Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain 301 South Columbus Drive Chicago

24 Hours in Chicago/Buckingham Fountain
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Just southeast of Millennium Park is Grant Park. At the heart of Grant Park is Buckingham Fountain, a Chicago landmark dedicated in 1927. The Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles inspired the construction of Buckingham Fountain. Visit the park at night from spring through fall, and you’ll see the fountain completely lit up. 

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The Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain is among the world's most massive fountains. It's made of pink Georgia marble with additional granite elements and sculptures done in bronze by French artist Marcel Loyau. The fountain was donated by Kate S. Buckingham in honor of her brother. She was heavily involved in working with the designer, Edward H. Beckett, and technicians to ensure the fountain stayed true to her vision. 

During the warmer months, the Buckingham Fountain puts on a water show for 20 minutes every hour. The fountain was manually operated until the 1980s when it became fully automated. It takes three pumps to power the water display, and in total, they push through over 14,000 gallons of water. In addition to the pumps, the fountain contains 133 jets and has a total water capacity of 1.5 million gallons!

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