Chicago Water Tower 150th Celebration

Celebrate the Sesquicentennial of a Chicago icon at a day-long neighborhood festival! Free programming includes lectures, tours, performances, and public art – plus food trucks, special discounts, and free admission to nearby cultural institutions.

Join the City of Chicago and a multitude of partner organizations for a day-long neighborhood festival celebrating the 150th anniversary of the historic Chicago Water Tower (806 N. Michigan Ave.) – built in 1869 by architect William W. Boyington and one of the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire.

Free programming will include family activities, lectures, tours, theatre performances, public art and exhibitions – plus food trucks, dining discounts and complimentary admission to nearby cultural institutions.

Visit the park around lunchtime for a free slice of cheesecake courtesy of Eli's Cheesecake, ‘Chicago’s Finest’ Cheesecake since 1980!

As you explore The Magnificent Mile district, look out for custom-designed replicas of the historic Water Tower, generously sponsored by area businesses. Check out the map below!

Plus, enjoy special offers from retailers, restaurants, and other businesses around The Magnificent Mile. Access our Digital Passport with the code "WATERTOWER150"!

Organizers include the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Department of Water Management, The Magnificent Mile Association, the Water Tower Arts District and its members, Lookingglass Theatre Company, AIA Chicago (also celebrating its 150th anniversary this year) and many others

For more details, visit watertowerarts.org/150th.

Chicago Water Tower 150th Celebration

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