|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
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.
1603 N. Lake Shore Drive, 312-635-8058
There are also viewing parties at:
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
Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave., 312-595-7437
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.
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
Here’s the official website:
This year’s performers include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels (pictured), the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and many more.
Here’s the official website:
Free viewing at these locations:
1. Go to Belmont Harbor
2. Diversey Harbor
Take a Spectacular Chicago-area Boat Tours including:
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.
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.”
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.
Find out more information about the Chicago Air & Water Show.
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.|
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com