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Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain

Fountain and Public Art
Grant Park, Chicago
125 Tips and reviews
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  • Juliana C.
    Juliana CasteloSeptember 26
    Beautiful view
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WylieAugust 28
  • Cliff D.
    Take a selfie here!
  • Rob H.
    Rob HavasyJune 24
    It's a cool fountain in a big, open, and sunny (hot) place. There are places to eat right nearby if your starving but the food isn't great.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HavasyJune 24
    Practice your best Sinatra impression and prepare to sing Love and Marriage in honor of Al Bundy and the iconic Married With Children opening.
  • Gabo L.
    Gabo LugoJune 14
    Go at the blue hour (Google it), absolutely the best time to take incredible shots! Extra bonus if the sky is clear and there's full moon.
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!May 16
    Been here 5+ times
  • Josh C.
    Lots of trees for hammocking. A dank water fountain. Art installations. What more could you ask for?
  • Kristi W.
    Kristi WardMarch 20
    Gorgeous views at night.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AnthonyOctober 10, 2016
    Great for the one pic and then Uber back to where you're trying to go
  • Mariana P.
    Mariana PantalenaAugust 7, 2016
    Beautiful, magnificent and grand fountain. Worth the visit and the picture time!
  • Devrim G.
    Devrim GündüzJune 30, 2016
    Spend 5 mins while passing by.
  • William S.
    William StudartJune 25, 2016
    Beautiful fountain, it's definitely a place to sightsee in Chicago!
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!May 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Buckingham Fountain
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!May 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Buckingham Fountain!
  • JH H.
    JH H-DMay 12, 2016
    Just a scenic as you would gave imagined
  • David W.
    David WeathersbyMay 9, 2016
    Amazing icon of Chicago
  • nicholas p.
    nicholas petersonMarch 22, 2016
    Cool place to see especially at night and for those who haven't been to Chicago before
  • Eva G.
    Eva GuadarramaMarch 14, 2016
    great place to visit when it's warm out. It's even cooler at night when the fountain lights up.
  • Diego F.
    Diego FDecember 1, 2015
    The fountain wasn't working on late November
  • Diego F.
    Diego FDecember 1, 2015
    Nice Park.
  • Rubi A.
    Rubi AngelOctober 1, 2015
    Unfortunately it was out of service ... :(
  • Chris F.
    Chris FSeptember 8, 2015
    Beautiful "Must See" while in the area
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiSeptember 5, 2015
    Check it out at night with the colored lights
  • Anastasia .
    Anastasia 🌺August 28, 2015
    Amazing view!
  • Priya T.
    Priya TungrusAugust 24, 2015
    The hourly water show is nothing more than an extra high jet of water. The fountain however is really pretty. No need to wait for the show!
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 24, 2015
    The Navy Pier fireworks are synched with music, so if you want to get close enough to hear, watch from the pier. You can also catch great views of the sky by heading south to Buckingham Fountain.
  • Theresa F.
    Theresa Fife ClarkAugust 23, 2015
    City views
  • Angie O.
    Angie OsmanskiAugust 13, 2015
    Have to visit if you are new to the city. All angles around this fountain are great!
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzJuly 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lights & music every night in the summer.
  • Melody L.
    Melody LeggeJuly 23, 2015
    Just a beautiful place. Lovely to sit by on a lunch hour. Great place to get photos.
  • David W.
    David WeathersbyJuly 12, 2015
    Absolutely beautiful fountain
  • Stephanie E.
    Stephanie E.July 4, 2015
    Buckingham Fountain
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!July 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    😍Buckingham Fountain💦
  • Vicky C.
    Vicky ChangJuly 1, 2015
    Beautiful place
  • Courtney J.
    Courtney JillJune 30, 2015
    Go! It's beautiful!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel StarksMay 25, 2015
    This is a neat little piece of history. Just do a google search and you'll learn that this fountain is a beast!
  • M A.
