Old Water Tower

Currently Open [Closes at 06:30 pm]
  • Address: E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 06:30 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: 5 USD
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Landmark, View Point, Family And Kids, Tower, Architecture

Old Water Tower - Review

The tower is pretty but unimpressive until you realise it’s one of the only two buildings to survive a fire that in 1781 razed all of Chicago to the ground. When it was constructed, it towered high above it’s surrounding. Public interest in the tower has kept it preserved all this while and today it’s more popular than ever. It was built to ensure clean water for the city, but it never properly served that function due to constant pollution. It’s position right in the middle of the Magnificent Mile made it very popular among photographers.

How To reach Old Water Tower by Public Transport

  • Chicago & Michigan bus stop
  • Michigan & Pearson bus stop

Restaurants Near Old Water Tower

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TripHobo Highlights for Old Water Tower

  • Old Water Tower Address: E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611, United States
  • Old Water Tower Timing: 10:00 am - 06:30 pm
  • Old Water Tower Price: 5 USD
  • Best time to visit Old Water Tower(preferred time): 11:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Old Water Tower: 01:30 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Old Water Tower

  • 16.91% of people who visit Chicago include Old Water Tower in their plan

  • 35.45% of people start their Old Water Tower visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Old Water Tower

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

89.74% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Old Water Tower

People normally club together Shedd Aquarium and Buckingham Fountain while planning their visit to Old Water Tower.

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Old Water Tower, Chicago Reviews

  • Even though it stands in the shadows of the tall buildings around it, the historic Water Tower was first built in 1869, it's 154 foot height was probably pretty impressive. But it's claim to fame is that it is one of only a few structures that remained standing after the great Chicago Fire in 1871. It's a popular tourist attraction of the Magnificent Mile. It serves as a photo gallery and tourist information center.

  • Beautiful building. Small art gallery inside. Free and only takes 20 minutes to view everything.

  • Beautiful and historic building built on the same site as the water tower destroyed in the 1871 fire

  • It's cool looking.

  • If you're in Chicago during warmer months the historic tower and park is a nice area to sit and people watch. We walked over to the park after getting ice cream at Ghirardelli's and sat in the park to enjoy our ice cream. There's also a small perennial garden with lots of butterflies and sparrows, I even saw a rabbit.

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