Top Ten Places to Watch Chicago’s Annual Air and Water Show 2014

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English: Vapor cone/Prandtl–Glauert singularity. Taken at the 2011 Chicago Air and Water Show. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Make plans to attend The Chicago Air & Water Show.

FREE Admission • North Ave. Beach

Aug. 16 & 17, 2014 • 10 am – 3 pm Both Days

 

Chicago Air and Water Show Performers

Performers

This year’s performers include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels (pictured), the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and many more.

About the Show

About the Show

Find out more information about the Chicago Air & Water Show.

 

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Media Image Gallery

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Voice of the Show - Herb Hunter

Voice of the Show

Herb Hunter (pictured) has been the voice of the Air & Water Show for over 20 years.

 

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Make the most of your Air & Water Show visit with helpful hints, accessibility, parking and transportation information.

 

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Sponsors of the 2014 Chicago Air & Water Show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are some interesting places to watch the show at North Avenue Beach. Try the Castaways Bar and Grill or Sand Bar Beer Garden.

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WHEN: August  from 10:00 am – 3 pm.

Here’s the official website:

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_air_and_watershow.html

1. Go to Belmont Harbor

2. Diversey Harbor

3. Oak Street beach

4. Navy Pier

5. Get tickets for one of the

Spectacular Chicago-area Boat Tours including:

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http://www.cruisechicago.com

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http://www.mysticbluecruises.com/Chicago/air-water-cruises-navypier

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6. Watch the action from the 94th floor

of the Hancock Building at 875 N. Michigan Ave.

7. Go to the John Hancock Observatory

while enjoying a drink at the Lavazza Espression Café.

John Hancock Center Observatory

John Hancock Center Observatory (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The John Hancock Observatory provides a 360° view

of the city, up to four states and over 80 miles.

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English: John Hancock Tower as seen from Willis Tower in Chicago, IL, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

8. One of my favorite Vino con Vista Spots is on the 95th floor at the Signature Room. When the building was completed in 1968 it was the tallest building in the world outside New York City. “It is currently the fourth-tallest building in Chicago and the sixth-tallest in the United States, after the Willis Tower, the Empire State Building, the Bank of America Tower, the Trump Tower Chicago and the Aon Center.”

9. Check out the rooftop terrace at the J. Parker at Hotel Lincoln or the WET Deck at W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel.

The Lindbergh Beacon atop the Palmolive Buildi...

The Lindbergh Beacon atop the Palmolive Building can be clearly seen at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

10. Your best bet is to hound one of your Chicago high-rise dwelling buddies with a Lake Michigan view to invite you over. Promise to bring plenty of champagne, wine and appetizers. That always works for me.

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English: Five tallest skyscrapers of Chicago – 1.Willis Tower, 2.Trump International Hotel & Tower, 3.Aon Center, 4.John Hancock Center, 5.AT&T Corporate Center. Česky: Pět nejvyšších mrakordapů v Chicagu – 1.Willis Tower, 2.Trump International Hotel & Tower, 3.Aon Center, 4.John Hancock Center, 5.AT&T Corporate Center. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago from across Lake Michigan.

Chicago from across Lake Michigan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Chicago Air And Water Show is one of the largest free air shows in the United States.”The Chicago Air And Water Show is an annual event that began in 1959 and attracts over2 Million aviation spectators every year.The annual event takes place over Chicago’s Lake Michiganand features various aviation acts raging from military aircraft

to corporate sponsored aerobatic teams.

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A North American F-100D Super Sabre from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerobatic team at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Dayton, Ohio (USA). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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ANNAPOLIS, MD – MAY 29: U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy May 29, 2012 in Annapolis, Maryland. U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta is the commencement speaker for the 1099 graduates of the class of 2012. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

There is also a water-skiing and boat-jumping element to the annual event. You don’t have to be an aviation guru to enjoy the show. The Chicago lakefront offers plenty of fun events during this annual beach-front extravaganza.

