Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksFountains
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, Tennessee5,809 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 1 August 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,385 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 12 March 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 8 June 2024
  • doctorfoxtrot
    Taguig City, Philippines13,069 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply Wonderful
    The water display was quite elegant , extensive and a feast for the eyes . Adding to that was a nice backdrop of the city skyline . Located at Grant Park it was near Maggie and Millenium. Although it can be a tedious walk considering the humidity at that time. Be ready for taking nice photos.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 July 2024
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tmazionsmith
Saint Paul, MN446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This was my second visit; it was so much better than last time! I decided to go in the evening this time so that I could see the fountains lit up for the night. I didn't realize that the colors changed, so that was fun to see. I went on a Saturday night, and I was surprised that it wasn't overly crowded. I was able to get great photos without a ton of people in the way.
Written 22 July 2021
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travderose
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Built in 1927, this is actually one of the largest fountains in the world with 1.5 million gallons of water. It represents Lake Michigan with four sets of sea horses symbolizing the four states—Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana—that border the lake. The wedding cake style is supposed to mimic the Palace of Versailles. And three's a 20 minute water show at the top of each hour with the center jet shooting up vertically to 150 feet, and after dusk shows are choreographed with lights and music.
Buckingham Fountain is often mistaken for the beginning of Route 66, but it hadn't even been built yet when the route opened in 1926.
Written 23 October 2021
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elioboom
Hallandale Beach, FL33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
As someone noted already, the fountain is not fountaining at the moment yet still is nice to go because of the surroundings. It’s just parks and more parks with a beautiful view of the skyline. You could also ‘hopped in’ into the lakefront trail and walk back by the shoreline.
Written 21 November 2020
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TYPSUKR
Arlington, VA729 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
On the tail end of our walking tour of the Loop, we wanted to finish up a little bit closer to the lake, and we kept walking towards some music that we were hearing in a nearby park. Little did we know that had stumbled across one of the largest fountains in the world, which at that moment, was in the middle of its hourly display. The highlight of this was the very-high central jet, along with an array of smaller jets flanking it. There were plenty of benches around the perimeter, and we treated ourselves to a memorable show.
Written 11 September 2022
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Emerald G
Saint Paul, MN89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
When my family was walking along the lakeshore, I took a detour inland to see this fountain. We read the Wikipedia page on the history of the fountain and then watched the water display. The fountain is quite impressive. There is small cafe next to it for snacks and drinks.
Written 9 July 2021
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John V
Westminster, CO677 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
One of the most beautiful fountains in the US. It changes its performance regularly with different shots of water. You also can get a great view of the skyline. Afterwards, take a walk along Lake Michigan.
Written 2 June 2021
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Meandering Panda
Wellington, New Zealand7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
We went in early July 2024 at 8pm on a weekeday. It was beautiful and we got some nice photos at sunset. But it was definitely not the "lots of lights and music" promised for this time of year, in fact there was no music at all. There were some coloured lights on the fountain, and at times the water went higher, but we were a bit disappointed it didn't match the extravagant description.

We think it should be made really clear on websites and information available, if the super amazing light and music show only happens at certain dates and times during summer, to avoid disappointment for others in future.
Written 23 July 2024
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN5 809 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 2 August 2023
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Francis O
New York City, NY32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
During the day or at night, Buckingham Fountain is beautiful. This historical landmark was Chicago #1 attraction before the “Bean” was built. Located in the middle of the parks, close to Lake Michigan, is still a must for any tourist.
Written 6 August 2020
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Ken D
Beavercreek, OH124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
On a previous trip in October 2017, we came to Buckingham Fountain to see it up close and found it being drained for the season! ARGH! We had seen it from a distance as we passed by on our Chicago Pizza Tour the day before in all its glory. This was a major reason we chose June for this trip. It is in-season for the fountain. The fountain is beautiful and enormous. It is definitely worth seeing and is just a couple blocks south of Cloud Gate (the Bean) which is the most visited site in Illinois. Hang out for a few minutes as the water pressure changes…
Written 7 February 2020
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