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Buckingham Fountain, Chicago

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One of the largest fountains in the world, Buckingham Fountain was built in 1927. Taking its inspiration from the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles, the attraction features an ornate Rococo style. Designed to represent Lake Michigan, each seahorse that decorates the fountain symbolizes its bordering states. Every hour on the hour for 20 minutes the fountain produces a water display, with the center jets shooting 45.7 m (150 ft) into the air. The fountain also features other colored light shows. With our online itinerary creator, Chicago attractions like Buckingham Fountain can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • On the tail end of our walking tour of the Loop, we wanted to finish up a little bit closer to the lake, and we kept walking towards some music that we were hearing in a nearby park. Little did we... 
    On the tail end of our walking tour of the Loop, we wanted to finish up a little bit closer to the lake, and we kept walking towards some music that we were hearing in a nearby park. Little did we...  more »
  • With the city skyline on one side and Lake Michigan on the other, this elegant fountain is a great photo op. Unfortunately, the immediate surroundings (paver blocks, barricade) are a bit stark and... 
    With the city skyline on one side and Lake Michigan on the other, this elegant fountain is a great photo op. Unfortunately, the immediate surroundings (paver blocks, barricade) are a bit stark and...  more »
  • Very large grand old fountain. On a fine day it provides great photo opportunities. Well worth the effort to walk to see it. 
    Very large grand old fountain. On a fine day it provides great photo opportunities. Well worth the effort to walk to see it.  more »
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  • Absolutely Majestic Fountain , spent 1-2 hrs there looking at its beauty and how as night approaches, lights all lit up , it looks more stunning…. The Chicago Skyscrapers and beautiful skyline make it the most perfect backdrop….. loved it’s openness and huge gardens surrounding it ….and the beautiful Lake Michigan on the other side makes it’s even more beautiful
  • Majestic fountain with the majestic Chicago skyline in its backdrop. The best part is it's totally free. This is one of the largest fountains in the world. Can easily spend an hour here taking a leisurely stroll and observing the fountain from all the directions. This should be the starting point of your visit to Chicago.
  • Buckingham Fountain one of the largest in the world, is located within the Grant Park in Chicago. When we visited the fountain in early May morning, one of the most beautiful fountains of America was not operational. I was eager to visit the Buckingham Fountain as I had read many reviews about the fountain and it’s spectacular light and music displays, but unfortunately we couldn’t see it as it was not open for the season yet. I learnt that the major fountain display stays for 20 minutes during every hour. The fountain is made of pink Georgia marble and granite and bronze sculptures. The fountain was installed in 1927 but interestingly the original pumps are still operational. Beautiful garden surrounding the fountain in the backdrop of Lake Michigan and skyscrapers of Chicago downtown makes it so grand. We took leisurely stroll in the garden and around the fountain and enjoyed the beautiful experience. Though, it would have been much better if the actual fountain was operating and alive with lights and music on!
  • This. Was. Amazing! It’s free and beautiful!! This fountain has a “show” every hour during the summer months. Luckily for us, we unknowingly timed our visit with the summer fireworks to make it even more special! It was romantic and I’ll never forget our time visiting this landmark!
  • This is a must for anyone visiting Chicago. This is an impressive Fountain that changes its water activities on a regular basis so you can sometimes see high rising water fountains or more decorative lower water fountains. It’s free and has a beautiful backdrop onto the skyline of Chicago. There are also some amenities in the area such as toilets, and vendors for food and drink.

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