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Hours, Tours and Fees

The grounds around the tower are open year-round during normal Park District hours, and you are welcome to visit the grounds and listen to the carillon at any of the scheduled performances.

Visitors can climb the 253 steps to the top of the tower on the guided tour and enjoy the spectacular view, where on a clear day the Chicago Skyline can be seen. Those who are unable to climb the stairs are encouraged to use the elevator and remain on the Gallery Level Observation Deck.

Visitor Center admission is free of charge.
Carillon tours are $3 for ages 5 and older; children 4 years and under are free.
Visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
All tours are guided and only done during operating hours.
Groups of 20 or more can make a reservation by calling 630-848-3619 or by e-mail atbmalatt@napervilleparks.org.

An Open-Air Structure

Moser Tower is an open-air structure, and as such, visits can be impacted by weather. The Naperville Park District may cancel tours to the Tower if weather conditions pose any safety hazard to visitors and staff. Please consider this when planning your trip to the tower. Contact the Park District on the day of your visit if you have any doubts about the weather's impact on tours.

Group Tours, Bridal Parties

Visitors can climb the 253 steps to the top of the 160-foot tower and enjoy a spectacular view while learning
about the workings of the Carillon, its history, and its unique features.

Moser Tower is open between May and October.

Visitor Center admission is free of charge.
Carillon tours are $3 for ages 5 and older; children 4 years and under are free.
Visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
All tours are guided and only done during operating hours.
Groups of 20 or more can make a reservation by calling 630-848-3619 or by e-mail atbmalatt@napervilleparks.org.
 

Group Tours

Groups of 20 or more can make a reservation by calling 630-848-3619 or emailing bmalatt@napervilleparks.org.

Moser Tower Rises Above the Fields

Seems easy from the outside. Looking up at Moser Tower, the 160-foot-tall structure housing the Millennium Carillon in downtown Naperville, you might be inclined to think, “Climb the stairs to the top? No problem.”

But at 14 stories high – and about 10 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty – the hike to the open-air Observation Deck poses some physical challenge; mental, too, if you’re sensitive to heights. The reward, however, is a one-of-a-kind vantage of the city, the Riverwalk and Centennial Beach, and on clear days, the Chicago skyline.

“Moser Tower is designed for everyone to enjoy, and we wholeheartedly encourage the public to come and explore the interior of Naperville’s latest downtown jewel regardless of physical limitations,” said Brien Nagle, chairman of the Millennium Carillon Foundation.

“There are ramps leading inside to an elevator that can take visitors nearly halfway up to a platform where they can share a splendid view of the surroundings and the largest of the carillon’s 72 bells,” Nagle said. “Ascending higher requires climbing up to eight more flights of stairs. Each of us has our limits, but the journey up Moser Tower will engage your senses however high you decide to climb.”

The hike to the top of Moser Tower, from ground level to the Observation Deck, is roughly equal to walking up the stairs of two of the Van Buren parking garages in downtown Naperville stacked on top of each other. Should a visitor need to take the elevator up to the first half of the tower, the climb to the Observation Deck would be about equal to walking up the Van Buren parking garage stairs from top to bottom.

But several stops along the way to the Observation Deck offer their own unique views and insights into the workings of the carillon, such as the:

  • Lower Belfry, where “Big Joe,” at nearly 6 tons, the largest of the carillon bells, hangs inscribed with an inspirational poem about music and its connection to life
  • Carillonneur’s Cabin, the operating post of the instrument, where musicians offer their weekly Summer Recital Series and concerts for holidays and special events
  • Upper Belfry, where the smaller, higher-pitched bells encircle the rafters

The stairs are enclosed by railings 4-1/2-feet high, a secure barrier for children and adults, but as you climb past the Carillonneur’s Cabin, the wide concrete walls that form the base of Moser Tower begin to dwindle away. The upper reaches are more open and airy, something to be considered by people who are sensitive to high places.

“Safety has always been paramount in completing Moser Tower for the public to tour, and we’ve accomplished that goal with the help of the project’s architects, builders and city inspectors,” said Brad Wilson, Director of Recreation for the Naperville Park District, which is in charge of operations and upkeep. “We welcome anyone to come and enjoy the tower up to the level they are comfortable.”

In regards to safety, the Park District reminds each touring party into Moser Tower of its rules:

  • Do not throw, drop or release any items from the tower
  • No food or beverage
  • No smoking
  • No climbing on, leaning over or hanging from the railings
  • Do not touch the bells, equipment or cabling
  • No running on the stairs or on the observation decks; walk at all times
  • Individuals unable to walk the stairs are encouraged to use the elevator and remain on the Gallery Level observation deck; please notify your tour guide if you are unable to climb the stairs
  • Stay with your group at all times
  • Children under age 18 will not be admitted on a Moser Tower tour without adult supervision
  • No unauthorized person is permitted in the tower when the bells are sounding/playing
  • Facility is under video surveillance

Become a Volunteer Carillon Ambassador

A Carillon Ambassador will support the Carillon operations and events throughout the season by communicating with the visitors and on group tours. Please visit napervilleparks.org/volunteer for more details