Grant Park - Buckingham Fountain, Chicago

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500 S Lake Shore Dr 312-742-7529

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    Chicago's Beautiful Grant Park

    by spgood301 Updated Aug 10, 2006

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    Spend a most relaxing Chicago day at the big, beautiful Grant Park, right on Lake Michigan. It's one of the coolest places in Chicago...and, with its lakeside location, it's really true.

    Walk, jog, bike, rollerblade, or just chill out in the sun with a good book. And make sure to admire the view. The lake on one side, the city skyline on the other, & all of that beautiful foliage in between. You can't beat it.

    Grant Park also hosts many festivals, especially during the summer. The Blues Festival. Taste of Chicago. The Country Music Festival. Just to name a few. And, in 2006, Lollapallooza was held here. A busy place, this Grant Park.

    A word of warning: certain festivals, especially Taste of Chicago are VERY popular. If you don't like crowds, you may want to keep that in mind. Taste happens for a week each summer.

    That said, Grant Park is waiting for you!

    Skyline View from Grant Park & Museum Campus Another city view from Grant Park

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    Make a Wish!

    by Marisola Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    Take a walk through Grant Park to Buckingham Fountain, between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive. Take some beautiful photos here. While patterned on the fountain in Versailles, it is twice as big! The fountains run May through September. They vary in levels higher and lower at different times, and if you stand on the windy side, you will catch a nice shower! Lights up at night, too! Don't forget to throw in a penny and make a wish!

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    Taste of Chicago

    by HotRodEtte Written Jul 14, 2006

    This was quite the summer festival if I've ever seen one! Our TasteFest in Detroit has nothing on this, as you walk miles and miles of booths in Grant Park, all of which have cuisines from restaurants all over the area for the public to try. For $7, you get 11 tickets. All food vendors take tickets only, no cash. Tastes are 3 tickets and meals can go anywhere between 5 and 8 tickets each. Tastes are generous portions however, and we enjoyed doing this at multiple booths, as we were able to sample different restaurants' foods without getting full too fast.
    Be patient with the crowds though; it wouldn't surprise me if the entire nation was crammed into the park for this event. Also, wear comfortable shoes.
    This event usually goes from the end of June through 4th of July week.

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    "Love and Marriage"...Buckingham Fountain

    by spgood301 Written Jun 6, 2006

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    Chicago really is a feast for the eyes, especially in the spring and summer. Fresh green parks surrounded by Chicago's amazing architecture make it, in my opinion, America's most visually beautiful city.

    In the middle of Grant Park lies Buckingham Fountain, a visual and architectural delight in itself. From close-up or far away, it's an urban oasis, framed by green trees and tall buildings - especially the Aon Building, Chicago's 2nd tallest. Spend a few minutes admiring the beautifully engraved fountain itself, and just sit and relax. It's a special place, rather romantic too I'm sure (not that I would know of course heeheeee) - and it's right near the lakefront too.

    By the way, if you're a TV fan, you may recognize Buckingham Fountain from the opening of the show "Married with Children", whose theme song was Sinatra's "Love and Marriage". In fact, you may end up singing it while you're there.

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    Please correct me...

    by Pawtuxet Written Jun 5, 2006

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    I'm not sure, but I believe this is the edge of the park which can be entered along the boulevard of arts, theaters and museums. It's been a while since I visited and so my memory is vague. I do recall looking out our hotel window and watching the whole waterfront project underway as well as major reconstruction going on in the park. Lovely big open spaces.

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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

    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.

    The Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Grant Park Part of the park's gardens More gardens
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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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    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!

    Like a horse 'n carriage.... Tacky Tourists...
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    Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park

    by meteorologist1 Written Aug 6, 2005

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    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 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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    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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    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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