The 2015 Chicago Air and Water Show is Fun for the Whole Family!


All eyes will be on the skies above Lake Michigan for this year’s Chicago Air and Water Show! This exciting Chicago tradition is one of the biggest spectacles of the summer and is an entertaining event for people of all ages.


The 2015 edition of the Chicago Air and Water Show will take place August 15th and 16th at North Avenue Beach from 10am to 3pm. Admission is free and spectators will be able to purchase refreshments from food and drink vendors who will be set up at the viewing area.


The Chicago Air and Water Show is the longest running free show of its kind in the United States! It’s definitely worth the trip to Chicago, but even if you can’t make it, you can check out the show’s live broadcast on the internet.



The show features performers from a wide range of specialties and backgrounds including professional stunt pilots, military personnel and even fire department employees. Here are some of the highlights you can expect to see at this year’s show.


U.S. Navy Blue Angels – The oldest performing air team in the country, the famous Blue Angels are the pride of the United States Navy and have been wowing spectators since 1946. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the group’s famous “diamond formation” in which they fly in such a way that there is only 18 inches of separation from one plane’s wing to the next plane’s canopy.


U.S. Army Parachute Team – Also known as the “The Golden Knights” this team of performance sky divers are used to promote the army, build public support and national pride. The unit consists of two demonstration teams of 12 members. Their feats include forming geometric shapes while in free fall and executing impressive aerobatic maneuvers. They also use smoke and other additional props to excite the audience.


U.S. Navy Leap Frogs – Not to be outdone by their army counterparts the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs are a 15 member paratrooper unit comprised of Navy SEALS. They have been performing and supporting navy recruitment efforts since 1974.


Breitling Jet Team – For the first time in its history, the Chicago Air and Water Show will host this group of professional, civilian pilots. The European based Breitling Jet Team was formed in 2003, and is the largest group of civilian professional pilots who do this type aerobatic performance.


Some of the show’s other performers are the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, The Aerostars, The Chicago Fire Department Helicopters, Firebirds Delta Team, Team Aerodynamix, The U.S. Coast Guard, The U.S. Air Force, Team Oracle and many more.



The show has come a long way since its inception. The first version of the Chicago Air and Water Show took place in 1959. It was called the “Lakeshore Park Air and Water Show” and had a budget of merely $88.


Another important piece of this show’s history is its commentator. For over 20 years Herb Hunter has been the voice of the Chicago Air and Water Show. His method of informing the crowd while entertaining them at the same time is almost as impressive as the planes and maneuvers he describes.



The Chicago Air and Water Show

Where: North Avenue Beach over Lake Michigan, Chicago, Illinois

When: August 15th and 16th, 10am to 3pm

Admission: Free



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