Grant Park - Buckingham Fountain, Chicago

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    Getting wet

    by PetraG Written Jan 16, 2006

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    The Buckingham Fountain, located in Grant Park, is one of Chicago's most popular attractions and one of the largest fountains in the world. It 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.

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    Grant Park

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 14, 2005
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    This is one of the oldest parks in the Midwest. Originally named Lake Park, it was set aside from development in 1835. Renamed Grant Park (for Civil War general U.S. Grant), it is a popular venue for musical and other festivals and activities.

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    Buckingham Fountain

    by happyhourkid Written Sep 6, 2005

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    While most recognizable from the opening credits of the comedy series Married With Children, most might be surprised to know that Buckingham Fountain is the largest in the world. Situated in Chicago's Grant Park, the fountain, which was designed by Jacques Lambert and modeled after Latona Fountain at Versailles, was donated to the city by Kate Buckingham in memory of her brother, Clarence Buckingham. Buckingham Fountain was dedicated on August 26, 1927. It was also the official starting point for the classic US highway Route 66 that ran to Los Angeles.

    The fountain runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 11:30am to 9:00pm with a light and water display from 9:00pm to 10:00pm.

    The fountain contains 1.5 million gallons of water. During a display, more than 14,000 gallons per minute is pushed through the 133 jets.

    Buckingham Fountain is ideally located across the street from the lakefront and is a favorite amongst city-goers who want to relax and take in the beauty of this city.

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    Beautiful Fountain

    by garridogal Written Aug 23, 2005

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    Like a horse 'n carriage....
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    Okay, I'll admit I wanted to see this fountain because of the opening to "Married with Children" but seeing it in person I can now say that it's a beautiful fountain in a beautiful and well kept park!

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    Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park

    by meteorologist1 Written Aug 6, 2005

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    Buckingham Fountain

    The Buckingham Fountain area located in Grant Park offers a breathtaking view of the Chicago skyscrapers. The fountain itself is the centerpiece of Grant Park and is considered one of the finest fountains in the country. The fountain was built back in the late 1920's and was funded by philanthropist Kate Buckingham in memory of her brother. The fountain can be seen while driving on Lake Shore Drive and is within walking distance from Millenium Park and the Magnificent Mile. The best photographs of Chicago can be obtained here, so don't miss the excellent photograph opportunity.

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    Not an ordinary Fountain!!!

    by vhasouth Written Jul 12, 2005

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    Buckingham Fountain

    Buckingham Fountain is one of the prettiest fountains I've ever seen. We made a couple of trips by it. No matter what time of day or night, it is BEAUTIFUL.

    It is described as being twice the size of Latona Fountain at Versailels. It holds a million and a half gallons of water.

    In the summer they are supposed to do a light show that I'm sure would be tremendous.

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    A great backdrop

    by HotRodEtte Written Jul 8, 2005

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    The Buckingham Fountain is a very attractive landmark. When I was there 10 years ago my best friend and I saw a wedding party posing in front of it for photos.
    Grant Park is a nice place to walk around and just "take it all in."

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    Grant Park Meeting Place

    by TRimer Updated Jul 1, 2005

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    Buckingham Fountain

    Most Chicagoans know Buckingham Fountain as "the meeting place" during the summer when going to events in Grant Park (i.e. the Taste, concerts, etc.)

    The Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain is a spectacular sight during the warmer months in Chicago (the fountain is turned off during the Winter). The fountain produces a major water display every hour on the hour for approximately 20 minutes (from 10am to 11pm). Every minute, 133 jets spray approximately 14,000 gallons of water into the air. The center jet shoots water 150 feet into the air. Beginning at dusk the water display is accompanied by a major light and music performance. There are 820 lights choreographed with the water and music.

    The fountain has four bronze sea horses that represent the four states that touch Lake Michigan- Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.

    Year Built: 1927
    Architect: Bennett, Parsons & Frost with Jacques Lambert
    Sculptor: Marcel Francois Loyau
    Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: August 30, 2000

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    Spectacular Fountain, Day or Night

    by jmhenry1123 Written Jun 17, 2005

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    Buckingham Fountain

    The Buckingham Fountain is the crowning decorative centerpiece of Grant Park. It is framed by the lakefront and Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive.

    The fountain has a magnificent plume of water shooting over 60 feet in the air. At night the fountain is bathed in an array of colors.

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    Grant Park

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    While touring downtown Chicago, be sure to stop in this park and wander around for a bit. Grant Park is another of Chicago's beautiful public parks located in downtown. The park borders Lakeshore Drive and contains a few interesting sights to see.

    The rose gardens, which are open in the summer, and the wildflower area, which contains a field of color, are great places to step away from the sometimes maddening crowds for a bit. The park's centerpiece is Buckingham fountain which erupts in a high spray of water every hour of so. Grant Park also contains its share of statues and other interesting visual displays, including Abraham Lincoln, as well as the stock exchange arch.

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    Night Fountain

    by vovik72 Written Apr 7, 2005

    Must see list in Chicago:
    In the downtown:
    1. John Hancock Building and observatory
    2. Sears tower and observatory
    3. Downtown famous skyline
    4. Buchingham fountain day and night
    5. Watertower place
    6. Art Museum
    In the suburbs
    1 Northern suburbs
    2 FermiLab

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    Buckingham Fountain

    by SnoopySue Written Feb 4, 2005
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    One of the most impressive sights in Chicago. The fountain's 1 1/2 gallons (5,7 million liters) of water recirculate through a computer-operated pumping system at a rate of 14,000 gallons (53,000 liters) per minute. Hundreds of spotlights hidden within the fountain are used to create a dazzling show of colored lights. The 20-minute shows, set to music, are held from dusk to 11pm every hour on the hour, from April to October.

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    Buckingham Fountain

    by sswagner Written Jan 25, 2005

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    Buckingham Fountain

    Situated in Grant Park, which is near the shores of Lake Michigan, this fountain is clearly the most famous one in the city. It is the one shown in the introduction to the sitcom "Married With Children". The fountain itself is directly inspired from the Latona Fountain found at the Palace of Versailles in France. It is now set in a large circle in the park.

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  • Lights at Buckingham Fountain

    by JohnnyCool Written Jun 19, 2004

    This is one of the prettiest sights to see in Chicago, it's only open in the summer and early fall..at night they have lights and every hour at the top of the hour the fountainhead goes about 4 stories so there is a huge spray..kids sometimes stand in it..its fun..

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  • Buckingham Fountain at Night

    by grkboiler Written May 3, 2004

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    Buckingham Fountain without a tripod

    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.

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