 

Chicago Air Show.com is a proud sponsor of the U.S. Armed Forces.
 You can watch the show from the beach or attend a Yacht Party.
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English: Chicago, Ill. (Aug. 22, 2004) – The U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, the “Blue Angels,” delta formation performs the loop break crossover maneuver over Lake Michigan during the Chicago Air and Water Show. The Blue Angels fly the F/A-18A Hornet, performing approximately 30 maneuvers during the aerial demonstration lasting over an hour. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Ryan J. Courtade (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lake Michigan Boat Cruise on the Kanan Yacht

Lake Michigan Boat Cruise on the Kanan Yacht

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Air Show… (Photo credit: naathas)

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View of downtown Chicago, seen from the Sears Tower. The tall, black building in the center of the image is the John Hancock Center, and Lake Michigan is in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Different Types of Wine Chart

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Italian Wine Map

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Another Great Italian Wine Chart

 

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Stay and Play in Vino con Vista Santa Barbara Wine Country

I have something in common with Miles from the movie “Sideways”. I must admit, I was a Pinot Noir snob even before I saw the movie “Sideways”! I love the world-class Pinot Noir produced in the Santa Rita Hills AVA in the Santa Ynez Valley close to the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara Wine Country is the Perfect Vino con Vista Destination.

Have a Vino con Vista at Bridlewood Winery in Santa Barbara

Have a Vino con Vista at Bridlewood Winery in Santa Barbara

Vino con Vista Map of a section of Santa Barbara Country

Vino con Vista Map of a section of Santa Barbara Country

When you stay and play in Santa Barbara Wine Country, the “Sideways Effect” is readily apparent. In Santa Barbara County “the east-west orientation of the coastal mountains forms valleys opening directly to the Pacific Ocean. This unique topography allows the flow of fog and ocean breezes to shape distinct microclimates, perfect for the cultivation of classic grape varietals and world class wines. The 50 miles stretching from Point Conception to Rincon constitutes the longest east-west traverse of shoreline from Alaska to Cape Horn. The Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains form a unique coastal range – the inland ebb and flow of fog and ocean breezes make the region one of the coolest viticultural areas in California. This means that the fruit has an unusually long “hang time” on the vine, allowing it to fully develop the acids, flavors and tannins needed to produce wines of distinctive character.” Santa Barbara Vintners Website

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Fess Parker Hotel in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County is a premium producer and grower of Pinot Noir! It doesn’t stop there, Santa Barbara vintners produce many styles of fantastic wine including Rhone-style blends. The various microclimates and soils, allow local to produce many grape varietals like: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. Some of the wines include: Albarino, Tocai Friulano, Mourvedre and Grenache Blanc.

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There are many wine tourism opportunities in Santa Barbara County’s four official appellations.  thanks to the diligent efforts of the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association. You can visit the wineries: tour the barrel room, the wine making facilities, or the vineyard.

Attend several world-class wine festivals in Santa Barbara.

Head to downtown Santa Barbara and trek along the Urban Wine Trail. Follow Miles and Jack‘s merry adventures in Sideways, the 2004 Oscar®-winning film shot in Santa Barbara wine country.

Visit  the Lompoc Wine Ghetto’s collection of small-production wineries.

Here’s a guide to staying and playing in Santa Barbara Wine Country:

 

 

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

“The region has many microclimates, with climates influenced by proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Cool and moderate temperatures toward the west changes to warm daytimes and cold nights to the east. There are five official appellations: Happy Canyon of Santa BarbaraSanta Maria ValleySanta Ynez Valley, Ballard Canyon and Sta. Rita Hills. Within the broad Santa Barbara County designation are several other micro-regions – these include the Los Alamos Valley region, the Los Olivos District and the Santa Maria Bench. Slightly less than half of the grapes grown in Santa Barbara County are used by local vintners, with the balance exported to wineries outside the area. Click here to read more about the distinct areas.” Santa Barbara Vintners Website

 

WINERIES IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY:

Click on the winery name below to see  more details.

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If you check out the viticultural map, you will find: Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon, Happy Canyon and Santa Barbara County. Take time to explore all the AVAs in this extraordinary wine region.

DINE IN SANTA BARBARA WINE COUNTRY

Click on the links below to explore the local cuisine:

More information is available at: Santa Barbara Vintners

 

 

 

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Riot Fest 2014 in Chicago’s Humbolt Park

The Very Best of Elvis Costello

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Coheed and Cambria

 

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Nederlands: Iggy & the Stooges op Lollapalooza (Chicago) 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago’s tenth annual three-day Riot Fest 2014 will take place at Humboldt Park. The Festival celebrates rock, indie, punk and underground artists from every era.

