Essential Architecture-  Chicago Loop North

Old Chicago Water Tower District


William W. Boyington, Water Tower/pumping station; C. F. Hermann, firehouse


Michigan and Chicago Avenues


1869, Water Tower/pumping station; 1904, Fire Station No. 98


Gothis Picturesque




water tower Utility
The Chicago Water Tower is a Chicago, Illinois landmark in downtown Chicago at 806 N Michigan Avenue along the Magnificent Mile of North Michigan Avenue. Located on the doorsteps of Loyola University Chicago, the Chicago Water Tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau Visitor's Welcome Center.

Popularly claimed to have been the only surviving structure after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the Chicago Water Tower was built in 1869 by architect William W. Boyington. While it was one of the few buildings within the fire district to survive, much of the city south of the Chicago River survived, including the home of Catherine O'Leary, in whose barn the fire is reputed to have begun.

It was named an American Water Landmark in 1969.


With special thanks to the City of Chicago website, , for much of the info on this page.
Photos copyright City of Chicago.