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THE REBIRTH OF ROUTE 66

THE BUSINESS OF EMPOWERMENT

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Table of Contents

Welcome to Joliet ..................................................................................... 10 Joliet: From the Beginning ....................................................................... 11 A Wide Network of Transportation Options........................................... 12 The Rebirth of Route 66 ........................................................................... 14 Residential Living in Joliet........................................................................ 15 The Greater Joliet Area YMCA is Helping You Live Better ..................... 16 The Joliet Park District .............................................................................. 18 Forest Preserve District of Will County.................................................... 20 Retail Opportunities ................................................................................. 21 Sports Connection..................................................................................... 23 Culture at its Best...................................................................................... 24 Joliet Gaming ............................................................................................ 26 Dining Out ................................................................................................. 28 Enhanced Opportunities for Lifelong Learning ...................................... 32 The Business of Empowerment ............................................................... 38 National Level Health Care on a Local Level ........................................... 42 Endless Support for Joliet Seniors ........................................................... 43 Bright Futures by Joliet’s Community Organizations ............................. 45 Advertiser Index........................................................................................ 46

Copyright© 2015 Town Square Publications 155 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 www.townsquarepublications.com This is a Town Square Publication created and produced for the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry 63 N. Chicago St. • Joliet, IL 60434 Phone: (847) 727-5371 • Fax: (847) 727-5374 Email: info@jolietchamber.com Website: www.jolietchamber.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 Director Scott Ray Editor Gerry Alger Production Manager Joe Nugara Content Coordinator/Client Liaison Stefanie Nugara Graphic Designer Gail Gaboda Ad Production Coordinators David Abraham and Tiffany Salerno Directory Coordinator Michael Sumrak Contributing Photography Daily Herald Photgraphers Acquisition & Sales Manager Don Israel

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Joliet Junior College aims to be the first choice for your future. Come experience what makes JJC an innovative and accessible institution, dedicated to student learning, community prosperity, cultural enrichment and inclusion.

Educational Resources • More than 100 degree and certificate programs • Preparation for transfer to a four-year college or university • Extraordinary student support services • Convenient campus locations and flexible offerings, including online, evening and weekend classes. • Business and industry training

Community Resources • Art exhibitions • All-ages planetarium shows • Fine dining at Saveur, JJC’s student-run restaurant, and at the Joliet Renaissance Center • Theatre and music performances • Scenic nature trails for walking or biking • The historic 150-year-old Cronin School

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Welcome to

Joliet

A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND PLAY With humble beginnings as a small trading settlement in the early 1800s, Joliet has grown into a major Illinois city of more than 150,000 residents. It has become the fourth-largest city in Illinois, offering outstanding residential living and endless business opportunities. Especially appealing is Joliet as an entertainment destination, offering numerous entertainment venues that attract major tourist numbers, as well as local residents. Among the many venues available are the enthralling Rialto Square Theatre and NASCAR racing; two leading casinos, Harrah’s and Hollywood, each with a hotel; Splash Station Waterpark; outstanding public golf courses; historic Route 66 Visitors Center; Joliet Area Historical Museum; numerous summer festivals; Joliet Autobahn Country Club and much more. Joliet’s location makes it a perfect place to live or do business. Travel is easy in any direction and by any means, including air and rail. We are at the crossroads of mid-America at the intersection of Interstates 55 and 80, just a few miles west of I-355 and just 40 miles from Chicago as well as its two major airports. It’s just 25 miles to Midway and 45 miles to O’Hare International Airport. Transportation is one of the major reasons for the continuing growth and development of our city. Our City Center is undergoing a major transformation with many restaurants, Joliet Slammers baseball, a historic museum, a new multi-million dollar transportation center, a new multi-million dollar Joliet Junior College center and an exciting nightlife. Joliet offers quality education from elementary through university levels. We are home to the country’s oldest community college, Joliet Junior College, as well as the University of St. Francis and the nearby campuses of Lewis University, DeVry University, Governors State University and Rasmussen College. Outstanding private schools are a significant part of Joliet’s educational scene, including Joliet Catholic Academy and nearby Providence High School. Leading health care facilities abound in Joliet with medical specialties of every kind. Two major hospitals serve our market – Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Silver Cross Hospital, with both providing whatever level of care is required. Our business community offers the broadest range possible, from major chemical and manufacturing to outstanding retail and shopping. In Joliet we have it all – quality education and health care, an outstanding and rapidly growing business community, shopping and residential offerings for every income level. Come and experience the fulfillment of life – life in Joliet, Illinois! Mary F. Jaworski President Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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JOLIET: From the Beginning Just over 40 miles southwest of Chicago, the city of Joliet sits, quite literally, at the crossroads of history. Joliet is where those iconic paths, the Lincoln Highway and Route 66, intersect, imparting to passersby that here lies a town with true American stories to tell. Those stories tell of a city with humble beginnings that rose to have a population of more than 150,000 and many modern industries. According to Kim Shehorn, educator at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, Joliet’s history shows “a diversity that remains today and creates character for the community.” The story of Joliet’s growth is a microcosm of the growth of our nation as a whole and a testament to the fact that the American dream is forever a work in progress. The first inhabitants of the Joliet area were Native Americans. The Hopewell culture of mound-building peoples settled the area early in the first millennium A.D., followed by the Mississippian society, the Illini and later the Pottawatomie cultures. In 1673, Europeans arrived nearby, notably the town’s namesake Louis Jolliet and Father Frances Marquette, who camped on a mound near present day Joliet while traveling down the Des Plaines River. Because of the river, the two explorers found this area to be navigable, fertile and full of game. For these reasons, a settlement arose in the area and the favorable farmland brought more and more people looking for their piece of America during the period of western expansion. Émigrés from New York came in especially high numbers. It was not until 1834 that the town was laid out in earnest, and was originally incorporated under the name of Juliet in 1837. For economic reasons the town annulled this incorporation, and in 1845 reincorporated as Joliet. At this time, industry began to boom and Joliet became known as the “City of Stone” in reference to the nine limestone quarries that operated in the area. The promise of work in the harvesting and transportation of the rocks brought immigrants from many different places. Additionally, the construction work on the Illinois and Michigan Canal encouraged many Irish immigrants to Joliet. When

completed in 1848, the canal further expanded Joliet’s waterways and allowed the stone to be sold throughout the upper Midwest. The industrial revolution was gaining momentum, and Joliet grew along with its industries. The next surge of residents into Joliet occurred following the opening of the Joliet Steel Mill in 1869. Many employees from southeastern Europe, especially Slovenia, came to work the mills of Joliet and before long, the “City of Stone” became the “City of Steel.” The population increased as companies like Phoenix Horseshoe and Moore Stove Works began supplying its goods to the entire country. Joliet was rapidly becoming a destination city for those willing to work in the ever-expanding industrial economy. As the turn of the century approached, the steel of Joliet was shaped to fit the needs of another fledgling industry that was taking hold of the city and the rest of the nation: automobiles. The city was home to the Economy Motor Buggy Co. in the early 1900s. That company’s building remains in present-day Joliet on Bissell Street. Also, Checker Cabs were made in Joliet until the 1940s. Throughout the 1900s, Joliet’s mills and enormous workforce brought countless other industries into the city, making it prosper further. The 1970s and early 1980s saw Joliet’s economy take a downward turn and its unemployment soar, but it bounced back from this decline and is again growing due to its traditional industries (Caterpillar, Inc. still manufactures here), as well as the more modern industries of education and tourism. The University of Saint Francis, Lewis University and Joliet Junior College all call the city home, and

thousands of people every year come to Joliet to visit the Chicagoland Speedway, the Harrah’s and Hollywood casinos, the Joliet Autobahn Country Club and to take in the history of this amazing city. The Joliet Area Historical Museum is located downtown, in a church structure dating back to 1909. The museum has many exhibits detailing the history of this remarkable city and even has a refurbished model of a 1909 Economy Motor Buggy on display. People come from everywhere in the country to learn not only about the story of Joliet, but also to learn a little more about the American experience as a whole. In few places is that experience captured as well as in the city of Joliet. It is a place of history, industry and diversity where hundreds of thousands have come throughout the past to find their futures. www.jolietchamber.com | 11

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A Wide Network of

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS 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.

