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“The Fountain of Artistic Joy”

Buckingham Fountain
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 20 June 2014

Going anywhere in a city can be tiring if you’re not used to it. You need a place to relax and feel life pumping back into you. Sitting down and watching the water cascade up into the air and back down again in gentle arcs at Buckingham Fountain is just the ticket.

In the summer there is an ice cream vendor right there and you have only a few steps to take, to bring the cool fresh feeling the fountain brings into your body as you lick the cream from your cone.

You’ll want to bring a camera and take a picture, or two or a dozen. The city skyline is a wonderful backdrop and the pictures you’ll take will look wonderful later in a family photo album or a scrapbook. The fountain is FREE, the feeling of freshness is FREE and you’ll feel FREE. So take a load off of your heavy weary feet and enjoy one of Chicago’s historic landmarks.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We visited Buckingham Fountain today and loved it. It is huge. I took several photos before I realized that I needed to have someone in the photo to show exactly how large the foundation is! We were there on the hour, when the fountain shoots a stream of water straight up from the middle - it is huge and the wind (Windy City, remember?) blows mist everywhere. This was fantastic today, which was warm.

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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Fountain was larger than I expected and the water show lasted a very long time. It was a ery windy day and the wind shifted the water mist in different directions. When it comes your way watch out - you get drenched! Very funny to watch unsuspecting tourists who are up close taking pictures.

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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Fountain is gorgeous. At the top of every hour it shoots up water high in the air. Anyone standing close will get a bit wet depending on the wind's direction. Excellent spot to take a break from walking and relax. Many park benches. Beaituful views of the lake, and Chicago Skyline.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Located by Lake Michigan, this is one of my (and my children's) favorite spot for an evening stroll. The fountain is quite large with several tiers A water jet shoots up every hour on the hour for a few minutes. Evenings are especially pretty with beautiful lights lighting up the fountain, Chicago skyline providing the backdrop on one side and Lake Michigan on the other . There is a lot of open space all around with comfortable benches, close to parks and restaurants. It's an all time favorite spot of my toddlers!

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