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A guide to the Chicago Air and Water Show

Find beaches, rooftop bars and skyscrapers that give you the best views of the Chicago Air and Water Show

Photograph: Anthony Soave
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Firebirds Delta Team and more perform aerial stunts at the Chicago Air and Water Show, August 16, 2014.

The annual Chicago Air and Water Show returns to North Avenue Beach on August 15 and 16 for another weekend of aerial Top Gun trickery and spectacular sea stunts. Among the performers bringing pagentry and daredevil moves to the lakefront summer festival are the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, and the high-octane Breitling Jet Team. Look at photos from past shows and check out our guide to the best sightlines, whether it's a rooftop bar, skyscraper or beach.

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Photos from past shows

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Photos: Air and Water Show 2014

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