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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. Put Buckingham Fountain and other Chicago attractions into our Chicago trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • this is a beautiful fountain, reminds me of the fountains at Columbia University, go during the week, not on the weekends, too many wedding/bday photographers. just annoying.  more »
  • Haven't been here since I was a kid - very beautiful and busy. I want to come back to see it at night now!  more »
  • Went and enjoyed this fountain several times during our visit. During the evening there are lights in the water that change their color and frequency. Within the park during that time of day, music is...  more »
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  • There's not much to say really. It was very beautiful and looked much larger up close than in the pictures. You may have to walk far for parking if street parking fills up. We decided to park at the Millennium Park underground parking since we would end up there later anyway. Visited September 2015
  • 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! :)
  • 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!!
  • This has always been a nice park to relax and take a load off your feet in the concrete jungle. Nice views of the lake and the downtown area.
  • 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).

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The Midwest's major center for business conventions, Chicago boasts many affordable places to stay, with most hotels located around the airport and the city's central business district. To discover the city from a comfortable base within walking distance of most tourist attractions, aim for one of the big chain hotels in the downtown area. If you're traveling on a limited budget and wish to get a deeper sense of Chicago's many diverse neighborhoods, consider staying away from the pricey city center and explore suburbs on a commuter train line for easy city access.
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