The Gregarious Railfan
Union Station Joliet, IL  60436  (population, 147,678)       

GPS: N 41.52445, W 88.07999   Google map   

Scanner:   BNSF 160.650 [36], 160.830 [45]; CN 160.920 [54], 161.190 [72]; METRA 161.340 [82];
UP 161.280 [78]; CSX 160.230 [8], 160.290 [12], 160.320 [14]; IAIS 160.305 [13]

Railroads: Union Pacific Chicago Division, Springfield Sub; Canadian National (IC) Chicago Division, Joliet Sub; BNSF
Chicago Division, Chillicothe Sub  

Description:   Bill Gustason's Joliet Page gives a better description of the junction than I could write: : LINK  
There have been changes to the area in the last few years.  UD tower across the tracks and east of Joliet Station
was closed in 2015 and there are, apparently, plans to convert it to a railroad museum.
2015-2016 The area around Joliet Union Station underwent extensive renovations with changes in the location and
orientation of Metra and Amtrak platforms.

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 75+      

Local Breakfast:   Old Fashioned Pancake House, 2202 W. Jefferson St, N 41.52207, W 88.13232     

Fast Food: US-30 east N 41.52791, W 88.07215 Burger King, McDonalds, Subway

Unique Eats:   Ace Drive In, 1207 Plainfield Rd, Joliet, IL Home-made Root Beer (seasonal) N 41.54516, W 88.11162

Local Pub and Grub: McBrides on 52, 2727 W Jefferson, N 41.52219, W 88.14905;  Al's Steak House, 1990 W
Jefferson St, N 41.52182, W 88.13069   

Best Choice for Lodging: Super 8 by Joliet Mall North at I-55 N 41.57927, W 88.16732; others at Larkin Ave. by
Joliet Union Station - Wikipedia