More than 10, people from 12 different countries visited the Old Joliet Prison in for guided tours or special events. It's in downtown Joliet, directly across from one of the most popular live music venues outside of Chicago, The Forge. Local musician Ron Romero is the pioneer behind the not-for-profit rock-n-roll museum.
On the plus side, Romero has a lot of connections inside the music industry. On the minus side, he does not have deep pockets like Warren Buffett or Bill Gates.
But Romero is committed to his mission of bringing thousands of new visitors annually to Joliet and he's persistent. He has built a following on social media.
Romero first went public with his vision for a new Joliet museum in Last year marked his biggest step forward. He had finally raised enough money to purchase a 9 W. Cass Street, a three-story building that dates back to the s.
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Getting the first floor ready is a short obtainable goal but we have a long way to go to finish all three floors. To answer your questions about the important upcoming tourism project, Patch assembled the following information from the new museum's website and its social media sites.
As with any extensive building renovation or remodeling project, there's no guarantee the museum will open as scheduled, but Romero has told Patch that he wants to have at least one floor open by mid to late summer, to capitalize on the Route 66 traffic passing through Joliet. This permanent museum will tell the story of several noteworthy Illinois musicians and bands through displays of their memorabilia and artifacts including instruments, records, photographs, clothing, stage props, sheet music and lyrics, as well as their recordings.
The new Joliet museum would allow for a more robust Illinois-focused exhibition. There is no other similar museum anywhere in the state including Chicago.
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The three-story downtown building will house historic artifacts, honor musicians and bands with Illinois ties and educate visitors of our rich music history here in Illinois. The museum is not affiliated with any other museums, music related or not, but is a non profit organization. There will be exhibits featuring early jazz and blues influences to the birth and rise of rock and roll, and the emergence of Illinois artists whose influences have had ificant impact.
Absolutely not. All of this is made possible through museum memberships, private and corporate sponsors and donors and grants.
Illinois rock legend jim peterik is a huge promoter of joliet's upcoming tartatracker.com founded survivor and co-wrote "eye of the tiger."
We are thankful for everyone's support in this historic mission to create a home for Illinois music. This seems like a great project for Joliet and Illinois.
Can I donate to the cause? To learn more about memberships, visit the roadtorock. Plus, there's members-only events for special events and exhibits with some exceptions. Illinois rock legend Jim Peterik is a huge promoter of Joliet's upcoming museum.
He founded Survivor and co-wrote "Eye of the Tiger.
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Patch article continues below photo of Ron Romero. Image via John Ferak Romero first went public with his vision for a new Joliet museum in When will the Joliet museum open to visitors? What will you find inside? What music stars will be honored?
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