Make a Wish at the BMO Bicentennial Fountain in Chicago

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To mark BMO’s 200th year and help communities throughout Chicago, BMO Harris Bank is inviting everyone in the community to make their own wishes, in person or online, through the BMO200 fountain.

Join BMO in marking its bicentennial by making a wish at the BMO200 fountain on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 1 pm. The fountain stands 17 feet high and is located outside The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Avenue, on level 1 nearest the Nordstrom mall entrance. It is a modern twist on an old idea that pays homage to the centuries-old tradition of making a wish by tossing a coin into a fountain. That nod to the past is combined with a distinctive look to the future. The fountain has no water, but instead uses thousands of flip dots – the traditional technology used in destination boards at train stations – to create a unique ripple effect every time a wish is made.

Thousands of wishes have been cast into the #BMO200 fountain since its launch in January, and the opening wish of the year was fulfilled on March 28, 2017 at Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Children’s drawings were brought to life with LEGO in the hospital’s pediatric wing, which showcases the bank’s vision to roll out meaningful community initiatives that will continue over the course of this year.

This is the first wish selected from more than 8,800 wishes made across Canada and the United States. If you visit the fountain to make a wish, use #BMO200 in your social posts!

Those who are unable to visit in person can still make a wish by visiting BMO will be fulfilling a number of the wishes, both big and small, across a number of categories, including Green, Togetherness, Legacy and Community. Simply choose your category, write your wish, and toss your digital coin online at


This sponsored post is brought to you by BMO.

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