Chicago Water Tower
806 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, 60611
The Water Tower was built in 1869 by architect William W. Boyington from yellowing Joliet limestone. It is 154 feet (47 m) tall. Today, it serves as the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau Visitor's Welcome Center.
In addition to being used for firefighting, the pressure in the pipe could be regulated to control water surges in the area.
The water tower was the only public building in the burned zone to survive the Great Fire of 1871, and is the only surviving structure still standing.
The Water Tower's castle-like style inspired the design of many White Castle restaurant buildings.
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In 2004, the Chicago Water Tower, home of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau Visitor's Welcome Center, was featured in the finale of The Amazing Race 6.
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