Leaning Tower of Niles in Niles, Illinois
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Leaning Tower of Niles in Niles, Illinois

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Leaning Tower of Niles, 6300 W. Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL

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The Leaning Tower of Niles is about a half-size replica of its sister structure: the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, Italy. It combines roadside attraction with historic Italia…and that, my silly American friends, is worth a drive from anywhere.

This replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa was constructed in 1934 by industrialist Robert Ilg as part of a recreation park for employees of the Ilg Hot Air Electric Ventilating Company of Chicago. Some say it was to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Pisa version, others say it held water for swimming pools.

Through the years, this roadside attraction has been renovated and it now boasts four fountains and a 20-foot pool. It’s a great stop for your next road trip if you want to get a piece of Italy in suburban Chicago, want to take a goofy tourist photo of yourself holding it up, or want to take in an open-air summer music concert underneath the tower.

 

Photos of the Leaning Tower of Niles in 2008:

November 29, 2008

Leaning Tower of Niles - a roadside attraction in Niles, Illinois

Leaning Tower of Niles - a roadside attraction in Niles, Illinois

Leaning Tower of Niles - a roadside attraction in Niles, Illinois

Leaning Tower of Niles in Niles, Illinois

Leaning Tower of Niles in Niles, Illinois

 

 

Photos of the Leaning Tower of Niles in 2010:

April 11, 2010

Leaning Tower of Niles in Niles, Illinois

Leaning Tower of Niles in Niles, Illinois

 

Site: Leaning Tower of Niles
Location: 6300 W. Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.

 

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Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip. Read more.