One of Chicago?s most popular landmarks, Buckingham Fountain is located in the center of Grant Park and is a phenomenal place for travelers in a Chicago luxury car rental to visit. Buckingham Fountain is built in a rococo wedding cake style, and is meant to represent Lake Michigan. The seahorses are to symbolize the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana ? all which border the lake. The fountain operates from April to October and is a beautiful sight to see during the winter when it is decorated with festival lights, or when it is lit up for the periodic water show or evening color light show!
Construction and Operation
Buckingham Fountain was designed by architect Edward Bennett, and the statues were created by French sculptor Marcel Loyau. The fountains official name, the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, was donated to the city of Chicago by Kate Buckingham in memory of her brother, Clarence Buckingham. The total construction of the fountain cost $750 000. The fountain is open daily and runs from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. from April to October. Visitors in a Chicago luxury car rental are sure to be amazed by the water display that runs for 20 minutes every hour, shooting up to 150 feet. Guests in a Chicago luxury car rental may also enjoy the show at night, where music is played as well. Constructed of Georgia pink marble, the fountain contains 1 500 000 gallons of water, and during a display 14 000 gallons per minute are pushed through the 193 jets!
Renovations at Buckingham Fountain
In 2008, Buckingham Fountain began to undergo extensive renovations, which include a three-phase project. Phase one of the renovation included permeable pavers surrounding the fountain (replacing the crushed stones). Phase two includes the demolition of the fountain table, installation of the under drainage system, new landscaping, site lighting, signs, site furnishings, sewer system, selective demolition to the fountain?s outer base repairs, and the installation of new cast ?in- place elements. Phase three includes the restoration of the fountain table, construction of a new equipment room, and mechanical and electrical and installation of site improvements. Once this process is complete, visitors in a Chicago luxury car rental will be astonished at the modern transformation of this beautiful landmark.
Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain
The fountain was commissioned to honor Clarence Buckingham, by his sister Kate Buckingham. Kate wanted to bring Europe?s monumentality to Chicago, mostly because she admired the public fountains there. Visitors in a Chicago luxury car rental can observe the fountain and be grateful to Kate Buckingham for commissioning this monumental fountain.
Buckingham Fountain Located in Grant Park
Buckingham Fountain is located in Grant Park, which is in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. Other then Buckingham Palace, popular destinations located within the loop include Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus. Grant Park is commonly referred to as the city?s front yard, and is the community area of Chicago. The Loop is downtown Chicago, where most businesses are held, and also near Lake Michigan. The loop is home of many events, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, the Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival and Lollapalooza. Grant Park is also where the Chicago Marathon starts and ends. Visitors in a Chicago luxury car rental are sure to enjoy the beautiful landscaping of Grant Park, which coincides with the spectacular Buckingham Fountain.
Traveling to Buckingham Fountain
Traveling from Global Exotic Car Rentals, visitors in a Chicago luxury car rental should start out west on Madison Street toward Canal Street. Next, turn left onto Clinton Street, then left onto Jackson Boulevard. Jackson Boulevard will turn into Jackson Drive, then turn right onto Columbus Drive. Buckingham Palace is in Grant Park, located just past Congress Parkway.