Summer Begins May 6: Buckingham Fountain Turns On for the Season

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 9:57am

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.

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 fourth 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 6.  From 12pm to 3pm the seasonal switch will be celebrated with free giveaways, free family activities, and live entertainment from Sixteen Candles and The Millennials. 

WGN Meteorologist Tom Skilling will serve as the event host, and more than 20 of Chicagoland’s most beloved organizations, including the Shedd Aquarium, Brookfield Zoo, and Chicago Blackhawks, will join ComEd and the Park District to help kick off the city’s favorite season. This year will also highlight the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics.

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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 Switch on Summer with ComEd at Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain
500 S Columbus, Chicago, IL
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Join ComEd and the Chicago Park District to Switch On Summer in 2018 and celebrate the official season-changing signal - turning on the Buckingham Fountain.

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