Easy Access Chicago

Buckingham Fountain/Grant Park


Columbus Dr. and Congress Pkwy.
Phone Number: (773) 256-0949

Without Grant Park, Chicago would be a very different city. This stretch of greenspace along Lake Michigan, with Millennium Park at the north and Museum Campus at the south, offers innumerable recreational, cultural and educational opportunities for visitors and residents alike. Home to many of the summer lakefront festivals, the park also houses four world-class museums-the Art Institute, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium-as well as Soldier Field and a concert venue on Northerly Island on Northerly Island (not audited). Grant Park's beloved centerpiece, the Buckingham Fountain, has recently been restored. It is located roughly mid-park with the Grant Park Rose Gardens directly to the north and south.


Buckingham Fountain Light Show-every hour from dusk until 10pm, mid-April to mid-October depending on the weather. Show lasts 20 minutes.



Parking/Loading Zone

  • Nearest offsite public parking lot/garage
    • Grant Park Parking
      325 S. Michigan
  • No accessible loading zone at Columbus Dr. and Congress Pkwy.
    • Curb cuts are available
    • Sidewalks up Congress Pkwy. from Michigan Ave. have steep slopes.

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Features for People with Hearing Loss

  • None

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Features for People with Vision Loss

  • Height clearance at least 80"
  • No undetectable protruding objects in path of travel
  • Braille/tactile signage
    • restroom

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Assistive Equipment for Guests with Restricted Mobility

  • None

Exterior Access

  • Site terrain-level
    • Surface material-fine, hard-packed gravel
    • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide
  • Rose Gardens Pathway
    • Surface Asphalt
  • Ramps provide access to one or more areas
  • Grant Park Rose Gardens
    • 1:12 slope
    • handrails

Accessible Facilities/Amenities

  • Snack Bar-Bobtail Café, seasonal
    • Counter service only
      • Counter/buffet 36" max.
      • Accessible picnic tables outside
      • Chairs with arms
  • Seating-Benches with arms
  • Drinking Fountain-Rose Garden

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  • Men's and Women's
  • Location-Across from café
  • Access symbol identifies facility
  • Entry door at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Space in restroom to maneuver-5' by 5' or T-shaped space to turn
  • Wheelchair stall 60" by 58"/60" minimum
  • Stall door at least 32" clearance
  • Stall door swings out
  • Grab bar behind and alongside toilet
  • Lateral transfer space at least 30" wide
  • Toilet height 17" to 19"
  • Roll under sink with knee clearance at least 27" high and 30" wide
  • Mirror 40" or less from floor or tilted
  • Towels/soap/vending within reach-48" or less from floor
  • Faucet controls push button type
  • Latch operable with closed fist
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none
  • Note: Outdoor public facility so cleanliness/upkeep may vary

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