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by car … The city is served by an organized web of local roadways, including U.S. Routes 6 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 currently undergoing an extensive widening project aimed to ensure safety and alleviate congestion problems. 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 (in November of 2007) of the Interstate 355 extension project, which was designed to not only reduce travel times but also to efficiently link the quickly expanding county and its communities with

additional major Chicagoland areas. by bus …The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) 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 Joliet Union Station 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 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 Metra website at www. metrarail.com and the Amtrak website at www. amtrak.com. What’s more, the Joliet Union Station provides freight service through a handful of lines, including CSX, Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, EJ&E, BNSF, Union Pacific and Canadian National. 58 South 62

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THE REBIRTH OF

The internationally known Historic Route 66 has been a significant part of Joliet history, and the city and its residents have strived to preserve the Mother Road’s heritage here. This push in Route 66-related tourism stands as the city’s newest initiative, and it is certainly a prominent measure as the historic roadway has been revealed as the state’s second-most popular attraction – just behind the city of Chicago. Route 66 was intended to be the main street through towns, which had very little impact on Joliet in the beginning, according to the City Center Partnership. As time moved on, so did Route 66. On November 11, 1926, Route 66 was officially broken in, with Chicago Street chosen as the route through Joliet. In 2006, the city of Joliet and Joliet City Center Partnership joined forces with Route 66 historians and consultants to brainstorm and develop a Route 66 initiative movement. The initial plan involved Joliet applying for and receiving more than $150,000 in attractive development and marketing grants from the state of Illinois Bureau of Tourism. Ultimately, this funding was used to renovate the Route 66 Experience at the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

The grants were also applied in order to create further Route 66-themed attraction elements throughout the city, as well as for the marketing of these components through brochures, advertisements and the implementation of a website. The Route 66 Experience allows visitors to take a step back in time through a number of interactive exhibits and activities for guests of all ages. This is a free Route 66-themed exhibit, complete with drive-in theater, four-color murals, Blues Brothers photo opportunities, a car that travels the road on the ceiling and more. Adding to this was the development of Route 66 Park on Broadway Street, where guests are afforded access to informational Route 66 kiosks, Blues Brothers statues dancing on the roof of the

Rich and Kreamy Ice Cream Shop, the nine-foot Joliet Kicks shield sign and one of five “historic stop” gas pumps that can be discovered around the city. In February of 2008, the city of Joliet Visitors Bureau was the recipient of three state awards in recognition of its marketing excellence for the Route 66 Campaign at the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Among its acknowledgments was the award for Best General Brochures for its Joliet Kicks on Route 66 Walking and Driving Tour Brochure, the award for Best Integrated Marketing Campaign for the 2007 Joliet Kicks Off on Route 66 event, and the award for Best Alternate Advertising for the Joliet Kicks on Route 66 Directional Signage Campaign. Learn more at www.jolietkicks.com.

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RESIDENTIAL LIVING in Joliet The City of Joliet has become a very popular place to live. Known for being both affordable and accessible, this area is a terrific location for those who want to be close to many amenities without paying exorbitant amounts for their homes. Its rich history, combined with more recent developments, makes for an interesting city that pays homage to its roots while still embracing the future. Variety is the spice of life they say, and Joliet has that covered when it comes to housing. The two-story home is seen fairly often, but also available are ranch, split-level and trilevel homes, as well as condominiums and townhouses. Multi-family dwellings are also included in the mix. In recent years, the city has had dozens of subdivisions go up in the area along I-55. “One of the great things about the Joliet real estate market is that there is such a wide variety of homes available for purchase,” said Karen Robertson of Coldwell Banker, “Every buyer is sure to find the home that meets their needs, vision and is in their price range.” She emphasized, “Joliet has it all; from the less expensive one-bedroom condo to the private wooded estate.” In terms of style, there is quite a range as well. One can see grand Victorian houses as well as more contemporary designs, depending on the area. The downtown section of the city has a historic district boasting many properties that have been around since the 1800s. As an older Illinois city, Joliet has its share of homes that have stood the test of time and have quite a bit of character. The fact that this area has had such growth has also meant a wide variety of newer homes as well. There really is something for

everyone here. Those searching for a true suburban lifestyle will find Joliet fits the picture. Amenities in the community include a variety of lovely parks, shopping, cultural opportunities and a great selection of restaurants. The city’s atmosphere is relaxed, and yet there is still plenty to do. Some of the newer subdivisions offer their residents perks such as tennis courts and pools – or on occasion, even a clubhouse. The accessibility to Chicago adds nearly limitless opportunities for cultural and entertainment venues. Rosemary West is a Broker-Associate for RE/MAX Realty of Joliet, and both she and her husband, Roger, grew up here. Having sold real estate in the area for more than 35 years, she knows that there are a variety of reasons that people move to the city and points out, “Many people are transferred to Joliet and the surrounding area with their jobs. They come in

from all parts of the world.” West says that with a nationally recognized school system, exceptional health care facilities, quality transportation and high-quality, affordable housing, it is a great place to buy a home. “Joliet has developed into a thriving tourist destination and is now considered one of the most economically vital areas in the state,” she said. “The once small prairie town is now a bustling city of 150,000 residents and growing.” The city of Joliet is a wonderful place to live, with plenty of housing options and amenities. The rapid growth in the area shows no signs of slowing down as the community continues to expand and evolve. Those who live in this city appreciate the value of affordable housing combined with accessibility to Chicago and a host of other resources. Because of this, Joliet has assured itself a place in Illinois as a vibrant and important residential community. www.jolietchamber.com | 15

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The Greater Joliet Area

YMCA

is Helping You Live Better The Greater Joliet Area YMCA has been a mainstay in our community for more than eight decades. Today, the YMCA is one of the area’s largest nonprofit organizations. Through its three full-service branches (two in Joliet and one in Plainfield) it’s Central City “Y without Walls,” and Morris Family YMCA programs, the Y is serving thousands of Will County residents each and every day. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, committed to strengthening communities through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Families turn to the Y for much-needed before- school and after-school programs, summer camps, youth sports, group fitness classes and swim lessons, among others. The Y brings families closer together, encourages good health, and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. But, most importantly, its doors are open to everyone, regardless of age, income or background. At the Y, no one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay. The Y believes that all kids have potential and should have the opportunity to discover who they are, express themselves and be nurtured in all their possibility. To meet the needs of area families, the Y collaborates with the Joliet, Plainfield, Minooka,

Troy and Morris school districts to provide safe and affordable before- and after-school programs. The Y also gives kids from all walks of life the opportunity to learn how to swim, play group sports and attend summer camp, all while learning the importance of teamwork and developing life skills and friw endships that will last a lifetime. Dedicated to improving the nation’s health and well-being, the Y believes that everyone has the desire to be well and that well-being is best cultivated by providing supportive relationships and environments. The Y provides a welcoming, safe and supportive environment for all ages to become healthier and stay well in spirit, mind and body. The Y incorporates its core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility into all of its programming. The Y believes it is its social responsibility to listen to, and respond to, our community’s most critical needs. Through its Central City “Y Without Walls” programs, each year more than 2,000 students in Joliet have the opportunity to learn how to swim, play basketball and cheerlead, attend after-school programs and go to summer camp at little or no cost. It is through these types of collaborations, and with the support of generous grants and contributions, that the Y is making a difference in our community each and every day. To learn more about what the Y can do for you and your family, stop by your local branch today, visit www.jolietymca.org or call (815) SAY-YMCA.

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To put Christian principles into practice by developing relationships among all persons and providing programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body. Visit your local branch today: C.W. Avery Family YMCA 15120 Wallin Dr. Plainfield, IL 60544 Galowich Family YMCA 749 Houbolt Rd. Joliet, IL 60431 Smith Family YMCA 1350 Briggs St. Joliet, IL 60433

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WHERE GREAT THINGS HAPPEN EVERYDAY GREATER JOLIET AREA YMCA JOIN THE Y TODAY • Summer Day Camp and Specialty Camps • Before and After School Programs • Swim Lessons • Preschool Programs and Camps • Group Exercise Classes • Youth and Adult Sports Leagues • Birthday Parties At the Y, no one is turned away due to the inability to pay.

