Naperville, Illinois: Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon

Giant, modernist bell tower built in 1999. A strange sight in otherwise architecturally normal Naperville.
433 Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL
Parking lot for the Tower is on the north side of Aurora Ave., about 1.5 miles east of its intersection with US Hwy 34.
Group tours by appt only. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon.

Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon

Moser Tower and its Millennium Carillon was conceived and funded by residents as a celebration of Naperville in the new millennium. Scheduled concerts occur all summer -- folks bring blankets and sit on Rotary Hill to listen. Interior and exterior lights brighten the tower symbolically through the year -- blue in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month and Autism Awareness Month, etc.

Every few years, a group of citizens organizes a "Healing Field Of Honor" display of American flags (number corresponding with the year -- this year will bring 2,019 flags to the Hill) during Veterans Day week. Commemorations and observances take place at the base of the Tower all week long, including Taps played live on a trumpet at 5pm each evening.

[Lisa Murtaugh Gangi, 04/15/2019]
Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon

This is actually a musical instrument (a carillon), and it is one of the biggest in the world with 72 bells. It is played similar to a piano.

[Scott Itter, 09/05/2017]
Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon

The Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon was built in 1999 to "ring" in the new millennium. It is 160 feet tall, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty. The Carillon at Moser tower has 72 bells, and is open for visitors (after concerts) in the summer months, but is closed in the winter. You get to see how the instrument is played, and sometimes they let you ring the bells!

[Ben Perdue, 03/25/2016]

The modernist tower resembles a 160-foot-long spaceship that has crashed nose-first into the grass of Naperville. It's supposed to be fun to climb the tower, but you can only do so in groups of 10 or more, and only by scheduling a tour in advance.

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