CHICAGO AIR AND WATER SHOW SPOTS Where to Watch and Drink Some Brews

For 2017, it’s the Blue Angels’ turn to entertain the masses lining up along the lakeshore. The team of six blue and gold U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets are the star of the show, but where should one go to view them? From the beaches to rooftops and patios, Chicago has a ton of unique viewing spots available for this year’s show.


The Signature Room Annual Viewing Party - 95th Floor, John Hancock Center
For $175, you can climb high into the sky to watch the show. The price may seem steep, but it includes all day admission, premium seating and an unrivaled view, a gourmet buffet, and an extensive bar package.


Lakefront Green Private Lakefront Viewing Party (Theater on the Lake)
The historic, yet newly refurbished Lakefront Green at Theater on the Lake, provides the perfect choice for those who want to watch nautical tricks without negotiating the crowds. There’s a private viewing with reserved seating, access to food and drink, as well as private bathrooms, music, and games. Three packages are available, ranging from $10 General Admission to a $75 all-inclusive option.


Lincoln Park Zoo: The Patio (Café Brauer)
The Patio at Lincoln Park Zoo, located immediately south of the main zoo grounds and next to Café Brauer already offers excellent views of the park’s prairie and the skyline. Add an air show, and it’s even more fun. But, The Patio at Lincoln Park Zoo's Café Brauer is sweetening the deal by offering a special during the weekend: For $15.95, you can get a blue cheese burger topped with caramelized onions, a side of fries and a domestic bottled beer.


Sand Bar Beer Garden (Castaways)
If you don’t want to miss the water acts, and you definitely want to be on the beach, the Sand Bar Beer Garden is a must because it’s the only beach spot where alcohol is permitted during the show. Don’t expect anything fancy here (think basic cheeseburgers and macro brews), but if you enjoy the sand between your toes and only require a meal and a beer while watching the show, this is the place to be.


Cindy’s Rooftop (Chicago Athletic Association Hotel)
Atop the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Cindy's Rooftop—with its restaurant and open-air terrace—offers spectacular, panoramic views of Millennium Park, Lake Michigan, and plenty more. Honestly, the water show and a few parts of the air show might be hard to see from this location, but you may not care once you get a look at the menus. Cindy's offers stellar chef-driven food, an array of mixology, and a beer menu that includes everything from Three Floyds, Revolution and Solemn Oath to Moody Tongue, Kriek des Jacobins and Une Année. Viewing the show from Cindy’s is witnessing the show in style.


Roof on theWit
A breezy terrace, striking view, an extensive list of quality wine, high-class craft beer, and specialty cocktails...oh, my. Call it hip, call it cool, call it swanky. However you term it, Roof on theWit is probably the trendiest, slickest spots in Chicago for watching the Air & Water Show.

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