ENTERTAINMENT

Entertainment Venues Abound in Downtown Joliet

If you’re looking for a romantic night out, or just a fun evening with the kids, Downtown Joliet has the entertainment venues for everyone. Casino gaming, minor league baseball, and live music are all alive an kicking in the heart of Joliet’s downtown district.


  • Bicentennial Park

    Bicentennial-Park-1Bicentennial Park
    201 W Jefferson St
    815-724-3760
    Website | Facebook

    Theater, Festivals, & Entertainment on the Waterfront.
    Catch a show on our outdoor bandshell, southstage, or indoor theatre. Join us for one of our many festivals. Take a stroll along our river walk. Sit and relax next to a soothing water fountain. It’s all here in downtown Joliet’s beautiful Bicentennial Park.

    Visit our website for schedule of upcoming shows and events.

  • Chicago Street Pub

    Chicago St. PubChicago St. Pub
    75 N. Chicago St.
    815-727-7171
    Website | Facebook

    Downtown Joliet’s premier irish pub, the downtown establishment has been a staple for drinking and dining in the area for many years.

    Chicago St. is also host to a monthly open mic night, traditional Irish music every Monday and is known for quality music entertainment from local area musicians throughout the month. Open for lunch and dinner.

    Visit the Chicago St. website for an entertainment schedule or to view their menu options

  • The Forge

    The Forge
    22 W. Cass St.
    815-280-5246
    Website | Facebook

    The Forge is a live music concert venue that opened in April of 2017. The Forge hosts all genres of music and caters to all age demographics.
    The Forge hosts music any night of the week and is available for rentals and to outside promoters. The kitchen is open Monday through Friday 11am-3pm, as well as during and after all events.
    The VIP room, The Saphire Room, is open on weekends for the DJ and dance community and is also available for private parties and rentals.
    Parking is FREE with multi level parking garages at the end of the block.
    Tickets for all shows at The Forge can be bought online at ticketweb.com or at The Forge Box Office.

  • Harrah's Casino

    HarrahsHarrah’s Casino
    151 N. Joliet St.
    815-740-7800
    Website | Facebook

    Located along the Des Plaines river in picturesque downtown Joliet, Harrah’s Joliet offers the hottest new slots, thrilling table game action, weekly poker tournaments, award-winning restaurants and the best customer service around! Open Daily 8am to 6am.

    Each week features a different local band at Stage 151. Every Friday Night from 9pm to 1am you can enjoy live entertainment with no cover charge!

    With hot dining, entertainment, and gaming plus, free admission every day for everyone, Harrah’s Joliet is the place for excitement!

  • The Joliet Drama Guild

    Drama-GuildJoliet Drama Guild
    Joliet Drama Guild PO Box 2904
    877-JDG-1933
    Website | Facebook

    Resident Actors Provide Community Entertainment in the Bicentennial Theater.
    For more than 70 years, the Joliet Drama Guild has provided top-flight entertainment to the local community. Housed in the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre, the Drama Guild provides an opportunity for local thespians—some are second and third generation participants—to develop their craft while offering quality performances at an affordable price

  • Joliet Area Historical Museum

    Museum2Joliet Area Historical Museum
    204 Ottawa St. Joliet
    815-723-5201
    Website | Facebook

    Step back in time at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Journey back and experience how people lived, worked, traveled, and built the foundation for today’s thriving community.

    Walk through a life-size replica depicting the building of the historic Illinois Michigan Canal, stroll down a turn-of-the-century street past store fronts showcasing fashions of yesteryear, browse through a hardware store, or take a virtual ride on a replica trolley.

    During your visit stop in our Route 66 Welcome Center, check out the Resource and Discovery Room which is packed with fun activities for children, and visit the Museum Gift Shop for gifts from Joliet’s past.

    Visit the Joliet Area Historical Museum website for information on upcoming events and exhibits

  • Joliet Iron Works

    Steel-MillJoliet Iron Works
    73 W. Jefferson St.
    815-727-8700
    Website

    Historical Steel Mill Tours
    Joliet is known as the City of Steel and Stone. Rich deposits of limestone led to a thriving quarrying industry, and in the years following the Civil War, a huge iron producing industry would, over 60 years, employ thousands at the Joliet Iron Works.

    Following the dismantling of the Joliet Iron Works in the 1930s, the foundations of this once bustling factory were all but forgotten. However, in the 1990s the Forest Preserve preserved this important link to Joliet’s past. Follow a 1-mile walkway through the site on a self-guided tour through exhibits explaining the iron making process, and just as importantly, describing the men who worked there.

    Hours: Summer 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. or Winter 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Joliet Slammers Baseball

    1185612_622455097775477_1144032734_nJoliet Slammers
    1 Mayor Art Schultz Dr.
    815-722-2287
    Website | Facebook

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game! Buy me some peanuts and ‘you know the rest.

    Bring the entire family to beautiful Silver Cross Field, home of Joliet’s professional semi-pro baseball team.

    Plenty of food booths, lots of action on the field, and great views from stadium seats or lawn seats all add up to a great place to enjoy America’s favorite past time!

  • Joliet Public Library

    LibraryJoliet Public Library
    150 N. Ottawa St.
    815-740-2660
    Website | Facebook

    Our Downtown Public Library is a Great Resource for Everyone.

    More than 300,000 books and 400 magazine subscriptions are just the beginning of what our public library offers adults and children in the greater Will County community. You’ll also find audio visual aids, CD’s, DVD’s, and knowledgeable staff members who can help you find answers to nearly any question.

    In addition, the Library hosts educational and entertaining programs, classes and seminars on a variety of subjects.  Most are free of charge, and request advance registration.

    Check out the Joliet Library website for an activity schedule.

  • Rialto Square Theatre

    rialto2Rialto Square Theatre
    15 E. Van Buren St.
    815-726-7171
    Website | Facebook

    Aptly called ‘The Jewel of Joliet’, the Rialto Theatre is located in the heart of downtown’s entertainment district.

    Built in 1926, this magnificent theatre was once on the vaudeville circuit, attracting world-famous performers. In later years, the Rialto was a movie palace.  It was restored to original splendor in 1980 and once again attracts headline acts and appreciative theater-goers.

    The Rialto is renown for its spectacular architecture and a grande promenade patterned after the Palace of Versailles in France.  The theatre seats 1,900 people and features a variety of live entertainment from musical/dance programs, concerts, dramas, and stand-up comedy acts.  Headliners include Bill Cosby, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Foxworthy, Hubbard Street Dance, Leann Womack, and more.

    The Rialto is also home to several educational performing arts programs such as the Rialto Children’s Choir and Children’s Theatre Workshops.

    Visit the Rialto website for more information on upcoming shows.

 
 

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