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Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend: full schedule Niko Apostal 08/18/16


As you may already be able to hear, practice for the Chicago Air and Water Show begins today over the city. The annual event, which draws over two million people to the lakefront, will take place this Saturday and Sunday, 8/20 and 8/21, from 10am to 3pm each day. Parking can be tricky anywhere the beaches (North Avenue Beach, Oak Street Beach and the Ohio Street Beach), so the city suggests parking farther afield and taking public transportation or shuttles (the shuttles will run from the Millennium Park garages.)

If you’re headed to the event, feel free to bring blankets, chairs and coolers, but alcoholic drink, barbecues pop-up tents, kites, flag poles and pets are not permitted. Also wear a hat and bring plenty of sunscreen!

According to the Choose Chicago website, “While the program is the same both days, a schedule of performers is not set as pilots decide the order and times the day of the event. You can however count on the headliners performing last.” Those headliners include:

  • U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
  • U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights
  • U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs
  • F-35 Heritage Flight

Other military acts participating this year include:

  • Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • F/A-18 combat jet (twin-engine, supersonic jet)
  • MH-65D Dolphin Helicopter search and rescue demonstration by the U.S. Coast Guard

Civilian acts will also participate, including the Aeroshell Acrobatic team, the Aerostars, Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle, Bill Stein Airshows, the Firebirds Delta Team, an A-4 Skyhawk JetTac demo and the Chicago Fire Department Air and Sea Rescue team.

Admission is free and beach space is first-come, first-serve.

*Photo courtesy of Flickr user Matthew Smith.

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