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Hours:
8am-11pm

When to Go:
Year-Round, Especially between April and October

Seasonal Information:
The fountain is decorated with an array of lights during the holiday season.

Buckingham Fountain

Quick Facts

  • The Chicago Fountain Buckingham is at the center of Grant Park.
  • This Chicago Fountain is among the most well known Windy City landmarks.
  • The Buckingham Fountain was built as an allegorical representation of Lake Michigan.

Address:
Congress Parkway & Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
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User Average Review

Overall:
3.65
Location:
4.5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
3

Based on 2 reviews

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Tour Review : Buckingham Fountain


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.35
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
2

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

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The tour was:

Buckingham Fountain - I'll give it the benefit of the doubt

I've seen some pictures of Buckingham Fountain that are absolutely stunning; the Buckingham Fountain I saw at Grant Park was NOT the same fountain as the one I saw in those pictures. 

However, given its reputation and the photos I've seen of this Chicago landmark, I'll go ahead and give the Buckingham the benefit of the doubt. Just know that you've been warned.

I visited Buckingham Fountain on a chilly Monday afternoon in November. As soon as I located signs pointing towards the Fountain during my stroll in Grant Park, I knew I had to make the trek. If you begin from the entrance of Grant Park, it takes about 15 minutes (or more) on foot before you reach the Fountain.

When I finally reached the Buckingham Fountain - which is located in a large clearing on the north side of Grant Park - I was pretty disappointed; not only was it not on, but it looked rusted and old. It was kind of like going backstage during a great play and seeing all the scenery and costumes out of place and out of context. Or maybe it was like seeing sausage made. Basically, I saw how the Buckingham Fountain worked - I just didn't see it working.

That being said, the photos and the reputation of this Chicago landmark don't lie - I just caught the Buckingham at the wrong time. I would recommend visiting the Fountain in the Spring or Summer, especially at night. It's not really a must-see in November, though for all I know they turned the Fountain on later that night. Either way, take my advice and visit this Chicago attraction when the time - and the weather - is right.

Tour Review : Buckingham Fountain


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.65
Location:
4
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Buckingham Fountain Chicago - Worth Going Out of Your Way to See

“Love and Marriage... Love and Marriage...” It’s funny how no one knows this fountain by its name, but as the “Married with Children” fountain. Just speaking for myself, every time I see it, I can’t get that theme song out of my head!

Well other then being in the opening credits of a sitcom, this beautiful fountain is still one of the coolest tourist attractions in Chicago. Its sits in the middle of Grant Park (known as Chicago’s front yard), and it’s one of the largest fountains in the world!

If you go to the southeast corner, you’ll get an amazing view of the Chicago skyline right behind the fountain. This is definitely a Chicago attraction that’s worth going out of your way to see. It’s way bigger and cooler in person. Also, it’s great all lit up at night too!

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*Some images shown above are not actual photos from the attraction, but category representations. Visit the attraction's web site for actual photos.

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Landmark Chicago Fountain: Chicago Fountain Buckingham

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Summary

Features: The Buckingham Fountain, located in Grant Park, is one of Chicago's most popular attractions and one of the largest fountains in the world. This particular fountain in Chicago was opened in May of 1927. The four sea horses you see on its sides represent the four states that touch Lake Michigan: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. 

The fountain operates from approximately April 1 to November 1 each year and runs from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm each day. Every hour on the hour for 20 minutes the fountain produces a major water display and the center jet shoots 150 feet into the air. At dusk, the fountain's hourly major water display is accompanied by lights and music. 

The fountain's water capacity is 1.5 million gallons. Depending on wind conditions, major displays use approximately 14,100 gallons of recirculated water per minute conveyed through 134 jets. The fountain contains 820 lights.

Why We Go: Natives and visitors alike flock to this iconic city landmark for various reasons. Some are passing through the park, others stop by for the nightly light show, and still more simply come to admire the phenomenal architecture. Come out to the Chicago Fountain Buckingham and enjoy! Not mention, admission is always free.

  • Light Show: Nightly, the Chicago Fountain Buckingham illuminates the city with a beautiful light show.
  • Iconic Chicago Landmark: This Chicago Fountain was inspired by the Latona fountain at Versailles.
  • Close to Other Windy City Attractions: Centrally located, the Chicago Fountain Buckingham sits in close proximity to a variety of other significant Chicago highlights.

 

Inside Knowledge: A major Chicago icon, The Buckingham Fountain was built in the Rococo style and is features tiers like those of a wedding cake and is known for being an allegorical representation of Lake Michigan.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Read Up on City History: The Chicago Fountain Buckingham is one of the richest historical landmarks in the Windy City.
  • Do Checkout The Underground Tours: Through August of 2011, every Friday at 12pm, you can take a tour of the underground of this Chicago Fountain.
  • Don't Forget Your Camera: This beautiful fountain in Chicago is quite the architectural and hydraolic feat. You're going to want to capture your experience here.
  • Don't Worry About Parking: The Van Buren Metra Station is located extremely close to the Chicago Fountain Buckingham.

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Tour Review : Buckingham Fountain


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.65
Location:
4
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Buckingham Fountain Chicago - Worth Going Out of Your Way to See

“Love and Marriage... Love and Marriage...” It’s funny how no one knows this fountain by its name, but as the “Married with Children” fountain. Just speaking for myself, every time I see it, I can’t get that theme song out of my head!

Well other then being in the opening credits of a sitcom, this beautiful fountain is still one of the coolest tourist attractions in Chicago. Its sits in the middle of Grant Park (known as Chicago’s front yard), and it’s one of the largest fountains in the world!

If you go to the southeast corner, you’ll get an amazing view of the Chicago skyline right behind the fountain. This is definitely a Chicago attraction that’s worth going out of your way to see. It’s way bigger and cooler in person. Also, it’s great all lit up at night too!

Tour Review : Buckingham Fountain


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.35
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
2

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Buckingham Fountain - I'll give it the benefit of the doubt

I've seen some pictures of Buckingham Fountain that are absolutely stunning; the Buckingham Fountain I saw at Grant Park was NOT the same fountain as the one I saw in those pictures. 

However, given its reputation and the photos I've seen of this Chicago landmark, I'll go ahead and give the Buckingham the benefit of the doubt. Just know that you've been warned.

I visited Buckingham Fountain on a chilly Monday afternoon in November. As soon as I located signs pointing towards the Fountain during my stroll in Grant Park, I knew I had to make the trek. If you begin from the entrance of Grant Park, it takes about 15 minutes (or more) on foot before you reach the Fountain.

When I finally reached the Buckingham Fountain - which is located in a large clearing on the north side of Grant Park - I was pretty disappointed; not only was it not on, but it looked rusted and old. It was kind of like going backstage during a great play and seeing all the scenery and costumes out of place and out of context. Or maybe it was like seeing sausage made. Basically, I saw how the Buckingham Fountain worked - I just didn't see it working.

That being said, the photos and the reputation of this Chicago landmark don't lie - I just caught the Buckingham at the wrong time. I would recommend visiting the Fountain in the Spring or Summer, especially at night. It's not really a must-see in November, though for all I know they turned the Fountain on later that night. Either way, take my advice and visit this Chicago attraction when the time - and the weather - is right.