Air and Water Show 2013: Photos

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

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Air and Water Show: Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to Lake Michigan on August 17, 2013, to witness the annual stunt spectacular.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a trio of planes performing synchronized loop-de-loops! The annual Air and Water Show returned to the Chicago lakefront this weekend, and we captured photos of the August 17 action—both the sea of spectators and high-flying aerobatics. Missing this year was the precision demonstration squandron, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, flying just below the speed of sound (like the true badasses they are). But there was no lack of pulse-pounding stunts and no lack of this Kenny Loggins classic looping through our brain. Sadly, also no Val Kilmer playing volleyball on North Avenue Beach. Maybe next year.

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