An annual summertime tradition, the Chicago Air & Water Show has been bringing daredevil thrills to the lakefront for over fifty years. The free, two-day event draws an audience of over two million each year, spread out on colorful beach blankets and lawn chairs along dazzling Lake Michigan.
Many camp out early, hoping to secure the best spots to catch the spectacular demonstrations by military and civilian aircrafts, boats, and diving and parachute teams. It’s a thrilling, multisensory experience for all ages — soak up the sun, breathe in the crisp lake breezes and feel the rumble of the jet engines while watching the soaring action overhead.
Originating as part of a “Family Day Celebration” back in the summer of 1959, the Chicago Air and Water Show has grown to be the largest and oldest free admission air and water exhibition in the United States.
The 56th annual show, presented by Shell Oil Products U.S and the City of Chicago, will take to the skies and waterfront August 16-17, 2014 from 10am-3pm each day, with North Avenue Beach as the center point.