The 55th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, presented by Shell and the City of  Chicago, will return August 17 and 18 along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as show center from 10:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m. daily. Strong in tradition and one of the largest free admission events of its kind, the show includes a wide variety of civilian acts with daredevil pilots performing their aerial stunts in the skies above Chicago.

For more information on the 55th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, please call the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at (312) 744-3315, TTY (312) 744-2964 or visit the web at To plan your trip to Chicago for the show visit

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There will be fewer acts and no military flyovers this year because of federal budget cuts from sequestration. This means no Air Force Thunderbirds or Army Golden Knights. But the show will have more civilian acts, including some with military jets.

Radio and TV: Play-by-play radio coverage is on WBBM-AM 780 and FM 105.9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Live video coverage at TV highlights will be broadcast at 11 p.m. Sunday on ABC-Ch. 7 Chicago.

Parking: Millennium Garages with a free shuttle to and from North Avenue Beach; go to

What is allowed: Picnic blankets, chairs and coolers. Must walk bicycles. Encouraged: Sunscreen, sunglasses, bottled water, earplugs and binoculars.

What is not allowed: Alcoholic beverages, grills, fireworks, tents or canopies, balloons, kites, flagpoles and pets (except service animals) via chicagotribune.