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  Air and Water Show
by Dabs

August 16-17, 2014 the Blue Angels are back for 2014!

Held in mid to late August on a Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-3pm, the Chicago Air and Water Show is a free show featuring civilian and US military aircraft and watercraft, the highlight being the US Navy Blue Angels or the US Air Force Thunderbirds at the end of each day. Also enjoyable are the acrobatic flyers such as the Lima Lima flight team which is based out of Naperville, IL, the Oracle plane and the Red Baron team.

Check the CTA website (www.transitchicago.com) for ideas on where the best viewing areas are and how to get there which is posted several days before the event. This is probably the most popular special event in Chicago, attendance is estimated at 2 million people over the 2 days, so you do not want to drive!!!!

Since we live south of the city, we usually drive up to 31st Street and Lake Shore Drive, park the car and ride our bicycles along the lakefront path to the Air Show.

In 2004, we went out on a friend's boat for a different vantage point. Although we really enjoyed the trip and the remarkably quick time to get there and back, the air show is staged so that the folks on North Avenue beach get the best show.

Address: Best place to watch-North Avenue beach
Directions: Along Lake Michigan from Fullerton to Oak Street Beach, best spot is North Avenue Beach but it gets crowded so get there early and bring a blanket if you want a seat on the beach.
Website: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_air_and_watershow.html

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  • Updated May 2, 2014
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