Forklift Parts Joliet - The City of Joliet, Illinois, is located 64 km southwest of Chicago in Kendall and Will Counties. It serves as the county seat of Will County. Joliet has a population of 147,433 and is amongst the fastest growing cities within the country. It is the fastest-growing and fourth largest city in Illinois. The city of Joliet is near enough to the Chicago metropolitan area which it is now referred to as an exurb of Chicago City.
The city was named after its founder, the French-Canadian explorer, Louis Joliet, who established Joliet during the year 1673. The present version of Joliet was a planned community in Cook County. During 1836 it became the county seat of the newly-established Will County. During the year 1852 Joliet was incorporated as a city. During the year 1858, a state penitentiary was established in the city of Joliet. The area had an abundance of building stone, that made it a perfect place for the construction of a prison. By 1869, steel had become mainstay of the city, following the construction of the Joliet steel mill. The mill attracted a huge number of people along with other industries. Along with other Midwestern cities dependent on manufacturing industries, the city's economy declined in the 1970s and 1980s, with the unemployment rate as high as 25 percent in the early part of the 1980s. During the 1990s, Joliet revitalized the City Center, established riverboat casinos and promoted the tourism industry.
The city features several arts and cultural activities in addition to a plethora of outdoor recreational facilities. Situated on the Des Plaines River are the riverboat casinos referred to as the Harrah's Casino and the Empress Casino. These two casinos attract thousands of visitors each year. The Joliet Historical Museum and its Route 66 Welcome Center showcase the histories of people who settled the Joliet area. Joliet boasts one of the world's most beautiful theatres, The Rialto Square Theatre, called the "Jewel of Joliet". The Chicagoland Speedway is a state-of-the-art facility, that hosts Indy Racing League events and NASCAR. Bicentennial Park is located along the scenic Des Plaines River, and has an outdoor bandshell and an indoor theater.