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Best Views For The Air & Water Show

August 1, 2011 2:00 PM

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(credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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(credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Chicago Air & Water Show
Along Chicago’s Lake Shore
August 20th & 21st
10 am-3 pm

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’ll be indistinguishable—whatever it is—if you don’t have a good spot to watch the Air & Water Show come August 20th and 21st. Whether it’s Superman or, even cooler, a Thunderbird jet you’re looking for in the sky, the following spots will offer an unobstructed and clear view for you – ensuring you’ll know exactly what you’re looking at.

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(credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)


Home base for the Air & Water Show is North Avenue Beach. This isn’t the only spot to see the show though, according to, you’ll get a great view from anywhere along the lakefront between Fullerton and Oak Street. Here’s a quick rundown of a few of the beaches you can settle down.

North Avenue Beach

As the focal point of the show, North Avenue Beach in Lincoln Park will really be happenin’. One of the nicest aspects of North Ave. Beach is its gigantic beach house. Modeled after an ocean liner, the giant boat-like structure was built by the Chicago Park District. Its upper decks allow for a superb view of the water and make this the best beach for something like, say, an air show. The only downside is that it might be too popular. Prepare for packed crowds the weekend of the Air & Water show. If, like me, you don’t like people all that much, you might want to consider one of the other nearby beaches.

Belmont Harbor

Just North of North Avenue Beach, Belmont Harbor should be less crowded. It’s also close to Belmont and Clark, a corner surrounded by interesting stores and boutiques you can peruse before or after the show.

Diversey Harbor

Nestled between Belmont Harbor and North Avenue Beach, Diversey Harbor is another choice for your Air and Water Show antics. This would be an ideal location to take the kids. Make a day of it with other nearby sights like the North Pond Nature Sanctuary and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, which specializes in programs and activities specifically for the young ones.

See the full article for the best spots to watch the Air & Water show at!
Mason Johnson, CBS Local Chicago
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  • robsta

    If the government wants to cut money this would be a good place to start. I can only imagine what one these air shows costs the taxpayers of the US (and IL).

  • Karma

    Absolutely nothing thanks to the major sponsors like Shell, Boeing, and Hyatt. But thanks for suggesting that we get rid of one of the oldest and longest running FREE public shows. Educate yourself.

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