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Since its survival of the Great Chicago Fire, the Chicago Water Tower became one of Chicago’s symbols. This article explains that it was constructed in 1869 using big limestone blocks with all its small towers in a ‘gothic style’, resembles more a tiny European 13th century castle than a water tower. The tower is located in the middle of many high rise buildings such as the John Hancock Center, so it provided a sharp contrast. This building was a symbol for Chicago to continue after the fire wiped out most of the city. Although it is functionally too important to the city now, it still houses a visitor information center and has become one of the major tourist attractions in Chicago. As well, the tower now is almost a centerpiece for Chicago’s most expensive shopping district on Michigan Avenue.

– Jeremy


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