    M ALDossaryMay 20, 2015
    Don't miss the Fountain, if you are in Chicago !!! Beautiful, Romantic and Relaxing fountain. The sound of water and music is worth going. Highly Recommended 👍 👍 👍
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittApril 27, 2015
    An awesome piece of art; a symbol of Chicago.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongFebruary 17, 2015
    Supposedly at night there is a light show, but wouldn't know since it does not operate during the winter. Beautiful regardless.
  • Austin W.
    Austin WestermannFebruary 2, 2015
    After a run or a bike ride in the summer, stand near the fountain for a refreshing mist of cool water
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle AkinDecember 20, 2014
    Lightey water
  • John K.
    John KiddeNovember 2, 2014
    Great view of the city and lake!
  • Robin O.
    Robin OldhamOctober 23, 2014
    Just add water (d'oh!)
  • C B.
    C BaileyOctober 14, 2014
    Absolutely gorgeous. One of my favorite picture spots I saw on my weekend trip
  • Duncan P.
    Duncan PJSeptember 2, 2014
    As seen in the opening credits of married with children
  • David
    DavidAugust 25, 2014
    With city buildings in the background, it is really gorgeous.
  • Casey J.
    Casey JAugust 25, 2014
    Beautiful fountain. Snack bar close by for drinks or a light lunch.
  • Amelia
    AmeliaAugust 23, 2014
    Great people-watching space: many wedding parties, Segway tours, and others
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DulinAugust 13, 2014
    Really pretty at night with the lights synched with the music.
  • Jillian B.
    Jillian BAugust 8, 2014
    I never get tired of this fountain, it impresses me every time.
  • MB
    MBAugust 7, 2014
    This has got to be my favorite fountain in the world. Yet.
  • Lanique-Live L.
    Lanique-Live LoveAugust 5, 2014
    Da kids loved it
  • Maria H.
    Maria HayhowJune 26, 2014
    Great fountain by the water, close to Millenium Park!
  • Everyday
    EverydayJune 15, 2014
    People will ask you for money.
  • Victor H.
    Victor HsiaoDecember 26, 2013
    Just like from Married With Children
  • Alan C.
    Alan CordovaOctober 25, 2013
    Only open April-October - if you're seeing this tip outside those months, you're out of luck. Read more
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoOctober 15, 2013
    I usually go out of my way to drive by and get a glimpse of this superb fountain.
  • Brett W.
    Brett W.October 10, 2013
    From April through mid-October, it produces a 20-minute water show every hour, with the center jet shooting 150 feet (45.7 m) high. Designed by Edward H. Bennett, it was dedicated in 1927.
  • Karthik K.
    Karthik KSeptember 3, 2013
    Don't forget your tripod!
  • Karthik K.
    Karthik KSeptember 3, 2013
    With the lights,it is the prettiest!
  • Pathik B.
    Pathik BhattAugust 31, 2013
    There's usually parking nearby on Columbus, but it's 6.50 an hour
  • Jennie
    JennieAugust 28, 2013
    We got there right when the water display went on! It spouts every hour on the hour for 20 minutes, 150 feet into the air.
  • Reuel A.
    Reuel AAugust 14, 2013
    Prepare coins for parking or swipe your credit card. Nice place to hang out.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanJuly 28, 2013
    Think of Al Bundy while you're here.
  • Will C.
    Will ChungJuly 27, 2013
    At the top of each hour, the fountain congress alive!
  • William S.
    William SantoyoJune 3, 2013
    Prettier to see at nite
  • Bryan L.
    Bryan LeeMay 23, 2013
    Great view on a sunny day.
  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
    You can't visit Chicago and not go to Buckingham Fountain! Don't miss the regular water shows and evening color-light shows from April to October.
  • Marilyn d.
    Marilyn d'ArcyMay 7, 2013
    Romantic! Beautiful place to visit in Chicago
  • Brad P.
