Take In The Chicago Air And Water Show From 3 Different Angles

The Chicago Air and Water Show returns to the shores of Lake Michigan for its 60th year this August 18-19. Over the years this mid-August spectacle has become much more than just a tradition. Claiming your stake on the North Avenue Beach is a rite of passage. Of course, for an event of this scale having a seat and a view to match makes for a nice change of pace. Whether you prefer the air, water, or land, here are three luxury viewing options that will make you want to give your beach chair a year off.

The Signature Room

Signature RoomPhoto Credit: Neil Burger

Offering breathtaking views of Chicago and (on a clear day) four states, The Signature Room’s Viewing Party is the place to be if you prefer your air shows at eye-level. Take in all the sights and sounds of the show from the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center. The roar of the jets will sound even sweeter while sipping on classic mojitos, mimosas, or reimagined cocktails. Indulge in upscale buffet offerings like New York strip steak sandwiches and salted caramel pot crème. High flying and fine dining come together for a sophisticated celebration of a Chicago tradition.

875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Shore Club Chicago

Shore Club ChicagoPhoto Credit: Corey Baker Photograph

If you like to keep your VIP experiences front row and on the ground, Shore Club Chicago has everything you need for a truly haute day at the beach. With a prime spot on North Avenue Beach you’ll be front and center for all of the action. General admission grants access to the patio, beachside brunch, and premium open bar, or you can soak in all the luxury by upgrading to the VIP Oasis. Grab a cabana and bottle service for you and five of your friends, lounge on a day bed, or have some fun and get in touch with your inner child at the adult-size sand box.

1603 N Lakeshore Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60611

The Odyssey

Odyssey ChicagoPhoto Credit: Entertainment Cruises

Four decks, three bars, a DJ and 360 degrees of gorgeous scenery make the Odyssey cruise the place to see and be seen during this year’s show. This sleek yacht is offering several cruise options during the show. The first kicks off on Friday with the show’s rehearsal, in case you need an excuse to take a long lunch. Upgrade your experience and reserve a window seat to make sure you have the perfect climate-controlled spot to take in the view and the three-course meal. Make sure to grab a cocktail from one of three bars and head to the observation deck to get comfy on a swanky lounge chair while taking in the view all around and above.

Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611