Chicago Harbor Light: NHRP


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At the end of Chicago’s famous Navy Pier, you can see the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse in the Chicago Harbor in Lake Michigan. The light was built in 1893 for the Chicago World’s Fair and then moved to its current location in 1919. One of the Fresnel lenses on display at the Wold’s Fair was installed in the Chicago Light when the fair was over.


The light is a modified spark plug design (it is taller) and a boathouse and fog signal room were added on later. It was added the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. It is still an active navigational aid and is not open to visitors.

In 2005, the Coast Guard offered the lighthouse to the government. The Department of the Interior transferred ownership to the City of Chicago in 2009.


Location: East of Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611

Designation: National Register of Historic Places

Date designated or established: 7/19/1984

Date of my visit: 5/23/2015


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