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Leaning Tower of Niles

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This is a weird little place. Next to the Costco gas is the leaning tower of Pisa in 3/4th scale... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2018
Providence, Rhode Island
See if your friends are paying attention...

So, this is a fun little stop if you are passing by. Based on the low maintenance of the... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
susan o
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

This is a great little quirky stop just moments off the highway. We've driven by this area numerous times but had no idea this was here until today. This tower was built in the 1930s and is (or was) a water tower. It is on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank dr_j_now
Reviewed August 23, 2018

This is a weird little place. Next to the Costco gas is the leaning tower of Pisa in 3/4th scale. It's kind of just out there on Touhy Ave. Easy to stop and take some fun photos. Be creative. We took one that looks like...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 11, 2018

A water tower from the 1930's that was built to look at a distance like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Free to see. Best seen at a distance. A fun example of making ordinary parts of town into fun sights.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

So, this is a fun little stop if you are passing by. Based on the low maintenance of the surroundings, I wouldn't go here on purpose. There must have been fountains around the tower, but they are empty and broken now. (July 2018) The tower...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank susan o
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Great atmospere if the weather is nice. Target and aldi is nearby, and Chris's across the street is a no-brainer.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank tempo1975
Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

If you like to look for free, quirky roadside attractions like I do, this is definitely one to see if you are in Chicago. Only about a 25 minute ride from downtown, the building is really nice. Got some great pictures here.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 22, 2018

This tower looks just like the real one. Everything about is so real except that you can't climb it and just a bit smaller than the real one in Italy.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank AENG72
Reviewed May 4, 2018 via mobile

The Leaning Tower of Niles was just 15 minutes from our hotel in Skokie. We used it as a meeting place with a cousin, and ended up staying 2 hours. There’s not much to do after the first 15 minutes, but if you need a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank Jennifer G
Reviewed November 15, 2017

The Niles YMCA water tower was built in the shape of a half-scale replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but this one actually holds water. You can't climb this replica but you get a scope of the size and scale of the real one....More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank JJ_Hantsch
Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

Worth a brief stop, this roadside attraction is actually a 1930's water tower that has been decorated to resemble a half-size replica of the other Leaning tower. Parking is nearby, it's actually on the grounds of a YMCA. It's a fun stop and worth a...More

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank 508EllenCee
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i knew people that lived there you can call them in skokie