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    Pilots Prepare for Weekend's Air and Water Show

    It's going to be an epic weekend on the lakeshore as the Air and Water Show is set to take to the skies and waterways of Chicago. NBC 5's Lexi Sutter has the story. 

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019)

     

    Since 1959, crowds gather to Chicago for its annual Air and Water Show, where military and pilots perform various stunts above Lake Michigan. 
    This years’ 60th annual show will take place Aug. 17 – Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. –  3:00 p.m., remaining the oldest free air and water show in the United States. 
    The historical show is just around the corner, and here’s what you need to know: 
    Where to Watch: 
    Chicago Beaches: People are encouraged to bring chairs or a blanket to claim a spot in the sand or grass anywhere along North Avenue Beach or Oak Street Beach. 
    Navy Pier: Cruise ships at Chicago’s Navy Pier give a view of the show from the water itself, while enjoying a buffet and entertainment.  Prices for cruises through Odyssey, Spirit Cruises and Mystic Blue start at $64.90.  Or the Seadog speed boat offers rides starting at $27.95. 
    Sky high: The John Hancock building offers 360 Chicago and The Signature Room at the 95th for viewing of the performance.  People can also visit the Skydeck at the Willis Tower for a view of the city front – both water and sky.  
    Where to Park: 
    Millennium Park Garage provides parking spots and a free shuttle to and from North Ave. Beach to avoid crowds the day of the Air and Water Show. 
    How to Get There: 
    This weekend, the Metra train line will run added/modified service for the Air and Water Show.  These will affect the following lines: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, Union Pacific North, Union Pacific Northwest and Union Pacific West. 
    The Chicago Transit Authority will also be in operation, running the red, blue, brown, green, orange, purple, pink and yellow lines. 
    Performers: 
    Military Teams 
    USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II 
    U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo 
    U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights 
    U.S. Coast Guard Cutter 
    U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter 
    C-130 Hercules 
    T-38 Talon 
    USMC Osprey Demo 
    KC-135 Stratotanker 
    U.S. Navy Blue Angels 
    U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs 
    Royal Air Force Red Arrows 
    Civilian Teams 
    American Airlines 
    Bill Stein Aerosport 
    Chicago Fire Department Air/Sea Rescue 
    Chicago Police Department Helicopter 
    Sean D. Tucker & Team Oracle 
    Susan Dacy in the Super Stearman Model 70 
    The Firebirds Delta Team 
    Matt Chapman Air Shows 
    Warbird Heritage Museum Foundation P-51 Mustang 
    What can you NOT bring: 
    Alcoholic Beverages
    BBQ Grills (Open Flames)
    Drones (Personal and Commercial)
    Fireworks or Explosives
    Illegal Substances & Weapons
    Pop-up Tents/Canopies
    Balloons
    Kites
    Flag Poles
    All Pets (except Service Animals) 
    Accessibility 
     For those with disabilities, seating will be available primarily at the north end of North Avenue Beach.  The following list can obtain accessible seating: 
    Individuals who use wheelchairs 
    Individuals with disabilities who are ambulatory, but use mobility devises such as walkers or crutches
    Individuals who are ambulatory, but who are unable to stand during the performance
    Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and need unobstructed sightlines to the sign language interpreter
    Individuals who are blind or have visual impairments that require seating in close proximity to the stage 

     

    All eyes will be on the skies this weekend in Chicago as the Air and Water Show returns. 

    Royal Air Force Red Arrows to Show Out at Chicago Air & Water Show

    Royal Air Force Red Arrows to Show Out at Chicago Air & Water Show

    For the first time in more than a decade, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows are bringing their acrobatics to North America and this weekend's Chicago Air and Water Show is the first stop on an 11-week tour. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the preview.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019)

    This years’ 61st annual show will take place from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Aug. 17–18, remaining the oldest free air and water show in the United States. 

    Here’s what you need to know: 

    Where to Watch 

    Chicago Air and Water Show Preparations

    [CHI] Chicago Air and Water Show Preparations

    Performers practiced in front of a crowd for the final time on Friday ahead of Saturday's Chicago Air and Water Show. NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski reports. 

    (Published Friday, Aug. 16, 2019)

    Chicago Beaches: People are encouraged to bring chairs or a blanket to claim a spot in the sand or grass anywhere along North Avenue Beach or Oak Street Beach. 

    Navy Pier: Cruise ships at Chicago’s Navy Pier give a view of the show from the water itself, while enjoying a buffet and entertainment. Prices for cruises through Odyssey, Spirit Cruises and Mystic Blue start at $64.90. Or the Seadog speed boat offers rides starting at $27.95. 

    Sky high: The John Hancock building offers 360 Chicago and The Signature Room at the 95th for viewing of the performance. People can also visit the Skydeck at the Willis Tower for a view of the city front – both water and sky.  

    Where to Park 

    Millennium Park Garage provides parking spots and a free shuttle to and from North Ave. Beach to avoid crowds the day of the Air and Water Show. 

    How to Get There 

    This weekend, the Metra train line will run added/modified service for the Air and Water Show.  These will affect the following lines: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, Union Pacific North, Union Pacific Northwest and Union Pacific West. 

    The Chicago Transit Authority will also be in operation, running the red, blue, brown, green, orange, purple, pink and yellow lines. 

    Performers

    Military Teams 

    USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II 

    U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo 

    U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights 

    U.S. Coast Guard Cutter 

    U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter 

    C-130 Hercules 

    T-38 Talon 

    USMC Osprey Demo 

    KC-135 Stratotanker 

    U.S. Navy Blue Angels 

    U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs 

    Royal Air Force Red Arrows 

    Civilian Teams 

    American Airlines 

    Bill Stein Aerosport 

    Chicago Fire Department Air/Sea Rescue 

    Chicago Police Department Helicopter 

    Sean D. Tucker & Team Oracle 

    Susan Dacy in the Super Stearman Model 70

    The Firebirds Delta Team 

    Matt Chapman Air Shows 

    Warbird Heritage Museum Foundation P-51 Mustang 

    What can you NOT bring

     

    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • BBQ Grills (Open Flames)
    • Drones (Personal and Commercial)
    • Fireworks or Explosives
    • Illegal Substances & Weapons
    • Pop-up Tents/Canopies
    • Balloons
    • Kites
    • Flag Poles
    • All Pets (except service animals) 

    Accessibility  

    For those with disabilities, seating will be available primarily at the north end of North Avenue Beach.  The following list can obtain accessible seating: 

     

    • Individuals who use wheelchairs 
    • Individuals with disabilities who are ambulatory, but use mobility devises such as walkers or crutches
    • Individuals who are ambulatory, but who are unable to stand during the performance
    • Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and need unobstructed sightlines to the sign language interpreter
    • Individuals who are blind or have visual impairments that require seating in close proximity to the stage 

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