City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower

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806 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
(312) 742-0808

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vances vances
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Well, it is free Oct 12, 2013
The Water Tower is a landmark piece of architecture in Chicago. Built during the late 1860’s in conjunction with the Pumping Station (just across the street), neither would wait long to become icons. Both structures were among a select few left standing after the disastrous fire in 1871, making them representatives of “Old Chicago”.

Inside the Water Tower is City Gallery, a free art museum showcasing paintings and photographs created by local talent. I was intrigued to check this out, but came away a bit disappointed. City Gallery is exclusively the four walls around the base of the Water Tower, affording very little space to display offerings. The space is also clunky, problematic to tastefully present and light the featured pieces.

That said, I did enjoy the exhibit that was there, and it is hard to complain when there’s no charge (open 10A-6:30P daily; 5P Sundays). The Water Tower sits in a nice neighborhood too, so you make it a convenient ‘added attraction’ rather than a destination. You can also make a quick stop at the Pumping Station next door and check out the pump room for free – a single large room containing a group of very large pipes!
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Posted on: Oct 21, 2013
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Glynnes Glynnes
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City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower Dec 18, 2012
The City Gallery is located inside of the Historic Water Tower, along Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile. I was more interested however in the drawings by Tom Bachtell that’s currently on display (until February 2013), at the City Gallery, than the actual historical water tower architectural structure that was build in 1869. Tom Bachtell’s illustrations of famous personalities and politicians always catch my eye when I am browsing through the pages of The New Yorker magazine. The exhibition at the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower changes frequently, but it’s worth a visit when you are shopping the Magnificent Mile and admission is free.

City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower at 806 North Michigan Avenue (between Pearson Street & Chicago Avenue), Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: 312-742-0808

Hours: Sunday 10am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday, 10am - 6:30pm

Website: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/city_gallery_in_thehistoricwatertower.html
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