Castaways Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water Show, one of the summer's most thrilling spectacles, kicks off on August 16-17. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and many more experts in speed will hit the skies over our fair city. While you can always catch the Air & Water Show from pretty much anywhere on the lakefront from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street, here are four ways to view the show in comfort and style.

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Castaways Air & Water Show Packages (above)
Friday, August 15 and Sunday, August 17

Located on North Avenue Beach, Castaways offers one of the best vantage points of the lakefront show. Tickets are $175 per person and are available for Sunday, August 17 from 9 a.m. until the end of the show. Tickets include a breakfast and lunch buffet, as well as an open bar. Practice day tickets are also available for Friday, August 15 and are $120 per person which includes s breakfast and lunch buffet and an open bar from 9 a.m. until the end of the show. For tickets, email Andrea Frankos at atafrankos@stefanigroup.com.

 

The Landshark Beer Garden Air Show Viewing and Live Music
Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17

Catch the show at the East Landshark Beer GardenEnd of Navy Pier, in the comfort (and fun!) of a beer garden on both Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17.

A new beverage menu features imports, microbrews and domestic beers as well as trendy cocktails and frozen drinks. Grab a quick bite from the quick-service walk-up window, where you'll find all your summer favorites including homemade pizza, brats soaked in lager, burgers and more. Live entertainment over the weekend will include:

Saturday, August 16
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Wall of Denial

9 p.m. - 11:30 pm: 97Nine

Sunday, August 17
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Our Name is Jonas

5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Funky Monks

 

RIVA Cafe Air Show Viewing and Weekend Brunch
Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17

This casual seafood restaurant is the perfect place to catch all the thrills of the Chicago Air & Water Show while enjoying a superb seafood menu, gourmet sandwiches, soups, and salads. The outdoor seating area provides a prime view of Lake Michigan and the busy skies overhead, as well as access to all of Navy Pier's fun and excitement. A brunch menu will also be available Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features items like Steak and Eggs, Stuffed French Toast, a Pork Belly Benny and a Bloody Mary Bar that ranges in price from $8 to $10 based on the choice of vodka.


Odyssey Cruises

Air & Water Show Cruises
August 15-17

Get into the Air & Water Show action by stepping aboard the Odyssey (pictured), Spirit of Chicago or Mystic Blue for a cruise that promises premium views. The lake breezes will keep you cool as you enjoy not only the stunning show happening literally overhead, but also delicious meals and entertainment.

Prices below are per person and do not yet include taxes and other fees. Dates and times are subject to change.  

Friday, August 15

Odyssey

Early Air & Water Preview Brunch Cruise
Board 10 a.m., Cruise 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; from $59.90

Afternoon Air & Water Preview Lunch Cruise
Board 2 p.m., Cruise 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.; from $64.90

Spirit of Chicago

Early Air & Water Preview Brunch Cruise
Board 10:30 a.m., Cruise 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; from $49.90

Afternoon Air & Water Preview Lunch Cruise
Board 2 p.m., Cruise 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.; from $54.90

Mystic Blue

Early Air & Water Preview Brunch Cruise
Board 10:30 a.m., Cruise 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; from $42.90

Afternoon Air & Water Preview Lunch Cruise
Board 2 p.m., Cruise 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.; from $49.90

 

Saturday, August 16

Odyssey

Early Air & Water Show Brunch Cruise
Board 9:30 a.m., Cruise 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; from $64.90

Afternoon Air & Water Show Lunch Cruise
Board 1 p.m., Cruise 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.; from $79.90 

Spirit of Chicago

Early Air & Water Show Brunch Cruise
Board 9:30 a.m., Cruise 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; from $54.90

Afternoon Air & Water Show Lunch Cruise
Board 1 p.m., Cruise 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.; from $64.90

Mystic Blue

Early Air & Water Show Brunch Cruise
Board 9:30 a.m., Cruise 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; from $47.90

Afternoon Air & Water Show Lunch Cruise
Board 1 p.m., Cruise 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.; from $64.90

 

Sunday, August 17

Odyssey

Early Air & Water Show Brunch Cruise
Board 9:30 a.m., Cruise 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; from $64.90

Afternoon Air & Water Show Lunch Cruise
Board 1 p.m., Cruise 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.; from $69.90 

Spirit of Chicago

Early Air & Water Show Brunch Cruise
Board 9:30 a.m., Cruise 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; from $54.90

Afternoon Air & Water Show Lunch Cruise
Board 1 p.m., Cruise 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.; from $59.90

Mystic Blue

Early Air & Water Show Brunch Cruise
Board 9:30 a.m., Cruise 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; from $47.90

Afternoon Air & Water Show Lunch Cruise
Board 1 p.m., Cruise 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.; from $49.90

 

RESERVE:   Reservations for all cruises are required.

For Odyssey, call 888.957.2320 or by visiting www.odyssey.com.
For Spirit of Chicago, call 888.957.2324 or visitingwww.spiritofchicago.com.
For Mystic Blue, call 888.333.9150 or by visitingwww.mysticbluecruises.com.