Chicago Air and Water Show

CANCELED in response to COVID-19

August 15 & 16, 2020 • FREE Admission • 10am–3pm Both Days

North Ave. Beach

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Following the guidance of City and State officials regarding large gatherings, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) canceled all permitted special events through Labor Day (September 7, 2020). Regrettably, this includes many of Chicago’s annual summertime traditions - including the Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach. In lieu of summer festivals, DCASE will present at-home dance parties, drive-in movies, virtual concerts and community meals for frontline workers.


 Chicago Air and Water Show slideshow 

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.


Voice of the Show - Herb Hunter

Voice of the Show

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


Corporate Partnerships

Corporate Partnerships

Corporate partners of the Chicago Air & Water Show.


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Media Room

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

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Take CTA to the Chicago Air & Water Show. Bus #72 goes to North Avenue Beach. For more travel information, visit

Park at Millennium Park Garages and avoid the hassle of finding parking near the beach! Garage locations are Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave. and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave. Pre-purchase parking at and save up to 50% off drive-up rates.

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Get Lost in the Show, Not on the Beach

Get Lost in the Show, Not on the Beach