Chicago Air and Water Show


Chicago Air and Water Show

Fly/swim/drive/run/walk/bike/bus to the Chicago Air and Water Show August 15-16, and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside!

The Chicago Air and Water Show at North Avenue Beach is the largest free show of its kind in the United States. Thousands of people gather to watch daredevil pilots strut their stuff along the shore of Lake Michigan!

This year’s headliner acts include: U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Thrill to their precision flying and famous diamond formation! The U.S. Army Parachute Team the Golden Knights. Watch this elite team jump from planes at 12,500 feet and glide their all the way to North Avenue Beach! The U.S. Army parachute team Leap Frogs. Fourteen jumpers deploy their chutes at 5,000 feet and join canopies to form death defying formations! The French-based Breitling Jet Team. These first time flyers dive at 565 miles an hour and perform high speed maneuvers!

Civilian teams include the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle, The Firebirds Delta Team, Matt Chapman Air Shows, Dave Dacy in the Superstearman Model 180 and much more!

2.2 million fans are expected for this, the 55thannual Chicago Water and Air Show.  What you can’t bring: Fido and that bottle of Old Granddad. What you can bring: Picnics, coolers, blankets and lawn chairs. What you can buy: food and drink and souvenirs from Chicago vendors.

For more information and times of shows, go to and follow the prompts.

Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside, just a short drive or el ride to see the Chicago Air and Water Show at North Avenue Beach, provides free shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport in Chicago. The hotel offers affordable, comfortable rooms, a breakfast bar and restaurant and much more. The hotel is pet friendly and offers AAA rates.