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The Buckingham Fountain in Chicago is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, and every summer, the park surrounding it transforms into a hub of activity for the annual Switch on Summer event.

Held at the start of summer, the Switch on Summer event celebrates the arrival of warmer weather and longer days with a day of fun, food, and entertainment for the whole family. This year, it will be held on Sunday, May 14, 2023 from 11am to 4pm. The event features live music, food trucks and vendors, and interactive activities for kids, all taking place against the backdrop of the stunning Buckingham Fountain.

The highlight of the event is, of course, the fountain itself, which comes to life with a spectacular display of water, light, and music. As the sun sets over the city, the fountain is illuminated in a rainbow of colors, and its towering jets dance to the rhythm of classical and popular music, creating a truly mesmerizing sight.

Visitors to the Switch on Summer event can also enjoy a variety of food options, with food trucks and vendors offering everything from classic summer fare like hot dogs and ice cream, to more exotic treats like fusion tacos and Thai street food. And for the kids, there are plenty of interactive activities to keep them entertained, including face painting, balloon artists, and a bouncy castle.

Beyond the food and fun, the Switch on Summer event is also a great opportunity to explore the park surrounding the Buckingham Fountain. With its lush gardens, shaded picnic areas, and scenic lakefront views, it’s the perfect place to spend a summer evening with friends and family.

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