoville, right off of Interstate 55. The school offers four welding programs that consist of, production, structural, pipe and combination, with a day shift and night shift available and program completion ranging from three to eight months. The school provides individualized custom training to maximize each students’ potential at an individualized pace. All four programs focus on hands-on learning with 70 percent of the program spent in the welding shop. With a student-to-teacher ratio of 17:1 students have the ability to spend time one-on-one with the instructors in the welding booth. All four programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and allow military veterans to use their G.I. Bill benefits for tuition and fees at Illinois Welding School.
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BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT A city with industrial roots that date back farther than the city’s 1852 incorporation, Joliet is undergoing a kind of economic renaissance as its growing population now places it third in Illinois, in terms of size, with more than 149,300 residents. “There are three areas of forward movement,” said Steve Jones, the city’s economic development director and deputy city manager, “the downtown, the employment base and new retail, in place, proposed and envisioned.” A new college campus, a new courthouse, transportation facility improvements, new residential development and the re-purposing of Joliet’s Old Union Station are among the initiatives revitalizing the downtown area. In January 2017, Joliet Junior College added a new campus location, which includes its much-heralded and acclaimed culinary school along with adult education and literacy departments, in a seven-story downtown building known as City Center at 235 N. Chicago St. The 96,000-square-foot facility represents a $58 million investment in the city’s future. “It sort of anchors the north end of the downtown,” Jones said. As the county seat of Will County, Joliet is home to the Will County Courthouse. Jones said the county has begun drawing up plans for a new courthouse, at an estimated cost of $200 million, to be started in 2018. Bond financing efforts currently are underway. “It will be a 10-story structure,” Jones said. Commuters and long distance travelers are getting treated to upgrades via embellishments to the transportation system that serves Joliet. A hub for local, regional and national transportation, the city recently built a new rail platform for the Metra Rock Island line and recently completed commuter parking lot improvements. “The two rail platforms will be oriented to serve the new commuter facility,” Jones said. The old station ceased operation in 2014. By the end of the year, Jones said a new two-story train station will be unveiled that will serve the Metra Rock Island line, the Metra Heritage Corridor line and Amtrak. Amtrak, he said, is currently engineering improvements to accommodate a soon-to-beintroduced high-speed rail service. “There will be high-speed rail service between Chicago and St. Louis. Joliet will be the first stop outside of Chicago,” he said. Jones said architectural plans for a new bus facility also are in the works for a later phase of the transportation improvement project. Meanwhile, the Joliet Union Station, a former commuter and long-distance rail
station, has been undergoing a transformation courtesy of two private-public partnerships. The 1912 vintage building, a grand, ornate structure elegantly appointed with marble flourishes, arch windows and cathedral ceilings, is reminiscent of Chicago’s Union Station, Jones said. The upper floor has been leased by JBM Golf Properties, the company that owns the Mistwood Golf Club in nearby Romeoville, into a 250-seat banquet facility that accommodates weddings, fundraisers, birthday parties, personal milestone events, conferences and corporate gatherings.
“It’s a really nice venue,” said Jones. “They also do community events.” The part of Joliet Union Station that once housed Amtrak has become MyGrain Brewing Company, a microbrewery and restaurant launched by a personal trainer and a business owner in September 2017. “They became the first microbrewery in the City of Joliet,” Jones said. MyGrain offers several ales, IPAs and stouts, along with a bar menu that serves up whiskey, wine and cocktails. Diners may order burgers and sandwiches, soups, salads, or full entrées, from grilled salmon to short
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ribs to fried chicken. There are even two beerthemed desserts to choose from: beer beignets and chocolate stout bread pudding. Jones said the city is also seeing a move toward increasing downtown residential options. “Back in the day, it was all commercial and office uses,” he said. City officials would like to see more residential development downtown so that people can live, work and play in the city’s center. He said the city recently approved a development agreement for the construction of 35 apartment units on the top four floors of the five-story Barber Building, a structure built in the 1800s. The ground floor will house commercial enterprises. “It’s an old Daniel Burnham building,” he said, referring to the renowned architect whose designs helped shape Chicago’s skyline. “It’s going to be a great use of historical space.” Jones said city leaders have embarked on plans to attract more retail and restaurant business downtown. To that end, he said, the city is pursuing ways to improve traffic flow. “At the present time, the main roadway that travels through downtown is Chicago Street. It dead-ends at a parking lot at the courthouse. We are working on a deal with the county to connect both legs of the street to allow better travel through downtown,” he said. Plans also call for improving the parking options on Chicago Street. “We want to make it easier to find places to park,” he said, adding that shared bicycle lanes with lane marking may be added. The city is encouraging the creation of “street-side dining” options and is planning to improve the streetscape with ornate streetlights and pavers and acquiring land near the Rialto Square Theater, a Joliet cultural icon, to increase foot traffic and form a pedestrianfriendly nexus that will further invigorate the downtown scene. Slammers Stadium is getting a makeover that will make it more amenable to not only accommodating baseball games, but concerts and other sporting events.
