A Chicago Tradition since 1959 . .
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Good Sunday to You All!! For the few of you who don't know, I am a Chicago resident & love my city with its many flaws. Today I am speaking another positive note & that's the 51st Annual Air & Water Show!
I love the excitement of seeing the kids excited & the thrills of all the twist & turns of the planes & boats! I only watch from a distance as I am not a huge fan of tripping over people or being too close. Its something to see!
The Chicago Air & Water Show, originating in 1959, is Chicago's second most popular festival. In 2005, 2,200,000 watched the Chicago Air and Water Show. Strong in tradition and one of the world's premier aviation events, the show also includes a wide array of military and civilian acts. It is the largest free show of its kind.
There are daredevil pilots, parachute teams, and jets flying in formation, as well as a water-skiing and boat-jumping component for additional thrills. The great thing about this festival is that it's visible from almost everywhere along the Chicago lakefront. Grandstand seats for the water show are located at North Avenue Beach, but some of the best viewing points are farther north, at Montrose Harbor and between Belmont and Addison.
Many of the Air Show performers base their operations at Chicago's third airport, the Gary/Chicago International Airport in nearby Gary, Indiana. Each year the U.S. Army Golden Knights and biennially the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds headline the show. The air show features the best civilian and military pilots displaying their flying skills to a delighted spectators. Straight from Wikipedia okay but it gives you the 4-1-1 that I just can't seem to describe!
I LOVE CHICAGO!!