Places of Interest


The Dr. William M. Zales Arboretum

Enjoy the the beauty of the Dr. William M. Zales Arboretum: from its elms, pines and red oaks to its willows, dogwoods and maples. 

  • Location: Main Campus between entrance and exit roads
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Cronin Schoolhouse

Cronin Schoolhouse

Originally built around the current intersection of Shorewood’s Route 59 and Black Road in 1863, the the Cronin Schoolhouse is a local landmark. After stepping inside, you'll feel as if you traveled back in time. Book a tour to experience a piece of history. 

  • Location: Main Campus, beyond the Picnic Grove
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fitness center

Fitness Center

The JJC Fitness Center offers weight machines, bicycles, treadmills, heart rate monitors, pedometers and more.

  • Location: Main Campus, G-Building
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Run by faculty and students, the Greenhouse is home to a diverse array of plants. Many of these annual and perennial crops are for sale throughout the year.

  • Location: Main Campus, along Houbolt Road
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Herbert Trackman Planetarium

The Herbert Trackman Planetarium offers shows for adults and children, typically hosted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thanks to the new OmniStar Digital planetarium projector, JJC can offer audiences a more detailed, in-depth experience.

  • Location: Main Campus, F-Building
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JJC Library

In addition to housing a collection of fiction books, the JJC Library is a student and community resource that can help patrons with research. Public computers and study rooms are available. The Library also organizes the JJC Archive.

  • Location: Multiple campuses, including Main, City Center and Romeoville
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Art Gallery

Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery

Hosting several shows and receptions each year, the Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery features work of local and visiting artists, in addition to students. This 2,055 square foot space gives our community and students a chance to view contemporary work close to home.

  • Location: Main Campus, J-Building
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Art Gallery


The MakerLab is a community resource that offers 3D printers, 3D scanners and laser cutters. This state-of-the art equipment will take your project to the next level.

  • Location: Main Campus, T-Building
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Art Gallery

P.O.W.E.R Testing

JJC is a location for those who want to take the Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (P.O.W.E.R.) Test, as established by The Illinois Law Enforcement and Standards Board.

  • Location: Main Campus, G-Building
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Prairie & Forest Trails

JJC is home to three nature trails: the Rock Run Trail (connecting to the I&M Canal trail), the Forest Trail and the Prairie Trail. We hope you enjoy your hike!

  • Location: Main Campus
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Art Gallery

Saveur and Thrive Restaurants

JJC culinary arts students run two restaurants: Saveur and Thrive. Each offer their own creative and imaginative cuisines, and both are incredibly flavorful.

  • Location: City Center, First and Second Floors
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Art Gallery


Audience members will delight in the many performances our Fine Arts Department puts on each year. Typically hosted in the fall and spring, previous shows have included Night of the Living Dead, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Rocky Horror Picture Show.

  • Location: Main Campus, J-Building
Learn More About the Theatre