CHICAGO — The Buckingham Fountain was switched on for the summer Saturday afternoon during a free, family event from noon to 3 p.m. at Grant Park.

The event featured family-friendly entertainment and activities, local food vendors and giveaways.

WGN Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling was originally slated to join the event and switch on the fountain, but due to a COVID-19 diagnosis, WGN Morning Sports Anchor Pat Tomasulo joined the event in his place.

The fountain will be turned on weeks before its 95th anniversary, as the Buckingham Fountain was switched on for the first time on May 26, 1927.