Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain

Did you know that Route 66 starts here? Enjoy the show before setting off.

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Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain

Water, light and colour.

As well as the towering buildings that make up the skyline and the green spaces, you must visit the fountain considered to be the largest in the world. Built in pink marble and officially opened in 1927, it is the departure point for the extremely famous Route 66 and it is found inside Grant Park, on Columbus Drive. Although its operation depends on weather conditions, every hour, from 8 in the morning until 22:35, which is the time of the last show, you can watch an unforgettable water display which lasts for 20 minutes. At night, the fountain is illuminated by 820 lights which produce a mixture of colours which the benefactor herself, Kate Buckingham, envisioned as ‘soft moonlight’. It also has a control system which operates the valves and pumps of the fountain and coordinates them with the lights and the music.

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