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Buckingham Fountain

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Buckingham Fountain

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Combine a Chicago history lesson with supernatural tales for an ideal activity for adults and kids. Go back in time on the Gangsters and Ghosts tour to hear about Chicago in the roaring 1920’s when speakeasies around The Loop attracted notorious bootleggers and gangsters including Al Capone. See former gangster hangouts and haunted places like Congress Hotel, Palmer House, and Death Alley, with lively commentary from your historian guide.
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BamaRowersMom wrote a review Oct 5
Birmingham, Alabama170 contributions215 helpful votes
Due to COVID, Buckingham Fountain was not fountain-ing at the time of our visit. Sad face. Still, it is a GREAT place to get photos of the city skyline and we really enjoyed our walk.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Taylor B wrote a review Sep 2020
Chicago, Illinois6,475 contributions5,245 helpful votes
If you have visited and viewed and marveled at Buckingham Fountain this summer, you are running out of time. Located in the center of Grant Park, between Queen's Landing and Congress Parkway, near the intersection of Columbus Drive and Ida B. Wells Drive, off Lake Shore Drive, overlooking Lake Michigan, the Chicago Landmark is one of the largest fountains in the world. Dedicated in 1927, it is built in a rococo wedding cake style and inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles in France. It operates daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. from mid-April to mid-October. Water shows occur every hour on the hour and last 20 minutes. During shows, the center jet shoots up vertically to 150 feet. After dusk, shows are choreographed with lights and music. The fountain represents Lake Michigan with four sets of sea horses symbolizing the four states that border the lake--Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. The fountain was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. It remains one of downtown Chicago's most popular tourist attractions, along with Navy Pier and Cloud Gate or the "Bean" in Millennium Park. It is constructed of Georgia pink marble and contains 1.5 million gallons of water. During a display, more than 14,000 gallons per minute are pushed through its 193 jets. The bottom pool of the fountain is 280 feet in diameter. Another trivia item: The fountain's security system is monitored from Arlington Heights, a northwest Chicago suburb.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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KayBees54946 wrote a review Sep 2020
Chattanooga, Tennessee40 contributions15 helpful votes
My first trip to Chicago and none of the fountains are working. We figure it is due to the pandemic but not sure. We still enjoyed the park even if we had to wear a mask outside in 90 degree water in the park. The parks, monuments and lake were still beautiful to see.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Francis O wrote a review Aug 2020
Chicago, Illinois28 contributions20 helpful votes
During the day or at night, Buckingham Fountain is beautiful. This historical landmark was Chicago #1 attraction before the “Bean” was built. Located in the middle of the parks, close to Lake Michigan, is still a must for any tourist.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Noreen S wrote a review Mar 2020
Oak Forest, Illinois8 contributions3 helpful votes
My parents used to take us to the fountain in the 50s during our long, hot summers. (No air conditioners, remember). Indelible memories - make some with your own kids!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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