A Summer of Change Around Buckingham Fountain
It’s going to be a summer full of change in the area of Grant Park surrounding Buckingham Fountain .
Construction has already begun on the Tiffany Garden. Officially known as the “Tiffany & Co. Foundation Celebration Garden,” this is an area south of the fountain that is turning the old rose garden into into a formal garden and event space.
The garden is made possible by a $1.25 million donation from the Tiffany jewelry company of New York. It will formally open in the fall. Look for roses, and topiary evergreens surrounding a pergola. It was designed by Doglas Hoerr or Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, which is also a finalist in the Burnham Memorial competition.
But enjoy Buckingham fountain while you can. After Labor Day the plaza will be completely torn up and redone. See our earlier blog posts about what is planned for this area.
Also, the Queen’s Landing stairs at Jackson and Balbo are in for renovation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the city will reconnect Grant Park with Queen’s Landing in time for the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II arriving in Chicago by ship at this location.