News Release
City Services

August 14, 2014

Chicago’s Air andWater Show to Illuminate the Lakefront this Weekend

OEMC reminds public to expect large crowds and traffic impacts for the largest FREE event of its kind in the U.S. August 16- 17

OEMC Media Affairs    312.746.9454

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) reminds those along the lakefront this weekend to expect increased crowds, parking restrictions and possible traffic delays as Chicago hosts the annual Air & Water Show, now in its 55th year, at North Avenue Beach on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17. The Show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue as the focal point. On both Saturday and Sunday, spectators can be entertained by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, among others, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“Chicago’s Air and Water show has been a long tradition for the city to enjoy as an end of summer event,” said GaryW. Schenkel, OEMC Executive Director. “We encourage those in the area to be aware of the crowds and all that comes with a large outdoor gathering so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable experience.”

Event organizers expect a crowd of more than two million over the two-day event. Other major events planned for this weekend include the Bears' home game on Thursday,World Basketball Festival, running now through Sunday at various lakefront parks; Festa Italiana on Taylor St. from Thursday –Sunday; India independence Day Parade on Devon Av. on Saturday; US Basketball Men's National Team exhibition game versus Brazil at the United Center on Saturday; Pakistan Parade on Devon Av. on Sunday. Additionally, State Street Bridge is closed through August 23.

Pole Locations: For public safety, attendees are reminded to be aware of the numbers attached to the poles along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street to help them reference their location within the Park to friends, family and first responders if there is an emergency.

Weather Conditions: At this point, weather conditions are predicted to be mild; however, it’s always recommended
that those attending check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. Get free real-time traffic and weather alerts at

Optional Weather Shelters: Underpass weather shelters are located at Diversey Harbor, Fullerton and LaSalle. Pedway locations are at Division/Scott, Oak Street and Chicago Avenue. These locations can serve as temporary weather shelters during extreme weather conditions, such as heavy rain, high winds, lightning or hail storms. In the event of extreme weather, OEMC reminds spectators to follow directions from public safety officials on site.

Security: Several federal, state and city agencies work together in advance to coordinate this show. Security measures are in place and it is advised for those attending to be aware of conditions to avoid possible emergencies. OEMC will monitor the event.

Public Transportation: Public transportation is encouraged. CTA and Metra provide additional service for the event. For more details, visit the CTA website at or call 1-888-YOUR-CTA. For Metra, visit or call (any area code in region) 836-7000.

Parking: There will be parking restrictions posted in the area and motorists are advised to read signage before parking on streets. If your vehicle has been towed, call 3-1-1 for assistance to locate your vehicle. Parking is available at Millennium Garages, which offer free shuttles to and from North Avenue Beach. For more details, visit

Accessibility: Primary accessible seating is available during show hours for people with disabilities at the north end of the North Avenue Beach House viewing stands. See for more details.
The Office of Emergency Management and Communications was established in 1995 to coordinate the City’s delivery of Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services resources. OEMC operates Chicago’s public safety communications system, managing emergency situations and coordinating major events, 3-1-1 and 9-1-1 Communications Operations. OEMC is also the host to Notify Chicago, a resource for residents to subscribe to receive text alerts related to traffic disruptions, severe weather, health and major incidents.
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