Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain, Chicago: Hours, Address, Buckingham Fountain Reviews: 4.5/5

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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Neighborhood: Grant Park
How to get there
  • Adams/Wabash • 8 min walk
  • Harold Washington Library – State/Van Buren • 9 min walk
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russianwulfgar
Milwaukee, WI1,480 contributions
Jul 2021
Beautiful fountain to visit during the day and night. We sat there for a very long time waiting to see the tall water spike shoot up, thinking it was once an hour, or every 20 minutes or something. We never could figure it out. Gorgeous light effects at night. Tip: If you're tired of walking and want to take one of those rickshaw things back to your hotel, don't hop on the first one you see. They apparently have all different prices, and pricing structures. One dude told our party of three it would be $20 per person for a 10-minute ride. That sounded outrageous to me and I nixed our trip with him, and then he pointed to another rickshaw a few feet away and told us that guy charges like $5 or $10. So shop around.
Written July 6, 2021
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Keenomanjaro
Croydon, UK181 contributions
Aug 2019
Located in the heart of Grant Park, this is a huge fountain that puts on quite a spectacle every hour, sending up an enormous jet of water that must be one of the highest of any fountain I've ever seen. We found it quite pleasant to relax on one of the benches nearby, admiring the fountain and Chicago's skyline, which looms behind it. There's not much shade around, so you can feel a bit exposed here in warmer weather, but it's a good spot to enjoy a bit of people watching. We had fun watching a guy who was going up to tourists, offering to take their picture in front of the fountain, and then asking for money for the service - the range of reactions he got was very entertaining!
Written January 13, 2020
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tmazionsmith
Saint Paul, MN282 contributions
Jul 2021
This was my second visit; it was so much better than last time! I decided to go in the evening this time so that I could see the fountains lit up for the night. I didn't realize that the colors changed, so that was fun to see. I went on a Saturday night, and I was surprised that it wasn't overly crowded. I was able to get great photos without a ton of people in the way.
Written July 22, 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 October 23, 2021
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Emerald G
Saint Paul, MN68 contributions
Jun 2021
When my family was walking along the lakeshore, I took a detour inland to see this fountain. We read the Wikipedia page on the history of the fountain and then watched the water display. The fountain is quite impressive. There is small cafe next to it for snacks and drinks.
Written July 9, 2021
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John V
Westminster, CO671 contributions
May 2021
One of the most beautiful fountains in the US. It changes its performance regularly with different shots of water. You also can get a great view of the skyline. Afterwards, take a walk along Lake Michigan.
Written June 2, 2021
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elioboom
Hallandale Beach, FL30 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
As someone noted already, the fountain is not fountaining at the moment yet still is nice to go because of the surroundings. It’s just parks and more parks with a beautiful view of the skyline. You could also ‘hopped in’ into the lakefront trail and walk back by the shoreline.
Written November 21, 2020
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NikaNumber1
Royal Oak, MI6,475 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
This is a beautiful part of history and provides hydration to the face and to the city.

The fountain is lovely to watch with its prefect sprays, it’s always in working ordered as long as it’s not winter and the pipes haven’t frozen over.

It gets wet and windy when trying to take majestic photos for posterity, remember it is named the Windy City for a good reason.

This is a must see as well.
Written January 27, 2020
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Maddie
47 contributions
May 2021
We went early in the morning and the whole park was nearly empty. Very peaceful to walk around and visit the gardens. Sadly the fountain was not running so the park felt a little dead, but I image it is very nice when the fountain is on. Either way, it is a nice place to visit and offers great views of the buildings behind it.
Written June 11, 2021
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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 May 22, 2022
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