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The Joliet

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GOLF COURSES Joliet is truly fortunate to be afforded ample opportunities for healthy, active lifestyles through the offerings of the Joliet Park District. The Joliet Park District’s long list of facilities, programming and activities for residents of all ages has made it an invaluable resource in the community. On these pages are a detailed listing of the facilities operated by the Joliet Park District. To learn more about these facilities, as well as the Park District’s multitude of programs, visit www.jolietpark.org.

The Joliet Park District owns and operates three beautiful golf courses. Each plays host to a number of tournaments and special events. Additional amenities found through the courses include lighted driving ranges, large practice greens and concession facilities. Inwood Golf Club is located at 3200 W. Jefferson St. in the heart of Joliet. To find out more about Inwood Golf Club, visit www.inwoodgc.com. Wedgewood Golf Club is located at the corner of Route 59 and Caton Farm Road, on the west side of Joliet. For more information about Wedgewood Golf Club, visit www.wedgewoodgc. com. Woodruff Golf Club is the oldest of the three Joliet Park District courses – located at 621 N. Gougar Rd. on the east side of Joliet. To learn more about Woodruff Golf Club, visit www.woodruffgc. com.

HARTMAN RECREATION CENTER Located next to Sator Sanchez Memorial Park, Hartman Recreation Center is equipped with a full-size gymnasium, weight room, multi-purpose room and a year-round listing of programs, activities and special events.

INWOOD ICE ARENA Open to the public all year, the Inwood Ice Arena offers hockey, figure skating, learn-to-skate programs and a variety of special events.

INWOOD SPORTS COMPLEX The Inwood Sports Complex houses the Harlow Lockwood Softball Fields – totaling six lighted softball fields, six soccer fields and playground equipment. The outdoor sports facility is utilized by the U.S. Slow-Pitch Softball Association, as well as by high school and intercollegiate sports teams.

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JOLIET MEMORIAL STADIUM This landmark Joliet facility was recently renovated with state-of-the-art Mondo playing surface and eight-lane running track. Joliet Memorial Stadium is home to Joliet Raiders Youth Football Organization, Joliet Catholic Academy High School Football, University of St. Francis Football and the Joliet Junior College Football teams. Special events like the Taste of Joliet and the Annual July 4th Celebration take place at the Joliet Memorial Stadium each year.

MULTI-PURPOSE CENTER Hundreds of opportunities for recreation are available through the Multi-Purpose Center, a popular facility that offers two indoor gymnasiums, a multipurpose room, a number of program rooms and a wealth of programs like the Joliet Park District’s Special Recreation division, geared toward the area’s special needs residents.

NOWELL PARK Spanning 20 acres on Joliet’s east side, Nowell Park offers plenty of outdoor leisure opportunities ranging from ball fields and tennis courts to picnic sites, playground equipment and an abundance of open space.

BARBER AND OBERWORTMANN HORTICULTURAL CENTER A multi-purpose room, Resource Center, covered deck and a number of programs and events can be accessed within this 12,000-square-foot facility. The Horticultural Center is the perfect place to host your wedding or private event.

BIRD HAVEN GREENHOUSE AND CONSERVATORY The Bird Haven Greenhouse and Conservatory is situated adjacent to the Barber and Oberwortmann Horticultural Center. Bird Haven Greenhouse spans three acres within Pilcher Park. The facility was

developed in the early 1900s and features Tropical and Desert Houses and a showroom ideal for vibrant floral shows, like the annual Poinsettia Show. A variety of programs and special events can be found here yearround.

PILCHER PARK More than 640 acres comprise Pilcher Park, the perfect spot for outdoor recreation and educational endeavors. Playground equipment, picnic areas, trails for hiking, biking and cross-country, and three excellent educational facilities comprise this treasured site.

PILCHER PARK NATURE CENTER Learn about Joliet’s local flora and fauna through the Pilcher Park Nature Center, which offers an array of educational programs and events for youth and adults.

PRESENCE SAINT JOSEPH INWOOD ATHLETIC CLUB Located adjacent to the Multi-Purpose Center, the 65,000-square-foot Inwood Athletic Club is the perfect place to start your healthy lifestyle. The Inwood Athletic Club features an eight-lane indoor pool, a 10,000-square-foot fitness floor, an indoor walk/run track, two group exercise rooms, smoothie bar, nursery and public steam room. For more information on the Presence Saint Joseph Inwood Athletic Club, visit www.inwoodathleticclub.com.

SPLASH STATION Splash Station celebrates its 15-year anniversary in 2016! With more than 750,000 visitors served, Splash Station has been a great addition to the Joliet Park District. Attractions found at Splash Station include a 250,000-gallon, zero-depth pool, a 200-foot racing slide, two body slides, two tube slides, an 850-foot lazy river and a sand-filled play area. For more information about Splash Station, visit www.jolietsplashstation. com.

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FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT Photo by Ron Molk

of Will County Photo by GregDuBois

Forest Preserve District of Will County With 22,000 acres of preserves, 127 miles of trails and a rich diversity of programming, the Forest Preserve District of Will County offers a wealth of year-round recreational and educational opportunities, with most free of charge. Hike, camp, run, fish, backpack, kayak, picnic, bird watch, snowshoe, skate, sled, cross-country ski, and much more. From environmental education to cultural sites, Forest Preserve Visitor Centers provide a full range of experiences and information. Wherever you are in Will County, a forest preserve is located nearby. For more information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org. Also follow us on:

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Each year, thousands of bicyclists, bird lovers, hikers, equestrians, picnickers, campers and students flock to the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s 22,000 acres of preserves and 127 miles of trails to enjoy the natural world around them. The District presents a wide variety of programs – many of them free – to educate, entertain and enlighten preserve visitors in all sections of Will County. From spring bird hikes in April to sled dog racing in January, the District highlights many species of flora and fauna as well as wind, water, snow and ice. Humans aren’t the only visitors the District entices. Five off-leash parks are ready and waiting for dogs whose owners are looking for an opportunity for them to romp and socialize. The dog parks – located in Homer Glen, Joliet, Naperville, Shorewood and Wilmington – are equally appealing to the humans who make new friends and learn more about dog breeds as they watch their canines cavort. Nestled in the District’s preserves are five unique visitor centers. Isle a la Cache in Romeoville celebrates the 18th century fur trade era, when the “Illinois Country” was home to French voyageurs and native Potawatomi. Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher hosts many children’s programs and is home to resident reptiles, a working bee hive 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 in the District including Whalon Lake in Naperville, Rock Run Rookery in Joliet and Lake Chaminwood in Minooka. Fishing also is allowed at Lake Renwick Preserve – Turtle Lake Access in Plainfield. But only the magnificent herons, cormorants and egrets get to fish at the nearby Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve. Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, located where the DuPage, Des Plaines and Kankakee rivers meet to form the Illinois River in Channahon, hosts school groups in the spring and fall and offers facility rentals for banquets, meetings and conferences. The center also provides 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 nestled 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 District trails where horseback riding is allowed. While preserve visitors are exercising, celebrating or simply observing nature, Forest Preserve staffers are busy teaching schoolchildren, restoring land to its native state and planning for the future. For more information on all the District has to offer, visit ReconnectWithNature.org or call (815) 727-8700.

