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The 2014 Chicago Air and Water Show

Once again it is time for the best free event in Chicago, the Air & Water Show. Every year air acts from all over the country come to Chicago to perform before hundreds of thousands of people.

Chicago Air and Water Show
Chicago Air and Water Show
Doug Boehm
The Blue Angels at the Chicago Air Show
Douglas Boehm

The headliner this year will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. While there are several great acts it is the Blue Angels that steal the show. Not only do they do death defying stunts they also zoom in and out of Chicago’s high-rises. There is nothing like seeing an F/A 18 Hornet zooming out from behind a building and appearing out of nowhere.

While the Blue Angels are the show's highlight there are other acts that are definitely worth seeing. Sean D. Tucker & Team Oracle do amazing stunts in a small stunt plane. Mr. Tucker can do things that you did not think were even possible in a plane. The U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor is returning to this year's show. It has maneuverability not seen in any other jets. The Navy and Army both have parachute teams, but make sure you keep your eyes on the skies or you may miss them.

The official air show days are August 16 & 17 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Crowds are huge so parking is very difficult. It is best to get there early or take public transportation. Those wishing to have a good view but avoid the worst of the crowds should head to the Oak Street Beach area. Another excellent way to avoid the crowds is to go on Friday. It is not an official air show day but almost all of the acts including the Blue Angels will be out practicing. You can even see the Blue Angels on Thursday. They will only be doing a run through but it is still exciting to see them zipping around the lakefront.

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