"Buckingham Fountain" Grant Park - Buckingham Fountain Tip by apbeaches

Grant Park - Buckingham Fountain, Chicago: 62 reviews and 103 photos

Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain, one of the largest in the world, It operates 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, typically from April to mid-October, depending on weather. Times are subject to change when large events take place in or around Grant Park.

While in operation, 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. The initial major display begins at 9:00 a.m. and thereafter, is every hour on the hour. Beginning at dusk, every hour on the hour for 20 minutes the Fountain's major water display is accompanied by a major light and music display. The final display of the evening begins at 10:35 p.m.

The water displays are powered by three pumps and 134 jets with a water capacity of 1.5 million gallons. Depending on wind conditions, major displays use approximately 14,100 gallons of water per minute conveyed through 134 jets. Water is re-circulated from the base pool after the basins are filled and not drawn from the outside except to replace losses from wind and evaporation.

The bottom pool of the fountain is 280 feet in diameter, the lower basin is 103 feet, the middle basin is 60 feet and the upper basin is 24 feet. The lip of the upper basin is 25 feet above the water in the lower basin. The underground pump room is 35 feet long, 25 feet wide and 25 feet high.

Kate Buckingham envisioned a fountain whose effect was that of "soft moonlight." She worked many nights with technicians, testing the various colors of the glass filters and currents to produce an ethereal, mystical aura. The Fountain contains 820 lights in the following configurations:

Buckingham Fountain officially opened in 1927 as the centerpiece of Grant Park??Chicago?s Front Yard?, architect Edward H. Bennett (1874?1954) designed the Fountain to serve as the park?s formal focal point without obstructing the views of the Lake Michigan. Kate Sturges Buckingham (1858-1937) dedicated the structure to the people of Chicago in 1927 in memory of her late brother, Clarence, donating one million dollars for the Fountain.

Address: 301 S. Columbus Dr. Chicago, Illinois 60605
Directions: east of the Loop
Phone: 312-742-7529
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/index.cfm/

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  • Updated Nov 8, 2014
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