Air & Water Show Quick Tips

The Air & Water Show is finally here! To get you prepared, we’ve rounded up helpful tips, travel guides and line-up information.

HISTORY

Once again, the Chicago Air and Water Show is back to celebrate daredevil thrills in the air and on the water at North Avenue Beach and along Chicago’s magnificent lakefront on Lake Michigan. With Chicago’s Skyline as a backdrop, audience numbers reach 2.2 million annually making the Chicago Air & Water Show the largest FREE admission air and water exhibition of its kind in the United States. Over the years the show has featured some of the top civilian and military pilots and aircraft.

WHERE TO WATCH

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’ll be indistinguishable—whatever it is—if you don’t have a good spot to watch the Air & Water Show. Whether it’s Superman or, even cooler, a jet you’re looking for in the sky, the following spots will offer an unobstructed and clear view for you – ensuring you’ll know exactly what you’re looking at.

TRAVEL

Craning your neck up towards the sky to catch sight of the white, cloud-like end trails behind jets and wishing you were the pilot of one of those giant, metal, flying beasts is usually expected of children, and only children. Come 16th and 17th, the Chicago Air & Water Show gives everyone permission—children and adults alike—to look up at the sky and wonder exactly how amazingly rad being a pilot would be. It doesn’t matter where you’re coming from, this show is worth seeing no matter the distance. To prove this, we’ve figured out where you need to go to let your imagination fly and how to get there. All you need to do is read here

DINING

Bring a cooler with soggy PB&J sandwiches in it to the beach so you can watch The Air & Water Show if you want, but if I were you, I’d try to do something a bit more tasty. Along the lake there are many great restaurants that offer not only a great view of the Blue Angels that will be flying overhead, but great food too. Some even offer specials for The Air & Water Show, which sure is swell of them! So why not take them up on one of their offers?

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