Hot Place to be this Weekend: Chicago Air & Water Show

August 13, 2010

One summer several years ago, I received an invitation from a friend to view the Chicago Air and Water Show from the rooftop of her condo building along Lake Shore Drive.

Despite being on top of a tall building, the day was cloudy and we didn’t see much. I’m not complaining: Those planes were loud, but it was a great experience.

This weekend’s forecast calls for sunny — albeit HOT — conditions, so you won’t need to be on a roof to see all the action at the 2010 show, taking place this weekend along Chicago’s lakefront.

The Chicago Air and Water Show is the largest free show of its kind in the United States.

Actor Vince Vaughn, who has a home in Chicago, will make an appearance by jumping out of a plane and parachuting to North Avenue Beach at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights will headline the 52nd annual show, and the air and water portions will be combined for one continuous show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

The action begins on Saturday and Sunday at 10:45 a.m. with the National Anthem.

The Chicago area has been under an excessive heat advisory this week. Spectators should take precautions while attending the show to protect themselves from the temperatures.

The Chicago Air and Water Show will have cooling buses at various underpasses:

*Oak Street

*North Avenue



More than 2 million people are expected to flock to the lakefront for the show, so try to take public transportation, if possible. Check out for information.

If you are driving, the city recommends parking in the East Monroe Garage, where there will be a free shuttle to and from North Avenue Beach. The shuttle will pick up and drop off parkers in that garage every 15 to 20 minutes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the upper Randolph Street exit.

Visit for details.

Hope you enjoy the show!

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