Chicago’s Sky High Thrills: Chicago Air Show

There’s little chance you won’t know the Chicago Air and Water Show is happening. The roaring flights of supersonic jets are hard to miss, not to mention the 2.2 million people standing along the lakefront with their eyes pointed to the skies or the waters.

The Chicago Air and Water Show 2012 takes place on August 18 & 19, 2012 and is an unforgettable exhibition of thrilling aerial displays and water stunts. Plus, it’s the oldest and largest free demonstration of its kind in the United States!

You’ll see choreographed, acrobatic maneuvers of aviation teams, usually including the Air Force Thunderbirds in F-16 Falcons or the Navy Blue Angels in F/A-18 Hornets as festival headliners. Or, check out Coast Guard mock helicopter rescues and flybys by military aircraft. Part of the Chicago Air Show will also feature parachute teams plunging from high altitudes of 120 mph.

Didn’t we say this event would be hard to miss?

One of the best parts of the weekend? You’ll never know what surprises are in store. In fact, one year Vince Vaughn was among the parachuters!

If you’re looking for optimal viewing spots, the best place to watch it will be from North Avenue Beach, but there will definitely be a crowd, so get there early. Or, Oak Street Beach also offers excellent views of the show. If you’d rather be in the skies as well, you’ll always have a grand view from the John Hancock Observatory.

The Chicago Air and Water Show will run 10am-3pm both days. Don’t forget sunblock, sunglasses, bottles of water, and of course, your earplugs. Your heart will be soaring in no time.

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