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The Joliet shopping experience continues to diversify, with both new and long-standing businesses located within various retail outlets. Major commercial corridors are discovered along Jefferson Street, Larkin Avenue, Collins Street, Essington Road, Route 30/Plainfield Road and within downtown Joliet. The downtown district remains a leading activity center in the region, experiencing much in the way of new development and improvement projects over recent times. The resurgence of the heart of Joliet includes the incorporation of new residential spaces, expanding entertainment and cultural avenues and exceptional business opportunities. A variety of current development projects are underway in downtown Joliet, as well, bringing enhanced vitality to both businesses and visitors. Downtown Joliet isn’t the only retail place experiencing recent revitalization efforts. The indoor Louis Joliet Mall has been a fixture on Mall Loop Drive since the 1970s. More than 100 shops and restaurants line the walls of Joliet’s largest indoor mall, positioned at I-55 and Route 30. The mall continues to adapt to keep up with the times, having invested in renovations and major additions over the last few years. In 2009, the mall unveiled its new, 14-screen Cinemark movie theater, offering first-run films in a modern, comfortable environment. Louis Joliet also added a new adjacent lifestyle center, Joliet Commons, in recent times. As the economy has improved, Joliet continues to make progress with new retail developments. The various redevelopment projects to existing locations and new additions such as the Joliet Commons and the forthcoming Town Center are important aspects of economic growth in the area. The interest in retail development in Joliet can only help local businesses, which have grown with the community – some for nearly a century. The community’s established businesses, along with many others, reap the benefits of Joliet’s status as America’s 14th fastest-growing city. The Town Center project and Louis Joliet Mall expansion may provide extra competition for local businesses, but the creation of additional jobs and rising population will provide plenty of opportunities to go around for newcomers and long-time members of Joliet’s business community. ◆

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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. There’s 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 says 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 says 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, 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 Silver Cross Field 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. Silver Cross Field also features the Joliet Sports Hall of Fame, which honors local sports heroes. 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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CULTURE at its

Best

There’s no lack of the arts in Joliet. Visual art, dramatic performances, musical concert … the list goes on. Many unique venues make up the art scene. The area’s landscape is decorated with historic theaters, outdoor bandshells and impressive galleries. Here is a glimpse of just a few of the many experiences available in Joliet.

THE RIALTO SQUARE THEATRE

The Rialto Square Theatre is steeped in history, opening on May 24, 1926. The six Rubens brothers were responsible for making the vision into a reality along with the help of architects, a construction company and gifted artists. The outside of this amazing place is a sight to see, but the exquisite decor inside is up to royal standards, featuring Greek, Roman and Byzantine influences. What was once a silent movie theater and a venue for live Vaudeville performances, the Rialto has made a few changes since it opened its doors more than 80 years ago. In late 1981, the Rialto made the transition into a performing arts center to coincide with times. The change was a result of “the development of shopping malls and multiplex movie theaters,” said Randall Green, general manager. To help facilitate the evolution into a performing arts venue, a renovation project began. Dorothy Mavrich, president of the Rialto Square Arts Association, now the Cultural Arts Council of the Joliet Area, wanted to see the glory of the Rialto restored. As in the initial construction, many community members worked together to ensure that the Rialto would retain its original grandeur. The Rialto Square Theatre has seen many great performers grace the stage, “from the Vaudeville days, the Marx Brothers, Burns & Allen, later on Red Skelton, Liberace, Victor Borge, Barbara Mandrell and Bob Hope. Most recently, Tony Bennett, Bill Cosby, BB King, The Moody Blues, Chicago, REO Speedwagon, Doobie Brothers, Taylor Swift, Vince Gill and many, many more,” said Green. Walking into the Rialto Square Theatre is like walking back in time. This staple in the Joliet community has played an important role in its history and will continue to wow visitors for years to come. “People can always expect top headliner attractions, artists who are relevant today because they are still writing and performing new songs or program content. Our Broadway at the Rialto will bring in topquality musical theater attractions annually. But we always like to add some surprises throughout the year to add to the excitement,” noted Green. 24 | JOLIET 2016 Lifestyle Magazine

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BILLIE LIMACHER BICENTENNIAL PARK

Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park is a gem in Joliet. Who thought a park could be filled with so many avenues of art? Musical concerts and dramatic productions are just the beginning of what this part of nature offers. This venture began in the 1970s in an effort to celebrate the United States’ 200th birthday. The Bicentennial Committee was created to fashion a plan to commemorate this milestone, and Mrs. William C. Limacher was named chairman. A piece of land measuring five and one-third acres was to be the location for the park. This piece of land served as one of the community’s first streets. The committee consulted many local organizations, businesses and schools to plan the creation of the outdoor bandshell and indoor theater. Before construction began, Concerts in the Rough were held from 1973 until the completion of the bandshell in 1976 when the name of these Thursday evening concerts was changed to Concerts on the Hill. The park was growing and growing, and in the 1980s, two more pieces of land were purchased to continue with the development. In 1987, historic sites were commemorated with the creation of a historical walk noting events, homes and businesses. A few years later, in 1993, a scenic riverwalk was created, and only a couple of years after that a veterans memorial and mosaic were installed. The year 1996 brought the addition of historical murals. In 2000, the park was renamed Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park in honor of Limacher’s endless dedication. Not only has Limacher played a huge role in the creation of this park, but countless others continue to bring their talents every day. “The park was built for the people by the people,” said Limacher. Members of Joliet and surrounding communities make many events at the park possible. The Joliet Drama Guild plays a major role in the theatrical performances. Local school children and community organizations provide further entertainment in the way of concerts, variety shows and other productions. The American Legion band and the Joliet Montessori School sparkle with their musical talents.

LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

The Joliet Downtown is a host to many community events throughout the year The Downtown Joliet Farmers Market brings together vendors, local businesses, and live entertainment to offer market-goers a wide variety of items for purchase while enjoying a stroll in historic Downtown Joliet. Nitro Nite is an exhilarating event that will give you the chance to meet NHRA drivers, enjoy vendors, hot food, live music, and ice-cold beverages! Come to Downtown Joliet to kick-off the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway! There’s so much to see and do – all free, and all for kids. Come check it out! Kidzfest is held on the first Saturday of August from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. each year. The event includes many types of interactive, educational and fun activities sponsored by a variety of vendors, i.e. Lewis University Kids Campus, Joliet Park District, Rialto Square Theatre, the Library, the Forest Preserve District and numerous other vendors planning special activities for kids. Food and entertainment. Don’t miss one of the biggest single-day NASCAR fan fests in the Midwest! The Race Fan Rally is an annual single-day NASCAR fan fest held on the Thursday before the Sprint Cup races at Chicagoland Speedway in September. Race Fan Rally includes live music entertainment, vendors, beer tents, NASCAR driver appearances, a 50/50 raffle, race, show and classic cars on display and is concluded with a firework display. Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin downtown as early as 9:30 a.m., and include the Fantastic Fun Fair in the Joliet Area Historical Museum’s auditorium, as well as activities in the Joliet Public Library, Gji’s Sweet Shoppe, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-n-Spice, Juliet’s, Tin Roof and more.  The Rialto Square Theatre’s annual holiday festivities also adds to the holiday spirit, Downtown Joliet. Tree Lighting begins at 5:15 p.m. in Van Buren Plaza followed by the Light Up The Holidays Parade at 5:30 p.m.

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Visit: Harrah’s Joliet 151 N. Joliet St. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 740-7800 www.harrahsjoliet.com lively dining experience to Harrah’s Joliet. Open in March 2014, Flavors offers a wide variety of cuisine including Brazilian BBQ, house-made deep dish pizza, build your own stir-fry, and an even greater selection during theme nights. Choose from 40 feet of scrumptious desserts, featuring our wheel of cupcakes and many more sweet treats. Every Friday and Saturday night State 151 has Joliet hoppin’ with the best bands

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1,100 state-of-the-art machines. You’ll find all your favorites, the newest games, plus the most penny slots in town. Or, enjoy a delicious performance at one of the available food outlets. Final Cut Steakhouse offers prime selections of beef, succulent seafood and an incredible medley of wines. Epic Buffet features an unbelievable variety of cuisines and madeto-order dishes, an impressive salad bar and the most tempting desserts you’ll ever experience. And at Hollywood Stadium game day is every day! This sports bar and entertainment venue structures an 80-by-20-foot video screen showing up to nine games simultaneously, along with 30, 52-inch flat-screen TVs and several booths with personal TVs so you can watch your favorite team up close while enjoying a crowd-pleasing meal.

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Dining Out

Delicious dining can be found in restaurants that have been around for decades and discovered in those who have just moved into the neighborhood. The flavors of earlier days keep on cooking while innovation and twists on tradition bring fresh new tastes to the table.

