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Top Ways To Enjoy The Air & Water Show In Chicago




Chicago is known for many things, and among their biggest celebrations is their infamous Air and Water Show. If you’ve never gone to one, or want to go again, then this is the perfect opportunity to experience the event with family and friends.


Air and Water shows are public events wherein risque aircraft stunts are skillfully exhibited by pilots wherein water activities are carried out by the government and private groups. These types of shows are mostly a part of county fairs but usually, they are the main event themselves.


Looks like there are more ways than one to enjoy these types of aerobatics presentations and Social Scene is here to show you just how!


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Go To The Chicago Air & Water Show Just Like a Pro!

1601 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611


The Chicago Air & Water Show has been one of the most anticipated events in the city for decades. It started as a family day celebration in 1959 which has grown and become a large and long occasion that it is now.


For the two-day event, around 2 million people would flock to places like Lake Michigan with their beach blankets, hats, sunglasses, and lawn chairs to witness the death-defying stunts on air and rescue missions on the lake.


Air shows will have a static display and then the main show. Water shows will have activities on the sea, usually, rescue missions.


You can take a closer look at the aircraft through the static display as they are parked around the field. Visitors are open to going near the planes and are even given a chance to take a look inside them. Planes that are currently used in the military and even retired planes have been known to be on display.




Thunder over the Bay 2017 Air Show photo by David Cushman


Sit back on your lawn chairs with some shade and witness the main show unfold before you. Watchers can bring their own cameras to take memorable photos of the stunts happening in the air.


With the Water Show, on the other hand, Chicago has had a variety of activities like the Coast Guard Air Sea Rescue demonstration, water ballets, and water skiing.


Not a fan of crowds? For sure, this event will be packed with onlookers from all over the country and even the world, but Chicago has more than enough places to accommodate everyone. Why not watch from the best beaches, rooftops, and restaurants around Chicago during the dates of the Air & Water Show.



1. 2019 Chicago Air Show Charity Yacht Party

Location: The Valara VI, 1559 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605




Experience the Chicago Air & Water Show right from the lake


Do you want to enjoy the best activities while having an impeccable view of Chicago’s 61st Air & Water Show? It’s about time you join the 2019 Chicago Air Show Charity Yacht Party which has been going on annually for nine straight years!


Be one of the 149 people to join the 4-hour cruise yacht party and experience one of the iconic events in Chicago for the summer. There’s going to be a food buffet, hosted bar, as well as entertainment that you wouldn’t want to miss.


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2. Shore Club Air & Water Show, August 16th-18th

Location: Shore Club, 1603 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610


Watch the iconic Chicago Air & Water Show at Shore Club’s patio


Choose the Shore Club Air & Water Show when you want to watch the Chicago Air & Water Show in style and comfort. Shore Club’s patio is a restaurant and bar that is open to serve until 10PM.


Breathe in the fantastic view from the signature beach side of Shore Club. Enjoy brunch and an open bar that runs from 11AM to 2PM. You can also choose to watch from the outdoor patio or the shaded restaurant during the event.



3. Live on the Lake at Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier

Location: Miller Lite Beer Garden Grove, Chicago, IL 60611



Miller Lite Beer Garden bustling with free and enjoyable activities


If you ever find yourself in Chicago for the Air & Water Show, be sure to watch it from Live on the Lake at Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier, a free summer music series. There’s free live music featuring local favorite artists as well as national touring acts.


The beer garden will be open on all days of the Chicago Air & Water Show and you can even witness the Aon Summer Fireworks if you stick around until 10:15PM. More music and live bands continue until 11:30PM.


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4. Watch the Air & Water Show from Cindy’s Rooftop

Location: 12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, 60603



Sit at the rooftop with a Golden Cocktail in hand at Cindy’s Bar, photo by Martha Williams


Cindy’s Rooftop is one of the best places to be when you’re in the city for the Chicago Air & Water Show. The restaurant, bar, and the rooftop view is known as the Jewel in the Crown of Chicago. The rooftop restaurant has an open-air terrace that can give you panoramic and perfect views of the Air & Water Show.


In the evening you can have a wonderful dinner in the skies of Chicago. Guests can make reservations for up to 12 guests in a single dining room as well as for private events. You can send them a message at cindysinfo@chicagoathletichotel.com.



5. Picnic In The Sky At Willis Tower Skydeck

Location: 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606


Chicago-Skydeck-Picnic-In-Th233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

Willis Tower Skydeck will be open for Skydeck Chicago’s Picnic in the Sky


Willis Tower Skydeck will be hosting the Air & Water Show Picnic In The Sky At Willis Tower Skydeck. For 2019, you, your family and friends can make your way to the top of the tower and enjoy an epic view of Chicago’s Air & Water Show.


Choose to watch from the 103rd floor and you will be able to see a view from up to four states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin) and also 50 miles out! You will also be able to spot landmarks around the city as well as beautiful glassy skyscrapers and the breathtaking sky views during sunset.


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Grechelle Magbanua

Professional Content Writer

Social Scene


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