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August 14, 2017

David Ross will Tandem Jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights at the 59th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show on Saturday, August 19

Former World Champion Chicago Cubs catcher and Dancing with the Stars finalist will open the show at North Avenue Beach

Mary May    mmay@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0576

Christine Carrino    christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0573

The 59th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, presented by Shell and the City of Chicago, will take place August 19 and 20 along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as the show center from 10am to 3pm daily. Former Chicago Cubs catcher, David Ross will open the Chicago Air and Water Show on Saturday, August 19, by tandem jumping with the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights. He will touch down in front of the Boat House at North Avenue Beach after the show opens at 10am.

David Ross was a catcher for the Chicago Cubs in 2016 when they won the World Series. After the Cubs World Series win, Ross retired from professional baseball but was named as a special assistant to baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs 2017 season. In his retirement, Ross has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, making him the first professional baseball player to ever be on the show. He is still closely tied in with the professional baseball community as an analyst for ESPN.

Strong in tradition and one of the largest free admission events of its kind, the Chicago Air & Water Show is proud to present these 2017 headliners: U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs. The popular lakefront event features a wide variety of military and civilian aerial demonstration teams with daredevil pilots performing their stunts in the skies above Chicago.

The Chicago Air and Water Show is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Shell Oil Products U.S. and sponsored in part by ABC 7 Chicago, American Airlines, Bud Light, The Boeing Company, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, Communications Direct, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Krakus Polish Hams, M*M Graphics, Oracle and WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM.

For more information, visit chicagoairandwatershow.us, join the conversation on Facebook (Chicago Air and Water Show) and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE (#ChiAirandWater).

NOTE TO MEDIA: Please contact Mary May at 312.744.0576 or mary.may@cityofchicago.org for media opportunities, photos and all media credential requests for the show on August 19 and 20 at North Avenue Beach.

 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

 

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