May 1 – Sep. 30
(weather permitting)

Wed – 6:30pm
(one tour @ 6pm)

Sat & Sun – 12:00 &  6:30pm
(tours 12:30-6pm)
(tours every 30 minutes)

Oct. 1 – Apr. 30

Wed – Noon
Sun – Noon & 3:00pm


Adults – $4
Children/Vets – $3

Oct. 1 – Apr. 30
Tours By appointment: Contact Us

Thank you for visiting the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is one of the largest and finest of the world's carillons. Located in historic Washington Park, the Rees Carillon is the site of numerous free public concerts, exciting community events and the world-renowned International Carillon Festival held each June. 

Photo by Matt Penning

Free Weekly Concerts

Patrick Knox, Park District interim Carillonneur, plays a variety of music. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Center with the unique accompaniment of carillon music.

WEDNESDAY'S JUNE 17th CONCERT IS CANCELLED. Our interm carillonneur will be attending the GCNA congress in Springfield, MO, regular tour/concert schedule will resume Saturday, June 20th!

May 1 - September 30
Wednesdays - 6:30 pm
Saturdays & Sundays - 12:00 pm and 6:30 pm

October 1 – April 30
Wednesdays – noon
Sundays – noon and 3:00 pm


The Rees Carillon. a 12-story tower with three observation decks, offers spectacular views of Washington Park and Springfield from the city’s highest point of elevation. The beautiful 67 cast bronze bells range in weight from 22 pounds to 7½ tons! Enjoy an "insider's view" of this extraordinary architectural landmark and rare musical instrument. Allow 30 minutes for the tour.

Adults - $4.00
Children - $3.00

May 1 – September 30
(weather permitting)
Wednesdays – 6:00 pm (One tour, starting 30 minutes prior to the 6:30pm concert) 
Saturdays & Sundays – 12:00 pm - 6pm (Tours every 30 minutes, last tour starts at 6:30pm)

October 1 – April 30
By appointment only - 217-546-3853 or


Learn to play the carillon with Park District interim Carillonneur Patrick Knox. Group lessons are available for individuals ages 12 and older. For additional information, 217-546-3853 or
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