This weekend Chicagoans and visitors get to experience the Air and Water Show on North Ave Beach! The event is the largest free air and water show in all of the US.
The show first started in 1959 and was called the Lakeshore Park Air and Water Show and was put together for Family Day. Family Day took place for a summer day camp program run in the Chicago Park District. The budget for the event was only $88, and the show featured a Coast Guard Air Sea Rescue demonstration, water skiers, a water ballet, games and a diving competition. In later year the event moved to two days a week and even moved locations to North Ave Beach being their focal point.
This year the Chicago Air and Water Show celebrate 55 years! Audience numbers reach 2.2 million annually making the Chicago Air & Water Show the largest.
This year the list of sponsors are quite impressive. There are many bigwig companies. Check out the list below!
• Shell Oil Products (Presenting Sponsor)
• The Boeing Company
• ABC 7 Chicago
• Chicago Tribune
• WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM
• American Airlines
• Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
• Bud Light
• Visit Pensacola
• Prilosec OTC
• LaGrou Distribution System
• M*M Graphics
• Chicago Transit Authority
• Communications Direct
• Gallo Wines
The Events start August 16, 2014 – August 15, 2014 between 10AM-3PM
If you are going to the event please post pictures on Twitter and tag @PercipiaNetworks so we can share the experience!
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