Friday, August 17, 2012

54th annual Chicago Air and Water Show presented by the City of Chicago and Shell Oil Products United States

The Blue Angels have been zooming overheard - shaking the windows of the office and making it impossible to forget that the weekend is just around the corner. This weekend is the Air & Water Show - get a front row seat for all of the action at one of these viewing locations.

Where to Watch the Air & Water Show This Weekend

Wet Deck at the W Chicago Lakeshore
The Navy-Pier-adjacent sundeck overlooks Lake Shore Drive and has the perfect view of the sky looking South. For $150 per person guests can enjoy a DJ, specialty cocktails as well as gazpacho, crostini and portobello burgers. Purchase tickets here.

Navy Pier
Aside from strolling along the pier (and pushing through the crowds) an Air & Water show special will be taking place at Riva Crab House -the deal includes dollar oysters, and Landshark Beer (312-595-5446).

J. Parker
This is possibly the hottest seat in town with views of the lake looking North towards the skyline, but it also may be the most expensive. Tables during the show will have a minimum of $100 to $500 (312-254-4747).

Oak Street Beach
Soak up the show in style with VIP seating at the beach, which includes tented private seating as well as food and drink specials for $95 per person. Or slum it with the masses and take part in the taco station. (312-988-4650).

Trump International Hotel & Tower
The Terrace will open early this weekend (10 AM) for drinking and sky gazing. Sip a Blue Falcon, made with vanilla vodka with fresh muddled blueberries and Blue Curacao, topped with egg white foam for $22.

Get close to the action at the dockside patio. The restaurant will be serving lunch and cocktails all weekend while the boats zip along Navy Pier (312-981-8400).

North Avenue Beach
The pop-up Sand Bar Beer Garden will take over the beach with an open bar that includes beer and sangria as well as a BBQ buffet courtesy of Phil Stefani’s. Tickets cost $75.

CHICAGO (WLS) - The Chicago Air and Water Show presented by the City of Chicago and Shell Oil Products U.S is the the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.

Public Transportation
For travel information, visit

PARKING - Millennium Garages
Parking Details: Park at Millennium Garages and avoid the hassle of finding parking near the beach! Garage locations are Millennium Park Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave. and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave.
Packages: $35 all-day parking plus FREE shuttle service from Millennium Park Garage to North
Avenue Beach!
Purchase Options: Pay at parking location; call 312-616-0600; purchase online at

Can I bring a blanket, chairs and a cooler to the beach to watch the Air & Water Show?

What items are prohibited from being brought onto festival grounds?
Alcoholic Beverages
BBQ Grills (Open Flames)
Fireworks or Explosives
Illegal Substances & Weapons
Pop-up Tents/Canopies
Flag Poles
All Pets (except Service Animals)

Failure to comply with the above may result in entry being denied. All containers will be subject to search. Bicycles may not be ridden on festival grounds.
Do you have a schedule of what time each performer will perform?
No. The program is the same both days (Saturday & Sunday), we do not have a schedule of who will be performing at what time, this is decided by the pilots the day of the event. You can count on the headliners performing last.

When do boat restrictions start on the lake?
7 am. You will have to follow the lead of the Coast Guard and the Police Marine Unit.

Will the show be broadcast?
YES - Play-by-play coverage of the show will air on WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am until 3 pm WBBM Newsradio will also provide livestream video on their website.

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