Buckingham Fountain is one of Chicago’s most-recognizable landmarks. It is located close to Lake Michigan in Grant Park, and is one of the world’s largest fountains. It operates from late Spring through early Fall, and is decorated in lights during the Christmas Holiday season.
The rococo style fountain was finished in 1927, and was inspired by the Latona Fountain at the historic Palace of Versailles in France and was designed by well-respected architect Edward H. Bennett.
Buckingham Fountain has seen a few major rennovations, the last one taking place in 2008 & 2009. In another piece of unique trivial, the fountain is they symbolic eastern terminus of the historic Route 66.
I can’t recall the number of times I’ve heard it referred to as the “Married with Children” Fountain, as it appears in the opening credits of that show. For a couple years in the late 1990s, I had the good fortune of working at a great travel bookstore on nearby Michigan Avenue, and on certain sunny days I used to walk out to the fountain and enjoy my lunch while people watching. Those days are some of my finest memories of living years I spent living in Chicago.
Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain‘s website