Summer Begins When Buckingham Fountain Turns On for the Season

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 7:31am

In a city of iconic images perhaps the most iconic is Buckingham Fountain. With its bronze seahorses, 1.5 million gallons of water, and 150 foot spray, the fountain is one of the most photographed and most visited of all Chicago landmarks.

Buckingham Fountain at night

When it's turned back on for the summer Chicagoans know that outdoor festivals and al fresco dining are just around the corner.

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

ComEd and the Chicago Park District have joined forces for the fifth year in a row to "Switch On Summer."

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Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park

This year Buckingham Fountain will be turned back on May 5.  From 12pm to 3pm the seasonal switch will be celebrated with free giveaways, free family activities, and live entertainment from Sixteen Candles and Today's Trade. 

WGN Meteorologist Tom Skilling will serve as the event host, and more than 20 of event partners will join ComEd and the Park District to help kick off the city’s favorite season. 

  • Adler Planetarium
  • Art Institute
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Chicago Architecture Center
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Chicago Children’s Theatre
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Chicago Parent Magazine
  • Chicago Park District
  • Chicago Sky/WNBA
  • Chinatown Special Events Committee
  • Diet Coke
  • Field Museum
  • Grant Park Music Festival
  • House Theatre
  • The Joffey Ballet
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Morton Arboretum
  • Museum of Science & Industry
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Navy Pier
  • Old Town School of Folk Music
  • Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
  • Shedd Aquarium

Summer's coming!

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Top photo of Buckingham Fountain was one of our 2nd Annual 100 Days of Chicago photo finalists

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Theresa  Goodrich is the founder and publisher of The Local Tourist and author of the "Two Lane Gems" book series, uplifting and slightly humorous tales of American road trips.

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