Chicago, otherwise knowns as the Windy City thanks to its pleasant weather, is a city renowned for its world class museums, and innovative architecture. The city skyline rising beyond the waters of Lake Michigan is one of the first images that visitors encounter, and it is a breathtaking sight, offering an exciting glimpse as what lies within the bustling metropolis. The city is divided into several districts, Downtown Chicago being the most popular- it is where most of the city’s famous travel sights are located, and is also home to the city’s best shopping and restaurants.
The Chicago Water Tower is one of the city’s iconic and instantly recognisable landmarks. Visiting the Chicago Water Tower will help visitors get a better feel for the city. Built between 1867 and 1869, the Water Tower is one of a handful of structures that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The Tower is about 47 metres in height, and while its original purpose was as a standpipe to hold water, it is now one of the Official Visitor’s Centres of the Chicago Office of Tourism.
The Water Tower also houses the City Gallery, a showcase of the finest local photography. The gallery features several exhibitions a year, all of them open to the public. There is no admission fee. Visiting hours are between 10 am and 6.30 pm from Monday to Saturday. The gallery is only open till 5 pm on Sunday. The tower itself should be noted for its splendid architecture. It was designed by William W. Boyington, and has a castle-like façade that has been widely copied.
The Chicago Water Tower is located in Magnificent Mile, the city’s famed shopping district, and can be a short diversion from a day of shopping. As most of the city’s entertainment destinations are found near Magnificent Mile, visitors will find it convenient to book a 5 star Chicago hotel in the area. When looking for Chicago hotel downtown, try The Peninsula Chicago. The elegant hotel is conveniently located, with beautifully decorated rooms, offering amazing views of the city. The hotel is sure to help bring the charms of the city to life.