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Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain, in Grant Park, was designed by Edward. H. Bennett, with sculptures by Jacques Lambert. First activated on May 26, 1927, the fountain contains 1.5 million gallons of water and 134 water jets. The center jet can shoot water 150 feet into the air.

Fun Fact: The Buckingham Fountain was the starting point of Route 66, a major highway system that stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles, California.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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