Chicago Harbor BW
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Chicago Harbor Quick Facts

Year Station Established: 1832

Is the Light operational? Yes

Year Light First Lit: 1893

Year Automated: 1979

Shape: Conical

Tower Height: 48   ft.

Original Optic: 3rd Order, Fresnel

Present Optic:

Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
     Year Constructed: 1919
      Number of Stories: 1.5
      Architectural Style: Integral
      Construction Materials: Iron

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Chicago Harbor Breakwater Lighthouse
Chicago, IL

Cyberlights Lighthouses - Chicago Harbor Breakwater Lighthouse

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Last Visited: June, 2002

The first lighthouse here was built in 1832 on the mainland at the mouth of the Chicago River. The present light (built in 1893) was also originally located there. It was moved to its present location at the south end of the north breakwater in 1919 and the attached side buildings added at that time. The building on one side of the tower houses a fog horn and the one on the other side is a boathouse.

Source: Internet Public Library

Latitude/Longitude: 41.889371,-87.590611

Nearest Address: 700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL

  • From I-90/94 take the exit for the I-90 connector to W. Ohio Ave into downtown Chicago.
  • Once you're on W. Ohio Ave, in 0.5 miles the road becomes E. Ohio Ave. Continue straight.
  • E. Ohio Ave will end at Grand Ave at the Navy Pier. Park in the Navy Pier lots. You can see the breakwater lighthouse at the end of the pier.

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