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Best Places to Watch Chicago’s 60th Annual Air and Water Show 2018

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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 60th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, aerobatic pilots, simulated search and rescue operations and parachute teams at the lakefront at North Avenue Beach on Saturday and Sunday. This is one of the largest free air shows in the United States. This annual event that began in 1959 and attracts over 2 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.

U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs

A typical Leap Frogs performance consists of fourteen jumpers leaping out of an aircraft at an altitude of 12,500 feet. During free fall, jumpers reach speeds of 120 mph and can accelerate up to 180 mph by pulling their arms to their sides and straightening their legs into what is called a “track.”

The jumpers typically open their parachutes at around 5,000 feet by releasing a smaller pilot chute which deploys their main blue-and-gold canopy. After deploying their chutes, the Leap Frogs fly their canopies together to build dramatic canopy-relative work formations.

For more information on the U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs, leapfrogs.navy


The show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

FREE Admission • North Ave. Beach

WHEN: Aug. 17 & 18, 2018 • 10 am – 3 pm Both Days

1. My favorite place to watch the Air and Water Show is The Shore Club at North Avenue Beach. It’s right in front of the speakers so can you can hear the announcer narrate the stunts. The Shore Club’s Air and Water Brunch viewing party and  premium open bar will both be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday,  ticket price is $125.

Shore Club

1603 N. Lake Shore Drive, 312-635-8058

Tickets: eventbrite.com

 

Air & Water Show Sunday 8/19 tickets

There are also viewing parties at:

2.  The Metropolitan

Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, 67th Floor, 312-876-3200

This event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday only and offers different ticket options. The minimum ticket at $25 will get you admission and a complimentary drink, while the highest option is a $79 ticket that includes a complimentary drink, access to the buffet and a VIP ticket to the Willis Tower Skydeck. Tickets: eventbrite.com

3. Miller Lite Beer Garden

Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave., 312-595-7437

4. Patio at Cafe Brauer

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2021 N. Stockton Drive, 312-507-9053

Inside the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Patio at Cafe Brauer will offer a $4 beer special with any purchase.

5. Sand Bar Beer Garden

North Avenue Beach Boathouse, 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive from 10:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.

Food and drink will include $6 cheeseburgers, $5 hot dogs, $4 bottles of water, $1 bags of chips and $8 beers.

6. Theater on the Lake

2401 N. Lake Shore Drive, 312-414-1313

The party runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and tickets cost $125 for adults and $50 for children 12 and under. The tickets include catered lunch, an open bar and music. Tickets: eventbrite.com


Chicago Air and Water Show

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 18-19

North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive

Free admission


Here’s the official website:

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

 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

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Here’s the official website:

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

Free viewing at these locations:

1. Go to Belmont Harbor

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Diversey Harbor

3. Oak Street beach

4. Navy Pier

Take a 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

If you want to be eye-level with the action try:

1. Watch the action from the 94th floor

of the Hancock Building at 875 N. Michigan Ave.

2. Go to the John Hancock Observatory

while enjoying a drink at the Lavazza Espression Café.

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)

3. 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.”

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

 

 

 

 

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.

About the Show

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

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)

 

 

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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)

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

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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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