Thrilling aerial stunts will fill the sky when the 57th annual Chicago Air & Water Show returns August 15-16. Whether you're a fan of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, or another team, one of the city's biggest events of the year calls for securing the best views. Here are six luxurious spots you'll want to scope out beforehand.
Take in the show while treating yourself to Caffe Oliva’s all-you-can-eat buffet, complete with dishes like Lake Superior white fish tacos, Parmesan truffle fries, or grass-fed burger sliders—and wash it down with a cocktail from the open bar. Make it your own private soiree with a cabana for you and your crew. Find tickets here. 550 E. Grand Ave. at Ohio Street Beach, 312-612-0734
Escape the crowds at North Avenue beach and head to The J. Parker for a chic take on the annual show. Lounge on the rooftop, sip a signature cocktail, and snack on one of Chef Paul Virant’s small plates. Get there early to secure a seat. 1816 N. Clark St., 312-254-4747
Situated atop Chicago’s famed John Hancock building, The Signature Room offers unparalleled, 360-degree views of the Blue Angels’ stunts. While you watch, indulge in a gourmet buffet and seasonal craft cocktails, as part of The Signature Room’s annual Air & Water Show viewing party. 875 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280-0465
Coinciding with the Air & Water Show is the Great American Lobster Fest, where you can feast on all things lobster—think grilled lobster tails, lobster tacos, and lobster bisque. Options for land lovers will be available as well, including filet mignon and hot dogs. All the food can be enjoyed while you have first-class views of the daredevil stunts overhead. Find tickets here. Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, 600 E. Grand Ave., 773-469-7044
Board the luxurious Odyssey ship to watch the action from the middle of Lake Michigan. While cruising, you’ll enjoy a brunch, buffet, or dinner, and tasty concoctions from the bar. Tickets are available online. Navy Pier,600 E. Grand Ave., 866-305-2469. Find tickets here
The lively North Avenue beach restaurant will offer an Air & Water Show package featuring a breakfast and lunch buffet and an open bar. Rent a cabana for a private experience, or bring a few chairs and enjoy the show from the beach. 1603 N. Lake Shore Drive, North Avenue Beach, 773-281-1200