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Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain

Plaza, Public Art, and Park · Grant Park
301 S Columbus Dr (btwn Jackson Dr & Balbo Dr), Chicago, IL 60601, United States

One of the largest fountains in the world, it runs from 8am - 10:45pm daily, from April to October, depending on weather. On May 26, 1927, the Fountain officially opened and was designed by Edward H. Bennett to represent Lake Michigan with 4 sea horses to symbolize the 4 states that border the lake.

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    David W.
    "Absolutely beautiful fountain"(3 Tips)
    Rick J.
    "your pants a la Al Bundy!"(2 Tips)
    Catie W.
    "beautiful light and water show.."(2 Tips)
    Jeff R.
    "Great view of Chicago buildings during sunset."(6 Tips)
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  • Diego F.

    The fountain wasn't working on late November

    Diego Fernández · December 1, 2015
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  • Diego F.

    Nice Park.

    Diego Fernández · December 1, 2015
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  • Rubi A.

    Unfortunately it was out of service ... :(

    Rubi Angel · October 1, 2015
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  • Chris F.

    Beautiful "Must See" while in the area

    Chris F · September 8, 2015
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  • Priya T.

    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!

    Priya Tungrus · August 24, 2015
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  • Theresa F.

    City views

    Theresa Fife Clark · August 23, 2015
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  • Angie O.

    Have to visit if you are new to the city. All angles around this fountain are great!

    Angie Osmanski · August 13, 2015
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  • Kirstjen L.

    Lights & music every night in the summer.

    Kirstjen Lorenz · July 28, 2015
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  • Melody L.

    Just a beautiful place. Lovely to sit by on a lunch hour. Great place to get photos.

    Melody Legge · July 23, 2015
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  • David W.

    Absolutely beautiful fountain

    David Weathersby · July 12, 2015
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  • Stephanie G.

    Buckingham Fountain

    Stephanie G. · July 4, 2015
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  • 🌹Sun!

    😍Buckingham Fountain💦

    🌹Sun! · July 2, 2015
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  • Vicky C.

    Beautiful place

    Vicky Chang · July 1, 2015
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  • Courtney J.

    Go! It's beautiful!

    Courtney Jill · June 30, 2015
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  • Rachel S.

    This is a neat little piece of history. Just do a google search and you'll learn that this fountain is a beast!

    Rachel Starks · May 25, 2015
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  • M A.

    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 👍 👍 👍

    M ALDossary · May 20, 2015
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  • Joseph B.

    An awesome piece of art; a symbol of Chicago.

    Joseph Blewitt · April 27, 2015
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  • Kelly W.

    Supposedly at night there is a light show, but wouldn't know since it does not operate during the winter. Beautiful regardless.

    Kelly Wong · February 17, 2015
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  • Austin W.

    After a run or a bike ride in the summer, stand near the fountain for a refreshing mist of cool water

    Austin Westermann · February 2, 2015
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  • Michelle A.

    Lightey water

    Michelle Akin · December 20, 2014
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  • John K.

    Great view of the city and lake!

    John Kidde · November 2, 2014
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  • Robin O.

    Just add water (d'oh!)

    Robin Oldham · October 23, 2014
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  • C B.

    Absolutely gorgeous. One of my favorite picture spots I saw on my weekend trip

    C Bailey · October 14, 2014
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  • Duncan P.

    As seen in the opening credits of married with children

    Duncan PJ · September 2, 2014
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  • David

    With city buildings in the background, it is really gorgeous.

    David · August 25, 2014
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  • Casey J.

    Beautiful fountain. Snack bar close by for drinks or a light lunch.

    Casey J · August 25, 2014
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  • Amelia

    Great people-watching space: many wedding parties, Segway tours, and others

    Amelia · August 23, 2014
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  • Kevin D.

    Really pretty at night with the lights synched with the music.

    Kevin Dulin · August 13, 2014
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  • Jillian O.

    I never get tired of this fountain, it impresses me every time.

    Jillian O. · August 8, 2014
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  • Bello M.

    This has got to be my favorite fountain in the world. Yet.

    Bello Mommy · August 7, 2014
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  • Lanique-Live L.

    Da kids loved it

    Lanique-Live Love · August 5, 2014
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  • Maria H.

    Great fountain by the water, close to Millenium Park!

    Maria Hayhow · June 26, 2014
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  • Everyday

    People will ask you for money.

    Everyday · June 15, 2014
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  • Victor H.

    Just like from Married With Children

    Victor Hsiao · December 26, 2013
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  • Alan C.

    Only open April-October - if you're seeing this tip outside those months, you're out of luck. Read more

    Alan Cordova · October 25, 2013
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  • Lina G.

    I usually go out of my way to drive by and get a glimpse of this superb fountain.

    Lina Gonzo · October 15, 2013
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  • Brett W.

    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.

    Brett W. · October 10, 2013
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  • Karthik K.

    Don't forget your tripod!

    Karthik K · September 3, 2013
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  • Karthik K.

    With the lights,it is the prettiest!

    Karthik K · September 3, 2013
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  • Pathik B.

    There's usually parking nearby on Columbus, but it's 6.50 an hour

    Pathik Bhatt · August 31, 2013
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  • Jennie

    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.

    Jennie · August 28, 2013
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  • Reuel A.

    Prepare coins for parking or swipe your credit card. Nice place to hang out.

    Reuel A · August 14, 2013
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  • Jonathan

    Think of Al Bundy while you're here.

    Jonathan · July 28, 2013
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  • Will C.

    At the top of each hour, the fountain congress alive!

    Will Chung · July 27, 2013
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  • William S.

    Prettier to see at nite

    William Santoyo · June 3, 2013
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  • Bryan L.

    Great view on a sunny day.

    Bryan Lee · May 23, 2013
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  • 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.

    Lou Malnati's Pizzeria · May 13, 2013
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  • Marilyn d.

    Romantic! Beautiful place to visit in Chicago

    Marilyn d'Arcy · May 7, 2013
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  • Brad P.

    Very relaxing place to just come and sit.

    Brad Perry · May 6, 2013
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  • 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

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