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Hiram B. Scutt Mansion, Joliet, IllinoisHiram B. Scutt Mansion, Joliet, Illinois
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Joliet is the fourth largest city in Illinois by population. It is located between Will County and Kendall County. It covers an area of 38.35 sq mi (99 sq km), at an average elevation of 643 ft (196 m). The city has a population of 147,000 (2011 estimate). It observes the Central Standard Time (UTC-6) and in summer the Central Daylight Time (UTC-5).

Joliet was first settled in 1833. It was originally name Juliet, after the daughter of James B. Campbell, the local treasurer of the canal commissioners. However the local residents renamed it Joliet in 1852, in honor of French Canadian explorer Louis Jolliet, who was the first to arrive in the area, back in 1673.

Joliet developed as a manufacturing center in the early 20th century, but like many cities in the region, it too was affected by the decline in manufacturing towards the end of the 20th century. At one time its unemployment rate shot up as high as 25%. However Joliet benefited from its proximity to Chicago, reinventing itself as a bedroom community for people relocating to the Chicago area, with its attractive real estate prices. This contributes to making Joliet the fastest growing city in the Midwest and the 18th fastest growing in the Unived States.

University of St. Francis, JolietUniversity of St. Francis, Joliet
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Visiting Joliet, Illinois

Interstate 80 passes through the southern part of Joliet while Interstate 55 passed to the west and Interstate 355 to the east. These provide the main connections with Chicago and other cities in the metropolitan area.

House in Upper Bluff Historic District, JolietHouse in Upper Bluff Historic District, Joliet
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Places of Interest in Joliet, Illinois

  1. Jacob A. Henry Mansion
    Historic mansion built in 1873.

  2. Rialto Square Theatre
    Historic theater in the Neo-Baroque style.

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