• Leaning Tower of Niles - Niles, Illinois

      Roadtrip Attraction
      You don't have to go to Italy to get a glimpse of the iconic leaning tower. Since 1934, there's been a half-size replica of the Pisan architectural curiosity in the Chicago suburb of Niles. Originally built as a water storage facility, it apparently was modeled after the Italian tourist attraction because Niles and Pisa are sister cities. Now it has no other function except to provide a photo opportunity that can't be found elsewhere on this side of the Atlantic.

      If you go:
      The tower stands next to a YMCA, which has ample parking. Jackie Solomon visited this site in August 2011 and filed this field report:

      We were in Niles, Illinois and visited the Village of Niles Leaning Tower Plaza. What a beautiful site and we're still in the United States. The HOT DAY that we there the fountain wasn't working but the Tower was great without it. This was really a photo moment. I learned that if you hold your camera certain way you straighten out the tower. Niles is near Chicago. The side trip was worth it.


      6232 West Touhy Avenue
      Niles, Illinois 60714 USA

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      1. Dennis Goza's Avatar
        Dennis Goza -
        Jackie also sent in a couple more photos of the tower, including one where it appears to be standing perfectly straight. We might be able to post a few more later.