Chicago: Buckingham Fountain


Officially named the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, this Chicago landmark was dedicated in 1927 and is one of the largest fountains in the world.  Built in a rococo wedding cake style, it was meant to allegorically represent Lake Michigan.

It was summer when I was in Chicago so the city, especially its popular attractions like Buckingham Fountain was always full of tourists.


The above two photos were taken while I was onboard a car.  Up close, this is how the fountain looked like.


Did you notice the sea horse?  There were 4 and they are said to represent the states that border Lake Michigan namely Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.


Some trivia:  The fountain was designed by Edward H. Bennett.  Inspired by the Bassin de Latome and modeled after Latona Fountain at Versailles, it was donated to Chicago by Kate Buckingham in memory of her brother, Clarence.

I was lucky that when I passed by this attraction twice, it was showing different water formations.


Amazing how the center jet shoots up vertically to 150 feet!

Buckingham Fountain operates daily from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM from mid-April through mid-October. Water shows occur every hour on-the-hour and last 20 minutes.  For more information, click HERE.

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