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Buckingham Fountain

Closed Now: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Chicago's landmark is considered one of America's finest fountains due to its Beaux-Arts-style landscape design, finely wrought bronze sculpture and innovative use of technology.
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Grant Park, Chicago, IL 60605
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-742-7529
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All reviews grant park light show opening credits every hour on the hour lake michigan water show beautiful at night chicago landmark taste of chicago city skyline people watch nice walk take pictures field museum cloud gate the bean art institute
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Stopped by at night, just before closing, what a view?! Nice breeze and mist cooled us down. Next day watched it from the car traveling Northbound of Columbus Drive.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank en000442017
Reviewed 3 days ago

This Fountain is definitely a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park. According to what I have read it was dedicated in 1927, it is one of the largest fountains in the world. Built in a Rocky rococo wedding cake style and inspired by...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank traveltheworld012
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Growing up watching Married with Children I’ve had the fountain on my bucket list forever. Finally got to see it! Well worth the wait.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank HAM04
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited navy pier, this fountain and the Bean all at the same time as they are in walking distance of each other..see one and you want to see it all. Weekends you get music.., but with music you get CROWDS, you choose..Parking was the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 2017art
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is another fountain for which the water supply gets shut off during October and the fountain remains dry throughout the winter. However, during summers, when the different fountains flow in full swing in all directions, along with the jet going really high, especially accompanied...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Amit P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Anyone that watch Married with Children has to come here and enjoy the scene. It is a must. Heck its a must for anyone visiting Chicago. Heard the nighttime show is amazing. Never got there at nighttime. It is very pretty to walk around and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank matjaz2002
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you have ever watched Married with Children then this is for you! The title credits show this amazing fountain. A must see!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank liamjohnstone35
Reviewed 14 February 2019

It is a royal fountain with the backdrop of modern buildings on the lake shore. One has to take pictures here to make memories. If you are a tourist get a picture here as you will see it in many movies and soaps. if you...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Deepti111
Reviewed 4 February 2019

Been here a hundred times, never gets old. So pretty to walk around, mist feels great on a hot day. Perfect view of Lake and City Skyline. Lights up at night.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dawn C
Reviewed 14 January 2019

The fountain is huge and gorgeous. It was built in 1927 and is Versailles inspired. It is nice to watch and enjoy the scenic surrounding. I remember the fountain from the Married with Children sitcom.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Betty C
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18 September 2018|
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Response from ALnG_Culinary | Reviewed this property |
For an answer that is solid, I would call the Public works Department. They can tell you when the water is turned off to prevent pipes from freezing. "cityofchicago" "." "org"
Ivy R
17 July 2018|
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Response from Areya W | Reviewed this property |
It's on 8am -11pm w/ light show at dusk. I was there a few weeks ago it was back to regular operating hours.
Kristen B
23 April 2018|
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Response from SBC499 | Reviewed this property |
When I visited this March, they said they would turn the water back on in May!