Fountains in Chicago

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Fountains in Chicago

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  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey15,785 contributions
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    One of the largest fountains in the world (Built-in 1927 as a donation from the family), the feature boasts 133 jets that shoot water as high as 150 feet into the air during 20-minute choreographed displays (take place every hour between 8 AM and 11 PM). The last display of the evening starts at 10:35 PM. After dusk, the water show is accompanied by lights, a must-see if you are in the neighborhood in the evening.

    The fountain is the central focal point of Grant Park, Chicago's expansive public space with many attractions and smaller parks like Millennium Park, comparable to Central Park.

    Extra point for - the view from this place... one side, Chicago skyline, another side, the path to Michigan River.... so location wise- its top place.

    and From Skydeck Chicago- you can understand how strategically this fountain is placed.
    Written 23 March 2024
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  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey15,785 contributions
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    It features two 50-foot towers that face each other at opposite ends of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers' LED screens project the faces of thousands of Chicago residents, which are perfectly aligned with spouts so that they appear to be spitting water on passersby.

    The water flows mid-spring through mid-fall, while the faces are projected year-round. Construction took six months and cost $17 million, adding Crown Fountain to Chicago’s world-renowned public art collection in July of 2004.

    You can see kids playing around, and wedding photoshoots - Millennium Park is a fun place to experience everything. it's not continually flowing, it happens at a gap of 2-4 minutes.

    Like the legacy of Chicago, Crown Fountain's legacy celebrates community, playfulness, art, and innovation.
    Written 18 April 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China172,947 contributions
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    The Vietnam Veterans Fountain is located along the Riverwalk just west of the Herald Square Monument. The monument is the work of American writer, artist and Vietnam Vet Gary Tillery (2005) and is dedicated to those who served in all branches of the armed forces during the war.

    You will see a rectangular shaped pool and stone wall with the engraving Chicago Remembers above the list of names of those from the State of Illinois who died in the conflict. It is a fine memorial and tribute, worth spending a few minutes of your time while visiting the Riverwalk.
    Written 6 May 2023
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  • Cynthia K
    Westville, IN4,069 contributions
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    This is a cool fountain we were able to see while on our boat tour. The docent said a few words about it. I took a couple of pictures. We didn't see the water shooting across the river, which was disappointing.
    Written 23 September 2019
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  • Jen Travels
    Detroit, MI6,822 contributions
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    Stopped here as it seemed like an excellent end to our trip.

    It was.

    Very huge and stunning monument.

    Right off the road so easy to find, down the street from a college I believe, and along this big bend (curve).

    Nicely maintained it seemed, so different than from what I saw in other pics on here, showing green water.

    Partially paved/partially grass.

    No parking spaces, but you can park back some along the side of the road (no diagonal parking).

    Great view in the daytime.

    Written 2 June 2021
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  • Irina
    United States13,232 contributions
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    Pioneer Court -- a 46000 sq. ft (4273.5 sq. m), granite paved, publicly and privately owned plaza -- has a very central location at 401 N Michigan Avenue; it is surrounded by historic buildings, landmarks, and attractive city sights: Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Chicago River.

    In 2017, Apple Global Flagship Store (Apple Michigan Avenue) opened at Pioneer Court, also providing a direct, easy access to Chicago Riverwalk.

    Pioneer Court is a regular host of many cultural events in the city -- festivals, art displays, filming projects, weddings.

    From Pioneer Court the views of the city are spectacular. It is estimated, that daily about 22,000 people visit Pioneer Court -- a very famous and a very popular plaza in the city. Love it!
    Written 13 September 2023
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  • Monica1124
    Chicago, IL162 contributions
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    This picture with the fountain is Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park Chicago not Drexel Fountain. Drexel fountain is on the South side of Chicago near 55th and King Dr in Washington Park.
    Written 23 September 2020
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China172,947 contributions
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    There are quite a few statues scattered around Lincoln Park including Fountain Girl by sculptor George E. Wade just a short stroll from the Lincoln monument. This is a replica (2010) of the original that was first exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition (1893) and installed here in Lincoln Park in 1921.

    The statue is a bronze of a young girl, barefoot holding out a pot of water, as if offering to those who may be of need when passing by. She stands on a small fountain basin which wasn't in use when viewed in April. According to the plaque on the side of the fountain, this monument is a tribute to Frances Willard (1839-98). It pays tribute to Frances Willard, the 19th-century educator, women's suffragist and President of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (1879-98).
    Written 6 May 2023
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