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Everything you need to know about 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

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp
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After taking a hiatus in 2020 and hosting scaled-back demonstrations in 2021, the Chicago Air and Water Show will return to the city in roaring, full-fledged form from August 20–21 this year. The iconic two-day event—which famously features headlining performances from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights—brings an array of flying acts to the Chicago lakefront, including this year's first-ever joint air show appearance from the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight and U.S. Navy Legacy Flights. Ready to start planning your weekend of high-flying fun? Check out our complete guide to the Chicago Air and Water Show 2022, including the best rooftop bars, beaches and waterfront restaurants for watching the festivities. 

When is the Chicago Air and Water Show?

The 2022 Chicago Air and Water Show takes over the lakefront on August 20 and 21 from 10am through 2pm each day. A schedule of events will be posted on the city's Chicago Air and Water Show website.

Where is the Chicago Air and Water Show?

The event centers around the skies above North Avenue beach, with visibility along the lakefront between Fullerton Avenue and Oak Street. 

Chicago Air and Water Show 2022

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