A New Fountain is Coming to Grant Park


Say Goodbye to Buckingham Fountain, and Hello to a Brand New Centerpiece for Grant Park

A recent statement from the city of Chicago announced that Buckingham Fountain will no longer be a feature of Grant Park as early as this summer. The Chicago Landmark opened in 1927, almost ninety years ago.  It is also a major factor contributing to the listing of Grant Park in the National record of Historic Places. The plans for the unnamed new fountain, kept top secret for months, call for the complete demolition of the current fountain in order to replace it with a fountain that features a sleeker, more modern aesthetic. It will be 1.5 times the size of Buckingham Fountain, which is already among the largest fountains in the world.

The most exciting addition to the new fountain, however, will be its new residents. In an effort to draw attention to the native wildlife of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium will be donating several of its animals to the new fountain, including the lake sturgeon and the sea lamprey. Glass windows in the base will allow visitors to get a good look at Grant Park’s new residents.

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Naturally, there have been some concerns raised about tearing down such an iconic Chicago attraction, but don’t worry. Absolutely none of this is true. Happy April Fools’ Day everyone.