Banquet Halls 113 Republic Avenue, LLC 113 Republic Ave. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 280-6397 176 West Banquets, Inc. 1100 NE Frontage Rd. Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 730-1060 Al’s Steak House 1990 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 725-2388 Bolingbrook Golf Club 2001 Rodeo Dr. Bolingbrook, IL 60440 (630) 771-9400 Clarion Hotel Joliet Banquet & Convention Center 411 S. Larkin Ave. Joliet, IL 60436 (815) 729-2000 Duke’s Catering 309 Vertin Blvd. Shorewood, IL 60435-4443 (815) 730-0454 Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel 151 N. Joliet St. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 740-7800 Hollywood Casino Joliet 777 Hollywood Blvd. Joliet, IL 60436 (888) 436-7737 Jacob Henry Mansion Estate 20 S. Eastern Ave. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 722-1420

Kendall County Forest Preserve 110 W Madision St. Yorkville, IL 60560 (630) 553-4131

Applebee’s Bar & Grill 2400 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 729-1766

Chicken-N-Spice 251 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 727-1100

Applebee’s Bar & Grill 2795 Plainfield Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 254-9070

Denny’s of Joliet 2531 Plainfield Rd./Route 30 Joliet, IL (815) 439-1914

Baldomero Barrios/ El Burrito Loco 351 Cass St. Joliet, IL 60432 (630) 319-3300 Barolo Ristorante 2765 Black Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 729-3606

Don Rafa Restaurant 2224 Plainfield Rd. Crest Hill, IL 60403 (815) 741-2222

Betty’s Bistro 3068 Caton Farm Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 556-8553

Epic Buffet 777 Hollywood Blvd. Joliet, IL 60436 (888) 436-7737

Big Fish Grille & Bigbash Caterers 27425 S Will Rd. Wilmington, IL 60481 (815) 476-9331

Final Cut Steakhouse 777 Hollywood Blvd. Joliet, IL 60436 (888) 436-7737

80 North Bar & Steakhouse 411 S. Larkin Ave. Joliet, IL 60436 (815) 729-2000

Bob Evans 1776 McDonough Joliet, IL 60436 (815) 725-0160

Firehouse Subs 1522 Route 59 Joliet, IL 60431 (630) 742-7875

A. Barr Sales/ RC Cola Supplier 16300 103rd St. Lemont, IL 60439 (708) 442-2000

Cemeno’s Pizza/ Joe’s Dugout 1630 Essington Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 254-2500

Great American Bagel 1101 Essington Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 744-9630

Al’s Steak House 1990 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 725-2388

Cheesecakes by James 20 E. Cass St. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 302-7697

Mistwood Golf Club 1700 W. Renwick Rd. Romeoville, IL 60446 (815) 254-3333 Prairie Bluff Golf Course 19433 W Renwick Rd. Crest Hill, IL 60441 (815) 838-1183 Syl’s Restaurant & Lounge 829 Moen Ave. Rockdale, IL 60436 (815) 725-1977 The Patrick C. Haley Mansion 17 S. Center St. Joliet, IL 60436 (815) 726-6800

Restaurants, Bars and Carry Out

Double J Sports Bar 1001 Essington Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 730-8488

Heroes West, LLC 1530 Commerce Ln. Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 725-1234 »

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Dining Out Hollywood Casino Joliet 777 Hollywood Blvd. Joliet, IL 60436 (888) 436-7737

Jet’s Pizza 2309 Essington Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 577-5387

Hollywood Stadium Bar 777 Hollywood Blvd. Joliet, IL 60436 (888) 436-7737

Joliet OTB – Off Track Betting/ Bookie Magee’s 2450 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 744-6500

Niko’s Pizzeria 20 Ohio St. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 722-8800

Juliet’s Tavern 205 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 630-5654

On the Rocks 1500 Essington Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 312-4163

Keglers Sports Bar & Grill/ Crest Hill Lanes 905 Theodore Crest Hill, IL 60403 (815) 722-1089

Penny’s Place 2410 W. Jefferson St., Ste. 104 Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 630-3492

Home Cut Donuts 815 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 727-3511 Hooters of Joliet 3301 Hennepin Dr. Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 267-8602 Jameson’s Pub 2755 Black Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 729-0000 Jersey Mike’s Subs 4706 Caton Farm Rd. Plainfield, IL 60544 (815) 267-6518

McBride’s on 52 2727 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 714-2215 McDonald’s Restaurant 10 N. Fairlane Dr. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 725-9345

Mistwood Golf Club 1700 W. Renwick Rd. Romeoville, IL 60446 (815) 254-3333

Puerto Escondido, Inc. 509 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 727-5150 Red Lobster 2950 Plainfield Rd. Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 439-1339

Reserve Steakhouse 151 N. Joliet St. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 740-2624 Rio Grande 1115 Plainfield Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 774-3140 RQ! Barbecue 643 Brookforest Ave. Shorewood, IL 60404 (815) 725-2824 Silver Dollar Restaurant 422 Mississippi Ave. Elwood, IL 60421 (815) 423-6700 Syl’s Restaurant & Lounge 829 Moen Ave. Rockdale, IL 60436 (815) 725-1977 TCBY Frozen Yogurt 930 Brookforest Ave. Shorewood, IL 60404 (815) 577-8229

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Sports Bar/Grill

Caterers

Cemeno’s Pizza/ Joe’s Dugout 1630 Essington Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 254-2500

176 West Banquets, Inc. 1100 NE Frontage Rd. Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 730-1060

Double J Sports Bar 1001 Essington Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 730-8488 Heroes West, LLC 1530 Commerce Ln. Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 725-1234 The Restaurant at Harrah’s 151 N. Joliet St. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 740-4447 Tilted Kilt 3340 Mall Loop Drive, #1467 Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 254-5800 Traditions Restaurant & Pub 3000 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 730-0888 Truth 808 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 744-5901 White Castle 2231 Route 59, Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 436-5915 White Fence Farm Carry-Out Service 80 Barney Dr. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 744-2072 Williams Restaurant 318 S. Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60436 (779) 205-3407

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Enhanced Opportunities for Lifelong Learning Education is paramount in the Joliet community, which is evidenced through the number of excellent learning institutions located within and closely surrounding the city. Everything from early childhood learning through graduate studies can be accessed without having to leave the greater Joliet area. JOLIET PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTRICT 86 Empowering students “to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens and caring members of their communities” is the mission of Joliet Public Schools District 86. District 86 provides many opportunities for children to learn. In addition to language arts, mathematics, science, social science, fine arts, physical development and health instruction, the district provides early childhood instruction, full-day kindergarten, academic enrichment, bilingual education, before and after school and comprehensive special services programs. More than 11,250 children, early childhood through eighth grade, attend one of the district’s 21 schools. In addition, construction is currently underway for a new elementary school located on the campus of Gompers Junior High School on the east side of Joliet. More than 600 students

attend this school. Families have a choice to send their children to a neighborhood school or one of four magnet schools in District 86. Eisenhower Academy and Washington Junior High and Academy accept students in grades 1-8 who demonstrate average and above academic achievement and positive behavior. Forest Park Individual Education (I.E.) School and the I.E. program housed at Hufford Junior High School offer a program based on the Individual Education philosophy that provide students unique educational choices. The program offers academic, socialization and creative components, along with stressing the development of Responsibility, Respectfulness, Resourcefulness and Responsiveness. Student test scores continue to improve every year. Since 2004, District 86 student test scores have increased by 27.8 percent in mathematics and 20 percent in reading achievement. District

administrators, teachers and staff continue to learn new strategies and implement programs that will assist all children in overcoming the achievement gap. Extracurricular activities are available to all District 86 students. Band and orchestra begin in fourth grade and choir starts in sixth grade. In addition, basketball, cross country, soccer, volleyball and wrestling are offered to all junior high school students. Additional after-school activities at many schools include art, ballroom dancing, chess, homework and quilting clubs. Parents are encouraged to be involved in all District 86 schools by attending parenting sessions, family nights and parent organization meetings throughout the school year. For more information about Joliet Public Schools District 86, visit www.joliet86.org or call (815) 740-3196. »

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JOLIET TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 204 With two campuses, Joliet Township High School District 204’s unique educational heritage combines the best of tradition with the best in modern technology. The Joliet Central Campus sits proudly in downtown Joliet. Its limestone structure at 201 E. Jefferson Street was built at the beginning of the 20th century and has been modernized over the decades. It serves as a stone-and-mortar symbol of opportunity. The Joliet West Campus, located at 401 N. Larkin Ave., grew out of the prosperous growth that has fueled Joliet since the 1940s. The expansive campus is a testament to managing growth while maintaining excellence. Together these two schools combine to form a district that has been praised by recent Illinois

