Chicago’s Air and Water show returns for its 64th year; Lobster Fest – Aug 19-20, 2023

Adrenalin shoots up for over a million excited watchers as they enjoy the sights, sounds, and excitement of the jets flying overhead, performing daredevil feats, perfectly aligned and in formation. It is absolutely AMAZING to see, and it’s time again for the Air and Water Show!  The Great American Lobster Fest also shares this weekend!

The City of Chicago and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) proudly present this free, annual family favorite, to be held tomorrow and Sunday (Aug 19-20, 2023), along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as show center from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.  


Flying High since 1959

  • Air and Water show crowd

The show was first held in 1959 as the Lakeshore Park Air & Water Show, on a budget of $88. It featured a Coast Guard Air Sea Rescue demonstration, water skiers, a water ballet, games and a diving competition. The following year, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Golden Knights Parachute Team were added. (Wikipedia)

Air and Water show skiers and beauty queens


This year’s show

Headliners of the 2023 show include crowd favorites, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights. This will be the Thunderbirds’ first appearance in Chicago since 2018. Many others will also be performing.  See HERE for a full lineup, schedule, and info.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

U.S. Army Golden Knights



F-16 Viper Demo Team

“The Chicago Air and Water Show is a summer highlight for the more than one million spectators who view the show every year,” said DCASE Commissioner Erin Harkey. “Audiences can expect to see incredible performances from world-class military and civilian teams gracing the Chicago sky over an exciting two days.”

But wait…there’s more going on!

Not only can the Air and Water Show be enjoyed in Chicago this weekend, but also The Great American Lobster Fest will take place on Chicago’s Iconic Navy Pier! Lobster lovers can enjoy live lobster flown in fresh from the cold waters off the East Coast, live music performances, unique craft shopping, and cold beverages.  Click HERE for more info.


If you need hassle-free transportation to the lakefront, Navy Pier, or for any other transportation needs, make your reservation HERE!


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