Graceful sea horses spray jets of water into the lagoon that surrounds what is perhaps Chicago's most beloved public ... More
Clarence Buckingham Fountain
Graceful sea horses spray jets of water into the lagoon that surrounds what is perhaps Chicago's most beloved public piece of art. Philanthropist Kate Buckingham commissioned the fountain in 1927 in honor of her brother Clarence. Its design parallels one of the fountains at Versailles Palace in France. You may, however, recognize it from the intro to "Married with Children." Recently renovated, the fountain has been returned to its former splendor. At night, it becomes gorgeously illuminated, drawing crowds from May 1st (or earlier if warm) until mid-October.
Growing up in Chicago, I always enjoyed Buckingham Fountain.
In my teenage years I would go down with my boyfriend and walk around and sometimes take a photo. The night time is the best time to go for me. The light show is ultimitely the best.
In my young adult years, I would go by myself at night, just to watch the colors change and enjoy the peacefulness that comes with it.
I moved from Chicago 1 year ago and I found myself looking for that same sort of peaceful entity and all I can find is Buckingham Fountain...on-line. Of course, this is not the same, but that is all I've go to go with.
I'm in the Atlanta metro area now and just so happens that there is Centeniel Park, that has a water fountain that is O.K. but not the same. However, there is some irony to this story, the fountain is under construction.
If one knows anything about Chicago, then you know about construction.
Grab some sandwiches at the grill stand closeby and relax in one of the most beautiful places in Chicago. The sound and vibe of the fountain, right in front of Lake Michigan and just southeast of Millenium Park, will delight you. It's located close enough to most Chicago destinations that you shouldn't miss it.
Great place, amazing experience. Once the music starts, and the fountain spells it water high in the sky dancing to impress everybody, to send love and comfort in the air., then and only then you feel blessed and lucky to be in this place. You can share it with you soul mate, friend or family, or simply you can enjoy it by yourself. Must have experience.
Love this fountain! My husband and I had to check it out while we were in the city as we are both fans of Married with Children. It is a great value (free - cannot pass that up!) and a nice place to stop for a rest on a walking tour of Chicago. My son loved playing in the gravel.
I can't believe I came out to Chicago never knowing I was going to run into the Married with Children fountain. Of course, I immediately started singing the song. With my luck a couple was taking photos of their wedding in front of the fountain. It looks beautiful, I have pictures of the couple in front of the fountain.
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