As Chicagoans we are luckily doused with tons of awesome summer festivals. We enjoy music, food and art festivals, however, no festival quite compares to the most heart-stopping, breath-taking, exhilarating Chicago festival of all: The Chicago Air and Water Show!
On August 17th and 18th, Chicago’s North Avenue Beach will transform into a thrilling spectacular you do not want to miss! The Chicago Air and Water Show, a FREE two-day event that draws over 2 million spectators to the lakefront, is the largest free Air and Water Show in the United States.
Goose bumps are guaranteed as you lay back and observe acrobatics in the air and daredevils in the lake. All stunts are done over the water with safety holding top priority. As you relax on the beach you will awed by top civilian and military pilots, state of the art aircraft, boats, and diving teams winding, weaving and dropping over the fabulous Lake Michigan.
Interested in the history and details of the show? No problem. Herb Hunter, who has been known as the “Voice of the Show” for over 20 years will keep you informed and entertained the whole time as he narrates each dip and dive.
Some performers that will keep you on the edge of your seat (or blanket) include:
- The Aeroshell Aerboatic Team
- The Firebirds Delta Team
- Team Aerostarts
- The Chicago Fire Department Air/Sea Rescue
North Avenue Beach is located at 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive (in between Fullerton and Oak Street) and the 2013 program runs from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Want to avoid the crowds and skip the beaches? Watch the show from Navy Pier! The East Dock will be open and have seating for the show. There will be concessions and drinks (yes, alcoholic beverages included) here at the Pier and we will have some Air & Water Show specials going on as well! You will still catch all the action in the sky with the added bonus of being away from the crowd of 2 million people on the beach!
This family-fun festival is entertaining for all ages. Make sure to soak up the sun grab your blankets, chairs, coolers and sunglasses and don’t miss this awesome Chicago tradition!