The Chicago Air & Water Show 2019 – 5 Things to Know

Air and Water Show 2018

Logo by The City of Chicago

This post was updated on July , with information on the 2019 Chicago Air & Water Show.

The Chicago Air & Water Show is Saturday and Sunday August 17 and 18. The popular event is celebrating its 61st year and is always entertaining. Below are five things to be aware of if you’re planning on taking in the show.

Admission & Hours

Admission is free. The Air & Water Show runs from 10 am – 3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Where to Watch

Some of the best site lines include North Avenue Beach (show center), the Lakefront from Oak Street Beach to Fullerton, and Ohio Street Beach.

Herb Hunter

Known as “The Voice” of the Air and Water Show, Herb Hunter used to fly the USAF KC-135 in the show before becoming the show announcer over 20 years ago.

What You Can & Can’t Bring

Chairs, coolers and blankets are permitted. Bringing along ear plugs, binoculars, sunscreen and water is encouraged.

Alcohol, open flame bbq grills, fireworks, pop-up tents/canopies, balloons, kites, drones, weapons, flag poles and pets (unless their service animals) are prohibited.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are among the headliners of this year’s show. Other headliners include the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs. Headliner performances are determined the morning of the show by the pilots.

Find out more about the 61st Annual Chicago Air & Water Show at The City of Chicago’s web site for the event.