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

Air & Water Show Sunday, August 21, 2016
Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

The Chicago Air and Water Show soars back into the city on August 18 and 19, bringing another weekend of aerial trickery and spectacular stunts. The lakefront summer festival hosts daredevils from throughout the nation, including the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs. Plan out your weekend of high-flying fun with our guide to the best places to watch the Air and Water Show, and relive the summer tradition with photos from previous shows.

When is the Chicago Air and Water Show?

The 2018 Chicago Air and Water Show takes over the lakefront on August 18 and 19, between 10am and 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 2018

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