Where to watch the Air and Water Show in Chicago

Get the lowdown on which beaches, rooftop bars and skyscrapers give you the best view of all the stunts at the Chicago Air and Water Show.

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Chicago Air and Water Show

The annual Chicago Air and Water Show returns to North Avenue Beach on August 16 and 17 for another weekend of aerial Top Gun trickery and spectacular sea stunts. Among the performers bringing pagentry and daredevil moves to the lakefront are the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, and the high-octane Firebirds Delta Team. Look at photos from past shows and check out our guide the best sightlines, whether it's a rooftop bar, beach or skyscraper.

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Best views

Get the prime sightlines from these rooftop bars and restaurants, tall buildings, and boats

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Air and Water Show announcer

Herb Hunter is the booming voice behind the show

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Create your own Air and Water Show

How to get high or wet in Chicago

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Inside a stunt plane: Photos

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Air and Water Show 2013: Photos

The annual high-flying, high-octane air and sea spectacular returns to Chicago

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Air and Water Show 2013: Preview

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Chicago Air and Water Show 2011: photos

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