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We enjoyed walking through the Altgeld Hall and talking with the friendly folks at the Mathematics... read more

Reviewed June 12, 2018
RedClayRambler
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One of the funnest experiences of my college career has been a visit to the Altgeld Bell Tower. Go... read more

Reviewed January 15, 2017
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Reviewed July 4, 2018

We made a brief stop and were able to find metered parking just across the street. Unfortunately, as their website says “Altgeld Tower is closed for repairs for an undetermined length of time. The chimes are limited to an automated quarter-hour time keeping function.” We...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 12, 2018

We enjoyed walking through the Altgeld Hall and talking with the friendly folks at the Mathematics desk. However you can no longer walk up in to the tower.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed January 15, 2017

One of the funnest experiences of my college career has been a visit to the Altgeld Bell Tower. Go with friends and you will not regret it. The views are breath-taking. They even allowed us to ring the bells!

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed December 29, 2016

Altgeld Hall Tower is in the Mathematics building behind Alma Mater. You can tour the tower all the way to the top to see where they play the chimes. Most days, recordings are played, but once a week, an actual person plays them. They may...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Denise M
Reviewed October 25, 2016

Altgeld Hall is, basically, at an entrance to Campus. It was built in 1896-97 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The "University Chime" rings on the quarter hours, the half hour, and on the hour, and is really nice to hear. I...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed June 15, 2016

I spent more than three years taking mathematics courses in the Altgeld Hall. It is one of the most iconic building of the campus, and has a long history. The math library in it is also super in terms of the size of their book...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed May 11, 2016

Our tour of the Altgeld bell tower was priceless! Sue made all of us feel so welcomed and invited anyone who could show a little promise on the 'practice board' to go ahead and play the real thing....a total gas! Also, we were given the...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank barringt0nh0tt0mat0
Reviewed April 4, 2016

Having spent 4 years at UofI as an undergrad, the ringing of the Altgeld Hall bells at every quarter hour was an integral part of being a student, as strange as that may sound. I went there before the era of cell phones, and the...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Occasi0nalTraveler70
Reviewed March 18, 2016

This is where I took my ACT exam in High School. Later I was a janitor in this magnificent building. It is so cool and can ring your chimes as you work. It is constructed like a castle with old fashioned spiral stair cases and...More

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank jwhoyt1
Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

I had always heard the chimes on campus but to actually meet the "chime lady" that has been doing it since 1971 was amazing. Since we were there when students were gone we got a much longer tour than normal I think and we even...More

Date of experience: January 2016
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