    Brad PerryMay 6, 2013
    Very relaxing place to just come and sit.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Modeled on a fountain at the Palace of Versailles but nearly twice as large, it circulates 1.5 million gallons of water from Lake Michigan. – Green Guide Editor
  • Paul R.
    Paul RubinJanuary 29, 2013
    Not so nice in January.
  • Terre Z.
    Terre ZdunczykSeptember 28, 2012
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithSeptember 25, 2012
    The fountain represents Lake Michigan, with each sea horse pair symbolizing the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, that border the lake.
  • Cody L.
    Cody LoranceSeptember 4, 2012
    Public bathrooms here!!!
  • Monica B.
    Monica BAugust 31, 2012
    Best angle for pictures is from the south side
  • Angelina K.
    Angelina KennedyAugust 25, 2012
    Woah there's a light show at 8! I highly recommend it
  • Linda K.
    Linda KampeAugust 23, 2012
    Music and light show after dusk every hour on the hour for 20 minutes!
  • Lindsey R.
    Lindsey R.August 16, 2012
    1,500,000 gallons of water! And operates from April to October
  • Dallas W.
    Dallas WinklerAugust 13, 2012
    Awesome light/music show at night.
  • Modern Magnate
    Modern MagnateJuly 19, 2012
    Get your best Larenz Tate on with your date at one of the most romantic (outdoor) locations in Chicago! Read more
  • Stephenie
    StephenieJuly 8, 2012
    Beautiful fountain, perfect for picture taking or just for admiring the awesome water show!
  • Rick T.
    Rick TantonJune 13, 2012
    It was meant to represent Lake Michigan, but now it just represents Married With Children. Get a picture in front with your hands down your pants a la Al Bundy!
  • Sierra C.
    Sierra CampbellMay 15, 2012
    Two joggers are found dead here during the pilot episode. This is also where Teresa confronts Jarek again about teaming up with her to take down corruption.
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzApril 15, 2012
    Love and marriage. Love and marriage. The fountain you probably remember seeing in the "Married with Children" into. Right within Grant Park.
  • mark m.
    mark mcgrathDecember 31, 2011
    It's cold! But when sitting its much warmer go figure
  • venessa t.
    venessa tarbellNovember 17, 2011
    A great area for photos and people watching.
  • Brad C.
    Brad CecilOctober 7, 2011
    always wonderful
  • Kathleen N.
    Kathleen NemecSeptember 14, 2011
    Just know this is so very beautiful to see at night with your sweetheart! With the array of colors, it becomes a magnificent show. It is beautiful during the day too with the view of Lake Michigan.
  • Cheapism
    CheapismSeptember 1, 2011
    One of Chicago’s top attractions, and it is absolutely free. Shows start every hour on the hour and last for 20 minutes, reaching heights of 150 feet in the air. Read more
  • ZaarlyChicago
    ZaarlyChicagoAugust 10, 2011
    Has to be one of the most impressive fountains you'll ever see!
  • David M.
    David MahmarianAugust 9, 2011
    Catch a pigeon and win a mystical prize at dusk...
  • Randall W.
    Randall WaddithAugust 7, 2011
    The water is not for drinking
  • Catie W.
    Catie WardJuly 31, 2011
    beautiful light and water show..
  • Frank L.
    Frank LizzadroJuly 17, 2011
    The waters have healing powers. And herpes!
  • Fourthisto
    FourthistoJuly 16, 2011
    East of the fountain and down steps there is an impressive flower garden. There's fresh herb in there somewhere, I can smell it! Don't think about walking in the garden tho, you'll get fined 2 hundo.
  • Shannon B.
    Shannon B.July 1, 2011
    Light & Water Spectacular every hour, on the hour for thet 1st 20 mins from dusk- 11pm. Last show at 10pm all summer.
  • Ken B.
    Ken BJune 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Eat Crow and die!
  • Victoria P.
    Victoria PeraltaJune 10, 2011
    Watch out for Segway riders they're having too much fun zipping around and looking at the fountain to care that they'll hit you |:
  • Amanda D.
