The Buckingham Fountain is one of the American's finest fountains and a public icon of Chicago. It is the centrepiece of Grant Park and is set within a handsomely landscaped garden, one of the city's finest examples of a Beaux-Arts-style landscape design. Kate Buckingham funded the fountain in memory of her brother, the garden opened on May 26, 1927. The Buckingham fountain is distinguished not only for its exquisite decorative details and finely wrought bronze sculpture, but also for its innovative use of technology which creates a dynamic light and water display on a massive scale. It is the work of architect-planner Edward H. Bennett, who had also constructed the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Edward Bennett was a significant figure in the creation and execution of the 1909 Plan of Chicago, which encouraged the creation of lakefront amenities such as the fountain.
The Buckingham fountain is located at Columbus Drive (301 East) and Congress Parkway (500 South) in Grant Park, runs from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, from mid April to mid October, depending on weather.