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Water Tower: Celebrating 150 Years

The Magnificent Mile Association is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the historic Water Tower with 20+ custom-designed, 5-foot replicas of Chicago’s iconic landmark along North Michigan Avenue.

Built in 1869 by architect William Boyington, the Water Tower became an important symbol of the spirit and resilience of Chicago after it was one of the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.

“Chicago’s magnificent Water Tower has been a constant in our city’s history, as much an icon of our identity as our lake or our flag, representing both our ingenuity, architectural heritage, and boundless resiliency as a people,

Just as our city has been shaped around it, it has also shaped us, bridging our past to our present, and continuously guiding our future for generations to come.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot

  • The Mag Mile Walk of Fame

    Artist: Louis DeMarco / Project Onward

    Sponsor: East Bank Storage

    Location: LondonHouse Chicago

  • Going for the Gold

    Artist: Special Olympics Illinois Athletes

    Charity Partner: Special Olympics Illinois

    Location: 626 N. Michigan Ave

    * Available for Auction *

  • The Chicago Fire Tower

    Artist: CHI Artists

    Charity Partner: Chicago Help Initiative

    Location: Eataly 43 E. Ohio St

    * Available for Auction *

  • The Mighty Beacon

    Artist: Lisa Birmingham with assistance from Mario Rodriguez, an employee of Chicago Lighthouse Industries with autism

    Charity Partner: The Chicago Lighthouse

    Location: Hyatt Centric 633 N. Saint Claire St

    * Available for Auction *

  • Keeping Families Close

    Artist: Chicago Brushmasters

    Charity Partner: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana

    Location: The Ritz-Carlton Residences 

    * Available for Auction *


  • Colors Aloft

    Artist: Brandin Hurley

    Sponsor: Aloft Chicago Mag Mile

    Location: 243 E. Ontario St

  • Save and Protect

    Artist: Jamie Foster

    Sponsor: 401 North Michigan

    Location: 401 N. Michigan Ave

    * Available for Auction *

  • Keeping an Eye on Chicago

    Artist: Rosemary Fanti & Richard Koranda

    Sponsor: MyEyeDr.

    Location: 333 N. Michigan Ave

  • Like No Other

    Artist: Jodi Hoover

    Sponsor: Garrett Popcorn Shops

    Location: Garrett Popcorn 625 N. Michigan Ave

  • Chicago a Melting Pot

    Artist: Elliot Aaron From

    Sponsor: Cushman & Wakefield U.S. Inc

    Location: 669 N. Michigan Ave

    * Available for Auction *

  • My Kind of Tower

    Artist: Erika Vazzana

    Sponsor: CBRE / 737 North Michigan 

    Location: CBRE / 737 N. Michigan Ave

  • History in Layers

    Artist: Benjamn Marasco

    Sponsor: Chicago Fire Soccer Club

    Location: The Wrigley Building

  • The Water Tower / One of a Kind

    Artist: Peter Bucks

    Sponsor: United Service Companies / Rick Simon

    Location: 875 N. Michigan Ave

  • Engineering Wonder

    Artist: Aidan Sweeney

    Sponsor: Golub & Company / 625 North Michigan

    Location: 625 N. Michigan Ave

    * Available for Auction *

  • Kaleidoscope

    Artist: Tony Passero

    Sponsor: Hyatt Regency Chicago

    Location: Inside Hyatt Regency Chicago at 151 E. Wacker Dr

  • Believe Chicago

    Artist: JC Rivera


    Location: 600 N. Michigan Ave

  • Sky Castle

    ArtistRodd Quinn

    Sponsor: National Association of Realtors

    Location: 430 N. Michigan Ave

    * Available for Auction *

  • One Can Dream

    Artist: Darren Jones

    Sponsor: The Peninsula Chicago

    Location: 108 E. Superior St.

    * Available for Auction *

  • STANDPIPE One Three Five

    Artist: CJ Hungerman

    Sponsor: 900 North Michigan Shops

    Location: 900 N. Michigan Ave

    * Available for Auction *

  • Prismatic

    Artist: Tony Passero

    Sponsor: I Love Chicago

    Location: Water Tower Place

  • Once Upon a Time

    Artist: Emma Moss

    Sponsor: 444 North Michigan

    Location: 444 N. Michigan Ave.

    * Available for Auction *


  • Hockey Town

    Artist: Rine Boyer

    Sponsor: Chicago Blackhawks

    Location: 333 N. Michigan

    * Available for Auction *

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