On either side of Michigan Avenue, between East Chicago Street and East Pearson Street, Old Chicago Water Tower District tells the history of the city through its architecture, focused around the Chicago Water Tower. Built in 1869, this small Neo-gothic water tower is a symbol of Chicago, regarded by readers of the Chicago Tribune as one of city's ‘seven wonders '. An art gallery inside holds free exhibitions of contemporary photography.
The building, which, like the Pumping Station and Fire Station No. 98 just opposite, withstood the Great Fire of 1871. It has thus been a privileged witness of Chicago's incredible industrial growth since the late 19th century.
Chicago Water Tower
806 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611