Chicago Air and Water Show 2022: Guide

Chicago Air and Water Show
Pilots Sean Tucker (top), his son Eric (top left), Bill Stein (bottom left) and Ben Freelove fly their aircraft over Lake Michigan as they prepare for this weekend's Chicago Air and Water Show August 14, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo credit Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Chicago Air and Water Show is returning this year for its first full-scale show since the pandemic. The show was canceled in 2020 and scaled down in 2021.

Here is everything you need to know about this year's show, how to get there, where to stay and more.

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When is the show? What time is it?

The Chicago Air and Water Show will be held on Aug. 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Where can I see the show?

The best place to view the show is from along the lakefront between Oak Street and Fullerton Avenue. North Avenue Beach, located at 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr., is the focal point of the show.

Who will be performing?

This year's headliners will include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Parachute Team the Golden Knights. The show will also include many military and civilian performers, including the Chicago Police Department helicopter, F-18 Super Hornets and many more.

For the first time, the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight and U.S. Navy Legacy Flights will be in this year's Air and Water Show. The U.S. Navy has provided an additional F-35C Legacy II to its Legacy Flight to incorporate a dedication to the late Rudy Malnati Jr.

Herb Hunter will return as "the voice" of the Chicago Air and Water Show.

How do I get there?

Anyone wishing to attend can take the CTA. Bus #72 goes to North Avenue Beach. For more information, visit

What if I'm coming from out of town?

If you are coming into Chicago for the show and are looking for a place to stay before or afterward, the city recommends checking into one of these 30 hotels nearby.

WBBM's coverage

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images