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Buckingham Fountain

Open Now: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Open today: 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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Grant Park, Chicago, IL 60605
Downtown / The Loop
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All reviews grant park light show opening credits every hour on the hour lake michigan water show beautiful at night chicago landmark taste of chicago city skyline people watch nice walk take pictures field museum cloud gate the bean art institute
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is definitely a must even if the fountain was not running. Great Skyline light view as well. just sit relax and take it all in.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 982debrag
Reviewed yesterday

There's not much to say - it's a beautiful fountain in a gorgeous park. Be sure to visit when you're walking around Grant Park.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank stephaniedukes
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I would recommend going int the evening when they turn it on tu full blast and have a bit of a show with music and colored lights. It’s nice during the day, but a little more impressive to see in the evening. One of the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank GdlR
Reviewed 1 week ago

The only way to see Buckingham Fountain is at night. If you go during the day you miss the magic the fountain gives off. With the changing of the colors it is truly spectacular.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ridge83elcamino
Reviewed 1 week ago

The world famous Buckingham Fountain is a one of a kind fountain that I have visited. The only thing that would make it complete is Al Bundy!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank w9rog
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can see the attraction, but if you come from Europe you've probably seen lots of these types of fountains. Hence the average score. Of course, it stands out in Chicago!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Elle_01234
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best place to relax and take some pictures Not too crowded and good ambience Safe place even after dark

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Ninan V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Few Citys have parks in the most exclusive real estate area. Chicago has 3...with Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park being the most spectacular.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 761rickh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the free must see attractions in Chicago! Beautiful at night with all of the different colored lights dancing to the music! Easily accessible from millennial park. The light shows start at dusk and are 20 min long. Last one is at 10 p.m....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The fountain is a landmark second to none. The park and fountain are maintained very well. It is close to the lake so that you can take in the entire lake front experience.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Joseph P
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September 18, 2018|
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Response from ALnG_Culinary | Reviewed this property |
For an answer that is solid, I would call the Public works Department. They can tell you when the water is turned off to prevent pipes from freezing. "cityofchicago" "." "org"
Ivy R
July 17, 2018|
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Response from Areya W | Reviewed this property |
It's on 8am -11pm w/ light show at dusk. I was there a few weeks ago it was back to regular operating hours.
Kristen B
April 22, 2018|
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Response from SBC499 | Reviewed this property |
When I visited this March, they said they would turn the water back on in May!