Chicago Sights

Historic Water Tower

  • 806 N. Michigan Ave. Map It
  • Near North
  • Building/Architectural Site

Fodor's 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, it remains a civic landmark and a symbol of the city's spirit. The small gallery inside hosts rotating art exhibitions of local interest.

Sight Information

Address:

806 N. Michigan Ave., at Pearson St., Chicago, Illinois, 60611, USA

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Phone:

312-744–3315

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 10–6:30

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