No event will make you want to hold on to every second of clear skies and sunny days more than the Chicago Air and Water Show.
The show, which dates back to 1959 and is one of the most popular in Chicago, features both military and civilian teams in performances that are free for the public to enjoy. Spectators can expect to see the featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights. When you see the Golden Knights on Saturday you’ll notice an extra parachute jumper with them as former Chicago Bear Charles Tillman will be jumping out of the plane too.
The show center takes place along North Avenue Beach, but sight lines are good anywhere along the lake shore from Oak Street Beach to Fullerton Avenue and at Ohio Street Beach. Things get kicked off with the national anthem at 10 a.m. each day with festivities lasting until 3 p.m. While no official schedule is released, organizers assured that the headliners would be going last.
The majority of planes will be flying out of the Gary Jet Center in Gary, Ind. while many of the military planes will be flying out of bases in the mid-west timing their path over the show at an exact hour. While you might see planes flying over buildings that is only to enter or exit the show area, so make sure to keep your eyes on the lake.
The Chicago Air and Water Show takes place Aug. 20 and 21 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. For more information on this event, visit cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_air_and_watershow.