• Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain Tours

Don't miss Chicago's most iconic fountain

Buckingham Fountain

Considered to be Chicago's front door in Grant Park, this magnificent fountain dates back to 1927 and is one of the largest fountains in the world. Inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles in France, although double its size, Buckingham Fountain contains over 1.5 million gallons of water and has 193 jets. The center jet shoots water 150 feet vertically in the air during the water show, so spectators have to be cautious if it's windy!

Adorned with four sets of sea horse sculptures, the fountain was designed to symbolize Lake Michigan. Each sea horse represents a state that borders the lake: Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana. 

In the evenings, the fountain features dazzling lights to accompany the water show. No trip to Chicago is complete without witnessing the stunning performance along the lakefront! 

Visitor Information

Fountain Operation Hours

8:00 am – 11:00 pm mid-April through mid-October.

The final water show of the day begins at 10:00 pm.

Public Transportation

The closest L stations are Harrison (Red line) and Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren (Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple lines)

Entrance Fee

Free