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Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower & Visitor Center

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Millennium Carillon is located at 443 Aurora Ave

At the base of the Riverwalk's Rotary Hill stands the majestic Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower, a unique, 16-story structure with a 72- bell musical instrument. This gift, given to the Naperville community to commemorate the dawn of the New Millennium, was built through community support and donations, and is maintained through a partnership between the Naperville Park District, Millennium Carillon Foundation and the City of Naperville.

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.

Millennium Carillon History
The Millennium Carillon project began in late 1997 to permanently commemorate the arrival of the Year 2000. Thanks to a generous $1 million gift from Harold and Margaret Moser, contributions from scores of bell sponsors, private and business donors, countless hours of volunteer efforts, and a generous line of credit in the amount of $1.5 million from the City of Naperville, Phase I was dedicated in June 2000. Then, thanks to a grant of $3.3 million from Naperville's Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) Fund, Moser Tower and the adjacent Visitor Center were opened to the public in July 2007.

In recognition of the Millennium Carillon project, Naperville was designated an official White House Millennium Community in 1999.

Of the approximately 600 carillons worldwide, Naperville’s is the fourth largest in North America. It is referred to as a “Grand Carillon” because its 72 bells span six octaves and it is one of only a few Grand Carillons in the world. The bells were cast by the Royal Eijsbouts (eyes-bouts) Bell Foundry in The Netherlands and range in weight from ten pounds to nearly six tons with a combined weight of 32.5 tons. The 5.8 ton Captain Joseph Naper Bell (“Big Joe”) is the largest of the bells and strikes the hour daily.

The bells can be played in two different ways. Part of the bell system is controlled by a computer located in the cabin and plays automatically at 12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. daily. The large hammers that can be seen fixed near some of the bells are used to sound the bells when the automatic playing system is engaged. A carillonneur also can play the bells manually. Many local, national, and international carillonneurs perform each summer as part of the Millennium Carillon Summer Recital Series. In addition, recitals are performed each week, all year long.


The Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and the Visitor Center 2018 Hours of Operation*
April 28-October 28
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sundays, 12:00-6:00 p.m.

May 25-August 10
Fridays 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

*Daily Hour Exceptions/Changes
Saturday, October 13 2018: The Visitor Center and Carillon will close at 1:30 p.m. the last tour will be at 1:00 p.m.

Dates and hours of operations are subject to change due to weather and other factors beyond our control

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. The Millennium Carillon and Visitor Center are located along the Riverwalk at the base of Rotary Hill at 443 Aurora Ave.

All tours are guided and only done during operational hours.
 
Group Tours 
Groups of 20 or more can make a reservation by calling 630-848-3619 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Tour Reminders
-Do not throw, drop or release any item from the tower.
-No food or beverage.
-No smoking.
-No climbing on, leaning over or hanging from railings.
-Do not touch the bells, equipment or cabling.
-No running on stairs or 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 the age of 18 will not be permitted on a tour without adult supervision.
-No unathorized person is permitted in the tower when the bells are sounding/playing.
-Facility is under video surveillance at all times.
 
Please obey all posted signage. These rules are for your safety and the safety of others. Violators will be removed from the tower and subject to Naperville Park District Conduct Ordinance #641.

Touring the Carillon - An important message for visitors
WARNING: You will be climbing 253 stairs. Visitors are solely responsible for determining if they are physically fit for this strenuous activity. Visitors using the stairs do so at their own risk. Visitors may use the elevator and remain on the Gallery Level observation deck. Please notify your guide before the tour begins if you do not wish to climb the stairs.

Recitals and Special Events


More information can be found at the Carillon website, www.naperville-carillon.org.

 
2018 Millennium Carillon Lighting Schedule
Date Color Occasion
Jan. 1-Mar. 8 White Normal Tower Lighting
Mar. 9-22 Green St. Patrick's Day
Mar. 23-Apr. 8 Blue World Autism Awareness
Apr. 9-23 Green Earth Day/Week
Apr. 24 - May 31 White Normal Tower Lighting
Jun. 1-4 Orange National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Jun. 5-28 White Normal Tower Lighting
Jun. 29-Jul. 8 Red/White/Blue Independence Day
Jul. 9-Sept. 6 White Normal Tower Lighting
Sept. 7-16 Yellow Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Sept. 17-27 Orange Hunger Action Month - Hunger Awareness
Sept. 28-Oct. 1 White Normal Tower Lighting
Oct. 2-8 Red Dyslexia Awareness 
Oct. 9-Oct.31 Orange Halloween
Nov. 1-11 Red/White/Blue Veterans Day
Nov. 12-Nov. 19 Purple Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
Nov. 20-Nov. 29 White Normal Tower Lighting
Nov. 30-Dec. 10 Blue Hanukkah
Dec. 11-31 Green/Red Christmas

 

Units of local government, school districts and colleges, not-for-profit corporations and public agencies are that are interested in proposing the display of certain colors to promote, celebrate, or commemorate non-profit or non-commercial community activities or events should contact the Park District at 630-848-5000.

Become a Volunteer Carillon Ambassador
A Carillon Ambassador will support the Carillon operations and events through the year by communication with the visitors and presentations to groups visiting the Carillon.   Carillon Ambassadors will have training specific to this volunteer opportunity.  Please contact Lynnette Hoole @ 630-848-3606 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. 

Read the Carillon Ambassador job description

 
 

 


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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