State School Superintendents as “a Lighthouse” and as “an Honor Roll School.” Even though the halls of both schools are lined with state and national championship trophies for academics, music, athletics and vocational programs, the real story is much more ingrained in the fabric of the Joliet region. From its founding in 1899, the Joliet Township High School District was extraordinary. Joliet Junior College was located at the Central Campus, which makes the nation’s oldest junior college a unique part of the school’s treasured past. Students were offered six years of education, and seniors would graduate and move directly to JJC – at no cost to their families. This new reality was crafted for the immigrants who worked in the area’s mills, quarries and industrial facilities who had decided to make a home in Joliet. The children of those new Americans would have the chance to learn the skills that would give them a better life than their parents. In addition to math and science, students in the earlier days of JTHS could broaden their horizons by taking French and Latin classes. Specialty programs, such as Agriculture and Bookkeeping, made JTHS a leader in the academic community. There was an emphasis on preparing graduates to be contributing members of society who were ready to compete and contribute in the workplace. These words are still in the JTHS Mission Statement today. The Joliet Township High School District has continued to evolve and grow. Today, these comprehensive high schools have been reshaped

into Academies such as Human Services or Engineering and Technology. These “schools within a school” give today’s students a huge head start on their post-secondary pathway. They also benefit from lessons that are taught with an extra measure of relevance. Using practical education methods, the students are shown just how they will use subjects such as Algebra or Biology after they leave high school. With the addition of thousands of new residents to Joliet, the district has kept pace. Recent construction has added more than 60 classrooms at the two campuses, helping the district keep up with the demands of one of the nation’s fastestgrowing areas. JTHS has also completed the construction of two fully equipped field houses. These allowed the district to expand the physical education and sports programs at each campus. With award-winning academic programs and facilities designed to meet the needs for decades to come, the Joliet Township High School District also focuses on going that extra mile to help students maximize every opportunity. While always focusing on raising the academic bar, we also know that in this competitive job market, students need an extra advantage. The YESS program brings in community partners who help students through the social and psychological hurdles that steal focus from academics. Both schools also offer job shadowing and internship programs with local businesses. With a historic past and a bright future, Joliet Township High School is poised to not only educate, but enrich the students for years to come. For more information, visit www.jths.org.

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JOLIET CATHOLIC ACADEMY The public school route is not one every student takes. Thankfully, Joliet is home to the esteemed Joliet Catholic Academy, a Roman Catholic co-educational college preparatory high school dedicated to exceptional academic excellence. The academy, which provides a diverse curriculum to more than 700 students, is co-sponsored by the Joliet Franciscan Sisters and the Carmelites of the Most Pure Heart of Mary. Joliet Catholic Academy caters to each individual need of its student-base through its offering of three academic programs – College Prep, Upper College Prep and Honors/ Accelerated. Additionally, those in need of special academic assistance can take advantage of the academy’s Learning Resource Program. The parochial institution has several points of pride in its history, with the most recent including: • The ACT Mean score of 24 for the Class of 2010, with 12 percent scoring 30 or above. • Earning more than $9.5 million in college

scholarships (90 percent academic and 10 percent athletic). • Three National Merit Commended Students, 46 Illinois State Scholars, 13,000 Hours of Christian Service and more. For more information, visit www.jca-online.org. JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE Joliet Junior College, the nation’s first public community college, enriches people’s lives through

affordable, accessible and quality programs and services. The college provides transfer and career preparation, training and workforce development and a lifetime of learning to the diverse community it serves. A leader in teaching and learning, JJC is the first choice for post-secondary education for residents of District 525. Today, JJC serves more than 38,000 students in credit classes and noncredit courses. For more information, visit www.jjc.edu. »

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LEWIS UNIVERSITY Located in nearby Romeoville, Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,000 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree

programs and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares ethically grounded, socially responsible and globally engaged graduates. The ninth-largest not-forprofit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Lewis University is recognized as having: • The state’s second-largest undergraduate program in Criminal/Social Justice (among private universities). • One of 32 programs nationally selected by the FAA to offer the Air Traffic Control Management program. • Illinois’s largest graduate program in School Counseling and Guidance.

• The state’s largest bachelor’s degree program in Nursing. • Recognition as one of only 14 accredited programs in Athletic Training among Illinois’s private universities. Additional national accolades received by Lewis University include: • Being named “A Best Midwestern College” by The Princeton Review. • Its rating as a “Top Tier” institution by U.S. News & World Report. • Inclusion in the College Access and Opportunity Guide. • Recognition by the Colleges of Distinction. • Participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and recognized as a Military Friendly School. For more information, visit www.lewisu.edu.

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UNIVERSITY OF ST. FRANCIS Established in 1920, the University of St. Francis in Joliet stands as a four-year, private, Catholic Franciscan university dedicated to the “values of Respect, Service, Integrity and Compassion, and to the tradition of Franciscan hospitality.” Approximately 3,600 students nationwide take advantage of USF’s 40 undergraduate programs and 13 graduate programs. Classes are offered online and at sites throughout the country. USF is a recognized leader in higher education, as evidenced by ongoing recognitions: • Ranked in the top-tier of Midwestern Master’s institutions in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges”. • Recognized as one of the “Best Colleges: Region by Region” in The Princeton Review. For more information, visit www.stfrancis.edu.

RASMUSSEN COLLEGE ROMEOVILLE/JOLIET CAMPUS Opened in fall 2009, the Rasmussen College Romeoville/Joliet campus offers a variety of associate’s degrees, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. One of four Rasmussen College campuses in Illinois, the Romeoville/Joliet campus provides a modern learning environment complete with a student resource center, state-ofthe-art digital library, digital design lab and career placement support. In addition to the on-campus offerings are an assortment of online degree programs. For information, visit www.rasmussen.edu. DEVRY UNIVERSITY Founded in 1931, DeVry University is one of the largest, private-sector universities in North America, with more than 90,000 students enrolled

in the United States and Canada. The university’s mission is to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education integrating technology, business, science and the arts. With more than 95 locations, DeVry University delivers practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs onsite and online that meet the needs of a diverse and geographically dispersed student population. Home to five colleges of study, including Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Media Arts & Technology, DeVry University’s outstanding faculty members, work in the fields they teach, providing students with real-world experiences that prepare them for high-growth careers. DeVry is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org. DeVry University, a part of DeVry, INC. (NYSE: DV) is based in Downers Grove. For more information about DeVry University, find them on Twitter @DeVryUniv, Facebook/DEVRYUNIVERSITY or visit newroom.devry.edu. GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY Governors State University (GSU), located in University Park, is a popular public higher education destination in the area. GSU, ideally located approximately 30 miles from Joliet and 35 miles from Chicago, hosts a plethora of degree and certification programs, as well as dual degree programs with several other area colleges and universities. In 2010, Governors State ranked 14th nationwide in the number of graduates from its Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry program. The school is also known for its Center for Performing Arts, which offers a full slate of performances on campus! The Center is celebrating its 21st year in 2016. ◆

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With continuing growth bringing in an influx of new residents, Joliet clearly necessitates a robust economic outlook to support those new residents. Specifically, in times when energy comes at a premium price and in an area where demand will only increase, business devoted to providing that energy to Joliet and beyond play a major role in supplying the area. One organization that has done a great deal toward stimulating the generating power for Joliet and much further is Exxon. Having opened the refinery in 1972, Exxon is coming upon its 44th anniversary for the site, the second-to-last refinery built in the U.S. Then as now, there were a scant number of refineries in the Midwest, so the opportunity to build somewhere in the area seemed clear. As to why Exxon chose Joliet in particular, “It was an attractive community to build in,” says Tricia Simpson of Exxon, with “access to water transportation for bringing in large components for the refinery [and a] skilled workforce for both constructing and running the refinery over time.” Exxon has taken a strong interest in improving the community. For example, Exxon has invested hundreds of millions of dollars toward an environmental project that will remove more than 90 percent of the sulfur dioxide from plant emissions. Further along those lines, Exxon has helped support a local junior high school begin an environmental club, one that allows students to do soil and water testing to ensure healthy levels of substances in both. Exxon is also a founding sponsor of Shoot for A’s, a campaign that funds high-tech equipment for the classroom. Besides Exxon, NRG Energy manages to power Joliet both literally and figuratively, as well. Located on over 450 acres of land on both sides of the Des Plaines River, the original plant had generated energy for the area since 1917. Contemporary stations at the plant opened more recently in 1959 and 1966. Nonetheless, NRG Energy remains a staple of the immediate and constantly expanding community. In fact, at full capacity, NRG Energy can power as many as 1.6 million households. »

