Well today, at North Avenue Beach, an estimated 2 million people will attend the largest free outdoor show of its kind held in the midwest and is one of Chicago'st popular annual events. Today, Saturday August 17th and tomorrow Sunday August 18th from 10 am. to 3 pm.
The 2013 Chicago Air and Water Show returns to the skies above Lake Michigan, which kicks off it's one of Chicago's own most well-attended late summer events. Featuring new acts after military cancelations, but it's ok, there were ads run in Craigs List for aerial entertainment, so it looks like it's gonna be okay.
Just kidding, but it sounded like without the Air Force teams we weren't having a show. So what, big deal, this year's Chicago Air and Water Show will be minus a few fan favorite acts,
because the military performers have been subjected to federal budget cuts no "Thunderbirds Fleet", and we can kiss "The Blue Angels" goodbye and the "Golden Knights" parachuters. won't be pulling they're ripcord anytime soon. .
Instead starting things off, The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team performs on for the opening day of the Chicago Air and Water Show around 10am. Are among this year's newcomers to the show, with the All-Veteran Parachute Team and the British Sea Harrier Jet, also Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull Helicopter.
Plus GEICO Skytypers who will be taking fan request for "sky-typing" messages that appear like text messages in the sky throughout the event.
Here are even more reasons to stop by the Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend:
Dave Dacy's derring-do wing-walking performance.
"Malibu" Chuck Aaron, the only civilian pilot in America licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics, will take his Red Bull chopper in 360-degree back rolls,
backflips and a maneuver call the "Chuckcilvak."
The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team will fly World War II-era fighters like the P-51 Mustang and P-40 Warhawk in a series of close formations.
And if things don't work out, we'll be seeing, the Chicago Fire Department Helicopter Air Sea Rescue team.
North Avenue Beach, is the best spot to watch the show, from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street in Lincoln Park. But remember more than a million other families will be staking out spots as well.
Expect traffic jams and parking shortages across the Near North Side and Lincoln Park. So be bold and parachute in. Spectators can also catch the action at Belmont Harbor, Ohio Street Beach, Diversey Harbor, Navy Pier, the John Hancock Observatory,rooftop bars close to the lake or water tour boats.
The 2013 Chicago Air & Water Show is being held August 17-18 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. this weekend!