Chicago in Cook County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Water Tower & Great Chicago Fire
Near North Area Map
On the day following the fire, the Water Tower served as a guidepost by which citizens hunted through the ruins for what had once been their homes. It became a monument to the efforts of Chicago’s water works engineers; it became and has remained a symbol of Chicago’s indomitable “I will” spirit.
In 1969, the year of its centennial anniversary, the water tower was nationally recognized as the First American Water Landmark and in 1972, the Chicago Landmarks Commission designated the Chicago Water Tower and the Chicago Avenue Pumping Station as City landmarks. Today the historic Water Tower serves as a Visitor Information Center which offers information about special events, festivals, parades, theater and dance performances, current exhibits at museums and much more.
The Water Tower is just one of the many landmark
Like the Burnham Plan before it, the Magnificent Mile campaign called for the construction of signature structures that would line the boulevard. As a result the modern Chicago Landmarks of the Prudential Building, John Hancock Building and the Water Tower Place were built. By the end of the 1970’s Michigan Avenue had become Chicago’s dominant retail street and remains so today.
The Chicago Water Tower, designed in 1867 by architect William W. Boyington has been
Location. 41° 53.812′ N, 87° 37.476′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is at the intersection of East Chicago Avenue and North Michigan Avenue, on the left when traveling east on East Chicago Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 806 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60611, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great World War (a few steps from this marker); DeWitt Clinton Cregier (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Water Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Chicago Water Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Office and Studio of Perkins, Fellows & Hamilton, architects (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel St. Benedict Flats (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Senator William J. Connors (about 800 feet away); Tribune Tower (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
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