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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: Neal O'Bryan

The annual Chicago Air and Water Show returns to North Avenue Beach on August 19 and 20 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.

When is the Chicago Air and Water Show?

The 2017 Chicago Air and Water Show takes over the lakefront from August 19-20, between 10am-3pm each day.

Where is the Chicago Air and Water Show?

In the sky and on the lake, of course, with the action centered around North Avenue Beach. 

Chicago Air and Water Show 2017

Where to watch the Chicago Air and Water Show 2017
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Where to watch the Chicago Air and Water Show 2017

Whether you prefer a rooftop bar or restaurant, beach, skyscraper or boat.

Air and Water Show announcer
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Air and Water Show announcer

Meet Herb Hunte, the booming voice behind the show

Photos from past shows

Photos: Air and Water Show 2016
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Photos: Air and Water Show 2016

Photos: Air and water show 2015
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Photos: Air and water show 2015

Photos: Air and Water Show 2014
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Photos: Air and Water Show 2014

Photos: Air and Water Show 2013
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Photos: Air and Water Show 2013

Photos:  Air and Water Show 2011
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Photos: Air and Water Show 2011

Photos: Inside an Air and Water Show plane
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Photos: Inside an Air and Water Show plane

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