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

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

English: Chicago skyline at sunrise Deutsch: C...

English: Chicago skyline at sunrise Deutsch: Chicagos Skyline bei Sonnenaufgang Français : Panorama urbain de Chicago au lever du soleil. {| cellspacing=”0″ style=”min-width:40em; color:#000; background:#ddd; border:1px solid #bbb; margin:.1em;” class=”layouttemplate” | style=”width:1.2em;height:1.2em;padding:.2em” | 20px |link=|center | style=”font-size:.85em; padding:.2em; vertical-align:middle” |This image was created with hugin. |} Chicago sunrise 1.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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:

http://www.seadogcruises.com/Chicago/home

http://www.cruisechicago.com

http://www.mysticbluecruises.com

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

http://www.odysseycruises.com/Chicago/chicago-air-show-cruises

http://www.odysseycruises.com

http://www.spiritofchicago.com/Chicago/air-water-show-cruises

http://www.wendellaboats.com
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.

English: John Hancock Tower as seen from Willi...

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.

English: Five tallest skyscrapers of Chicago -...

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)

WHEN: Saturday, August 17th & Sunday, August 18th
10 am – 3 pm each

Flights come as close as 18 inches

Flights come as close as 18 inches (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 Michigan

and features various aviation acts raging from military aircraft

to corporate sponsored aerobatic teams.

A North American F-100D Super Sabre from the U...

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)

ANNAPOLIS, MD - MAY 29:  U.S. Navy Blue Angels...

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.
English: Chicago, Ill. (Aug. 22, 2004) - The U...

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

Air Show...

Air Show… (Photo credit: naathas)

View of downtown Chicago, seen from the Sears ...

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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