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Besides contributing $27 million to the community through payroll and benefits, NRG Energy has invested $23 million toward equipment reducing nitrogen oxide emissions into the air by more than 50 percent. Similar to Exxon’s community involvement, NRG has also sponsored or contributed to the Hill-Memorial Center after-school program, Joliet Township High School and Joliet Junior Honors Program Scholarships. Once again, besides

powering the community of the present, NRG Energy seeks to empower the people of the future to ensure more of the same. Caterpillar in Joliet also works toward not only providing the equipment for international construction, but developing the community, as well. Caterpillar has been a part of the community since 1951. The organization recently won the Governor’s Award for pollution control as a result of it changing processes from chrome plating to another kind of process that saved a lot of waste water that was being put into the river. This initiative also saved a lot of solid waste that Caterpillar had from the cleaning process. Steps like those ensure Joliet’s environmental future. One of Caterpillar’s largest investments in the community comes in the form of investing in its employees specifically. Caterpillar even goes so far as to invest in the families of employees, as it regularly promotes hiring family members. In a time where corporations seem more intimidating every day, Caterpillar shows how it can offer a consistent space for employees and their families for years to come. Any community requires attention to its economic situation to thrive, and Joliet has clearly developed businesses that can weather temporary economic woes and thereby continue to help the community as a whole. Investing in energy that people will always need to power their homes and transportation, Exxon and NRG Energy supply the community with not only its basic needs, but also a refuge from concerns that other areas may not have adequately planned for yet. Caterpillar, too, has helped Joliet citizens to remain there with long-term employment opportunities for the entire family. No matter what obstacles Joliet may face in the near future, businesses like Exxon, NRG Energy and Caterpillar will assuredly continue to help Joliet press on. ◆

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The Joliet community houses the highly rated Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, a 480-bed campus supplying the region with the finest in comprehensive health care services and programs. As part of a partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago, the hospital stands as the sole provider of neurosurgical services in the region. It offers an advanced level of cardiac care through the Heart Center and provides unmatched services through the Sister Theresa Cancer Care Center, the Level II Emergency/Trauma Center, the Level II Special Care Nursery and Pediatric ICU, as well as many other centers of excellence. The hospital recently unveiled a modern, 256,000-square-foot, eight-story patient center featuring 199 all-private patient rooms, expanded critical care units, a floor dedicated to neurosciences, a 350-seat conference center and more. Each room offers space and accommodations for family members, who are invited to stay with the patient 24/7. The $144 million project, which opened in early 2009, serves as the hospital’s largest addition and renovation in the last 50 years. Learn more about the hospital campus by visiting its website at www. provena.org/stjoes.

WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT The Will County Health Department strives to provide a healthy environment for all residents in the area. Its main office and modern, 33,000-square-foot Community Health Center

are each positioned in Joliet, with two branch offices located in University Park and Bolingbrook. As the only Federally Qualified Health Center in the area, it will never deny a patient due to a lack of funds and still manages to aptly serve the entire 847 square miles of Will County. The department’s services, which are available six days a week and two evenings a week, includes everything from general medicine and environmental health to mental health, family health care and women’s services. Further information is available online at www.willcountyhealth.org or by calling the main office at (815) 727-8480.

Silver Cross continues to lead the health care community in Will County and the Southwest suburbs with a state-of-the-art replacement hospital, which opened in February 2012. Located nearby at I-35 and Route 6 New Lenox the hospital features 289 large private, family-friendly rooms, an expanded emergency department designated as a Level II Trauma Center, and a spa-like Center for Women’s Health. Silver Cross has also brought renowned specialties and enhanced services to its campus through partnerships with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomas Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years, as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers, and with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group. The hospital has also been recognized for excellence in such areas as knee and hip replacements, spine and bariatric surgery, and cardiac, cancer and diabetes care. For more information or a referral to over 700 physicians on staff, visit www.silvercrosshospital. org or call (888) 660-HEAL.

Endless Support for Joliet Seniors Joliet and the entire Will County area care about the well-being of its growing senior population – a fact that is evidenced through the wealth of high-quality adult resources found throughout the area. Full-service retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities and home health care options are complemented by outstanding and easily accessible city and county services designed to enhance the quality of life for the area’s mature community. Greater Joliet Area Senior Resources: ASSISTED LIVING/ HOSPICE NURSING HOMES Alden Estates of Shorewood 710 W Black Rd. Shorewood, IL 60404 (815) 230-8700 Condominiums at Willow Falls 1681 Willow Circle Dr. Crest Hill, IL 60403 (815) 725-5868 Emeritus at Joliet Courtyard, A Brookdale Community 3320 Executive Dr. Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 725-2364 Henri Ventures 777 Draper Joliet, IL 60432 (773) 563-1675

Lakewood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 14716 S. Eastern Plainfield, IL 60544 (815) 436-3400 Rosewood Care Center of Joliet 3401 Hennepin Dr. Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 436-5900 Salem Village Nursing & Rehab Center, LLC 1314 Rowell Ave. Joliet, IL 60433 (815) 727-5451 Senior Solutions 310 N Hammes Ave., Ste. #300A Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 407-7059

Sunny Hill Nursing Home of Will County 421 Doris Ave. Joliet, IL 60433 (815) 727-8710 Symphony of Joliet 306 N. Larkin Ave. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 744-5560 The Cottages of New Lenox 1023 S. Cedar Rd. New Lenox, IL 60451 (815) 463-8880 The Parc at Joliet 222 N. Hammes Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 725-0443 Victory Centre of Joliet 29 N. Broadway St. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 724-0308 Villa Franciscan 210 Springfield Ave. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 725-3400

PHARMACIES/ PHARMACY DEPARTMENT 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 Pharmacy 1522 E. Washington St. Joliet, IL 60433 (815) 727-4721 Walgreen Drug Company # 5386 358 E. Cass St. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 727-4499 Walgreen Drug Stores #3929 1801 Ingalls Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 729-1905 »

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Endless Support for Joliet Seniors RETIREMENT FACILITIES Cedarlake Village Senior Living Community 14800 S. Van Dyke Rd. Plainfield, IL 60544 (815) 254-3564 Condominiums at Willow Falls 1681 Willow Circle Dr. Crest Hill, IL 60403 (815) 725-5868 Emeritus at Joliet Courtyard, A Brookdale Community 3320 Executive Dr. Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 725-2364 Emeritus at Joliet, A Brookdale Community 3320 Executive Dr. Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 729-4773 Joshua Arms of LSSI Senior Residence 1315 Rowell Ave. Joliet, IL 60433 (815) 727-6401 Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home 1201 Wyoming Ave. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 725-6631 Senior Solutions 310 N. Hammes Ave., Ste. #300A Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 407-7059 Senior Suites of Joliet 215 N. Ottawa Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 723-0333 Shorewood Horizon Senior Living Community 800 W. Black Rd. Shorewood, IL 60404 (630) 499-9718

The Timbers of Shorewood 1100 N. River Rd. Shorewood, IL 60404 (815) 609-0669

Crest Hill Animal Hospital 1807 Plainfield Rd. Crest Hill, IL 60403 (815) 729-1155

Regional Care Association 2420 Glenwood Ave. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 722-7000

The Village at Our Lady of Angels 1305 Franciscan Way Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 729-3793

Finlay Occupational Health & Travel Clinic 3033 W. Jefferson St., #201 Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 714-2517

Silver Cross Hospital 1900 Silver Cross Hospital Blvd. New Lenox, IL 60451 (815) 300-7113

