In any city you visit, find a local, ask, “Do you have any famous fountains here?” And I almost guarantee they will point you to at least one. Fountains are often the centerpiece of any given city. They’re a great place to lunch, to rest, to meet up with friends or family members. And similarly, they make a perfect meeting place for groups. In summer months, they’re a place to feel refreshed. And besides all this, they’re often a place to showcase the best of artistic design.
I’ve written about several famous fountains since working for a student travel company. I’ve even visited some I found the most compelling. (For instance, I’ll soon write about my experience in Central Park at the famous Bethesda Fountain). But I think one of my favorites – one of the most fascinating at least – is in Chicago. It rises above the typical cherub-like, old-world design of many famous fountains, opting for digital, modern appeal instead. It’s a must for Chicago educational travel. It’s one of the most popular places in the city and one of the most innovative fountains in the nation.
Crown Fountain is located in Millennium Park, known for the unique design of several of its visual highlights. You’ll also find the Jay Pritzker Pavilion there, with its cutting-edge sound, outdoor sound system. The fountain is a digital display as you see here (photo by Serge Melki on Flickr) of actual Chicago faces. Their mouths then actually appear to spray the fountain’s water. It’s traditional fountain meets modern art. It’s a favorite play place for children and a popular attraction for tourists and residents alike. So much of Chicago’s charm is based in architectural and artistic design. Say hello to Crown Fountain, just another famous part of the charm.