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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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  • A beautiful fountain. Must see in Chicago. Plan to be there at the hour to see the central, high portion of the fountain go up! 
    A beautiful fountain. Must see in Chicago. Plan to be there at the hour to see the central, high portion of the fountain go up!  more »
  • One of the largest fountains in the world! It is very similar to the Versailles fountain with Neptune and the dolphins. Unfortunately it was not running in November. 
    One of the largest fountains in the world! It is very similar to the Versailles fountain with Neptune and the dolphins. Unfortunately it was not running in November.  more »
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  • We had such a nice summer afternoon enjoying the fountain. The mist helped cool things off. Nice to grab a beer right there too
  • Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark and is gorgeous. Though known by the locals forever it was introduced to many in the opening credits of Married with Children. It's well worth a visit if you are in the area as it will not disappoint.

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