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Chicago Air & Water Show 2013

Chicago’s Air and Water Show, a summer staple for more than 50 years, takes place this weekend.

The show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18.

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Experience the sights of the Chicago Air and Water Show in these up-close photos taken by Chicago Tribune photographer John Kim.

Crowds flooded the lakefront today for Chicago’s annual Air and Water Show.

It’s the largest free show of its kind in the U.S. and can be viewed along the city’s lakefront with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.

The Rood family came here from Bloomington to take it in.

“It’s the first time we’ve been here, so it’s cool. We have a nephew in the Air Force so it’s kind of cool to see the planes and see what he’s doing too, said Tim and Stacie Rood.

But for the first time in the show’s 55 year history, this year’s Air and Water Show will look and sound a little bit different; because of government budget cuts, military planes and boats will not be participating.

Their absence was filled by civilians flying military craft like the Sea Harrier, and the All Veteran Parachute Team.

“I know because of this sequester thing we don’t have the military people here that we want, but we have veterans, combat veterans who are still serving and still giving back,” said Mike Elliott, All Veteran Parachute Team President

This year’s show also brought Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison down to earth to perform.

“Seeing the city like that, flying by the Sears Tower this morning, it was fantastic,” Cornelison said.

The show will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chicago’s Air and Water Show, a summer staple for more than 50 years, starts today.

It’s the largest free show of its kind in the U.S and can be viewed along the Chicago lakefront with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.

This year’s Air and Water Show will look and sound a little bit different; because of government budget cuts, military planes and boats will not be participating.

The show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

About 2 million people attended the show last year.

For more information, go to cityofchicago.org.

Chicago’s Air and Water Show, a summer staple for more than 50 years, takes place this weekend.

It’s the largest free show of its kind in the U.S and can be viewed along the Chicago lakefront with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.

This year’s Air and Water Show will look and sound a little bit different; because of government budget cuts, military planes and boats will not be participating.

The show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

About 2 million people attended the show last year.

For more information, go to cityofchicago.org.

 

On tonight’s WGN News at Five, we’re hitting North Avenue Beach to talk with the crowd of people gathered to take in Practice Day at the 2013 Chicago Air and Water Show. We’ll also offer a few spots for you to go and catch the action AWAY from the massive crowds at the beach this weekend.

We’ll post the video here after it airs. For now, here are the spots we’ll be talking about….

W ChicagoAIR SHOW STILL
644 N. Lake Shore Drive
$25 WET Deck Air Show Party
312-255-4460

Cite Chicago
505 N. Lake Shore, 70th floor
Sunday Airshow Brunch – $68 (Saturday SOLD OUT)
312-644-4050

Navy Pier Air Show Cruises
Odyssey, Spirit, Mystic Blue
$50-$80
entertainmentcruises.com

John Hancock Observatory
$18 adults, $12 kids 3-11
Drink specials, $3 gelato all weekend
312-751-3681

 

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