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Buckingham Fountain

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As featured in 3 Days in Chicago and 6 other guides
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Address: Grant Park, Chicago, IL
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Chicago's landmark is considered one of America's finest fountains due to...

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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Visually beautiful... not just the fountain!

Unfortunately we went in the winter, fountain not running. But the plaza and the views from the plaza were beautiful. Just a short walk to the lake. A nice place to just relax... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Chanelle C
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Huntsville, Alabama
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Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice walk, park, fountain. It reminds me of the TV serie with Al Bundy. If you are in Chicago go for it but not a must.

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Buffalo, Wyoming
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Was a beautiful fountain but was very disappointed because there was no water in the fountain. Understandable since its February. But would love to see it again in the summer time.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unfortunately we went in the winter, fountain not running. But the plaza and the views from the plaza were beautiful. Just a short walk to the lake. A nice place to just relax, bring a snack or lunch and enjoy!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The fountain was especially lovely on the summer day that I visited it. Water shot up from it in a really dramatic fashion. It was great to photograph with either the skyline or the lakefront in the background. This Chicago icon is not to be missed!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love walking by the fountain and taking pictures, visiting while at the Taste of Chicago just walking around

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Flowers, water, location, ease of seeing, the scale of the fountain, it all works together. And being right in the middle of Grant Park is a plus. It can be a short or long leisurely visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a great place to walk around and see the city, especially when the fountain is in full swing. But the name did not come from the Queen! See it at night, and you're really charmed. It's also a favorite place for bridal parties to have their pictures taken. So, bring a picnic and watch the parade.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though I visited in the winter, the fountain was lovely. It's in a great stretch of lakeside strolling. This is a great spot for relaxing and daydreaming.

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North Aurora
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful very large fountain near the lakefront by Grant park. You'll want to view it in the summer at night when it is lighted.

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River Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best places in the city to sit and just enjoy yourself. The fountain lights are beautiful and when it rises you may be able to enjoy a mist of water. Love it here it's very tranquil.

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