Chicago Air and Water Show

Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20, 2023
(Rehearsal on Friday, August 18)

North Ave. Beach and along the Lakefront

10:30am-3pm Both Days • FREE Admission

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The Chicago Air and Water Show presented by the City of Chicago is the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pictured


Headliners of the 2023 show include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights.

Ten tips for enjoying the show

Ten Tips for Enjoying the Show

Show organizers offer helpful tips for first-time and long-time visitors alike.

Plan Your Visit & Accessibility (Crowd enjoying the Chicago Air and Water Show pictured)

Plan Your Visit & Accessibility

Access audio description and experience every twist and turn during the show.

Herb Hunter

Voice of the Show

Herb Hunter (pictured) has been the voice of the Air & Water Show for over 20 years.

History of the Chicago Air and Water Show


In 1959 the first show was held under the direction of Al Benedict.

Aircraft performing over Lake Michigan at the Chicago Air and Water Show

Press Room

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Visit us:

Chicago Air & Water Show August 19 & 20, 2023

Admission is FREE

Find us:

North Avenue Beach
1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60613

Pole Markers:

Chicago Air and Water Show Pole Markers 2022

Get Lost In The Show, Not On The Beach

Public Transportation:


Take CTA to the Chicago Air & Water Show

Bus #72 goes to North Avenue Beach. For more travel information, visit