After a long cold winter, our beloved lakefront icon will officially open Saturday May 9th at 6pm. The Chicago Park District’s “Switch on Summer” event begins at 4pm.
The Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain officially opened to the public on May 26, 1927. It was presented to the city of Chicago by Kate Buckingham in memory of her late brother Clarence. A centerpiece of Grant Park, this is one of the largest fountains in the world.
While the fountain was inspired by the Latona Basin at Versailles, France, it is certainly most familiar to visitors for its appearance in the opening of the very American TV show ‘Married with Children’.