You don't have to wait until this weekend's Chicago Air & Water Show to meet a sailor.
The U.S. Navy returned Monday to Chicago as part of Navy Weeks, a week-long affair to recognize the branch of the U.S. Armed Forces for keeping the sea free for more than 200 years and to commemorate the bicentennial of the war of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner.
Through Aug. 20, the group conducts about 75 events, from band performances Monday to a performance by the "Blue Angels," the Navy's flight demonstration team, at the annual Air and Water show.
Chicago is the tenth stop for Navy Weeks across the country meant to provide a peek at the group's day-to-day operations.
Among the events to look for are the “Leap Frogs” parachute team, visiting U.S. Navy ships, Navy Band musical performances, admirals and other senior leaders in events with local leaders, simulator and other interactive displays, visits to area schools, community service projects, events with local sports franchises and visits with local veterans.
Other cities scheduled to host Navy weeks this year are Toledo, Ohio, Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, New York and Houston.