CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s not officially summer yet, but it sure felt like it on Saturday, making it the perfect time for Buckingham Fountain to be turned back on.
After testing it over the past several days, the city celebrated the ceremonial turning on of Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park on Saturday afternoon. Dominique Lalrinzuala, of Oak Park, flipped the switch after winning ComEd’s “Switch On Summer” contest.READ MORE: 7 People Shot In Englewood
The fountain had been turned off since 2019, as the city kept it off all last year due to the pandemic.READ MORE: Massive Chemical Plant Fire In Rockton, Illinois, Could Burn For Days
It’s just another step in what feels like a slow return to normalcy.
“Thanks to all the hard work and sacrifice of so many across our city, we’re able to say that wea re putting the virus behind us, but more work to be done,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.MORE NEWS: Indiana Man Searches For Family Of Little Girl Seen In Film That Dates Back More Than 80 Years
The mayor also urged people to get vaccinated, noting appointments are no longer required at city-run vaccination clinics, where walk-ins are accepted. You can find a vaccine provider in Chicago on the city’s website, or by calling 312-746-4835.