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Address: 6300 W. Touhy Avenue, Niles, IL
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Niles landmark

This four-story tower is a half-size replica of the tower in Pisa. This tower was built in 1934 to hide water filtration tanks for two public pools in a 22-acre park that... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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85 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This four-story tower is a half-size replica of the tower in Pisa. This tower was built in 1934 to hide water filtration tanks for two public pools in a 22-acre park that businessman Robert Ilg created for his employees. An engineering firm designed the tower to tilt at an angle of seven feet. (The one in Italy tilts about 13... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I have often wondered what possessed someone to put up a fraction-sized replica of the Leaning Tower. It is certainly interesting to look at, as you're passing by, but I wouldn't really go out of my way to see this building that sits in front of the Leaning Tower YMCA.

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midwest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I grew up near this area and have fond memories of driving past the "Leaning Tower." When I was a kid I really thought it was the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Silly I know. It has been there forever. I believe it was constructed in the 1930's. Anyway, only worth a drive by if you are in the area. It... More 

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Ohio
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132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you are nearby, it is worth driving past to take a look at this tower. It is a small version of the actual Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. It is kind of in the middle of a shopping area and not what you would expect there. However, it pretty much ends there. Not much more to it than... More 

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White Plains, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Pulled out of yet another suburban Chicagoland mall and looked to the right and encountered this monstrosity. I cannot for the life of me fathom how anyone can look at this hulking homage of concrete and steel and do anything but derisively laugh at the garish absurdity. The real tower is elegant and commanding. This one looks like it was... More 

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Saipan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

I have driven past this site many times. This past November I actually stopped and took a picture of it. This replica (and it is half the size of the 'real' leaning tower) always manages to catch my eye. You can see why in the photo. It makes a great picture that you can share with your friends.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Just stop in and bring the kids, it's a neat little park with a 1/4 scale Leaning Tour of Pisa. Places to stroll and sit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

It's really unimpressive, just sits there in the outlot of a YMCA. Don't even know if it's ever open, but I can't imagine it being more exciting on the inside.

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McHenry, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Climbng the Leaning Tower without going to Italy. I did, however, go to Pisa many years later! The Niles tower is a very authentic-looking replica.

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Kitsch, unique, and as a previous reviewer termed it; a great piece of Americana. Not worth a trip in itself specifically to go there but if you are heading vaguely in that direction or from the north to the city of Chicago then make a little detour. You can park right there and the detail of the building is terrific;... More 

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