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Joliet Junior College Dedication Ceremony

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Joliet Junior College unveils new downtown culinary arts building

Joliet Junior College this week unveiled its new, culinary arts facility in the college’s downtown Joliet renaissance center, 235 N. Chicago St. The college uses the space to give culinary arts and hotel, restaurant and food service management students hands-on experience in their fields of study. The culinary program takes up 5 of 6 floors at the 96,000 square foot downtown space and students and faculty will operate two restaurants there. Both Thrive and Saveur will be open to the public and will have limited hours through the end of the semester in May after which they will re-open in the fall with expanded hours of operation. The college’s culinary arts program will also be hosting a Wandering Feast at the campus on April 21. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tickets are $65 per person.