Grant Park - Buckingham Fountain, Chicago

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    Buckingham Fountain

    by winnietankl Written Nov 1, 2009

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    The Fountain which is located in Grant Park is consider one of the biggest fountain in the world and most popular attractions in Chicago. The four sea horses on its sides represent the four states that touch Lake Michigan: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
    The fountain operates from Apr to Nov (10am to 11pm each day). Every hour for 20 minutes the fountain produces a major water display and accompanied by lights and music at dusk.

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    Buckingham Fountain

    by tim07 Updated Mar 9, 2008

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    The fountain is one of the cities most impressive sights, watching the 133 jets shoot water to a height of 135ft. During the day it's an ideal place to relax from the heat & the crowds of the city. At night hundreds of spotlights create a show set to music & light on the hour from dusk to 11pm (April to October).

    The four pairs of seahorses in each corner represent the four US states that border
    Lake Michigan.

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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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  • Buckingham Fountain at Night

    by grkboiler Written May 3, 2004

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    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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    Buckingham Fountain

    by jo104 Written Sep 3, 2009

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    A lot of people want to view this iconic Chicago landmark because of the association with the film "Married with Children". I personally never watched it but this fountain is quite spectacular. From April to Mid October for 20min every hour ending at 11pm there is a water display jets of water jump 150ft into the air accompanied by a light and music display. The fountain looks like a wedding cake but was designed as Lake Michigan with 4 sea horses. These symbolise the 4 states which touch the Lake Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana & Michigan. The fountain is made out of Georgia pink marble and first opened in 1927. The designer was inspired by Louis XIV's garden in Versailles.

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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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    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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    Grant Park

    by HotSpotJ Written Feb 15, 2007

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    In the summer Grant Park is an awesome place to go for a jog and have a beautiful view of the Lake- if you're adventurous enough you can jog to Soldier Field and back, with Buckingham Fountain in the center of it all.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    BUCKINGHAM Foutain is world...

    by lobstop Written Sep 8, 2002

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    BUCKINGHAM Foutain is world famous. It is the fountain in the beginning of every episode of Al Bundy. It is one of the biggest fountains in the USA.
    The funny thing about this fountain is, that it is operated from Atlanta/Georgia. As far as I know the story goes like this: When the guy, who donated that fountain to the city of Chicago, died, the widow wanted to move back to Atlanta where she came from. But she wanted to keep control over the fountain, so the computer, with which you can stear that object is still in Atlanta. And if that story is not true, it is still a funny and entertaining story.

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    Attend a Grant Park Orchestra...

    by mayasmin Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Attend a Grant Park Orchestra concert in summer.
    IT'S FREE and IT'S GOOD (Do I need to say more). This outdoor concert is definitely something that should not be missed when visiting CHicago during the summer months.

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  • Buckingham Fountain

    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    You know that classic opening to 'Married with Children' when the large fountain in Chicago turns off? Well, this is that fountain! Sadly, the only times I've seen it have been when it was turned off. Anywho, check it out, it's neat looking, and not a far walk from the Art Institute or the Shedd Aquarium.

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