For fun and frolic Saturday and Sunday August 16 – 17, 2014, join the throngs of people in downtown Chicago for the aerial dynamics of the best and the brightest. Once every year, Chicagoans can enjoy the spectacular feats of the Blue Angels and the Golden Knights as they show us what they are made of. This year’s show, the 56th annual, will be better than ever.
Crowds will be lined along the lakefront with North Avenue Beach as the jumping-off spot. Get downtown early to stake out your spot for a full day of aeronautical adventures.
Bring the kids
Everyone from Grandma to toddlers will be wowed by the teams as the U.S. Blue Angels fly loop-de-loops through the clouds while the U.S. Golden Knights show how parachuting is done. Your kids will be inspired by the gravity-defying maneuvers in the air and amazed at the perfect landings of the paratroopers.
Lake Michigan will also host the astounding jumping skills of the Navy Leap Frogs as they springboard out of an airplane 12,500 feet above the water at speeds of over 120 mph. The long history of the Chicago and Water Show debuted in 1946 and it is still going strong.
Get a closer look at the Air Force F-22 fighter jet and Marine MV-22 Osprey helicopter while the show is going on. These truly impressive aircraft will be on display for visitors to examine during show hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
With free admission, you and your family can enjoy the last few days of summer before school is back in session. Come into the city and spend a day of it, checking out new restaurants and seeing the sights. Directions and additional information are available at chicagoairandwatershow.us.
Chicago rescue teams
Chicago rescue teams will also be performing for the audience throughout both days. The Chicago Fire Department will show off their skills along with its specialized Helicopter Air Sea Rescue unit. The aerial show will be evident in the skies all around the center of Chicago, but to see the water show, you will have to get closer to the lakefront. Teams on the lake will be boat jumping, water skiing and demonstrating how they rescue boaters using their unique training.
Flying in formation
It will be tough to keep from bumping into people on Saturday and Sunday as so many will have their noses in the air. But, how can you not watch the awesome formations of the Blue Angels as they pilot through the sky. The Blue Angels are truly the creme of the crop and each pilot will have his name painted on the side of his Boeing F/A-18 Hornet.
If you are too far out to walk to the show, you can get downtown via taxi, bus or car. But if a car is too cumbersome for city driving, alternative travel help can be arranged through The BusBank.