Buckingham Fountain

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Buckingham Fountain
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Fountains
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8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Chicago's landmark is considered one of America's finest fountains due to its Beaux-Arts-style landscape design, finely wrought bronze sculpture and innovative use of technology.
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Address
Neighbourhood: Grant Park
How to get there
  • Adams/Wabash • 8 min walk
  • Harold Washington Library – State/Van Buren • 9 min walk
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Marilyn M
Lincoln City, OR170 contributions
Jun 2022
We kept trying to get there but it was hot and a bit of a walk. Our Gangster Tour ended just over the bridge so it was handy to get there. I'm so glad I saw it!
Written 17 June 2022
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Archie
Glenmoore, PA5,088 contributions
May 2022 • Family
This is such a haven. Beautiful fountain with the city backdrop provides amazing photo opportunities. It was a short cab ride from our hotel. We walked around the park. Its a short walk to the art museum. There are smaller fountains in the vicinity.
Written 30 May 2022
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Companion732078
2 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Fountain does not operate as advertised. Do not waste your time or Lyft $. It’s disappointing when things don’t run as advertised.
Written 29 May 2022
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia13,456 contributions
Apr 2022
Last time I was in Chicago it was New Year 2017/18 with -30'C and understandably it was not working.
However, I was greatly disappointed seeing it late April this year again not working.
Anyway, it's a terrific and huge fountain with great downtown panorama. Hope I'll see it operating some day.
Written 22 May 2022
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kmz88
Chicago, IL362 contributions
Dec 2021
A beautiful fountain. Must see in Chicago. Plan to be there at the hour to see the central, high portion of the fountain go up!
Written 25 February 2022
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Hanan C
California643 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
One of the largest fountains in the world! It is very similar to the Versailles fountain with Neptune and the dolphins.
Unfortunately it was not running in November.
Written 28 November 2021
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michaelrV8876NX
4 contributions
Nov 2021
One of the great ICons of the city.. it is closed in the winter but it is still a ery cool place to see.. Walk down the lake front and check it out the ice skating and the famous BEAN are not far
Written 23 November 2021
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E208PNsusanc
Atlanta, GA20 contributions
Aug 2021
An easy walk through Grant Park and you won't miss the famous Buckingham Fountain. It's a great place to relax with the fountain and city all around.
Written 2 November 2021
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Ling
Tampa, FL19 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Be aware that the fountain closes during off seasons. So when we went (end of October) the water was turned off (which also means the restrooms are closed)
Written 2 November 2021
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travderose
55 contributions
Oct 2021
Built in 1927, this is actually one of the largest fountains in the world with 1.5 million gallons of water. It represents Lake Michigan with four sets of sea horses symbolizing the four states—Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana—that border the lake. The wedding cake style is supposed to mimic the Palace of Versailles. And three's a 20 minute water show at the top of each hour with the center jet shooting up vertically to 150 feet, and after dusk shows are choreographed with lights and music.
Buckingham Fountain is often mistaken for the beginning of Route 66, but it hadn't even been built yet when the route opened in 1926.
Written 23 October 2021
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