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Joliet is home to families and young professionals alike. Auto racing is a staple in this area, with Chicagoland Speedway hosting NASCAR events and the Route 66 Speedway just across the street. Joliet is located on the Des Plaines River and it boasts numerous waterways within the city boundaries.
Many of the citizens here travel to work in nearby Cook County, and the local gaming establishments, Hollywood Casino and Harrah's Joliet, employ a large number of people locally. They also offer an excellent burst to the economy by drawing in visitors on a regular basis to patronize local shops and restaurants. Joliet State Prison is also located here, which viewers might recognize from its use in films and series such as Prison Break and The Blues Brothers.
Cost of Living
The cost of living is Joliet is much lower than the rest of the state. Many former residents of the city of Chicago and Cook County move out the Joliet in order to afford a better life on their income. The home prices are much lower, allowing for more property and a larger home at a much more modest price than you'd find in the city or near suburbs. If you are working within the city of Chicago, the commute time can be lengthy but many people find it worth the extra time to have additional expendable income and all of the amenities that come with the area. Joliet citizens come from all walks of life—single, married, and families. In most cases, residents are buying affordable property and settling into a community that they love.
Joliet has long been a hub of travel due to its access to the railways. For those wishing to commute about the state, there are a number of options. The last stop on the Metra Line is Joliet's Union Station. A commuter can take that train right in Chicago's Union Station, downtown. There are also PACE buses available for travel options and the AMTrack runs from San Antonio Texas to Chicago, with a stop in Joliet. For those who wish to travel by car, Interstates 55 and 80 run through Joliet with multiple Illinois and US highway routes accessible, as well.
Joliet boasts excellent options in education. Joliet Public School District 86 serves most of the students in K-8 who reside in Joliet. The city also has three high schools—Joliet Central High School, Joliet West High School, and Joliet Catholic Academy. The first community college ever established in the United States was Joliet Junior College, which is still flourishing today. The University of St. Francis is also located in Joliet.
Notable attractions in Joliet include Chicagoland Speedway, the Route 66 Speedway, two casinos, and many parks and attractions. Recreational facilities include water parks, biking trails, and Pilcher Park which is home to the burial ground from the original Potowatami Indian Village. Hammel Woods offers miles of hiking trails, as well as a beautiful dog park.
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