August 08, 2014 07:53 ET

Chicago Air and Water Show Returns for 56th Year: Guide to the Summer 2014 Chicago Air and Water Show by

One of Chicago's Most Anticipated Events, the 2014 Chicago Air and Water Show Brings a Big Crowd and Lots of Fun

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Aug 8, 2014) - The ultimate Chicago summer event, the Air and Water show, returns to the Chicago lakefront August 16 and 17th. Extending from the Oak Street Beach to Fullerton Avenue, the North Avenue Beach will serve as the show's center from 10AM - 3PM each day. Today,, Chicago's online travel guide, released a guide to the Chicago Air and Water Show 2014.

What to Expect at the Show

There is no admission charge to view the Chicago Air and Water Show. In addition to the headliners, visitors to the show can expect to see demonstrations and fly-bys from a large number of military and civilian aircraft. Fighter planes, antique craft, simulated dogfights and aerial acrobatics are all scheduled. There's only one pilot in the United States licensed to perform helicopter acrobatics, and Chuck Aaron, in the Red Baron Helicopter says "people won't believe what they are seeing."

On the lake, you'll experience the magnificence of the Chicago Fire Department Air / Sea Rescue Teams, as well as vessels of the United States Coast Guard, entrusted with the responsibility of protecting our coastal borders, ports and inland waterways.

Best Locations to Catch the Air and Water Show

As the show takes place entirely in the air and on the surface of the lake, viewing opportunities for the show are numerous and wide spread along the lakefront. With the 'center' of the show staged out from the North Avenue Beach, ideal viewing locations include anywhere on the lakefront from the Oak Street Beach (at the North end of Michigan Avenue) up to Fullerton Avenue, several miles north. Chicago has a number of rooftop bars and lounges in the downtown area, and some may be ideal sites for viewing the magnificent flying machines.

More information about the Chicago Air and Water Show here.

Where to Stay

Located just steps off Chicago's Magnificent Mile, home to exclusive shops and eateries, and just two blocks from the Oak Street Beach, the MileNorth Hotel is the ideal headquarters for your visit to the Air and Water Show. Accommodation choices include studio and city view rooms as well as suites, and each room benefits from a unique individualized decor and amenities including wall mounted flat screen TVs, and available high speed internet. Bi-level suites include sunken living rooms, private sleeping alcoves, oversized bathroom, and complimentary luxurious toiletries.

Wine and dine at the 52 Eighty Rooftop lounge, open from 5 PM to late, for hand-crafted cocktails and a creative approach to bar snacks. The Barista Bar, off the hotel lobby, is open early and late with gourmet coffee, breakfast treats and grab and go items. At night the bar becomes a neighborhood favorite, offering small plates, signature cocktails and a broad selection of local micro-brews.

And of course, the MileNorth is dog friendly.

More information about MileNorth hotel here:

What Else to Do in Chicago

In addition to being convenient to the Air and Water Show, your room at the MileNorth puts you in the middle of all of Chicago's greatest attractions. You're a block away from some of the Windy City's finest restaurants which line the one mile length of Rush Street. World class shopping is not only available right on Michigan Avenue, but also nearby Oak Street, home to designer boutiques.

World renowned Chicago museums, Science and Industry, Field Museum of Natural History, and the Chicago Art Institute, are either within walking distance or a quick cab ride away. To see the true magnificence of Chicago's skyline from a unique perspective, consider a boat tour (full list of companies here: along the Chicago River, frequent departures take place on the river and from Navy Pier. Some tour boats will offer Air & Water show excursions to provide you with a truly different view of the exhibitions from the surface of Lake Michigan.

Getting Around

With downtown Chicago laid out on a strict grid pattern, it's easy to get around the Magnificent Mile and the Loop (below the river) on foot. Cabs are metered, and buses run frequently on major streets. Bus fare is $2.00, or $1.00 for seniors. The "L", Chicago's elevated railway, makes a circle around the "Loop" and offers connections to eight rapid transit routes and Amtrak that make nearly every point of Chicago and the surrounding area easily accessible. "L" fare is $2.25 or $1.10 for seniors. For a list of taxis and limousines in Chicago use

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