Chicago Air & Water Show

An annual summertime tradition, the Chicago Air & Water Show has been bringing daredevil thrills to the lakefront for over fifty years.  Been going here with my kids for years.  The free, two-day event draws an audience of over two million each year, spread out on colorful beach blankets and lawn chairs along dazzling Lake Michigan.

Many camp out early, hoping to secure the best spots to catch the spectacular demonstrations by military and civilian aircrafts, boats, and diving and parachute teams. It's a thrilling, multisensory experience for all ages — soak up the sun, breathe in the crisp lake breezes and feel the rumble of the jet engines while watching the soaring action overhead

Here's some pictures of me when I got to meet the Blue Angels!

Originating as part of a "Family Day Celebration" back in the summer of 1959, the Chicago Air and Water Show has grown to be the largest and oldest free admission air and water exhibition in the United States.

The 57th annual show, presented by Shell Oil Products U.S and the City of Chicago, will take to the skies and waterfront August 15-16, 2015 from 10am-3pm each day, with North Avenue Beach as the center point.  Hope you can make it!

Here's last year's video.  Enjoy!

Here are some the Headliners!

Please note that Headliners are not listed in order of appearance. The schedule is decided the morning of the show by the pilots.

Blue Angels (Photo Credit: Cmdr. Tom Frosch, flight leader and commanding officer of the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, leads the formation above Chicago during a practice demonstration)U.S. Navy Blue Angels

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have been astounding audiences since 1946 with their commanding presence and aerial maneuvers in their F/A-18 Hornets. As role models for men and women of all ages this elite group of Navy pilots defy gravity with their famous diamond formation and precision flying. the team has thrilled more than 427 million fans choreographed aerobatic and high altitude performance maneuvers. In their F/A 18 Hornets, the six-jet team is known for its six-jet Delta Formation, as well as the graceful maneuvers of its solo pilots.

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U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden KnightsU.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights

Jumping out of an aircraft 12,500 feet above the earth's surface, racing to North Avenue Beach at speeds exceeding 120 mph and landing with smiles, ready to do it all again; all in a days work for the Golden Knights. For more than 50 years, the U.S. Army Parachute team has amazed and thrilled audiences with their precision parachute demonstrations in more than 14,000 shows in all 50 states and 48 countries.

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U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap FrogsU.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs

A typical Leap Frogs performance consists of fourteen jumpers leaping out of an aircraft at an altitude of 12,500 feet. During free fall, jumpers reach speeds of 120 mph and can accelerate up to 180 mph by pulling their arms to their sides and straightening their legs into what is called a "track."

The jumpers typically open their parachutes at around 5,000 feet by releasing a smaller pilot chute which deploys their main blue-and-gold canopy. After deploying their chutes, the Leap Frogs fly their canopies together to build dramatic canopy-relative work formations.

For more information on the U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs, visit


Breitling Jet Team  (Photo credit: Katsuhiko Tokunaga)Breitling Jet Team (NEW)

The Breitling Jet Team will perform in Chicago for the first time during their debut tour of the United States. The seven plane team will wow crowds in their L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph. The team is widely recognized for their precision and seamless coordination displayed throughout high-speed aerobatic performances, the France-based team brings their unmatched flying to North America for the first time.

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