Air and Water Show: where to watch the spectacle 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

Chicago Air and Water Show Photograph: Max Herman


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.

Best views

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

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