Joliet, IL - Homes for Sale and Community Information
Sixty-two point seventy-seven square miles is a lot of grass. It has to be, because over 148,000 people live on it. Joliet IL real estate straddles the Will and Kendall County lines. The town is 40 miles southwest of Chicago. Construction, production and retail keep the residents busy. Their kids attend six elementary schools, three junior high schools and four high schools. Kids from Joliet IL homes attend college at Midwestern University, Lewis University or Aurora University. The Joliet prison has been the scene of many movies. The first Dairy Queen was opened in Joliet in 1940. Actors John Barrowman and Kathryn Hays are from Joliet.
The first time Joliet real estate made history was when Louis Joliet and Father Jacque Marquette sailed the Des Plaines River in 1673 and camped on a mound which is now part of southern Joliet. The second time was when, in 1833, Charles Reed built a cabin on the west shore of the river. In 1834, across the river, James Campbell laid out the town of Joliet. Almost from the beginning, Joliet homes benefitted from transportation in the area: the Illinois and Michigan Canal, the Des Plaines River and the Rock Island Railroad. Limestone quarries yielded the building materials for the businesses and homes in town, in addition to be exported via river, canal and railroad to other locations. "The City of Stone" morphed into "The City of Steel" when the mill was erected. Corollary industries sprang up as well as clothing, Seven-Up bottling, windmills and more as the city and its diverse population grew.
Parks & Recreation
Homes for sale in Joliet will have parklands around or close to them. The city hosts an ice rink, sports complexes and neighborhood parks with picnic facilities, playgrounds, walking trails and more.
Attractions & Events
Joliet homes for sale enjoy proximity to some amazing attractions. Spring and summer will be a lively time at Joliet Splash Station and the Cypress Cove Family Water Park. Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium will have something to fascinate the whole family. Owners of Joliet properties with a thing for fur will enjoy the Brookfield Zoo, the Cosley Zoo and the Lincoln Park Zoo. Perhaps the Joliet home buyer would prefer to hike and bike along nature trails. No worries, there are parks and nature preserves around the Joliet area.
Joliet - A Desirable and Growing Illinois Home Town
Joliet is a city with great neighborhoods and a thriving market for houses and jobs. If a home in Joliet looks like your destination, call the Rosemary West Team at 630-305-5740. She has all the real estate deals in Joliet and the greater Chicago area, and can help you find your dream home in Joliet!