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Media Credentials for the Chicago Air & Water Show, August 17-18, 2019


Press and Photo Credentials

To apply for press or photo credentials for North Avenue Beach, please send your request on media letterhead by Friday, August 9 via

Chicago Air and Water Show Media Credential Requests
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St.,
4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

*Submission of a request does not guarantee admission.


Video/Audio Recording

Video and audio recording is allowed. Drones Are Prohibited At The Air And Water Show And Violators Will Be Prosecuted.


Freelance Media

Freelance writers and photographers must submit requests for the outlet he/she is representing on the company’s letterhead with the assignment editor’s signature and contact information. Eligibility will be determined case-by-case and you will be notified if you are approved or we require further information. We will not accept any applications from freelance photographers or writers who are not on confirmed assignment.


Social Media, Websites, Podcasts, eNews, etc.

Press admittance is open to journalists working with a commercial news or industry-related website. The website or platform must be established and updated regularly with relevant original and current content. Please provide a link of past Chicago Air and Water Show coverage or similar reportage with your request. Web designers, editors, marketing and PR representatives do not qualify for media credentials.



Media credential requests from bloggers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Bloggers must host professional, industry-related blogs with original content. A link to the blog must be submitted along with the number of unique visits per month and how often it is updated.

Please note before making your request:

  • Press credentials and photo passes are limited and you must be on assignment from a media outlet to cover the Chicago Air & Water Show. Applicants will be notified by August 1 and no later than August 22.
  • Applicants should be prepared to supply copies of recent and relevant coverage (links are sufficient). Clippings can be from previous year’s coverage or coverage of similar types of concerts and festivals.
  • College newspapers and photographers will have limited access. Cases will be reviewed and each request must be accompanied by a letter from a faculty advisor on college or University letterhead.
  • Because you are working, if credentialed, there are no opportunities to bring a guest.
  • Some Artists’ management will have final decision on credentialing.
  • Photographers: We appreciate the offer but do not contact us to offer your services. We have photographers in place with the City of Chicago.


Corporate Partnership Opportunities

To partner with the Chicago Air & Water Show, visit our Corporate Partnership Opportunities page.


Press Releases:

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