Although you may be more familiar with Illinois' biggest cities, Chicago and Springfield, don't miss the chance to visit Joliet, home to some of the state's most unusual and exciting attractions, like its NASCAR raceway and casinos. Rather than renting a car to see the state's sights, try a charter bus. You'll travel in the lap of luxury while a chauffeur handles the driving stress and traffic issues. Use the extra time to plan your next outing or nap in comfy reclining seats. You'll need the energy to explore this small, vibrant Illinois city.
Experience a little taste of Vegas action in Illinois at Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel. Whether or not you're a hotel guest, you can enjoy the casino that's open 22 hours per day and the fine dining at The Reserve Steakhouse. You might choose a more down home meal at Paula Deen’s Kitchen or Ace’s Diner, or catch a quick mocha at Starbuck’s Coffee. Far from the only game in town, check out the competition at the Hollywood Casino. It features more than 1,000 slot and video poker machines, plus table games and poker. Choose to stay in the casino's hotel or park in its RV resort.
Don't miss the chance to catch a show at the Rialto Square Theatre, but visit even if there's no show. The theatre building, constructed in the mid-1920s, opened its ornate doors in 1926. To this day it offers concerts, comedy, dance, plays and traveling Broadway performances. It also offers breathtaking architecture and sculptures by some of the leading artists of its time. Funded by the six Rubens brothers, the Chicago firm of Rapp & Rapp Architects designed the property, helmed by namesakes C. W. and George L. Rapp. Constructed by Kaiser-Ducett and decorated with the art and sculptures of Sicilian immigrant Eugene Romeo, the building stands as a homage to American design with European influence.
Another must see, the Jacob Henry Mansion, offers fine dining and home tours of this opulent Renaissance Revival design. Built for railroad magnate Jacob A. Henry in 1873, the 16,800 square feet home has more than 40 rooms. Its ornate carved wood interior includes a solid walnut staircase. It's also a popular wedding site.
Switching gears to industrial design, check out the Joliet Iron Works Historic Site. Far more than just the building, it makes a great hiking area. A part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, the iron works site includes a 52 acre preserve adjacent to the building with a 0.59 mile educational trail, plus a 10.81 mile Centennial Trail, perfect for hikers and joggers.
The Joliet Area Historical Museum explores Route 66 and settlers of the area, offers traveling exhibits, plus a children's discovery room and gift shop. You'll also find a War Heroes Gallery and a two-story exhibit on space exploration and the Apollo missions.
The city is home to the excitement of NASCAR in the north. Its Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway, established in 2001, hosted the first race in the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. It hosts two NASCAR Nationwide Series races and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race annually. In its Champions Park, you'll find interactive displays and a Kid's Club Zone, as well as, live entertainment.
Have you ever dreamed of racing? You can live the experience of a NASCAR driver at the Richard Petty Driving Experience, at Chicagoland. You can choose a ride along experience or drive a NASCAR stock car yourself, pulsing around the 1.5 mile track at 165 mph.
Whatever your interest or adventure in Illinois, bus rental can get you there in style and comfort, giving you more time to enjoy your trip and less travel stress. Our drivers know the area and add to your travels with their knowledge and good humor.
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