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Buckingham Fountain is back on for the season

One of Chicago’s greatest treasures is back as of Saturday. Buckingham Fountain is engaged once again, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Saturday evening. Hundreds upon hundreds of persons walked up to Buckingham Fountain to take photographs and to enjoy the spray from the fountain as temperatures reached the upper 70s under sunny skies on its opening day for 2014. The local favorite is turned off every year for the winter months, but is a welcome prelude to the several months of long-awaited summer weather. After this year’s brutal winter on Chicagoans, the current spring weather is extremely welcome.

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago at Grant Park.
Scott Paulson
Buckingham Fountain in Chicago
Photo by Scott Paulson

The fountain was turned on at 9 a.m. on Saturday by Char’Nee Turner, says ABC News. Turner, a senior student at Kenwood Academy in Chicago, is the recipient of the Chicago Park District Junior Citizen Award. Today’s opening of the Buckingham Fountain begins the nearly-magical landmark’s 87th year of operation. The fountain is on every day from spring through the fall, when weather permits, from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m.

NBC News reports that the jets of the Buckingham Fountain have now been turned on. The water thrusts through the air again, and after dark the light show is featured. The Buckingham Fountain is reportedly one of the largest water fountains found anywhere in the world. Every hour, the fountain performs a water display that is engaged for 20 minutes. Lights and music accompany the display, starting at dusk. The last display shows to visitors happens at 10:35 in the evening.

Historically, the fountain was dedicated on August, 26 1927. Officially, it was named the Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain. Back in the day, the phenomenal structure was built for $750,000. Since being constructed some 87 years ago it has been a famous backdrop for personal photographs taken by people – as was done today at the fountain. Besides tourists gathering to save the moment in photos, there are often wedding photographs being taken there. It is very popular during the Taste of Chicago, also, as that annual event in Chicago happens right by the fountain.

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