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Chicago’s Water Fountains Will Be Turned On This Summer — But Not For Weeks

It could take up to four weeks for all park and lakefront water fountains to be turned on once the process starts in late June.

The city's water fountains will be turned on after June 25, the Park District said.
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CHICAGO — The city’s public water fountains will make a return this summer, but their turn-on date is weeks away.

The Park District plans to reopen its outdoor swimming pools and spray pools June 25. After that, it will start turning on drinking fountains in neighborhood parks and along the lakefront, spokeswoman Michele Lemons said.

It could take up to four weeks for all the fountains to be turned on once the process starts, but Park District workers will do it “as quickly as possible,” Lemons said.

“We ask the public for patience as we work diligently to return these valued park amenities to Chicago’s communities,” Lemons said.

Fountains were kept off last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But Chicago fully reopened Friday, with officials lifting capacity limits and other restrictions as they try to return to a new “normal.”

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