FREE Family Fun and Excitement: The Chicago Air and Water Show

July 1, 2017

Are you ready for daredevil thrills in the air and on the water? If so, then the Chicago Park District Air & Water Show is just the ticket. And the best part? This ticket is FREE.

The Air and Water Show is coming up on August 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, and will feature the precision aerial maneuvers of the elite U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team jumping out of aircraft 12,500 feet above Chicago at speeds exceeding 120 mph, and the U.S. Navy Leap Frog Parachute Team flying their parachute canopies in exacting formations after free-falling more than 7,000 feet. The show takes place in the air and on the water at North Avenue Beach and along Chicago’s magnificent lakefront on Lake Michigan. Every year, on average, two million people watch this amazing show, making this air and water exhibition the largest of its kind in the U.S.

The first show was held in 1959. With a budget of $88, the show featured a Coast Guard Air Sea Rescue demonstration, water skiers, a water ballet, games and a diving competition.

For information about public transportation to the show visit If you are driving, avoid the crowds by parking at the Millennium Park Garage and ride the free shuttle to and from North Avenue Beach (visit