The Water Tower Arts District is a coalition of cultural organizations, within walking distance of the historic Chicago Water Tower, that brings synergy to the group’s creative efforts, strengthens the cultural vigor of the community, and encourages citizens and visitors to enjoy and explore the multitude of diverse cultural opportunities in the District.
Inspired by the resilience of the Chicago Water Tower—built in 1869 and one of the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871—the Water Tower Arts District extends the legacy of the area which thrived in the early twentieth century as Towertown, an epicenter of the arts.
Society of Architectural Historians
Charnley-Perskey House Free Tours Every Wednesday at Noon
A free 45-minute tour of Charnley-Persky House is offered every Wednesday at noon throughout the year. Limited to 15 individuals. First come, first served. No reservations necessary.Tour
NOV 1, 2019–JAN 26, 2020
Lookingglass Theatre Company
The Steadfast Tin SoldierFree Performance
DEC 7, 2019–MAR 8, 2020
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany
Eternal Light looks without sentiment at the ecclesiastical windows of the Tiffany firm as rich reminders that America is ever-changing. Louis Comfort Tiffany’s masterpieces tell stories of American entrepreneurship, of places of worship as community incubators, of our country’s evolving relationship to religion. Eternal Light is not only about beautiful objects exceptionally crafted; it is also about the ideas and stories behind the windows: progressive technologies, designers, and patrons.
At the heart of the exhibition are eleven outstanding, religiously themed windows made between 1880 and 1925 that demonstrate the signature designs, working methods, techniques, and production styles of Tiffany and his workshops.Exhibition Other