"Buckingham Fountain at Night" Grant Park - Buckingham Fountain Tip by grkboiler

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

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by grkboiler

Buckingham Fountain is one of Chicago's greatest landmarks. But at night, it is lit up with bright colored lights and becomes even more spectacular than what it is during the day.

Every hour on the hour for 20 minutes, the fountain's main jet shoots a stream of water 150 feet into the air for for a major water display, and after sunset, the display is put to lights and music. The last show is at 10 PM. It really is amazing to see.

The Fountain was built in 1927 as a memorial to Clarence Buckingham from his sister Kate, a philanthropist. The sculptures that make up the fountain are very detailed and beautiful. The four sea horses represent the four states that touch Lake Michigan - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Buckingham Fountain is made of Georgia pink marble and pumps over 14,000 thousand gallons of water per minute. The pool is 280 feet in diameter. The fountain is lit up at night with 820 lights. It is controlled by a computer in the pump house and is equipped with a security system.

The Fountain runs from April 1st to November 1st, depending on the weather, from 10 AM - 11 PM daily.

For you TV fans, the introduction to the 80's and 90's show "Married...With Children" starts off with Buckingham Fountain.

Address: 500 S Lake Shore Dr
Directions: in Grant Park, east of the Loop
Phone: 312-742-7529
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/buckinghamfountain.fountainhome

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  • Written May 3, 2004
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