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WHEN:  Sept. 12-14, 2014

WHERE: Humboldt Park, Chicago ( Division to North, California to Sacramento)

The history of Riot Fest:

“In 2005, Riot Fest booked a multi-venue weekend of punk and rock in Chicago with bands such as Dead Kennedys, The Misfits, and The Bouncing Souls. In 2012, they expanded to Humboldt Park in Chicago and offered Riot Fest in other cities.

The entertainment lineup has included heavy hitters like: Rise Against, Iggy and the Stooges, The Offspring, Elvis Costello and Coheed and Cambria. They also recently added Andrew W.K., Dead Sara, Hot Water Music, Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, the Adicts, Minus the Bear, Pegboy and many more.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Public Transportation Options

Bus: The #70 Division Bus, #72 North Bus and the #52 California Bus stop right outside of the grounds and you’ll be mere steps away from an entrance.

Train: If you feel like hoofing it, the Damen and Division stops on the Blue Line are about a 15-20 minute walk from the park. You can also hop on the aforementioned #70 or #72 bus from either of those stops for an extra $0.25 transfer.

Parking

Parking is available around the park grounds and streets in the surrounding neighborhoods, though it may be limited. Be careful to not park on zoned streets because the City will ticket you.

 

 

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Fashion Focus Chicago Sidewalk Sale 2014

Calling all Fashionistas! The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents the eighth annual Fashion Focus Chicago Sidewalk Sale. Find an “assortment of affordable apparel and accessories to choose from by Chicago designers and independent boutiques.”

WHERE: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

WHEN: The two-day shopping event on Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 23. 2014 from 9 am to 3 pm.

Chicago Art Festivals

Chicago Art Festivals

 

The Fashion Focus Chicago Sidewalk Sale is produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

BuckTown Arts Fest in Chicago

BuckTown Arts Fest in Chicago

Art at the at Public Hotel in Chicago

Art at the at Public Hotel in Chicago

 

The following are a list of the Chicago designers and independent boutiques (as of June 4, 2014) that will be participating. For more information on each of the participants, click on each name.

Accessory designers

Apparel designers

Jewelry designers

Boutiques

Fashion in Chicago

Fashion in Chicago

Dates:
Tuesday, July 22 & Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Movies in the Parks in Chicago 2014

Enjoy the 14th annual Movies in the Parks series  in Chicago. It kicked off on May 29, 2014 and features more than 250 outdoor screenings of current and classic movies in parks across the city.  

West Side Story

West Side Story

Bring a picnic basket, blanket, and your friends and family and enjoy a movie in the parks.  All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting.  Call (312) 742-1134 for daily listings and weather-related cancellations.

Magnificent Chicago

Magnificent Chicago

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz 2014

On Thursdays from July 24-August 28, 2014 head over to Millennium Park for a free weekly Jazz concert. www.jazzinchicago.org

Jay Pritzker Pavillion Concert Venue

Jay Pritzker Pavillion Concert Venue

Jazz in Chicago

Jazz in Chicago

 

Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago

Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago

 

“Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz celebrates its 10th year at Millennium Park with a six-concert series featuring Chicago’s leading jazz artists.  The diverse program includes concerts that explore jazz connections to Africa, the Middle East and the rhythm and roots of the South.  The 2014 series includes tribute concerts and retrospectives, along with opening night of the 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with Jazz Institute of Chicago, the free weekly series begins Thursday, July 24 and closes August 28, 2014 with a short set by young, aspiring musicians from Chicago-area high schools as part of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links Student Ensembles.” Jazz Website

Orbert Davis at the Chcago Jazz Festival

Orbert Davis at the Chcago Jazz Festival

 

July 24: The Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar: Milton Suggs Big Band

Dunbar’s approach to poetry; the rhythm and rhyme of his words is ideal for musical pairing. Suggs, whose father played bass with Elvin Jones, is equally at home setting bebop solos to words, performing the songs of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn and slipping into the pop-soul styles of Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway. His 15-piece big band will feature Sugg’s original compositions arranged by Kris Johnson, a renowned trumpeter, composer and professor at Ohio State University. The Jazz Links Ensemble features Morgan Pirtle (vocals) and Derek Duleba (guitar).

