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    Chicago Air and Water Show Takes Flight

     All eyes will be on the skies this weekend in Chicago as the Air and Water Show returns. Sandra Torres has a preview.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 16, 2019)

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

    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

    Pilots Prepare for Weekend's Air and Water Show

    [CHI] 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)

    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.

    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)

    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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