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Buckingham Fountain Chicago: Water, Light, and Music Display in Grant Park

Located in the center of downtown Chicago's Grant Park, the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain is one of the city's most iconic attractions. As one of the largest fountains in the world, it contains nearly 200 jets that circulate 15,000 gallons of water per minute. Visitors of Grant Park marvel at the dazzling water display of this Chicago landmark that occurs for 20 minutes every hour on the hour with jets that shoot water as high as 150 feet into the air. Check out the spectacular light and music display that begins at dusk with the last show starting at 10 pm to see the fountain glow while lighting up Grant Park. The fountain's four Art Deco seahorses represent the four states that touch Lake Michigan - Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.


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Runs from 8 am to 11 pm daily, early May through mid-October.


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  • Water Display
  • Light and Music Show
  • Grant Park Meeting Place


  • How tall is Buckingham Fountain in Chicago?

    One of the largest of its kind, the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain in Grant Park has a center jet that streams water over 150 feet in the air. The fountain display runs every hour on the hour for 20 minutes in the center of downtown Chicago's Grant Park.
  • When does Buckingham Fountain in Chicago turn on?

    The Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain runs from 8 am to 11 pm daily from early May through mid-October. The light show at Buckingham Fountain runs every hour from dusk until 10pm and is the centerpiece of Grant Park.

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