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Buckingham Fountain, Chicago

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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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  • Beautiful fountain jetting about 15,000 gallons of water per minute and up to 150 feet in the air. Be sure to see after sunset. The 4 seahorses in the basin represent the 4 states surrounding Lake Mic...  more »
  • From here there is a beautiful view of the buildings of the city. The photos are very beautiful and it is another one of the must-sees in Chicago.
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  • A beautiful fountain located on the waterfront. Great in the daytime but better at night with all the lights. A water show every hour is fun to watch.  more »
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  • Buckingham phone is located in downtown Chicago. Is a wonderful sight to see close to lake Michigan and close to the trails next to lake shore drive. In the evening time generally from 8 o'clock until 11 Buckingham fountain has choreographed to music and the light show every hour on the hour all summer long. It is something wonderful to see. The colors are brilliant the music is awesome and it's just quite relaxing sitting next to the phone watching the light shell
  • One of the world's largest fountains. Dedicated August 1927. It needs work. Some things people take for granted. This should not be one of them. The City & Chicago Park District have run out of money to complete phase 2 of its restoration. Google it. It needs a GoFundMe page. I do not know how that can be allotted. The city has issues. High taxes. Funding unnecessary political things. It needs focus. Stop the shootings that kill or maim so many young people of color. It also needs relief. Beauty. Inspiration. I wonder how many of them got the chance to see the lights of Buckingham Fountain. Violence and hatred can only cease when hearts open. This is more than a historical landmark. It is a place of wonder. One dedicated to the memory of a brother by his loving sister. What struck me was not just the building elements, or the design. It was the conception of Kate Buckingham. A very strong, very eccentric woman. Saw a fountain in Paris, decided to model this one like it. This is a place that can be viewed anytime, but most enjoyed in the evening. Kate was an older lady when she was tirelessly worked with technicians to pick out the exact soft color blends of lights to illuminate the sprays of water. To create a fairyland effect. One of magical, soft moonlight. Designed to delight. That made my eyes fill. Such was her heart. Her love. Her soul. A mystical aura in memoriam. That's why we need Buckingham Fountain. A place of wonder. Given with love. We need places like this in Chicago. Beautiful places to relax. Be renewed. Be inspired. Especially now.
  • Beautiful place. Not much to do though... Definitely good for a stop while showing guests around downtown. There's a quick bite shop with good options and not too bad pricing considering it's downtown... Within walking distance from bus stop and parks that you can visit.
  • The fountain and the surrounding park are a great place to enjoy the nice weather. Bring the kids, have a picnic, or just stroll around and enjoy the lakeside scenery and the people watching. The fountain itself is enormous, multi-tiered, and mesmerizing to look at. It understandably draws large crowds on nice weekends.
  • Gorgeous fountain! Good luck getting a nice couple shot without others in your picture through on a nice day. I had the perfect shot but this one Asian dude refused to get out of the frame and ignored me when I asked him. I had to crop him out

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