Leaning Into a New Public Art Experience

Niles has long been known for its most iconic landmark, a half-size replica of Pisa, Italy’s Leaning Tower. Located at 6300 W. Touhy, this 94-foot-high structure with 17th century bells ringing on the hour has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2021 the Village’s Public Arts & Culture Advisory Council and the Chamber of Commerce & Industry are paying homage to this symbol of the community by hosting a new and exciting art experience. Local businesses sponsor 7-foot-high fiberglass replicas of the Leaning Tower of Niles, which are then uniquely designed by local artists. These “mini-Leaning Towers” can now be found all around town and personify Niles’ pride, creativity, and culture.

This program marks another example of how the Village’s Arts & Culture Master Plan is growing Niles as a hub for muralists, painters, sculptors, and musicians to express themselves and make their mark. Thank you to all of the businesses that participated in this program.  It helps add so much community impact from local businesses and artists for the Village of Niles.

Get to Know the Towers

LocationNiles-Maine District Library, 6960 W. Oakton Street

SponsorSaturn Title

Title: Phoenix Rising from the Ashes

Artist: Juan Cano

Location: Peoples Bank, 7840 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Title: Growing in Niles

Artist: Carly Derec-Boyle

Location: Christine Pusateri Hair Solutions, 7665 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Title: Butterfly Cage

Artist: Isabella Guenther

LocationNiles Senior Center, 999 Civic Center Drive

Sponsor: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Title: Illinois, Not Italy

Artist: Carol Luc

LocationHome Comfort Services, 6881 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Title: Starry Starry Leaning Tower

Artist: Ken Klopack

LocationAffy Tapple, 7425 N. Croname Road

Title: Rainbow Tower of Pisa

Artist: Elena Ross

Location: Wildwood Tavern, 6480 W. Touhy Avenue

Title: Towering Beauty

Artist: Claudia Peano

LocationNiles Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 8060 W. Oakton Street (has been moved to the Niles Veterans Memorial Waterfall for the summer)

Title: Lean Into Community

Artist: Jennifer Scott

Location: Village Hall, 1000 Civic Center Drive

Title: Spire to the Stratosphere

Artist: Ginger Oakley

LocationBradford Exchange, 9333 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Title: Tower of Enchantment

Artist: Stephanie Greenberg

Location: Hammacher Schlemmer, 9333 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Title: Best Leaning Tower Aquarium

Artist: Andrew Kitzmiller

LocationRE/MAX AllStars, 8032 N. Milwaukee Avenue (New Office Opening January 2022)

Title: Re/Max Balloons

Artist: Carly Derec-Boyle

Location: Kappy’s American Grill, 7200 W. Dempster Street

Title: Crepuscular Cityscape

Artist: Sarah Genis

LocationRaising Cane’s, 6881 Dempster Street

Title: Elemental Harmony

Artist: Jeremy Genis

LocationGolf Mill Ford, 9401 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Title: Paschke Color, A Tribute to Ed Paschke

Artist: Alicja Pulit

LocationGolf Mill Chevrolet, 9530 N. Greenwood Avenue

Title: People Dancing, A Tribute to Roger Brown

Artist: Alicja Pulit

Location: Niles Police Department, 7000 W. Touhy Avenue

Title: Niles Police Tower

Artist: Notre Dame College Prep Art Teacher Michael Jankowski and his class

LocationPolyScience, 6600 W. Touhy Avenue

Title: Springtime in Niles

Artist: Kim Marinac

LocationVillage of Niles

Title: “Untitled”

Artist: Oscar Joyo and the Niles Township High School D219 Black Teen Summit Students

Location: TBD

Title: TBA

Artist: TBD