Historical Spotlight: Chicago’s Air & Water Show

It’s that time again…the Blue Angels are back in flight!  This weekend kicks off the 54th annual Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach.  With some 2.2 million audience members, the A&W Show is the largest show of its kind.

Believe it or not, when the Air & Water Show first started, the budget was only $88, according to Explore Chicago–the official website for the City’s Tourism Board.  The show, then called the Lakeshore Park Air & Water Show, demonstrated a Coast Guard Air Sea Rescue, water skiers, a water ballet, games, and a diving competition.  In the late 80’s, corporate sponsors hopped on the band wagon and helped boost the show into what it is today – an amazing spectacle of daredevil thrills.

Over the two day stretch, viewers take in performances by the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, US Navy Blue Angels, US Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, US Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs, and much more!

For more detail on this year’s show, visit:  ExploreChicago.org

Photo Credit:  j.clark

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