Victory Centre of Joliet 29 N. Broadway St. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 724-0308 HOSPITALS. PHYSICIANS AND CLINICS Advanced Urology Associates 1541 Riverboat Center Dr. Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 741-3825 Amsurg Surgery Center 998 129th Infantry Dr. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 744-3000 Amy Ray, PHD Clinical Psychologist 350 Houbolt Rd., Ste. 202 Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 553-0788 Associate Pathologists of Joliet, Ltd. 333 N. Madison St. Lab Dept./St. Joe Med Center Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 725-7222 Associated Anesthesiologists of Joliet, SC 19627 S. LaGrange Rd. Mokena, IL 60448 (708) 326-1630 Athletico Physical Therapy 2793 Black Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 725-9134

Hillmann Pediatric Therapy, PC 850 Brookforest Ave., Unit L Shorewood, IL 60404 (815) 730-1835

University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center 1850 Silver Cross Blvd. New Lenox, IL 60451 (773) 834-4383

Joliet Pediatrics & Family Care, Inc. 831 N. Larkin Ave. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 741-8888

Will County Health Department 501 Ella Ave. Joliet, IL 60433 (815) 727-8480

MedWorks Occupational Health 1051 Essington Rd., Ste. 140 Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 744-0808

Will-Grundy Medical Clinic 213 E. Cass St. Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 726-3377

My Family Doc, LLC 2001 Essington Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 733-6888

HOSPICES Angels Grace Hospice, LLC 440 Quadrangle Dr., Ste. G Bolingbrook, IL 60404-3455 (888) 444-8341

Physicians Immediate Care 1360 Houbolt Rd. Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 823-8800 Physicians Immediate Care 800 N. Larkin Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 741-4300 Presence Medical Group 301 N. Madison St., Ste. 120 Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 773-7497

Joliet Area Community Hospice 250 Water Stone Circle Joliet, IL 60431 (815) 740-4104 Senior Solutions 310 N Hammes Ave., Ste. #300A Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 407-7059 Vitas Innovative Hospice Care 210 N. Hammes Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 730-8670

Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center 333 N. Madison St. Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 725-7133

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BRIGHT Futures BY JOLIET’S COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Joliet residents are lucky to have great resources at their disposal to better their community. The following organizations give people the chance to improve their situation where they may not have been able to, giving them the option to become independent and vital members of the community.

STEPPING STONES RECOVERY CENTER

Stepping Stones Recovery Center offers support for people dealing with substance abuse issues. This not-for-profit corporation has an extensive list of services including counseling, support groups, life skills development, in- and outpatient treatment, family involvement and education, immediate treatment planning and continuing treatment planning. Those looking to enter the Stepping Stones Recovery Center residency program can benefit from short-term or long-term stays. Those awaiting admission can take advantage of interim services.

AGAPE MISSIONS, NFP

Agape Missions, NFP serves individuals dealing with HIV/AIDS. Placing people in permanent and transitional housing gives hope for a comfortable refuge. Counseling options include mental health, bilingual and substance abuse. Education and prevention are key elements. Case management presents a selection of assistance options and helps to create a plan for living with the disease. For those not affected by HIV/AIDS, resources and counseling are also available.

CORNERSTONE SERVICES, INC.

Cornerstone Services, Inc. exists to help the disabled to acquire the skills to lead fulfilling lives. Residential options encompass more intensive care to a primarily independent environment. A career program helps gain and preserve employment. Behavioral health and community services foster additional development.

LAMB’S FOLD CENTER FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Lamb’s Fold Center for Women and Children provides sanctuary for women and children who are in need of housing due to unexpected and unfortunate life situations. Transitional and permanent housing, as well as counseling and legal services are within reach through this nonprofit organization.

GUARDIAN ANGEL COMMUNITY SERVICES

Guardian Angel Community Services began as an orphanage in 1897, but it has since turned its focus into acting as a resource for struggling children and families. Children’s programs encourage success in the classroom and in society. The Exchange Club Center teaches parents important skills to help them cope with the challenges of everyday living. The Foster Care Program assists children in foster care to ensure a permanent family situation is established. Counseling, advocacy and emergency shelter are only a few of the other services offered.

WILL COUNTY CENTER FOR COMMUNITY CONCERNS

Will County Center for Community Concerns works with low- and moderateincome families to instill the necessary skills and opportunities to become self-sustained. A number of grant programs take off some of the financial burden.

Will County Center for Community Concerns assists low to moderate income and at-risk populations in obtaining the opportunities and services needed to acquire and maintain self sufficiency.

SERVING WILL COUNTY RESIDENTS FOR 25 YEARS 2455 Glenwood Avenue • Joliet, IL 60435

(815) 722-0722 • www.wcccc.net

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Certified Renters/Rental Assistance • Housing Counseling Credit Counseling • Prescription Assistance • Foreclosure Settlement Program Employment Support • Financial Literacy • Credit Counseling Scholarships • Home Repair/Modification Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program At-Risk and Homeless Population Services • Information and Referral Emergency Food and Shelter Program • Family and Community Development www.jolietchamber.com | 45

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Advertiser INDEX Air-Wans Wireless Broadband .............................................................................................................................. 12 Aztek Auto Parts ...................................................................................................................................................... 5 Bobbie Noonan’s Child Care .............................................................................................................................. 37 Cheesecake by James ........................................................................................................................................ 29 Crest Hill Animal Hospital ...................................................................................................................................... 42 Darryl A. Dupre, Inc. .............................................................................................................................................. 41 FCA Flooring Specialists ........................................................................................................................................ 22 First Presbyterian Church ........................................................................................................................................ 6

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Forest Preserve District of Will County ................................................................................................................. 20 Gphomestay.......................................................................................................................................................... 32 Heartland Bank & Trust Co. .................................................................................................................................... 7 Hollywood Casino ................................................................................................................................................. 27 The Honda Superstore of Joliet ............................................................................................................................ 13

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Joliet Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc................................................................................................................. 41 Joliet Junior College ............................................................................................................................................... 9 Joliet Public Schools District 86 ............................................................................................................................ 34 JTHS District 204...................................................................................................................................................... 35

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KSKJ Life .................................................................................................................................................................... 2 Lewis University ...................................................................................................................................................... 33 Louis Joliet Mall ...................................................................................................................................................... 22

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NuMark Credit Union ............................................................................................................................................ 39 Presence St. Joseph Hospital ............................................................................................................................... 47 Romeoville Christian Academy ........................................................................................................................... 36

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Schaaf Window Co., Inc. ....................................................................................................................................... 4 Silver Cross Hospital ............................................................................................................................................... 48 State Farm — Tom Thorsen ................................................................................................................................... 41 TeleCAB .................................................................................................................................................................. 12

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University of St. Francis ............................................................................................................................................ 3 Verhoek, Cindy A. CPCU, Agent — State Farm ................................................................................................ 38

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Will County Center for Community Concerns ................................................................................................... 45 Window World ....................................................................................................................................................... 21 The YMCA .............................................................................................................................................................. 17

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We’re a Top 50 hospital. Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center among best nationwide in patient outcomes. Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center’s superior clinical quality has earned us a place on Healthgrades’ list of top 50 hospitals nationwide, one of only eight in Illinois, for our low mortality and complication rates. Simply put, the distinction recognizes hospitals where patients have the best chance of surviving. Our 480-bed hospital not only offers some of the most advanced technology and skilled medical experts, but also unmatched amenities that create a more comfortable environment for patients and their families. As a regional referral center, PSJMC provides such advanced care that other hospitals send their most difficult cases to us. You have access to sophisticated treatment, such as 24/7 neurosurgery and stroke coverage, a 52-bed ICU, da Vinci® robotic surgery and a world-class cardiology program, all without traveling to a downtown university hospital.

Get in touch. To find a doctor or to talk to a nurse, call 1.877.737.INFO. To learn more, visit presencehealth.org/stjoseph-joliet.

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You mean, I can schedule my appointment online?

Nice!

Now you can choose the time and location that’s most convenient for you for these outpatient services: Silver Cross Hospital Main Campus

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Mammography DexaScan CT MRI X-Ray

Ultrasound Lab EKG Physical Therapy Outpatient Therapy

Homer Glen

West Joliet

CT MRI X-Ray Ultrasound Lab EKG Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Introducing Scheduling your appointment for an outpatient test or therapy just got easier. Choose a date, time and location that is convenient for you. You will even receive email and text appointment reminders. It’s that simple! Go to www.silvercross.org or call (815) 300-7076. It’s your choice.

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