Local Economy and Job Market
Many who live in Joliet commute to neighboring DuPage and Cook counties for work, as well as the greater Chicago metropolitan region. Major industries of employment in Joliet include health care, public administration, construction, finance and insurance, accommodations and food services, professional, scientific and technical services, and education. With its humble beginnings as a manufacturing and steel town, residents of Jolietenjoy living in a community where commuting to work is painless and convenient, and where home is seemingly world's away from busy city life.
Joliet Schools, Colleges and Universities
Several school districts serve the educational needs of Joliet's youth population, including Joliet Public School District 86, Laraway Community Consolidated School District 70C, Troy Community School District 30C, Union School District 81, and Joliet Township High School District 204. Overall, there are a total of 42 schools located within the city limits of Joliet: 24 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 7 high schools, and 5 academies. A number of private and faith-based schools are also available throughout Joliet.
After students have graduated from high school, they may proceed to a number of Joliet colleges and universities to continue with their higher learning endeavors. Joliet Junior College, recognized as the nation's first public community college, is located within city limits as are Rasmussen College (located in Romeoville/Joliet), Lewis University (also located in the Romeoville/Joliet area), and University of St. Francis. Other nearby colleges and universities located within a 25 mile radius from Joliet include North Central College, Benedictine University, Moraine Valley Community College, Wheaton College, Governors State University, and College of DuPage.
Parks and Recreation
The Joliet Park District owns and operates over 50 park sites and recreational areas throughout the city, organizes community events, summer programs, and camps for residents. If you enjoy playing a round or two of golf, Joliet has four golf courses located in the city: Inwood Golf Course, Woodruff Golf Course, Wedgewood Golf Course, and Joliet Country Club. Bicycling and hiking are also popular pastimes for residents as there are several miles of biking and hiking trails that wind through the city.
Joliet's Local Attractions and Points of Interest
Joliet is home to many attractions and points of interest that are family-friendly, inexpensive, and fun for everyone. If you're looking to learn a bit about nature, the Pilcher Park Nature Center, Bird Haven Greenhouse & Conservatory, and the Hartman Recreation Center are excellent places to stop by for a visit.
Joliet is also known as the "City of Champions," a nickname that comes from the many national and state titles won by the Joliet Township High School and grade school bands. All of Joliet's youth, high school, and intercollegiate football teams play their games at the 10,000-seat Joliet Memorial Stadium. The city has its own minor league baseball team, the Joliet JackHammers, which plays their home games at Silver Cross Field. Heart-pumping, high adrenaline car races can be found at the Chicagoland Speedway, the Route 66 Raceway, and Autobahn Country Club.
For arts and culture, residents can head to the historic Rialto Square Theatre, a favorite haunt of famous gangster Al Capone; the Joliet Historical Museum; and the Billie Limacher Will-Joliet Bicentennial Park. For adult-friendly fare, residents can visit the Empress Casino Joliet and Harrah's Joliet Casino for a game of Black Jack and Texas hold ?em. And don't forget to visit downtown Joliet, Westfield Shoppingtown, Louis Joliet Shopping District, Route 30/Plainfield Road Region, Jefferson Street, Larkin Avenue and Collins Street for all your shopping needs.
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