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Air & Water Show | Chicago

August 17, 2012

It’s that time of year again! The Chicago Air and Water Show returns for another year of stunning performances taking place from August 17-20.


With great views, endless entertainment and delicious dining options, Navy Pier is the perfect place for visitors to see this free show. For 53 years the Air and Water show has been flying over Chicago making it the longest running free show of its kind.


US Navy Blue Angels

The Air and Water Show is headlined by the astonishing U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The Blue Angels have been astounding audiences since 1946 with their commanding presence and aerial maneuvers. The sights and sounds will leave you in awe. The U.S. Army’s Parachuting team, the Golden Knights, will also be headlining this year. Over 12,000 feet in the sky, these brave souls will be racing towards Chicago at over 120mph.


The Navy’s Parachuting team, Leap Frogs, will also be performing from a starting altitude of 12,500 feet. Many other civilian aircrafts will participate in this year’s show including Sean D. Tucker & Team Oracle as well as the Red Bull Air Force, an elite group of skydivers.


Cruises and Great Views

Experience the excitement of the Air and Water Show aboard the fresh and cool decks of Mystic Blue! It’s the perfect way to entertain family and friends while getting the most up-close views of the lively show. Many cruise options are available all weekend for visitors to enjoy.


All along the Pier, guests will have a great view of the spectacular performances in the sky above but as the day continues restaurants like Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Harry Caray’s Tavern and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. will serve as the perfect place for guests to go to satisfy their hunger while cooling off from the summer sun. The Landshark Beer Garden at the far end of the Pier is another great dining option for guests that want to keep an eye on the Air Show.


Taking advantage of the endless entertainment happening at Navy Pier is a great way to make the most of any visit to Navy Pier. Taking a ride on the iconic Ferris wheel or seeing a show at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater will keep visitors smiling all day long.


To stay up-to-date with all the excitement happening at Navy Pier, be sure to ‘Like’ our Facebook page and follow @NavyPier on Twitter.


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