    Amanda D!May 23, 2011
    If the wind catches the fountain the right way, you could be spritzed with water. It's like being on a ride at Six Flags. Read more
  • Chef Ying N.
    it so beautiful.
  • Chris T.
    Chris TrewApril 30, 2011
    Little know fact that the fountain is actually not real.
  • Ken C.
    Ken CarsonDecember 21, 2010
    I'll never forget how the Buckingham Fountain lights lit up Barbie's face as we tossed our coins and made a wish. I'm still hoping my wish comes true.
  • Al L.
    Al LarcherOctober 24, 2010
    Great place to eat cotton candy but what's with the gaudy water sprout.
  • Katelyn A.
    Katelyn AchatzOctober 24, 2010
    Visit the fountain just after dark. The lights, mixed in with the view of the skyline is unmatchable.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff ROctober 3, 2010
    Huge water fountain. Absolutly a magical fountain. Great view of Chicago buildings during sunset.
  • IntelWiMAX
    IntelWiMAXSeptember 13, 2010
    Did you know?: Buckingham Fountain was the original starting point of U.S. Route 66. You're in a WiMAX hotspot. Hop online for more fun facts!
  • Chicago Sun-Times
    Chicago Sun-TimesSeptember 10, 2010
    For the weekend of Sept. 10-11, why not have some wine on Chicago's front door? The Windy City Wine Festival beckons. Read more
  • mtnbke
    mtnbkeAugust 20, 2010
    Terry is right! On the hour, the fountain shoots up extra high and you can run thru the mist! So refreshing on a hot summer day!
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    The wow-worthy mystical water and lights show can be seen after dusk from late Spring through mid-Fall.Powered by Read more
  • Kelpen H.
    Kelpen HagenJune 6, 2010
    So this IS the fountain from the opening credits of married with children!
  • Mary G.
    Mary GazzeMay 28, 2010
    Favourite spot in Chicago. Beautiful old fountain built to rival those of Versailles. Come back for the night light and water show on the hour. It'll leave you breathless!
  • Tim R.
    Tim RiceApril 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Last show of the night begins at 10pm - see it! Read more
  • jmiguel P.
    jmiguel PeFebruary 25, 2010
    One of the places I have to go to whenever Im Downtown
  • Terry C.
    Terry ChayMay 23, 2009
    Go to Buckingham Fountain and wait for the hour.
  • Annette L.
    Annette LMay 9, 2009
    Leaping in front of the fountain
  • Arturo L.
    Arturo LunaAugust 19, 2016
    En época de calor lleva lentes oscuros y bloqueador solar porque el sol da con todo.
  • dygbz
    dygbzJuly 11, 2016
    taste of #chicago ile birleşimi süper olmus 👍🏻
  • Nayeli J.
    Nayeli JiménezOctober 26, 2015
    Lástima que estaba apagada. Es un most tomarte una foto aquí.
  • Jorge G.
    Jorge GuerreroOctober 16, 2015
    Lugar histórico donde inicia la ruta 66!!! Ven a caminar en la tarde y relájate un poco con el viento!!
  • Jorge G.
    Jorge GuerreroOctober 16, 2015
    Aquí inicia la histórica ruta 66!! Lugar con mucho significado para los Maratonistas!! Camina por acá con Hot Dog Chicago Style y disfruta de la tarde!
  • Evelyn T.
    Evelyn TellezJune 9, 2015
    La fuente está bonita pero el show en el día no vale la pena, solo sube un chorro de agua alto al centro y eso es todo, quizas de noche valga la pena.
  • Jellou
    JellouOctober 17, 2014
    Hermosa! Recomendadisimo venir al anochecer para fotos bellisimas!
  • National Geographic Russia
    Букингемский фонтан был открыт в 1927 году. Если ночи достаточно теплые, ярусы фонтана выбрасывают до 55 тысяч литров воды из бассейна емкостью в 5,5 миллиона литров. Read more
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