Head to Castaways for the 2019 Chicago Air and Water Show

Posted on July 8th, 2019

Chicago is known for our summer events! One of the biggest events is right around the corner! The 60th annual Chicago Air and Water Show at North Avenue Beach is scheduled for August 17th and August 18th from 10 am to 3 pm.

The U.S Navy Blue Angels and the U.S Air Force Thunderbirds are slated to headline along with the U.S Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S Navy Leap Frogs. With over two million guests attending the largest FREE admission air and water exhibition in the United States. More Military teams are scheduled to perform, like the Royal Air Force Red Arrows, the U.S Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo, the USMC Osprey Demo, the U.S Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter, the U.S Coast Guard Cutter and more.

History About the Chicago Air And Water Show

Starting in 1959, at Chicago Avenue and Lake Michigan, the Air and Water Show, was first called the Lakeshore Park Air and Water show. The event started as a celebration for the children participating in the Chicago Park District day camp program. The first show featured performances from divers, water skiers, and the Coast Guard Air Sea Rescue, games and a diving competition.

Over the years, the event has become a Chicago tradition and was renamed to the Chicago Park District Air & Water Show, expanding to two days and moved to the current location at North Avenue Beach.

Chicago Air and Water Show Dining and Drinks

From Fullerton to Oak Street, North Avenue Beach is the focal point for the event. Phil Stefani’s Castaways Bar and Grill sits in the center of North Avenue Beach, and the party will be happening all weekend long. The beachside bar and grill is known for a great menu full of delicious burgers, salads, sandwiches, drinks and more. Not only will Castaways have all of the snacks and meals you crave, but we’ll also have special entertainment all weekend long, to help you party beachside. Purchase your tickets now, for $180 which include a breakfast and lunch buffet, an open bar starting at 9 AM and more.

Chicago Air and Water Show Details

When: Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th from 10AM-3PM

Where: North Avenue Beach

Cost: Free

Public Transit: Visit transitchicago.com

Parking: The best options on where to park are the Millennium Park and Millennium Lakeside Garages located at 5 S. Columbus Drive, where you can pay $30 for the whole day and take a free shuttle from Millennium Park to North Avenue Beach.

Biking: Divvy Bikes will offer its valet service at select stations Saturday and Sunday. Locations include Theater on the Lake, Clark and North, Michigan and Oak and Streeter and Illinois.

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