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Chicago's Spectacular Water Tower Place Fountains!
Water Fountains Create a Great Shopping Experience!
|Chicago’s Water Tower Place is home to one of the most over-the-top water fountain features! Opened in 1975, it has become one of the city's foremost tourist attractions. The mixed-use complex contains a luxury hotel, an eight-level shopping center, restaurants, corporate and professional office space, condominium residences and a parking facility. Located on Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile”, the city’s premier shopping district, Water Tower Place features a grand entrance off North Michigan Avenue highlighted by a computer-choreographed “pop-jet” water fountain running between and around the escalators at the entrance. The famous water feature delights visitors with cascading waterfalls through glass-like containers, connecting a series of terraced pools that progress upwards from the ground level entrance to the mall’s second level. Sparkling bursts of water spring up from the containers in varying patterns and sequences, reflecting the pedestrian movement upwards and downwards through the interior space.
The water fountain was part of a major renovation and update to the original building in 2001, completed by the firm Loebl, Schlossman & Hackl, Murphy/Jahn Associates and Warren Platner Associates.
Located at 845 North Michigan Avenue, Water Tower Place is named after the nearby Chicago Water Tower. About twenty million visitors per year visit the 758,000 square foot shopping mall and a 74-story skyscraper; half are from outside Chicago.
The building's most famous full-time resident is Oprah Winfrey, who bought a $6 million dollar residence there in 2006.
The nearby Chicago Water Tower is the center of the historic Water Tower district and also serves as the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau Visitor’s Welcome Center. The Old Water Tower, located at 806 North Michigan Avenue adjacent to Loyola University’s Chicago downtown campus, was built in 1869 by architect William W. Boyington. It is constructed from yellow Joliet limestone and reaches a height of 154 feet. The tower gained notoriety after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, when it was the only public building in the burn zone to survive the fire. It is the only one of the surviving structures of the Great Fire that is still standing, and as such the Water Tower has become a symbol of Old Chicago and the city’s resilience to recover from the fire. The Tower was named an American Water Landmark in 1969|
The entire Old Chicago Water Tower historical district is located on both sides of North Michigan Avenue between East Chicago and East Pearson Streets. The district includes the Chicago Water Tower, the Chicago Avenue Pumping Station, and Chicago Fire Department Fire Station No. 98. The three structures were designated part of the Chicago Landmark district in 1971. The Water Tower and Pumping Station were added jointly to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Water Tower Place was opened in 1975, serving as a bridge between historical and modern Chicago, and currently brings in over one-quarter of the retail revenues of the famous North Michigan Avenue shopping district. The famous cascading fountains gracing the center’s North Michigan Avenue entrance serve as an elegant extension of the District’s history.
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