What is Buckingham Fountain?

Buckingham Fountain at night

Located in Chicago, the Buckingham Fountain has been a historic landmark since 1927. One of the largest fountains in the world, the Buckingham Fountain in downtown Chicago was inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles. Operating from April to October, the Buckingham Fountain in Chicago boasts water shows and evening color and light shows. During the holiday season, the fountain is enhanced even further with festival lights. Learn more about the Buckingham Fountain and its significance as a Chicago landmark, and then plan a visit to the Skydeck at Willis Tower!

Why is the Buckingham Fountain in Chicago Worth Visiting?

Stylized in a rococo wedding cake style, the Buckingham Fountain is meant to represent Lake Michigan. The four sets of seahorses symbolize the four Midwestern states that surround the lake – Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana. The Buckingham Fountain in downtown Chicago has been an iconic landmark for almost 100 years.

Where is the Buckingham Fountain in Downtown Chicago? 

Located in Grant Park, the Buckingham Fountain has been referred to as “Chicago’s front door”, near the intersection of Columbus Drive and Ida B. Wells Drive, steps from Lake Michigan. Grant Park often hosts festivals, like the Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza, making it “Chicago’s front yard”.

Buckingham Fountain Hours in Chicago

With such an iconic landmark in a beautiful spot, the Buckingham Fountain receives thousands of visitors every year. Unless frigid winter temperatures say otherwise, the Buckingham fountain hours are daily from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. from mid-April to mid-October. With water jets shooting up to 150 feet into the air and set to lights and music after dusk, Buckingham Fountain water shows occur every hour on the hour and last 20 minutes

Visit the Skydeck at Willis Tower in Chicago

Now that you can answer, “where is the Buckingham Fountain,” be sure to check out the events at the Skydeck at Willis Tower! Take our Skydeck Chicago Virtual Tour and then contact us for more information on planning your next visit!

Important Notice Regarding COVID-19

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