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Buckingham Fountain

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Address: Grant Park, Chicago, IL
Phone Number: 3127427529
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Chicago's landmark is considered one of America's finest fountains due to...

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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Lovely spectacle!

Large fountain next to Lake Michigan. Every hour, on the hour, an extra large jet of water is unleashed! Very refreshing if it is a warm day!

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Large fountain next to Lake Michigan. Every hour, on the hour, an extra large jet of water is unleashed! Very refreshing if it is a warm day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very beautiful fountain with large open area around it. Loved taking pictures with it in the background.

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Elba
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This fountain was one of the things that we roamed the city looking for. Our only disappointment was that the park where this is located, was basically closed due to an event. The fountain itself was open, however, it is surrounded by chains. Contrary to what you may see on TV, it is not accessible for wading or sitting on... More 

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Old enough to remember this as an opener for Al Bundy! Esp pretty at night when lit Safe waliking area but there are plenty of taxis. Def a photo op

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Wyoming, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are walking around downtown, make a pass through here. A huge square with kid friendly food items (not healthy) offered at the little deli on the square (don't know name) if you want to stop for a picnic.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is worth the walk to see, for the intricacy and sheer size of this beautiful fountain. We visited on a warm day, after smelling the rose garden located nearby and seeing the urban garden just below. It is a treasure. I have loved fountains since I was a child and this one brought back my childlike sense of wonder.

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and the were in town (Chicago) We stay across the street at the Hilton Chicago and could see it from our room it's magical especially at night when changing colors

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Hammond, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I enjoyed this site first on the Tour Bus and second with family from Chicago. It is quite impressive. It was a great place to relax, hangout and take pictures. My son enjoyed finding Pokemon characters on Pokemon Go. Just a word of caution to drivers to pay close attention to parking signs. We witness a car being towed because... More 

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful and impressive place. Great place for pictures. It's a lot bigger than I thought that it would be.

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Carlingford, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ornate fountain in the middle of a large clear space. You can't get close to the water as it has a guard rail.

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