Chicago's Buckingham Fountain opens for season

May 11, 2012

Associated Press

Chicago's famous lakefront fountain has opened for the season.

The Chicago Park District announced Thursday that Buckingham Fountain is operating daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. through autumn.

The popular fountain is one of Chicago's most recognizable images with its towering stream of water and evening light shows.

The fountain shoots water from a center jet 150 feet into the air during a display every hour on the hour. Beginning at dusk, the fountain's major display is accompanied by a 20-minute light and music show. A final display begins at 10:35 p.m.

Buckingham Fountain was dedicated on Aug. 26, 1927, and has become a favorite backdrop for tourist snapshots, wedding photographers and filmmakers.