11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 20-21
Along the lakefront, from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North
Avenue beach as the focal point.
Best bets: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds with
their F-16 Fighting Falcons and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden
Best bets: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
with their F-16 Fighting Falcons and the U.S. Army Parachute Team
There's something about fighter jets screeching through the sky
that makes the Chicago Air and Water Show the best way to wrap up
But maneuvering this jam-packed show with kids, strollers and
diaper bags requires some pre-planning. Mary May, spokesperson for
the event, offers a few tips for families:
Get there early-at least an hour before the show begins-to get a
good spot. The show's center point is North Avenue beach, but you
still have a good view of things from Oak Street and Fullerton
Take public transportation. Or park at the Millennium Park
Garage and take the free shuttle to the show. There is parking at
Lincoln Park Zoo, but it's limited and fills up fast.
Remember these are the dog days of summer and the heat is on.
Bring plenty of sunscreen and water. There are water fountains at
the beaches where you can refill water bottles.
Consider making it a family tradition. "Families plan their
summer around it and it's such a neat thing to go to the beach and
see the show," May say.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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