Buckingham Fountain, Chicago

Buckingham Fountain, Chicago (must see)

Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark in Grant Park which was dedicated in 1927. The fountain is considered to be Chicago's front door, since it resides in Grant Park, the city's front yard. The fountain, located at Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway, was designed with sculptures by Jacques Lambert. The fountain itself represents Lake Michigan, while each seahorse symbolizes a state bordering the lake. The statues were created by the French sculptor Marcel F. Loyau. The design of the fountain was based on the Bassin de Latome and modeled after Latona Fountain at Versailles. The fountain runs from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day from mid-April to mid-October. During a water display that runs for 20 minutes every hour on the hour, the center jet shoots up to 150 feet (46 m) in the air. At dusk, a light and music show coincides with the water display. The last show of the night begins at 10:00 p.m. Each display lasts for 20 minutes.

Why You Should Visit:
Quite a sight to see this fountain with the Chicago city skyline in the background – one of the greatest photo op spots in the city.
Also, the water goes higher than just about any other fountain you've ever seen!

Tip:
Remember that the fountain is shut down for winter months.
Otherwise, enjoy the light show after dark!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am-11pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Buckingham Fountain on Map

Sight Name: Buckingham Fountain
Sight Location: Chicago, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk   Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour  

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