Harrah’s Joliet brings about all the casino thrills, but you’re shorting yourself if you think you’ll only find a good time at the casino. Nope, far from it. And today’s post provides more than a few places that will complete your stay at Harrah’s Joliet.
Oh, and if you’re looking for literally something different in every single way, shape, and form, this itinerary has it. From auto racing to driving school (NASCAR style) to a prison tour, history, theatrical productions and more, you will discover that Harrah’s Joliet is just a sliver of the whole pie.
So, if you’re looking to turn your Illinois gambling trip into a full blown vacation experience, today’s post will give you a few fine ideas on where to begin.
Ready to begin the tour? Let’s get after it.
Rialto Square Theatre
Rialto Square Theatre kicks off our tour of the seven places that will complete your stay at Harrah’s Joliet. This venue provides the ideal location for live entertainment if you’re craving some and you’re looking to find something other than the casino games found in Harrah’s Joliet.
Reviewers on TripAdvisor love the theatre and rave about the prices, concerts, and the fact you won’t find a single bad seat in the house. Their only gripe comes with the parking and given its location in Downtown Joliet, they caution you to expect the usual lack of adequate parking in any downtown sector.
They also rave about the interior decor of Rialto Square Theatre, which many have described as “beautiful, nostalgic, and historical.”
It’s the perfect place to spend an evening for concerts, productions, and to get a taste of nostalgic history that defines Joliet, Illinois.
Rusty Wallace Racing Experience at Chicagoland Speedway
The Chicagoland Speedway is a fantastic place to catch a good old NASCAR-sanctioned event whether it’s NASCAR Cup, the Xfinity Series, or the Camping World (formerly Gander RV and Outdoors) Truck Series. But the Chicagoland Raceway is a great place to go regardless. That’s because of the presence of the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience at Chicagoland Raceway.
What does this experience comprise? You’re getting behind the wheel of a powerful stock car, many of which boast bodies and sponsors of NASCAR’s past. Now, if you’re unsure about getting behind the wheel of these cars, don’t worry. You can always pay for the ride along and cruise in the passenger seat.
I’ll be upfront here: The experience is NOT cheap, with prices starting at $399 for a three-lap experience per the latest prices on the website. But if you’re a fanatic of the sport and have never experienced the high speeds, it’s worth every penny.
And if you can muster it, grab the Race Day Experience Package for $3,699. Hey, if you win over at Harrah’s Joliet, you’re all set, right?
So, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to drive an Xfinity or Cup-style race car, book your ride today.
Whether you’re into history or the paranormal, you will find it at the Joliet Prison. So, what’ll it be for you? Would you like to go on a historical tour of one of Joliet’s finest attractions? Or does a ghost hunt and haunted tour pique your interest? Pick your precious, and go with it.
And the reviewers on TripAdvisor have fallen head over heels for the Joliet Prison tours, whether they were there for history, a ghost tour, guards tour, or even a self-guided tour. They warned the prison limits the locations you can go with a self-guided tour, but that’s expected.
If you want the whole scoop, go with the guided tour and you won’t be disappointed.
Joliet Area Historical Museum
Ranking #2 of 28 Things to do in Joliet on TripAdvisor, the history buff in you must take a pit stop from the endless casino games and tables at Harrah’s Joliet and embark on a fine local history tour at the Joliet Area Historical Museum.
You will discover this museum located on one of the alternate paths of historic Route 66. And one of the first experiences you will find at the museum is the Route 66 Welcome Center, featuring a display entitled the “Route 66 Experience.”
So, it gives you an idea of the local history featured here at the Joliet Area Historical Museum.
You’ll also find Renaissance-inspired artwork, life-sized wax statues of the Blues brothers, and a collection of historical artifacts that include furniture, televisions, aircraft, spacesuits, fossils, and more.
It’s a fantastic place to entwine yourself with the history of Joliet, Illinois. So, if you’re a fan of history, rejoice!
Hollywood Casino Joliet
If you’re looking to complete a bit of a casino tour in the area, Harrah’s Joliet offers just half of the equation. The other half belongs to Hollywood Casino Joliet.
And while reviewers on TripAdvisor haven’t rated the casino as highly as they have Harrah’s Joliet, it still graces the #8 spot on “Things to Do in Joliet, Illinois.” You will find more ways to win, friendly dealers and a nice overall casino staff, management, and the state of the slot machines.
A trip to Hollywood Casino Joliet will guarantee you much-needed variety in your casino gaming experience, so take a night off from Harrah’s Joliet to discover all of what Hollywood Casino Joliet offers.
DuPage Medical Group Field
Home to the Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League, DuPage Medical Group Field is a fantastic area attraction to catch a big game and family-friendly entertainment. If you brought the whole crew to the area, be sure to find something the kids can enjoy, too.
And what better way than to catch some serious professional minor league baseball?
The venue has also hosted several high school baseball and youth baseball tournaments. Best yet, the Slammers have rented out the field to any level of baseball teams and leagues wishing to experience the game in a professional baseball stadium.
So, even if you’re in town and the Slammers aren’t, don’t get discouraged. You may still find plenty of baseball related events at DuPage Medical Group Field.
In the future, it’s also possible the venue will start hosting concerts. It was supposed to occur in August 2019, but concerns over potential damage to the then-newly installed artificial turf grew. If they can figure out the turf issue, brace yourself for yet another potential entertainment outlet.
You’re getting baseball at all levels for sure. And potential concerts will give you another option if you’re having a tough time finding entertainment during your stay at Harrah’s Joliet.
Route 66 Raceway
Unlike DuPage Medical Group Field, the Route 66 Raceway is NOT a family-friendly venue given the language on attire and in general. Reviewers on TripAdvisor, despite fantastic overall reviews, have warned about this one.
But it’s also one of the finest places to catch small-time racing in the Heartland. Apart from dirt track oval racing, they also host drag racing events on the drag strip, so you’re not limited to just one or the other.
It’s also a great place for a party if you’re a die-hard racing fan, as evidenced with the tailgating that takes place at this track.
Major events taking place at Route 66 Raceway include the NHRA plus World of Outlaws. They also put on several sprint cars, late models, and monster truck shows per year.
Reviewers on TripAdvisor have also cautioned the food quality relative to its price. If you’re unwilling to pay more than necessary for concession stand food, be sure to make lunch or dinner plans before or after you visit the track.
Other than that, you’re looking at yet another fantastic entertainment in the area if you’re not up for the table games at Harrah’s Joliet for the evening.
Plan Your Casino Vacation
Alright, so now that you know a little more about the area surrounding Harrah’s Joliet, it’s time to build that vacation itinerary and get to work on circling what you’re looking for in red. If you love auto racing, you’re in luck.
But if you’re in town and are looking to check out the area’s history, a ghost tour, or even a baseball game, luck is also on your side. Overall, there are a lot of entertainment options in the area and it’s a surefire bet that what you found on this list is just a sliver of everything the area offers.
Have you been to Harrah’s Joliet? If so, did you check out any of the attractions listed in today’s post? Tell us about your experience in the comments.