The 2022 Chicago Air and Water show is all set to take off this weekend. The Chicago Air and Water Show presented by the City of Chicago is the largest free show of its kind in the United States.
The key highlights and features of the show are the real-time privileges of flying with the pros, including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and U.S. Army Golden Knights. Herb Hunter (pictured) has been the voice of the Air & Water Show for over 20 years.
Sky event planners said gave a disclaimer that if people are around the lakefront on Thursday and Friday, they might hear jets doing their practice runs, as the show is set to thunder skies on Saturday and Sunday.
Best Place To Watch Chicago Air and Water Show
As per the plan, jets take off from Gary International Airport in northwest Indiana, then fly north along the lakefront to North Avenue Beach before returning to Gary.
Chicago Air and Water Show Schedule
Event admins said that the Blue Angels and Golden Knights Parachute Team will both perform and dedicate their performances to the memory of Rudy Malnati Jr.
It is worth mentioning that for the first time, the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight and U.S. Navy Legacy Flights will be presented in the same Air and Water Show.
As per the schedule, Other appearances include the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team, U.S. Navy F-35C Lightening II Demo Team, U.S. Coast Guard Air/Sea Rescue, Maryland Air National Guard A-10C Thunderbolt II, Illinois Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker, the Illinois National Guard 183rd Security Forces, U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey and U.S. Air Force Red Horse Mobile Aircraft Arresting Gear Team.
The Chicago Fire Department Air/Sea Rescue and Chicago Police Department Helicopter will also be part of the show.
Air and Water Show Viewing Locations
Lakefront from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point will be the best place to see the show. The show is free.
Prohibited On Show Grounds
The Chicago government announced that for the event that is going to be held after a two-year hiatus, the following items are prohibited on show grounds at North Avenue Beach: BBQ grills (open flames), drones (personal or commercial), alcohol, fireworks or explosives, illegal substances or weapons, pop-up tents or canopies, helium balloons, kites, flag poles, and all pets, excluding service animals.
Organizers & Sponsors of the event
The Chicago Air and Water Show is presented by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and is supported by The Boeing Company, ABC 7 Chicago, WBBM Newsradio, Chicago Transit Authority, E & J Gallo Winery, Goose Island Beer Company, and Millennium Garages.
City of Chicago is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third-most populous city in the United States, after New York City and Los Angeles. With a population of 2,746,388 in the 2020 census, it is also the most populous city in the Midwestern United States and the fifth-most populous city in North America.
Is the Chicago Air and Water Show canceled?
No. The Chicago Air and Water show will be held as per the schedule.
Chicago Air and Water Show 2022 schedule
The schedule is subject to change and you can check any changes in the schedule of the show here. The lineup of show includes:
- U.S. Navy Blue Angels: More than 100 crew members — including enlisted members of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines — pilot and maintain eight F/A-18 Hornets, of which six will perform, and C-130 “Fat Albert.” The team’s signature aerial maneuvers include diamond and delta formations.
- U.S. Army Golden Knights: Appearing here since the 1960s — when they would land in Lake Michigan — this team of soldiers has jumped with former Cubs catcher and current manager David Ross, actor Vince Vaughn and comedian Bill Murray.
- Other military performers: U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team; U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight with P-51 Mustang; U.S. Air Force Red Horse Mobile Aircraft Arresting Gear Team; U.S. Coast Guard Air and Sea Rescue Demo; U.S. Marines MV-22 Osprey; U.S. Navy F-35C Lightning II Demo Team; U.S. Navy Legacy Flight with FG-1D Corsair and A-4B Skyhawk; Illinois Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker; Illinois National Guard 183rd Security Forces; and Maryland Air National Guard A-10C Thunderbolt II.
- Civilians: Chicago Fire Department Air and Sea Rescue Unit; Chicago Police Department helicopter; Kevin Coleman; Susan Dacy; Rob Holland; Bill Stein and Triple Time Team.
Chicago Air and Water Show 2022 Rain Forecast
The Chicago Air and Water Show is set to be the most exciting event this weekend. The event will bring plenty of adventure to the skies and waters of Lake Michigan. Could rain and showers spoil all this excitement of people building up for the performances?
According to the latest forecasts of weather, it seems that both days of the show can be impacted by scattered showers and expected thunderstorms on the weekend.
Chicago air and water show 2022 practice schedule
There will be a practice schedule today (Friday) for the Chicago air and water show 2022.
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