Saturday / September 14, 2019 / 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Celebrate 150 Years of The Water Tower & Pumping Station – and AIA Chicago

Water Tower and Pumping Station on North Michigan and Chicago avenues - and beyond


Join the City of Chicago and a multitude of partner organizations for a day-long neighborhood festival celebrating the 150th anniversary of the historic Chicago Water Tower—built in 1869 by architect William W. Boyington and one of the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire. Free programming will include family activities, lectures, tours, theatre performances, public art, and exhibitions—plus food trucks, dining discounts, and complimentary admission to nearby cultural institutions.

Organizers include the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Department of Water Management, MWRD,  Magnificent Mile Association, Water Tower Arts District, Lookingglass Theatre Company, and many others - including AIA Chicago whose founding president was William W. Boyington!

Click here for full details, including four short lectures:

10:30 AM   Protecting Lake Michigan for a Safe and Sustainable Water Source

  • Richard Lanyon, retired executive director, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD)

11:30 AM    The Chicago Water Tower: Everyone's Favorite Landmark

  • John Maxson, former president and CEO, Greater North Michigan Avenue Association

1:00 PM     William W. Boyington, Architect of the Water Power & Pumping Station – and more!

  • Julia Johnas, historian of Highland Park, Illinois

2:00 PM     Nearly a Billion Gallons a Day: Providing Chicago and its Suburbs with Water

  • Dr. Andrea Putz, Deputy Commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Water Management

Sponsored By

City of Chicago DCASE, MWRD, Magnificent Mile Association, Water Tower Arts District, Lookingglass Theater, and others

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