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Chicago Air and Water Show

Bring the entire family to see the Chicago Air and Water Show along the Lake Michigan shore August 18-18 and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel in historic Hyde Park!

The Chicago Air and Water Show is one of the highlights of the summer season! And it’s free! Join a few thousand of your best friends, cover your ears and have a blast!

Performers: Military. US Air Force Thunderbirds, US Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, US Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs, C-130 Hercules, KC-135 Stratotanker, P-51 Mustang (The Tuskegee Airmen), T-38 Talon, US Navy F-18, US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter, US Coast Guard Cutter, F-35 Heritage Flight.

Civilian. AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Aerostars, Shaun D. Tucker and Team Oracle, Bill Stein Aerosport, American Airlines 787, The Fire Birds Delta Team, Matt Chapman Air Shows, Rob Holland, Susan Dacy, and a whole lot more!

The best sight lines for the Chicago Air and Water Show are at North Avenue Beach, the Lakefront from Oak Street Beach north to Fullerton Avenue, and Ohio Street Beach. Get there late, and you won’t get there. There will be vendors selling food and drinks and dessert treats! Alcohol is prohibited. For a full schedule of events and answers to questions, go online to and follow the prompts.

Make your Chicago Air and Water Show experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.