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Reviewed 1 week ago

On the magnificent mile near the John Hancock tower you will find the Histroic Water Tower, pone of the few buildings surviving the great fire of Chicago, lovely design.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Passed the water tower a couple of times during our stay in Chicago and it's a real landmark. I'm happy that they haven't torn down it as all these skyscrapers have been built around it. I don't know you can visit the interior but for...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank MosseTurku
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The historic water tower is a beautiful Chicago landmark, located on Michigan Avenue along the Magnificent Mile. The tower was constructed in 1869 in order to house a large water pump, intended to draw water from Lake Michigan. It is the second-oldest water tower in...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did a walk by, since you can't go inside. Very cool building & very historic. Great for photo ops.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ccindyk48
Reviewed 20 August 2019

This is one of the three structures that survived the great Chicago fire. It's beautiful. Drive / walk by is sufficient as you're checking out the Magnificent Mile. The "exhibit" inside is very small, and not worth more than about five minutes.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 18 August 2019 via mobile

You don’t need to spend a lot of time here as you are not able to access the interior of the building. It is quite beautiful and worth checking out as you wander along the magnificent mile. Across the street is the pumping station, check...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank NormLWat
Reviewed 18 August 2019 via mobile

This historic building is now surrounded by cow sculptures painted with different themes. A fun tribute to Mrs. O’Leary’s cow starting the great Chicago fire. Building is great for photos as it was a building that survived the great fire as it was a stone...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank SharonB231
Reviewed 27 July 2019 via mobile

The Historic Water Tower is a beautiful looking old structure that is surrounded by modern buildings on Michigan St. The tower is important to Chicago because it is one of the only structures to survive the Great Fire due to its stone construction. There is...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank JenRed2014
Reviewed 19 July 2019

If you are visiting Chicago this summer, check out the park surrounding the Historic Water Tower. The Cows have come home. A few years ago, the Magnificent Mile was strewn with life-size hand-pained cows, commemorating the infamous Chicago Fire and the legend of Mrs. O'Leary's...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank William C
Reviewed 28 June 2019 via mobile

It is an historical piece but there is limited charm about it. I was not able to find many explanations around It is surrounded by high rise and seems tiny versus them

Date of experience: June 2019
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