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Best Places to See The Chicago Air and Water Show 2012

English: Photograph looking North from the 94t...
English: Photograph looking North from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Tower in Chicago, IL. Photo taken by me. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Make plans to attend The Chicago Air & Water Show. There are some interesting places to watch the show at North Avenue Beach. Try the Castaways Bar and Grill or Sand Bar Beer Garden.

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1. Go to Belmont Harbor, Diversey Harbor, Oak Street beach or Navy Pier.

 

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English: Navy Pier seen from the top of the John Hancock Building. Chicago, IL. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Navy Pier as seen from the convergenc...
English: Navy Pier as seen from the convergence of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Navy Pier Auditorium. Français : Le Navy Pier réalisé en 1914 sur les plans de Frost. 日本語: グランド・ボールルーム. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. You can get tickets for the Friends of Conservation Air & Water Show Yacht Party. VIP Tickets are $105 and includes express rooftop entry- BUY NOW! The Air & Water Show Yacht Party will benefit the Friends of Conservation Organization. Zonin Wine will be a hosting with plenty of tasty bites from PopChips and the Corner Bakery. Air & Water Show Yacht Party General Admission Tickets are $85.00 and includes a hosted bar and hors’ devours.

When: August 18, 2012 from 1:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Kanan Cruises Navy Pier 600 E Grand, Chicago, IL 60611

Lake Michigan Boat Cruise on the Kanan Yacht
Lake Michigan Boat Cruise on the Kanan Yacht

3. Or get tickets for one of the other Spectacular Chicago-area Boat Tours ASAP including:

http://www.seadogcruises.com/Chicago/home

http://www.cruisechicago.com

http://www.mysticbluecruises.com

http://www.mysticbluecruises.com/Chicago/air-water-cruises-navypier

http://www.odysseycruises.com/Chicago/chicago-air-show-cruises

http://www.odysseycruises.com

http://www.spiritofchicago.com/Chicago/air-water-show-cruises

http://www.wendellaboats.com 4. Watch the action from the 94th floor of the Hancock Building at 875 N. Michigan Ave. from the comfort of the John Hancock Observatory while enjoying a drink at the Lavazza Espression Café.

John Hancock Center Observatory
John Hancock Center Observatory (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The John Hancock Observatory provides a 360° view of the city, up to four states and over 80 miles.

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English: John Hancock Tower as seen from Willis Tower in Chicago, IL, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of my favorite Vino con Vista Spots is on the 95th floor at the Signature Room. When the building was completed in 1968 it was the tallest building in the world outside New York City. “It is currently the fourth-tallest building in Chicago and the sixth-tallest in the United States, after the Willis Tower, the Empire State Building, the Bank of America Tower, the Trump Tower Chicago and the Aon Center.”

5. Check out the rooftop terrace at the J. Parker at Hotel Lincoln or the WET Deck at W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel.

The Lindbergh Beacon atop the Palmolive Buildi...
The Lindbergh Beacon atop the Palmolive Building can be clearly seen at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your best bet is to hound one of your Chicago high-rise dwelling buddies with a Lake Michigan view to invite you over. Promise to bring plenty of champagne, wine and appetizers. That always works for me.

English: Five tallest skyscrapers of Chicago -...
English: Five tallest skyscrapers of Chicago – 1.Willis Tower, 2.Trump International Hotel & Tower, 3.Aon Center, 4.John Hancock Center, 5.AT&T Corporate Center. Česky: Pět nejvyšších mrakordapů v Chicagu – 1.Willis Tower, 2.Trump International Hotel & Tower, 3.Aon Center, 4.John Hancock Center, 5.AT&T Corporate Center. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Chicago from across Lake Michigan.
Chicago from across Lake Michigan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: Saturday, August 18th & Sunday, August 19th 10 am – 3 pm each

Flights come as close as 18 inches
Flights come as close as 18 inches (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Chicago Air And Water Show is one of the largest free air shows in the United States. “The Chicago Air And Water Show is an annual event that began in 1959 and attracts over 2 Million aviation spectators every year. The annual event takes place over Chicago’s Lake Michigan and features various aviation acts raging from military aircraftto corporate sponsored aerobatic teams.

A North American F-100D Super Sabre from the U...
A North American F-100D Super Sabre from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerobatic team at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Dayton, Ohio (USA). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have been astounding audiences since 1946 with their gravity-defying flights and  supersonic maneuvers in their F/A-18 Hornets.

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ANNAPOLIS, MD – MAY 29: U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy May 29, 2012 in Annapolis, Maryland. U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta is the commencement speaker for the 1099 graduates of the class of 2012. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

My favorite part of the Chicago Air Show is the jets flying in formation.

The 54th annual show will take place above the and waterfront August 18-19, 2012 from 10am-3pm each day, with North Avenue Beach as the center point.  The U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs will “jump out of an aircraft 12,500 feet above the earth’s surface, racing to the beach at speeds exceeding 120 mph before making a perfect landing.”

The weekend’s headliners include: the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs. “Daredevil pilots performing their aerial stunts include Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle in the Oracle Challenger, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team in their WWII North American Advanced Trainer, Lima Lima Flight Team in the BeechT-34 Mentor, The Firebirds in their Walter Extra 300 S and Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull Helicopter.”

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English: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team is the Air Force’s premier demonstration team. The Thunderbirds operate the Lockheed/Martin F-16 C model. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is also a water-skiing and boat-jumping element to the annual event. You don’t have to be an aviation guru to enjoy the show. The Chicago lakefront offers plenty of fun events during this annual beach-front extravaganza.

United States Air Force ThunderBirds
United States Air Force ThunderBirds (Photo credit: AdolfGalland)

WHEN: August 18-19, 2012 in Chicago.

Chicago Air Show.com is a proud sponsor of the U.S. Armed Forces.
You can watch the show from the beach or attend a Yacht Party.
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English: Chicago, Ill. (Aug. 22, 2004) – The U.S. Navy flight demonstration team, the “Blue Angels,” delta formation performs the loop break crossover maneuver over Lake Michigan during the Chicago Air and Water Show. The Blue Angels fly the F/A-18A Hornet, performing approximately 30 maneuvers during the aerial demonstration lasting over an hour. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Ryan J. Courtade (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Lake Michigan Boat Cruise on the Kanan Yacht
Lake Michigan Boat Cruise on the Kanan Yacht
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Air Show… (Photo credit: naathas)
View of downtown Chicago, seen from the Sears ...
View of downtown Chicago, seen from the Sears Tower. The tall, black building in the center of the image is the John Hancock Center, and Lake Michigan is in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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