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Buckingham Fountain, Chicago

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Fountain · Hidden Gem · Landmark
One of the largest fountains in the world, Buckingham Fountain was built in 1927. Taking its inspiration from the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles, the attraction features an ornate Rococo style. Designed to represent Lake Michigan, each seahorse that decorates the fountain symbolizes its bordering states. Every hour on the hour for 20 minutes the fountain produces a water display, with the center jets shooting 45.7 m (150 ft) into the air. The fountain also features other colored light shows. With our online itinerary creator, Chicago attractions like Buckingham Fountain can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • What a beautiful fountain! It, unfortunately, was too early in the season for it to be running but we could only imagine what it looks like. Can't wait to go back in summer and see it.  more »
  • Great place to travel to, nice walk, right by the lake, parking wasn't bad, the water/fountain wasn't on, but it's still great to see.  more »
  • Such a beautiful fountain. The park area surrounding it is just as beautiful. I never realized there was a small rose garden before the fountain. Definitely a sight worth seeing, and great backdrop for portraits/photography shoots!
  • This fountain was beautiful and definitely a touristy thing to do. It was big and had a fence around it so you couldn't come too close. Overall a great spot for pictures. I would recommend going if you haven't seen it.
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