Inside Grant Park, nicknamed Chicago's "front yard" with over 319 acres of beautifully manicured green space, gardens and public sculptures, lies one of the largest and most beautiful fountains in the world, Buckingham Fountain. Officially titled "Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain" the rococo wedding cake-style design was inspired by Latona Fountain in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles outside of Paris, France and was completed in 1927.
The fountain is meant to represent Lake Michigan and the four sea horses representing the states that border the lake: Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana. It contains over 1.5 million US gallons of water which helps puts on a 20-minute water show every hour upon the hour where the jet streams shoot 150 feet vertically into the air. In addition to the iconic fountain, Grant Park is also home to the annual Blues Fest, Jazz Fest, and Lollapalooza in addition to being a very popular place to stop and take photos on our Segway tours.
The fountain operates from 8:00 am – 11:00 pm mid-April through mid-October.
The final water show of the day begins at 10:00 pm.
The closest L stations are Harrison (Red line) and Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren (Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple lines)
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