The Buckingham Memorial Fountain in Chicago
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 742-7529The fountain of fountains is located at Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway in Grant Park in Chicago. Buckingham Fountain opened in 1927 and is still one of the largest fountains in the world. The fountain produces a major water display every hour on the hour for approximately 20 minutes. Every minute, 133 jets spray approximately 14,000 gallons of water into the air. The center jet shoots water 150 feet into the air. The fountain water display operates from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Beginning at dusk the water display is accompanied by a major light and music performance. There are
History of Buckingham Memorial Fountain in Grant ParkThe fountain was donated by Kate Buckingham in honor of her brother Clarence in 1927. The fountain was the largest in the world at the time it was built, and is Buckingham Fountain still one of the largest some 75 years later. Edward H. Bennett designed the fountain and it was built by Marcel Loyau. The fountain was meant to represent Lake
Sculptures of Buckingham FountainThe fountain has four bronze sea horses that represent the four states that touch Lake
The Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain located in Grant Park is an ideal place to relax and enjoy a cool breeze from the lake and the mist from the fountain. This is one of Chicago's most popular attractions and a favorite meeting place for locals and tourists alike. What insight Kate Buckingham had in erecting a truly wonderful memorial to her brother and an absolutely delightful gift to her fellow Chicagoans.
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