“We’re putting in artificial turf. With this, it’s going to open up three seasons of use and increase the number of folks visiting this venue,” he said. “It’s slated to be in place by spring. We are also in the process of planning for the rebranding of the stadium to incorporate a Route 66 theme.” A Denver-based company that specializes in helping high-tech business start-ups get off the ground is planning to install an Innovation Campus downtown north of the train station. “This would bring millennials downtown, and some employment,” Jones said. Amazon recently completed construction of a second Joliet fulfillment center, a 747,000-square-foot warehouse. When fully staffed, the facility in combination with the previously opened Amazon fulfillment center in Joliet will employ a total of 3,500 people, Jones said. The CenterPoint Intermodal Center is another major employment center in Joliet. “It’s the largest inland port in North America,” said Jones. “Train lines provide freight movements to both coasts.” The center has created thousands of jobs and added millions of square feet of construction to Joliet. Growth continues with a recent lease of 501,313 square feet of space to Communications Test Design, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based company. Within the past year, the company has added 600 employees with plans to hire another 500, Jones said. “They do electronic testing, repair and distribution for the telecommunications industry,” he said. Also located at the CenterPoint Intermodal Center is a 1.4-million-square-foot distribution center for Mars, the candy company. Ikea is building a1.2 million-square-foot distribution center at Laraway Crossings Business Park on the northwest corner of Emerald Drive and Cashel Road, a venture that will add about 100 jobs. The company also plans to build a second building on an adjacent piece of land, Jones said.
Other companies locating distribution centers and/or corporate headquarters in Joliet include Cadence Premier Logistics, Saddle Creek Logistics, the Whirlpool Corporation, Home Depot and the CAP Barbell Company. Jones said two hotel chains, Holiday Inn and Home2Home Suites, are building hospitality projects. “These projects are well into the construction phase and will be completed shortly,” Jones said. “The hospitality industry continues to grow.” He said a total of four industrial spec projects are underway without named tenants. “The strength of the Joliet market allows for a successful build-it-and-they-will-come mentality,” he said. Cullinan Properties, a Peoria-based real estate group, has proposed turning a 265-acre parcel near the intersection of I-55 and I-80 into a planned mixed use area to be called Rock Run Crossings. “It’ll include retail, residential, offices, entertainment and medical, all mixed,” said Jones. “It’s more of a town square type approach. It’s exciting. It’s something that could anchor the south end of town.” Jones said he envisions residents of Pontiac and points south traveling to the center to take advantage of its many anticipated services and amenities. Retail remains a strong mainstay of the Joliet economy. Along Route 30, which winds north of the Louis Joliet Mall, there was a short-lived vacancy created when Sports Authority closed up shop. Bob’s Discount Furniture quickly moved into the big box spot. “Fresh Thyme Farmers Market came in recently and has been a huge hit. We often have retailers comment that they wish we had more available land on Route 30. That is a sign of success,” he said.
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PRESENCE SAINT JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER Joliet is home to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC), a leading-edge hospital providing university-level comprehensive health services and programs. It is the only hospital in the entire county named recently to the prestigious list of “Top Hospitals” in the Chicagoland area by Chicago Magazine, and is the flagship hospital of the newly formed Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system in Illinois. Through a partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago, the world-class Neuroscience Institute at PSJMC is the only provider of neurological services in the region and is dedicated as a Primary Stroke Center. The area’s only open-heart surgery program is found at PSJMC’s Heart Center, offering patients an advanced level of cardiac care close to home. PSJMC, a Level II Trauma Center, provides unmatched services through the Sister Theresa Cancer Care Center, Pediatric ICU and the region’s only dedicated Children’s Emergency Department, as well as many other centers of excellence. The Medical Center was recently honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group; recognizing outstanding performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The 480-bed Medical Center features a new eight-story patient tower with all-private patient rooms, expanded critical care units and a dedicated neuroscience floor.
