The Rees Tower Elevator was hit by lightning on May 11, 2017. We anticipate the elevator to be repaired on or before May 26. All Concerts and Tours are canceled until further notice. The Rees International Carillon Competition 2017 and the International Carillon Festival are expected to take place as scheduled.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience.
Thank you for visiting the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon website. 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
Carlo van Ulft, Park District Carillonist, plays a variety of music from original carillon compositions to arrangements of popular classics and pop music. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Center with the unique accompaniment of carillon music.
Washington Park's Grandfather Clock
On times when the carillon is not being played manually, the Westminster Chime will sound. The Westminster Chime is a quarter-hour time indication consisting of a melody which grows as the hour progresses. At the top of the hour it is followed by the hour strike, indicating the time of day. This time indication is a 5-century old bell tradition that was later copied by manufacturers of Grandfather Clocks and Door Bell makers. The use of such melodies, alerting people that the hour strike was imminent, ultimately resulted in the creation of the instrument "The Carillon".