Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain
4.5
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8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
About
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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Neighbourhood: Grant Park
How to get there
  • Adams/Wabash • 9 min walk
  • Harold Washington Library – State/Van Buren • 9 min walk
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  • hrobinson1114
    Nashville, Tennessee5,826 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice fountain, poor execution
    I’ve been to Chicago several times, but always in the fall, so the fountain has always been turned off. I had high hopes going here, but it didn’t rate five stars. The fountain is open 8 AM to 11 PM, May through October. There is supposed to be a nighttime light and music show, but the night I went, it was just the regular lights. It’s supposed to be every hour on the hour, so I waited quite some time to no avail. It wasn’t five stars for me for the following reasons: no light and music show as promised, no benches or seating (maybe it was moved for lollapalooza, but doubtful), and there were tons of those annoying cycle rickshaws wrapped in neon lights. They just kept circling around the fountain blasting Miley Cyrus. This is a neat display, and is one of the largest fountains in the world, so it’s worth a visit, but the city could make it more hospitable to visitors with some seating and actually stick to the show schedule.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 1, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,203 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Chicago Landmark. Beautiful at Night but Only Visit During the Warmer Months When the Fountain is Working
    A Chicago Landmark, the Buckingham Fountain located in Grant Park is beautiful. It is best experienced when it is illuminated at night during the summer months when the fountain is working. The water is turned off during most of the year and a visit here is not worthwhile during those times. The photo with the fountain and the Chicago Skyline in the background is stunning.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 12, 2024
  • hockeyaw19
    Marlborough, Massachusetts648 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Married with Children Fountain - Al Bundy approved
    Pretty nice fountain set in the more southern portion of Millennium Park. We went in mid-may and the fountain was in full action and was nice to watch for a bit as we strolled the grounds. Note - there is not much shade in this area so you'll be sunblasted. It's also the fountain prominently displayed during the opening of Married with Children.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written June 8, 2024
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Rachel & Andy
348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Visited: 06/07/2023

Really nice fountains, the level of detailing of the sculptures within the fountain is amazing. You get a good view of the city skyline as well from here, and the nice breeze from Lake Michigan which was welcomed on a hot day.
Written June 14, 2024
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hockeyaw19
Marlborough, MA648 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Pretty nice fountain set in the more southern portion of Millennium Park. We went in mid-may and the fountain was in full action and was nice to watch for a bit as we strolled the grounds. Note - there is not much shade in this area so you'll be sunblasted.

It's also the fountain prominently displayed during the opening of Married with Children.
Written June 8, 2024
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TimCampbellSMS
Puslinch, Canada47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Love this fountain. Beautiful.
Side note: be careful people selling you overly expensive stuff around it like ice cream, balloons or rides.
Written May 28, 2024
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sanju_222323
New Jersey15,958 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
One of the largest fountains in the world (Built-in 1927 as a donation from the family), the feature boasts 133 jets that shoot water as high as 150 feet into the air during 20-minute choreographed displays (take place every hour between 8 AM and 11 PM). The last display of the evening starts at 10:35 PM. After dusk, the water show is accompanied by lights, a must-see if you are in the neighborhood in the evening.

The fountain is the central focal point of Grant Park, Chicago's expansive public space with many attractions and smaller parks like Millennium Park, comparable to Central Park.

Extra point for - the view from this place... one side, Chicago skyline, another side, the path to Michigan River.... so location wise- its top place.

and From Skydeck Chicago- you can understand how strategically this fountain is placed.
Written March 23, 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
A Chicago Landmark, the Buckingham Fountain located in Grant Park is beautiful. It is best experienced when it is illuminated at night during the summer months when the fountain is working. The water is turned off during most of the year and a visit here is not worthwhile during those times. The photo with the fountain and the Chicago Skyline in the background is stunning.
Written March 13, 2024
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN5,826 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I’ve been to Chicago several times, but always in the fall, so the fountain has always been turned off. I had high hopes going here, but it didn’t rate five stars.

The fountain is open 8 AM to 11 PM, May through October. There is supposed to be a nighttime light and music show, but the night I went, it was just the regular lights. It’s supposed to be every hour on the hour, so I waited quite some time to no avail.

It wasn’t five stars for me for the following reasons: no light and music show as promised, no benches or seating (maybe it was moved for lollapalooza, but doubtful), and there were tons of those annoying cycle rickshaws wrapped in neon lights. They just kept circling around the fountain blasting Miley Cyrus.

This is a neat display, and is one of the largest fountains in the world, so it’s worth a visit, but the city could make it more hospitable to visitors with some seating and actually stick to the show schedule.
Written August 2, 2023
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Kelli P
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This was on my list of things to see while visiting Chicago. It is a must see! It is larger and more impressive than I expected
Written June 22, 2023
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Ashley R
Jonesville, MI452 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Very cool fountain. Big and unique you don’t see many like this everywhere. Lots of cool flower gardens in the area, near the lake. Just a pretty spot to check out
Written June 20, 2023
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK2,768 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
One of the best fountains we have visited and we saw a lot recently on a tour of Western Europe.
Such a relaxing vibe with so much seating scattered around that you really get the chance to stop, take a breath and admire its design and capabilities.
Written June 18, 2023
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grapeeape
Vienna, VA533 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Iconic, huge fountain. Beautiful attraction. Worth a visit on the way to explore Lakeshore Blvd, Millennium Park and/or Navy Pier.
Written June 4, 2023
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