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Name: Chicago Harbor Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Location: Chicago Harbor, Lake Michigan.

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Managing Organization:
City of Chicago

This tower was relocated to its present position at the end of a breakwater in 1919. In 2023 a new nonprofit, Friends of Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, was formed to try and raise money to save and restore the lighthouse.

Height of Focal Plane: 82

Description of Tower: White, conical cast iron tower on concrete pier.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Intergral fog signal building and boathouse.

Earlier Towers?
1832: Tower at mouth of Chicago River.

Date Established: 1832

Date Present Tower Built: 1893

Tower Moved?

Date Automated: 1979

Optics: 1893: Third order Fresnel lens (now at Cabrillo National Monument, CA)

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? no

This lighthouse is visible from locations along Chicago's Lake Michigan waterfront, and from some harbor cruises leaving Chicago.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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