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“Great in summer, fun to photograph” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Crown Fountain

Crown Fountain
50 South Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL
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Ranked #24 of 365 attractions in Chicago
Type: Fountains
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Great in summer, fun to photograph”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Chicago's my favorite American city to visit and photograph; such a fantastic array of architecture and great parks. Crown Fountain occupies part of the vast Millenium Park (and adjacent parks) complex; it is the next "feature" just south of Cloud Gate / The Bean.
Two 50' tall towers of glass block rise from a flat plaza. Sheets of water pour down 3 sides of each tower, flooding the plaza in a layer of water about 1-2 inches deep (make for some great reflections to photograph.) The 2 faces of the towers that face eachother, have embedded LED screens, which continually project changing human faces - faces of real people, very close up (eyes, nose, mouth). Periodically, a face will purse its lips, and a hidden spout, aligned with those lips, will spew out a column of water into the fountain. Hugely popular with kids in summer (more great photo ops, with appropriate permission from parents first, for any face-shots of their kids.)
A great place in warmer months to cool off, wade and people watch!

Visited October 2013
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“sadly, shut down for winter...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Would have loved to see fountains "spit", but clearly "spitting" off for winter. The double digital face displays still on and very cool!

Visited October 2013
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“...just amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Next to "the Bean" - this fountain/waterfall/work of art was my favorite attraction. I didn't even notice at first the photos under the cascading water! Truly a work of art and imagination that stands out in a whole TOWN full of wonderful things to see and do. (Can you tell I LOVED Chicago??)

Visited September 2013
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“Great fun in the summer months”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The fountain is not particularly pretty. The idea is weird. Face after face of ordinary Chicago Citizens appear in mammoth size and end up spitting cascades of water down upon children or adults alike if they are close enough. And watching all the real people is what is really funny and the main attraction. A good place to relax - or get wet!

Visited September 2013
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“Fun, fun, fun...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

You can't come to Chicago & not check this out. It's really fun when it's warmer & you can walk in the water that it spews. Come and watch the crowd watching the fountain.

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