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Printers Row Park Fountain Restoration Is Underway

Plans call for an upgrade of the fountain's lighting, repairs to the pump and pipes and polishing of the fountain’s bronze highlights.

The Printers Row Fountain will be getting a little work done for the first time in 24 years.
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SOUTH LOOP — Work is underway on one of the South Loop’s most prized landmarks, the Printers Row Fountain, which was removed in early December for repairs.

Efforts to restore the 24-year-old fountain in Printers Row Park, 632 S. Dearborn St., began last September when the Printers Row Park Advisory Council kicked off a fundraising campaign for the project. Earlier this month, the group announced it had met its $110,000 goal.

A number of donors contributed, including Ald. Sophia King (4th), whose office matched the initial $10,000 raised by the council.

“It was a big priority for the park advisory council, and we’re happy to add resources. Beautification is important, and it brings safety and other positive things to the neighborhood,” King said in March.

The fountain was designed by Edward Windhorst in 1999. A park advisory council member acknowledged the architect in a Facebook post, writing that Windhorst shared his original drawings and offered recommendations for companies specializing in restoration.

Plans call for an upgrade of the fountain’s lighting, repairs to the pump and pipes, the replacement of colored enamel reliefs and polishing of the fountain’s bronze highlights. The work will be led by Fountain Technologies and is expected to be completed by May 31, according to the Facebook post.

Park advisory council members couldn’t be reached for comment.

Formerly Park No. 543, Printers Row Park became the area’s name in February 2021. Printers Row Park is home to the Printers Row Lit Fest and a farmers market.

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