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Chicago’s Air and Water Show

Written By: Jessie White

Summer in Chicago would not be complete without the arrival of the Air and Water show every August. Chicago’s Air and Water Show is the oldest and largest free show of it’s kind in the country and this year it will be celebrating 61 years of giving Chicagoans a fantastic reason to sit back and enjoy a show. The Air and Water Show features a yearly congregation of military jets and aircrafts that zoom through the Chicago coastline with impressive aerobatics as well as water rescue and parachute teams demonstrating their claims to fame to the crowd with amazing stunts. This year’s lineup with include the U.S Army Parachute Team, the Red Arrows Royal Airforce, and the beloved returning performers; the U.S Navy Blue Angels. You’ll want to keep your eyes on the skies for the annual spectacle that’s famous for being simply spectacular.


This timeless event takes place all weekend in Chicago, giving travelers and locals alike the chance to set their eyes on the amazing spectacle. The 2019 Air and Water Show will take place on:

Saturday, August 17th at 10 am to 3 pm

Sunday, August 18th at 10 am to 3 pm


Part of the fun of the Air and Water Show is deciding exactly where you would like to witness all of the aerial magic happen. The show takes place along Lake Michigan’s shoreline from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street, making North Avenue Beach the center of all of the fun.

If you’re looking for a different angle to enjoy the show, we recommend hanging out on any of Chicago’s beaches, near Navy Pier, or even checking out the Hancock Tower to get a sky high viewing of an out of this world show.

Where to Stay?

The Willows Hotel

Located at the edge of Lakeview and Lincoln Park, accessible via Brown Line train

The City Suites Hotel

In the heart of Boystown, accessible by the Red Line.

The Majestic Hotel

Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, accessible via Red Line train


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