 

July 31: The Hal Russell Story

A drummer, saxophonist, trumpeter and bandleader, Russell was one of the most colorful, flexible and fiery jazz musicians to ever work in Chicago. His long-running NRG Ensemble was formed in 1980 and became a major influence on the free jazz and improvised music scene led by Ken Vandermark, who often subbed in the group. The original lineup—reedist Mars Williams; bassist, guitarist, and trumpeter Brian Sandstrom; bassist Kent Kessler; and drummer Steve Hunt, along with kindred souls Vandermark and cellist/trumpeter Fred Lonberg-Holm—reunites to play the last album they made with Russell: The Hal Russell Story (ECM, 1992), an autobiographical exploration of the leader’s life in music, with Academy Award-Nominated  actor Michael Shannon narrating the story. The Jazz Links Ensemble features Jenna Przybysz (Alto Sax), Chris Shuttleworth (Trombone), Ben Karon (Vibes), Liam Coussens (Bass), Michael Hojnacki (Drums).

 

August 7: John Moulder’s Earthborne Tales of Soul and Spirit

Moulder powerfully summon heavenly spirits. That’s not only because he’s the best jazz guitarist who happens to be a practicing priest – “varying dimensions of one vocation,” he says – but also because his sheets of electric sound unleash such a positive force. “Earthborne Tales of Soul and Spirit” is music that engages the connection to spirit that resonates in our everyday lives. Featuring an original suite of music performed by the guitarist and a diverse set of musicians including New York saxophonist Donnie McCaslin, pianist Jim Trompeter, trumpeter Marquis Hill, bassist Eric Hochberg and drummer Xavier Breaker. The opening act features the Gallery 37 After School Matters Jazz Ensemble.

 

August 14: Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile

Chicago composer, alto saxophonist and sound artist Roberts plays in her hometown for the first time in years, performing the second chapter of her ambitious American-history-focused epic, Coin Coin. Roberts first made her mark in the collective trio Sticks & Stones, and has since developed an artistic practice that is both boundless and rigorous. Although Roberts played earlier versions of Mississippi Moonchile here, this will be the first performance since releasing a recording of the piece for Montreal’s Constellation Records last year. The 18-section suite draws explicitly from the composer’s deep roots in jazz. The Jazz Links Ensemble features Jacari Lobbins (piano), Dorian Martin (saxophone), Charles Sullivan (trombone), Kamil Banks (trumpet), Makhi Junes (bass), Prentiss Rogers (drums).

 

August 21: Fareed Haque – Chicago: Crossroads of the World

Few jazz musicians embody the polyglot nature of Chicago’s populace like guitarist Haque, himself the son of parents from Pakistan and Chile. Haque’s multifarious interests have often obscured just how deep and accomplished he is as a hard-charging jazz musician. For this multi-part concert, Haque will lead a straight-ahead combo with pianist Willerm Delisfort, bassist Alex Austin and drummer Greg Fundis. For the second set, the quartet will be joined by Hammond B3 organist Tony Monaco and some of the Indian and Arabic musicians featured on the guitarist’s recent Delmark album, Trance Hypothesis. The Jazz Links Ensemble features Ryan Pieniacha (guitar), Even Montgomery (saxophone), Joel Ross (vibes), Alexis Lombre (piano), Austen Goebel (bass), Everett Reid (drums).

 

August 28: Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera

The sounds and images of American jazz musicians from the U.S. were an important influence on the development of political discourse of resistance in apartheid South Africa. As American jazz continually refreshes ties to its African American roots by its ever-present spirit of the blues, so South African jazz draws strength from its roots. This project reflects the determination and spirit that energized the South African freedom movement led by Nelson Mandela by foregrounding the influential women in Mandela’s life – Winnie Mandela and Graça Machel – through the powerful voice of Dee Alexander. Bringing together musicians from Chicago, South Africa and London, the ensemble will represent their interconnected histories and mutual influences

Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago

Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago

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Louis Prima Jr. in Addison Illinois

Louis Prima Jr. in Addison Illinois

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 in Chicago

Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork Music Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Pitchfork Music Festival is a three-day event “showcasing over 40 of independent music’s best bands and artists on three stages.” Everyone loves this summer music festival in Chicago at Union Park!

Here’s the link:

www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com

English: Ezra Koenig playing the guitar at the...

English: Ezra Koenig playing the guitar at the Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GZA at the Pitchfork Music Festival.

GZA at the Pitchfork Music Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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