Air and Water Show

Daring, gravity-defying acts, sound barriers broken-it might sound wild, but it's just a regular day at the Chicago Air and Water Show (August 17-18). Every August for the past 55 years, Chicago's skyline has been alight with the most talented civilian and military pilots in the country. Drawing a crowd of 2.2 million people, Chicago's Air and Water Show is the largest free admission air and water exhibition in the United States.

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The Show takes place at North Avenue Beach, with a Chicago skyline backdrop. This year's show vaunts more than 15 nationally renowned acts, which will have their aeronautical acrobatics explained by captivating announcer, Herb Hunter. Hunter, who has been the voice of the show for 20 years, never lets a minute of the action go by without his audience being informed of every death-defying stunt.

Air and Water Show
This year's acts include the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, who has been performing for over 20 years, Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle, 1000 performance veterans of the air show trade, and Lima Lima Flight Team, a precision formation six-craft flying team. Other heart-stopping acts are Chuck Aaron, who is the only civilian pilot ever licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics, the All Veteran Parachute Team and Aerostars, Inc.

This year's festival takes place on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 between the hours of 10 and 3. It's the perfect opportunity for the whole family to get together, grab and cooler and some lawn chairs, and watch some of the finest aeronautical acrobats perform.  

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