"The Leaning Tower of Pisa" in Niles, Illinois

From Wikipedia:

The Leaning Tower of Niles, Illinois was completed in 1934 and it is situated at 6300 W. Touhy Avenue. It is a 1/2 size copy of the original tower in Pisa, Italy, which is a Niles sister city.


Some speculate that part of the motivation to construct the tower was to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A more likely explanation is its original functional purpose, to store water for outdoor recreational swimming pools.


In 1991, the village of Niles, Illinois established a sister city pact with Pisa, Italy. A $1.2 million Renovation of the Leaning Tower of Niles was started in 1995. The Leaning Tower Plaza area now has four fountains and a 30-foot pool. Leaning Tower Concert Series are summertime open-air music concerts sponsored by the village since the 1990s.




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