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10 Incredible Spots to Watch the Chicago Air & Water Show

Nothing signals a stunning Chicago summer quite like having the perfect day watching the Annual Air & Water Show.  This year, some of the show's headliners include: the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and more.  These incredible displays of skill and precision are sure to draw thousands of people to Chicago's lakefront making it a challenge to find the perfect spot to watch the Air & Water Show, so to help, we have chosen our Top 10 Places to watch the 2019 Chicago Air & Water Show that don't include the crowded beaches. 

  • Offshore Rooftop & Bar

    Open Bar with An Open Air View

    Navy Pier's newest hotspot, Offshore Rooftop & Bar, offers a prime location to catch all of the action of this year's Air & Water Show.  The 65,000 square-foot rooftop is selling tickets for each day of the show that grant you access to the venue with open bar, endless food, live music and the best views, indoor and out. 

    Offshore Rooftop & Bar
    600 E Grand Avenue | (312)535-6660

  • Odyssey Lake Michigan

    The Cruise with All The Views

    Enjoy the show and come aboard with Odyssey Lake Michigan's brunch and lunch cruises!  To celebrate the 2019 Chicago Air & Water Show this sleek yacht will be taking you up close and personal with all of the action.  Come aboard in the morning and enjoy a delicious, three-course brunch or in the afternoon for their incredible lunch menu.  Cruises begin Friday during practice runs and feature live DJ entertainment and the best views around. 

    Odyssey Lake Michigan
    600 E Grand Avenue | (888)957-2634

  • Spirit of Chicago

    Get in the Air & Water Show Spirit

    Spirit Cruises is kicking off the party early, starting their Air & Water Show cruise specials on Thursday to watch the pilots on their practice runs. Climb aboard this family-friendly ship and cruise along underneath all of the action while you enjoy a three-course lunch, DJ entertainment, on deck games and more! With a variety of cruise options throughout the weekend, you can't go wrong by adding the Spirit of Chicago to your to-do list!

    Spirit of Chicago
    600 E Grand Avenue | (888)957-2634

  • The Signature Room At the 95th

    Signature Views

    Join The Signature Room for their VIP Viewing Party of this year's Air & Water Show and enjoy a day of heart-stopping stunts and luxurious amenities!  When you purchase your ticket to this one-of-a-kind event, you enjoy a gourmet buffet, top-shelf bar package and face-to-face viewing on the Air & Water Show.  Call (312)280-0465 to purchase tickets, must be 21 years or older to attend. 

    The Signature Room
    875 N. Michigan Avenue | (312)280-0465

  • Drumbar

    DRUMroll Please!

    Located on the 18th floor of the Rafaello Hotel in Chicago's historic Gold Coast neighborhood, Drumbar, a speakeasy styled bar and rooftop is a perfectly relaxed location to watch the stunt planes soar by.  Whether you are seated at the bar or soaking up the sun on their outdoor terrace, you will have killer views of all things Air and Water Show.  

    Drumbar Chicago
    201 E. Delaware Place | 312) 924-2531

  • LondonHouse Chicago

    Show Stopping Views

    You'll feel on top of the world at LondonHouse Rooftop, situated 22 floors above Michigan Avenue.  Between the breathtaking views of the Chicago River, the busy streets of the city and the calm of Lake Michigan, this Instagram-worthy hotspot  is guaranteed to leave you in awe.  Whether you are looking to dine in or sit out on this iconic patio with a cocktail in hand, LondonHouse has everything you need for an ideal Air and Water Show viewing spot!

    LondonHouse Chicago 
    85 E. Upper Wacker Drive | (312) 357-1200

  • 360 Chicago

    360 Degrees of Views

    The name itself explains the views you’ll have at 360 Chicago. No matter where you are up there, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking scenery of the city, lake, air, and water. Tilt over Chicago and have a birds eye view of all the happenings, or hang out in the bar and cafe while enjoying the show. Located 1000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, you will have nothing short of Magnificent views.

    360 Chicago
    875 N Michigan Avenue | (312) 751-3681

  • Seadog Cruises

    It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's the Seadog!

    For the thrill seekers who aren’t taking flight in the air and water show: taking a ride on the Seadog is the next best thing! All weekend, hop on the high speed boat cruises to zoom along the water as the planes go by. Get in on your piece of the action all weekend long, with different cruising options all weekend!

    Seadog Cruises
    600 E Grand Avenue | (888) 345-3880

  • Shoreline Sightseeing

    Sights and Flights

    Enjoy the sights of the city aboard Shoreline Sightseeing’s classic lake tours during the air and water show. Take your views to the next level, taking in all the sights and sounds of the planes and boats passing by with the greatest cityscape in the background. With 11 touring boats and 6 water taxi’s, your experience on Chicago’s largest fleet will be larger than life.

    Shoreline Sightseeing
    600 E Grand Avenue | (312) 222-9328

  • Mercury Skyline Urban Adventure Cruise

    Air and Water Show Adventure

    Experience all Chicago has to offer in one boat ride. On Mercury Skyline’s urban adventure cruise, you’ll pass by some of Chicago’s most treasured landmarks during one of the greatest events of the summer. With many departure times in the morning and early afternoon, this boat cruise is a perfect addition to your day. 

    Mercury Cruises
    112 E Wacker Drive | (312) 332-1353



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