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Media Credentials for the Chicago Air & Water Show, August 18-19, 2018

We thank you for your interest in covering the 60th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show. If you have any further questions please contact


Press and Photo Credentials

To apply for press or photo credentials for North Avenue Beach, please send your request on media letterhead by Friday, August 10 via

  • fax at 312.744.8523
  • or mail to:

Chicago Air and Water Show Media Credential Requests
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

For all media inquiries about the festival please contact

*Submission of a request does not guarantee admission. 


New Media (websites)

Press admittance is open to journalists working with a commercial news or industry-related website. The website must be established and updated regularly with relevant original and current content. Please provide a link with your request. Web designers, editors and creators do not qualify for media credentials.



Media credential requests from bloggers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Bloggers must host professional, industry-related blogs with original content. A link to the blog must be submitted along with the number of unique visits per month and how often it is updated.


Please note before making your request:

  • Press credentials and photo passes are limited and you must be on assignment from a media outlet to cover the Chicago Air & Water Show Festival.
  • Applicants should be prepared to supply copies of recent and relevant coverage (links are sufficient). Clippings can be from previous year’s coverage or coverage of similar types of concerts and festivals.
  • College newspapers and photographers will have limited access. Cases will be reviewed and each request must be accompanied by a letter from a faculty advisor on college or University letterhead.
  • Because you are working, if credentialed, there are no opportunities to bring a guest.
  • Some Artists’ management will have final decision on credentialing.
  • Photographers: We appreciate the offer but do not contact us to offer your services. We have photographers in place with the City of Chicago.


Press Images

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To sponsor the Chicago Air and Water Show, contact our Corporate Sponsorship Department at 312.744.9217 or email at


Press Releases:

Aug. 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

May 30, 2017: The 59th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show Presented by Shell Oil Products Soars into Town this August 19 and 20

August 3, 2016: Charles Tillman will Tandem Jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights at the 58th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show on Saturday, August 20

June 15, 2016: The 58th Annual Chicago Air And Water Show – August 20 & 21

July 2, 2015: The 57th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show – August 15 & 16


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