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updated: 4/15/2011 7:10 AM

Mayor Daley opens Chicago's Buckingham Fountain

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Associated Press

Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley has opened the city's famed Buckingham Fountain for the spring and summer seasons.

Daley was at the more than 80-year-old fountain early Friday as the water started to flow. It's the last time he'll open the fountain. Daley is retiring this May after more than 20 years in office.

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Daley told WLS-TV that "the future is bright" for the city.

The popular lakefront fountain is one of Chicago's most recognizable images with its towering stream of water and evening light shows.

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