Chicago Air and Water Show
North Ave. Beach
Summer might be winding down, but there’s still one last hurrah for the family before school reclaims the kids for the year: the annual Air and Water Show. Visible from almost anywhere along the lake, we’ve got a few plans of attack for your journey with the kids into one of the summer’s most popular public events.
What To Bring
Before you see the ace pilots of the show, make sure you’ve got a few aces up your own sleeve. Chairs, blankets are permitted, and a couple of each should make for a nice area to call your own and stretch out a bit. Tents and shade structures, however, are out, as are beach and picnic umbrellas. Make sure everyone’s got a hat, shades, and plenty of sunscreen to beat the heat. In addition, a cooler full of water and other drinks will help keep the whole gang hydrated, so make sure to tote one of those along and drink throughout the day. Pack a couple sandwiches or other munchies into the cooler as well – if you want to get a good spot, you’ll need to get there early, and a long day calls for plenty of snacks. In addition to umbrellas/tents, the festival grounds also prohibit alcoholic beverages, BBQs/grills, flagpoles, and all non-service-animal pets.
Where To Set Up
North Ave. Beach is the focal point of the show, but you can still find a decent view of the action anywhere from Oak Street all the way up to Fullerton. The waterfront has the benefit of the closest view and the water itself, but you can always find some space along the rock steps facing the water, or in the grassy areas to the North. If you aren’t sitting quite close enough to Air and Water show longtime announcer Herb Hunter and want to make sure you catch all the details, just bring a portable radio with you – WBBM will be broadcasting the show all day.
Dan Morgridge is a writer in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village.