Chicago’s Grant Park is one of the Windy City’s showpieces, and Buckingham Memorial Fountain is the center piece of Grant Park. Located between Columbus and Lakeshore drives, and east of Congress Plaza, this fountain is a Chicago landmark. It is one of the largest fountains in the world, with a water capacity of 1.5 million gallons. It shoots its spray 15 stories (150 feet) high, every hour on the hour. This is the fountain that TV viewers saw in the opening sequence of the popular sitcom Married With Children.
The Buckingham Memorial Fountain is tiered, and has intricate designs of water spouting fish, pink marble seashells, and bronze sculptures of seahorses. It was built in 1927, and modeled after the Latona Fountain in the royal French court of Versailles. However, the Chicago fountain is more than twice the size of the original. Kate Sturges Buckingham, a wealthy widow, donated the fountain to the city in memory of her brother Clarence. She also left the city funds to maintain and operate it. At night music and colored lights enhance the dramatic display of erupting water.
Address: 301 S Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, United States
Phone: (312) 742-7529
Architects: Edward H. Bennett, Daniel Burnham