58th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbird demonstration team.

Come to the Windy City and experience the thrill of one of our favorite annual summertime traditions at the 58th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show! Located less than 4-miles from the event, Broughton’s boutique Willows Hotel is the perfect place to stay the weekend of August 20th-21st.


About the 58th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show

Each year, over two million people from all over the United States flock to the lakefront of North Avenue Beach for the largest and oldest free admission air and water exhibition of its kind. The Chicago Air & Water Show is celebrating 58-years of thrills with some of the top civilian and military pilots and aircrafts. What started as a one-day, $88 show in 1959 has since transformed into a two-day, corporate-sponsored Chicago summer tradition on Lake Michigan.


This year’s exhibition is presented by Shell Oil Products U.S. and the City of Chicago. Headlining performers feature:

The full list of performers can be found here. There will be no set schedule for the exhibition, it will be determined on the day of the event. However, if you are concerned that you may miss the headliners, you can count on them performing last.


Although North Avenue Beach is the focal point of the show, you can catch performers from a number of other locations. Join the lively viewing party on the roof deck at Castaways Bar and Grill or reserve a cabana at Caffe Olivia. If you want to stick by the shore, check out Belmont and Diversey Harbors or the ever-popular Miller Lite Beer Garden at the Navy Pier. Feeling adventurous? Get on the water! Hop on a dining cruise aboard the Mystic Blue, Odyssey, and Spirit of Chicago or snag a tour with Wendella Boats, Shoreline Sightseeing Company, Seadog Ventures, Chicago’s First Lady and Chicago Line Cruises. If you don’t like the water, enjoy lunch in the sky at the Skydeck Chicago (reservations required).


Admission to the 58th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show is free! The exhibition will from from 10am-3pm each day. Parking will be available at Millennium Garages- Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Avenue, and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Avenue. A $35 all-day parking package plus free shuttle service from Millennium Garage to North Avenue Beach will be offered on the weekend of the event.


For more information on the event, check out the FAQ’s page or follow the Chicago Air & Water Show on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.



58th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show

Where: North Avenue Beach– Chicago, IL

When: Saturday, August 20th– Sunday, August 21st, 10am-3pm

Admission: Free



Where to Stay

The Willows Hotel

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904