- Type: Landmarks
NileGuide Expert Says:
Enjoy getting sprayed by the 150 foot plume on the hour. On summer nights, stop by while walking through Grant Park to take in a show of sorts: fountain sprays choreographed to 780 colored lights and recorded music by the Grant Park Symphony and Chorus. Our local has been treated to a surprise rendition (her surprise, anyway) of the 1812 Overture.
NileGuide Expert tip:
Make this a short rest stop after you visit the Art Institute and are exploring downtown. It is easily looked over, but should not be missed, especially at night.
- 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 1 (or earlier if warm) until mid-October.
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