The Chicago Air & Water Show – 5 Things to Know

Air and Water Show 2018

Logo by The City of Chicago

This post was updated on August 15, 2018, with information on the 2018 Chicago Air & Water Show.

The Chicago Air & Water Show is this Saturday and Sunday August 18 and 19. The popular event is celebrating its 60th 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

You can get a pretty good view of the show anywhere from Fullerton Beach down to Oak Street Beach. North Avenue Beach is the best place to watch the show.

Watch the Takeoffs

If you want to watch the planes takeoff and land, you can do so at the Gary Jet Center, 5401 Airport Road, Gary. The cost is $10 per vehicle.

What You Can & Can’t Bring

Chairs, coolers and picnic baskets 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, flag poles and pets (unless their service animals) are prohibited.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds 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 60th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show at The City of Chicago’s web site for the event.