Silver Cross Hospital is a highly reputable medical provider in the region, garnering recognition as a 100 Top Hospital (Thomson Reuters Healthcare) seven years in a row. Silver Cross recently unveiled a brand new replacement hospital just three miles from its old campus in Joliet. The $400 million facility opened its doors to the public on February 26, 2012, after a large-scale, 3.5-year construction project. The state-of-the-art, all-private bed medical center is a testament to Silver Cross’ mission to provide quality healthcare to the region for the next 100 years. The improved facility enhances quality, safety and service within an environment designed for future technology. And with the new facilities come stronger partnerships with reputable resources such as Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Also located on campus is the new Cancer Center – a partnership with the University of Chicago Medical Center – and two medical service pavilions. Pavilion A houses a range of specialty services, including the Infusion Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Diabetes Center, Renal Center and Wound Health & Treatment Center. Pavilion B also hosts various primary and specialty care offices, as well as the modern Center for Women’s Health and the Children’s Memorial Outpatient Center.
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SENIOR SERVICES Joliet is committed to serving residents of all generations, including its growing senior population. The Senior Services Center of Will County is an integral resource for area seniors, as it offers a range of social services, case coordination, an ombudsmen program, as well as activities and informational programs and health and nutrition services. More than 50,000 people a year utilize the center’s programs and services, which are offered at various locations throughout Will County. The Joliet area is also home to many senior care facilities, including assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and memory care centers. Notable options include:
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Silver Cross Hospital 1900 Silver Cross Hospital Blvd. New Lenox, IL 60451 (815) 300-7113 Southshore Foot and Ankle Surgery 1026 Essington Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 744-3453 University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center 1850 Silver Cross Blvd. New Lenox, IL 60451 (773) 834-4383 Will-Grundy Medical Clinic 213 E. Cass St. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 726-3377 PHARMACIES/ PHARMACY DEPT. J.D. Brown & Company 837 Plainﬁeld Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 723-0611 Joliet Professional Pharmacy 2100 Glenwood Ave. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 725-9314 Kodo Care Pharmacy Solutions 221 Springﬁeld, Ste. A Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 727-4721
Senior Solutions 310 N Hammes Ave., Ste. #300A Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 407-7059 Senior Star at Weber Place 605 S. Edward Dr. Romeoville, IL 60446 (815) 439-9955 Senior Suites of Joliet 215 N. Ottawa Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 723-0333 Shorewood Horizon Senior Living Community 820 W. Black Rd. Shorewood, IL 60404 (630) 499-9718 The Timbers of Shorewood 1100 N. River Rd. Shorewood, IL 60404 (815) 609-0669 The Village At Our Lady of Angels 1201 Wyoming Ave. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 725-6631 Victory Centre of Joliet 29 N. Broadway St. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 724-0308
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ADVERTISER INDEX AACCEL Emissions & Auto Repair Specialists, Inc. ................ 11
Joliet Slammers .............................................................................. 25
Addus Home Care ......................................................................... 36
Joliet Town & Country Lanes ...................................................... 14
Anthony’s Restaurant & Pub ........................................................ 25
Laraway C.C.S.D. 70c .................................................................... 29
Bobbie Noonan’s Child Care ........................................................ 28
Medworks Occupational Health .................................................. 35
Clean Car Connexion, Inc. ........................................................... 11
Morris Community YMCA ...........................................................16
Cordano, Severson & Associates Ltd. ......................................... 33
Multicultureal Communications Inc. ......................................... 27
C.W. Avery Family YMCA .............................................................16
Newstar Jewelers ............................................................................ 25
Disability Resource Center ........................................................... 36
Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 ........ 27
Fairfield Inn & Suites .................................................................... 23
Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center ........................................ 35
Fast Printing of Joliet, Inc. ............................................................ 31
Robert E. Hamilton Consulting Engineers, Inc. ........................ 31
FCA Flooring Specialists .............................................................. 13
Rockdale Automotive Inc. ............................................................ 11
Filotto Professional Services ........................................................ 33
Silver Cross Hospital ..................................................................... 40
Forest Preserve District of Will County ..................................... 15
Smith Family YMCA.......................................................................16
Galowich Family YMCA ................................................................16
State Farm Insurance – John Wright Agency ............................ 33
Greater Joliet Area YMCA ........................................................... 16
Telecab Taxi ..................................................................................... 11
Gwendolyn J. Sterk and the Family Law Group, P.C. ................ 31
The Wine Cellar Outlet Joliet ....................................................... 25
Hawk Volkswagon of Joliet .......................................................... 39
Troy CCSD 30-C ............................................................................ 27
Hollywood Casino Aurora & Joliet ............................................... 7
University of St. Francis .................................................................. 3
Honda of Joliet ................................................................................. 2
Vardal Engineering Supply ........................................................... 33
Imperial Roofing Inc. .................................................................... 13
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. .................................................................... 33
Joliet Area Community Hospice ................................................. 35
Walmart – Shorewood .................................................................. 14
Joliet Junior College ........................................................................ 5
Will County Center for Community Concerns ........................ 33
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