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Historic Water Tower
Historic Water Tower Review
This famous Michigan Avenue structure, completed in 1867, was originally built to house a 137-foot standpipe that equalized the pressure of the water pumped by the similar pumping station across the street. Oscar Wilde uncharitably called it "a castellated monstrosity" studded with pepper shakers. One of the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, it remains a Chicago landmark and a symbol of the city's spirit. The small gallery inside has rotating art exhibitions of local interest.
Water Works Pumping Station. Water is still pumped to some city residents at a rate of about 250 million gallons per day from this Gothic-style structure, which, along with the Water Tower across the street, survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The Lookingglass Theatre calls this place home, as does one of the city's visitor centers. 163 E. Pearson St., at Michigan Ave., 60611.
- Address: 806 N. Michigan Ave., at Pearson St. Near North, Chicago, IL 60611 | Map It
- Cost: Free
- Hours: Daily 10–6:30
- Website: www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/attractions/dca_tourism/water_tower.html
- Location: Near North
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Where: Chicago with a friend and her pre-teen daughters
When: Two days in February 2014
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