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Experience the Chicago Air and Water Show at Navy Pier

Air and Water Show

August 11, 2016

The 58th annual Chicago Air and Water Show returns on August 20-21, 2016 and we know just where you need to catch the action. Watch Charles Tillman, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, The U.S Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and more hit the sky and the water in this free event. Come down to Navy Pier and watch this aerial show from one of our many great locations along the lake!

Watch at the Miller Lite Beer Garden

The Miller Lite Beer Garden is the ideal location to sit back, enjoy some cold beverages, and watch the show. Satisfy your summer cravings with beer-battered delights; with brats, burgers, pizza, and more, the beer garden offers all of your summertime favorites. Located on the east end of the pier, the beer garden sits right on the lakefront giving you a perfect view of the show. All ages are welcome and entry to the garden is free! And don’t forget to stick around for the live music starting at 2 pm.

Dine at a Restaurant Patio

Along with the beer garden, we also offer a variety of restaurants and outdoor seating to watch The Chicago Air and Water Show. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Harry Caray’s Tavern, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, and Riva Crabhouse are all superb spots to eat while enjoying the event. Each offers a different menu, specialty cocktails, and the option to sit outside and watch the show or beat the heat and relax in cool indoor seating.

Hop aboard a Cruise

What is one of the coolest ways to watch The Chicago Air and Water Show? Actually on the lake! All aboard Entertainment Cruises for the best view in the city and an experience fit for the whole family. Dance to live DJ entertainment, take advantage of a delicious buffet, and bask in the beautiful skyline view while enjoying the talented pilots’ performances. Choose from the early air and water preview brunch cruise, the lake breeze dinner lounge, or the blue after dark moonlight cruise to see the show and have some high-flying fun! Along with Mystic Blue, the Odyssey and Spirit Cruises will also be offering Chicago Air and Water Show cruises.

Navy Pier is the perfect place to watch this year’s Chicago Air and Water Show. Gather your friends and family for good fun, food, and a fantastic aerial performance. Whether at the beer garden, one of the restaurants, aboard a cruise, or even on our new Centennial Wheel, join us here for this spectacular show.


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