Chicago Park District

Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain

Plaza and Public Art
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 tha... (See all)


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    Think of Al Bundy while you're here.(2 Tips)
    Mary G.
    Come back for the night light and water show on the hour.(2 Tips)
    Kathleen N.
    It is beautiful during the day too with the view of Lake Michigan.(5 Tips)
    Wrigley F.
    Great place for families, romantic dates or just reflection.(4 Tips)
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  • MoDi 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 👍 👍 👍

    MoDi ALDossary · 1 day ago
  • Joseph B.

    An awesome piece of art; a symbol of Chicago.

    Joseph Blewitt · 3 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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
  • Michelle A.

    Lightey water

    Michelle Akin · December 20, 2014
  • John K.

    Great view of the city and lake!

    John Kidde · November 2, 2014
  • Robin O.

    Just add water (d'oh!)

    Robin Oldham · October 23, 2014
  • Marigel P.

    Hermosa! Recomendadisimo venir al anochecer para fotos bellisimas!

    Marigel Pulido · October 17, 2014
  • C B.

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

    C Bailey · October 14, 2014
  • Duncan P.

    As seen in the opening credits of married with children

    Duncan PJ · September 2, 2014
  • David

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

    David · August 25, 2014
  • Casey J.

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

    Casey J · August 25, 2014
  • Amelia

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

    Amelia · August 23, 2014
  • Kevin D.

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

    Kevin Dulin · August 13, 2014
  • Jillian O.

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

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

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

    M B · August 7, 2014
  • Lanique-Live L.

    Da kids loved it

    Lanique-Live Love · August 5, 2014
  • 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

  • Maria H.

    Great fountain by the water, close to Millenium Park!

    Maria Hayhow · June 26, 2014
  • Everyday

    People will ask you for money.

    Everyday · June 15, 2014
  • Victor H.

    Just like from Married With Children

    Victor Hsiao · December 26, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Karthik K.

    Don't forget your tripod!

    Karthik K · September 3, 2013
  • Karthik K.

    With the lights,it is the prettiest!

    Karthik K · September 3, 2013
  • Pathik B.

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

    Pathik Bhatt · August 31, 2013
  • 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
  • Reuel A.

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

    Reuel A · August 14, 2013
  • Jonathan

    Think of Al Bundy while you're here.

    Jonathan · July 28, 2013
  • Will C.

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

    Will Chung · July 27, 2013
  • William S.

    Prettier to see at nite

    William Santoyo · June 3, 2013
  • Bryan L.

    Great view on a sunny day.

    Bryan Lee · May 23, 2013
  • 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
  • Marilyn d.

    Romantic! Beautiful place to visit in Chicago

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

    Very relaxing place to just come and sit.

    Brad Perry · May 6, 2013
  • 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.

    Not so nice in January.

    Paul Rubin · January 29, 2013
  • Terre Z.


    Terre Zdunczyk · September 28, 2012
  • Jake S.

    The fountain represents Lake Michigan, with each sea horse pair symbolizing the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, that border the lake.

    Jake Smith · September 25, 2012
  • Cody L.

    Public bathrooms here!!!

    Cody Lorance · September 4, 2012
  • Monica B.

    Best angle for pictures is from the south side

    Monica B · August 31, 2012
  • Angelina K.

    Woah there's a light show at 8! I highly recommend it

    Angelina Kennedy · August 25, 2012
  • Linda K.

    Music and light show after dusk every hour on the hour for 20 minutes!

    Linda Kampe · August 23, 2012
  • Lindsey R.

    1,500,000 gallons of water! And operates from April to October

    Lindsey R. · August 16, 2012
  • Dallas W.

    Awesome light/music show at night.

    Dallas Winkler · August 13, 2012
  • Modern Magnate

    Get your best Larenz Tate on with your date at one of the most romantic (outdoor) locations in Chicago! Read more

    Modern Magnate · July 19, 2012
  • Stephenie

    Beautiful fountain, perfect for picture taking or just for admiring the awesome water show!

    Stephenie · July 8, 2012
  • Rick J.

    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!

    Rick Jessup · June 13, 2012
  • Wrigley F.

    Crown Fountain in Millenium Park gets all the glamour but this one is like Paris. There are benches, public restrooms & a little cafe. Great place for families, romantic dates or just reflection.

    Wrigley Fielder · June 12, 2012

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