10 Spots to Catch the Air and Water Show

Some of the best places to keep your eyes peeled to the sky.

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The Bravo Zulu Lounge will be set up on the northeast corner of the North Avenue Beach Boat House and offers premium seating for the show Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The $60 ticket includes beer, soft drinks, water and a beach barbecue buffet. (312) 744-3316
The Signature Room in the Hancock Tower offers a private event Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. that includes an unobstructed northeast view of the beach, a bar package, gourmet buffet and a dessert dessert buffet, all for $130 per person. Call Lauren Jones at 312-280-0472 for tickets.
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The John Hancock Observatory gets you as close to the action without actually being inside of a plane. They're offering and drink specials all weekend long during the show.
Grab an unobstructed view of the show at Oak Street Beach Food + Drink. They're offering VIP seating for the event, starting with the dress rehearsals on Friday and the actual show duirng the weekend. A Chef's Table and drink packages are also available. Click here for more details and to make reservations.
Castaways on North Avenue Beach offers premium seating for the show. Tickets are $160 per person and Saturday and Sunday and include breakfast, lunch and an open bar. Friday practice day tickets are also available for $100 per person. Email afrankos@stefanigroup.com for info.
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Watch the show in luxury by purchasing a ticket to Yacht Chicago on Saturday. The six-hour sail takes off from Burnham Harbor at 11 a.m. and includes music, food and an open bar, all for $150.
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RIVA CRAB HOUSE on Navy Pier offers a birds' eye view of the show Saturday and Sunday. Themed cocktails like the "G-Force" are $12 each and dollar oysters are available until 5 p.m.
The Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago and Mystic Blue are offering a full schedule of cruises with premium views Friday through Sunday, ranging in price from $40 to $65. Click here for the full schedule.
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The LandShark Beer Garden at the east end of Navy Pier offers a prime viewing location for both days of the show. The new beverage menu features a variety of brews along with cocktails and frozen drinks. The quick-service walk-up window offers bites such as homemade pizza, brats soaked in LandShark Lager, burgers and more.
Be close to the action but avoid the crowds by chillin' out at LUXBAR's outdoor patio. The Gold Coast restaurant is offering a specialty "Blue Bird" cocktail, dedicated to the highly-anticipated Blue Angels flight crew.
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