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Construction Work, Chicago: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  Closed Down Buckingham Fountain
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  • Fence Surrounding Buckingham Fountain [09/2008] - Chicago
      Fence Surrounding Buckingham Fountain [09/2008]
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One of my favorite sites in Chicago is the Clarence Buckingham Fountain, known as "Buckingham Fountain". Much to my dismay, this last trip to Chicago in September of 2008, the beautiful and popular fountain is off limits to visitors and surrounded by a tall construction fence [see photo #2].

The only reason I have a photo of it is because the gates to the construction fence were opened so that a huge construction truck could go out on the street. Traffic was stopped, the doors were held open by two construction workers, and so I stepped up and took the photograph {#1}

Buckingham Fountain is the main attraction in Grant Park. This fountain was commisioned in 1927 by Kate Buckingham to honor her late brother Clarence. Its design is based on the "Bassin de Latome" at the Palace of Versailles near Paris.

Buckingham Fountain has a central jet that shoots water up to 150 feet [46m]. Usually each night in the summer a computerized choreography of color spotlights make for spectacular night views of this glorious fountain.

It was sad to look beyond the gates to see the famous dolphins that surround the fountain over in a pile while the revamping is in progress. This is quite a project and a very expensive undertaking.

So, to all visitors to Chicago: be aware of this project; hopefully, it will be completed by the opening of the summer season.

othercontact: 500 South Columbus Drive
Phone: 312-742-7529

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  • Updated Sep 12, 2008
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