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Buckingham Fountain, Chicago

4.5
Fountain · Hidden Gem · Landmark
One of the largest fountains in the world, Buckingham Fountain was built in 1927. Taking its inspiration from the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles, the attraction features an ornate Rococo style. Designed to represent Lake Michigan, each seahorse that decorates the fountain symbolizes its bordering states. Every hour on the hour for 20 minutes the fountain produces a water display, with the center jets shooting 45.7 m (150 ft) into the air. The fountain also features other colored light shows. With our online itinerary creator, Chicago attractions like Buckingham Fountain can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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....  more »
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  • Such a beautiful fountain. The park area surrounding it is just as beautiful. I never realized there was a small rose garden before the fountain. Definitely a sight worth seeing, and great backdrop for portraits/photography shoots!
  • This fountain was beautiful and definitely a touristy thing to do. It was big and had a fence around it so you couldn't come too close. Overall a great spot for pictures. I would recommend going if you haven't seen it.

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