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Buckingham Fountain, Chicago

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Fountain Landmark
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. Put Buckingham Fountain and other Chicago attractions into our Chicago trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Visited in the mid morning. Lots of people taking pictures. You would swear that you were on the set of one of many movies which features this landmark.  more »
  • I had company visiting from Australia and we went to view the water show at both 8 and 9 PM. The sunset was amazing but the 9 PM show with the dark skies and the brilliant light show was like nothing ...  more »
  • This historic fountain is well worth visiting. Wander the park and enjoy the fountain's overspray on a hot Chicago day. The fountain is beautiful and it's setting along Lake Michigan is lovely. Stop a...  more »
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  • A fun place to visit in Chicago! A mesmarizing view in the night time and when the water is in you can see it light up at night. The color keeps changing. It is great in the daytime too. The backdrop of the skyline and Grant Park is amazing too. Worth watching!!
  • In continuation from my account of my visit to the city of Chicago - next we started walking our way out from the Millennium Park. Although the roads are quite busy, but walking on the sidewalks and through the park was a pleasant experience. The best part was they have placed road maps on the streets, which are a useful guide. The Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain - is the largest fountains in the world. There is a beautiful display from the fountain at regular intervals. The fountain in itself is a beautiful piece of architecture and is one of the major landmarks of Chicago. It is said that the fountain was donated by Kate S.Buckingham in honor of her brother Clarence.Kate was an art patron and a philanthropist and was the last of the Buckingham family. There is the Grant park in less than 500 meters - which is heavily planted with trees and blooming flowers. The pathways have a special charisma and have been designed in such a way that they bring out the photographer in you to capture the beauty. The fountain is surrounded by a good number of hotels, I believe - the Congress Hotel was easy to spot nearby. There are few benches where you could just let yourself get sunk in the view. :) Just have a look at the first picture - fountain with the surrounding high rise buildings,picturesque isn't it?! Cheers to life!! ~Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step! :)
  • Fun to visit on a warm summer's day. It's one of the largest fountains I've ever visited, has good views of the Chicago skyline, and is just a short jaunt from the lake (and the lakefront trail, which I recommend strolling along).
  • An amazing place. A wonderful view of the buildings, fountain, and the beautiful trees. Really enjoyed visiting!😊
  • A beautiful fountain and a nice walk through the park. Just a few steps away from Lake Michigan