Stewart Cherlin

Leaning Tower of Niles, Niles, IL

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A half-scale replica of the
Leaning Tower of Pisa, this is water-tower art par excellence. Created by
industrialist Robert Ilg in 1934, the tower teeters precariously on the main thoroughfare
of Touhy Avenue above two swimming pools, in what used to be the company’s
recreation park. Today, the tower has become a focal point for the small
community, with concerts and an ever-expanding water park. Proving that
flattery will get you everywhere, the unlikely bond with Italy was consummated in 1991, when Niles and Pisa became sister cities. —Adam McCulloch

America's Strangest Roadside Attractions

Leaning Tower of Niles, Niles, IL

A half-scale replica of the
Leaning Tower of Pisa, this is water-tower art par excellence. Created by
industrialist Robert Ilg in 1934, the tower teeters precariously on the main thoroughfare
of Touhy Avenue above two swimming pools, in what used to be the company’s
recreation park. Today, the tower has become a focal point for the small
community, with concerts and an ever-expanding water park. Proving that
flattery will get you everywhere, the unlikely bond with Italy was consummated in 1991, when Niles and Pisa became sister cities. —Adam McCulloch

Stewart Cherlin

America's Strangest Roadside Attractions

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