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
Robin Austin, the Park District's carillonneur plays a wide variety of classical, folk and popular music year-round. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Center with the unique accompaniment of carillon music.
May 1 - September 30
Tuesdays, Wednesdays*** and Thursdays - 7:00 pm
Sundays - 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
***Join us every Wednesday at 7:00 PM (June 11 - October 29) for a special carillon concert featuring LINCOLN AND THE MUSIC HE LOVED with living history presenters, in full period dress, thanks to the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition. Concert is free-of-charge. Carillon tours, which begin at 6:30 PM are $3.50 for adults and $2.75 for children.
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 - $3.50
Children - $2.75
May 1 – September 30
Wednesdays – 6:30 pm (One tour)
Saturdays & Sundays – 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Tours every 30 minutes)
October 1 – April 30
By appointment - 217-546-3853 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn to play the carillon with Park District Carillonneur Robin Austin. An experienced teacher, Robin served as Princeton University's carillonneur before joining the Park District in September 2012. Group lessons are available for individuals ages 12 and older. For additional information, 217-546-3853 or email@example.com