5 tips to navigate the Chicago Air and Water Show

There’s something about fighter jets screeching through the sky that makes the Chicago Air and Water Show an end-of-summer must-do.

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:

Beach bums

The best place to watch is from North Avenue Beach, but you still have a good view of things from Oak Street and Fullerton beaches.You’ll also be able to hear announcer Herb Hunter best from North Avenue, but if you end up out of earshot, you can always listen on WBBM news radio.

Travel smart

To get to North Avenue, or any of the other beaches, families should take public transportation. If you need to drive downtown from the suburbs, park in the garage at Millennium Park and take the free shuttle to the show. There is also parking at Lincoln Park Zoo, but it’s limited and fills up fast.

Early bird gets the worm

Kids will love the opening act so make sure to bring along a picnic and get a spot early. The whole show is packed with aerobatic flights from both civilian and military pilots, including new acts from the Brietling Jet Team.

The heat is on

Bring plenty of sunscreen and water. There are water fountains at the beaches where you can refill water bottles.

Make it a tradition

Now in its 57th year, the Chicago Air and Water Show fill your family’s weekend with an exciting aerial lineup high in the sky and is a great way to wrap up summer together.

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