This Roadside Attraction
Leaning Tower of Niles, 6300 W. Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL
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
Photos of the Leaning Tower of Niles in 2010:
April 11, 2010
Site: Leaning Tower of Niles
Location: 6300 W. Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.