The Chicago Air and Water Show takes place at North Avenue Beach, but the show can be viewed on the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street. The show is free and open to the public. This is the biggest air and water show in the United States.
Guests can watch as civilian and military pilots perform flight aerobatics in historic aircrafts over the lakefront of Lake Michigan. Thrilling parachute teams take to the sky to perform stunts, and there are also simulated water rescues during the show. In the past, the show has featured well-known guests such as the announcer Herb Hunter and the U.S. Army Golden Knights. The air and water show takes place during one weekend over the summer.
The Chicago Air and Water Show started in 1959 as the Lakeshore Park Air and Water Show, and it was a part of the annual Family Day for the Chicago Park District day camp program. The show originally featured rescue demonstrations, water ballet, water skiers, fun games and a diving competition. The show was eventually moved to North Avenue Beach and was renamed the Chicago Park District Air and Water Show.
Guests are welcome to bring a blanket, chairs and a cooler of snacks to this event. The daredevil stunts and Chicago Skyline backdrop create an event that is perfect for the whole family.