Navy Week in Chicago

August 10, 2010 (PRESS RELEASE)

Running through Sunday, August 15, Navy Week events will include performances by the Navy rock band "Horizon;" jumps by the Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team, and a cook-off between Navy cooks and culinary students. Sailors will also participate in various community service activities with Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA Fitness Challenge, Sue Duncan's Children's Center and other local groups. The highlight of Navy Week will be performances by the Navy's Blue Angels precision flying team at the Chicago Air and Water Show next weekend.

Here is a schedule of Navy Week events. For more information on Navy Week, visit


Mayoral Proclamation Ceremony with the City of Chicago
12 - 1 p.m. at the Daley Plaza
Proclamation of Navy Week will be presented by Mayor Richard M. Daley; the Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, Vice Admiral Peter Daly accepts the proclamation. In addition, Navy Rock Band "Horizon", Color Guard and Navy veterans will be in attendance. A commissioning ceremony for new officer(s) from the Navy Recruiting District Chicago will take place after the proclamation.

Navy Rock Band "Horizon" Performs at Navy Pier with Million Dollar Quartet
3 - 5:30 p.m. at Navy Pier
The uniforms aren't a gimmick, those are active duty Navy musicians up there on stage performing modern hits as well as classic rock favorites alongside cast members from Million Dollar Quartet. Additionally, the Navy Suburban will be on display. This media center on wheels includes a 4-unit video game system.

Navy Parachute Team Jumps into Chicago White Sox Baseball Game
7:10 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Field
See Navy Leap Frogs jump out of an aircraft at an altitude of 12,500 feet. During free fall, jumpers reach speeds of 120 mph and can accelerate up to 180 mph by pulling their arms to their sides and straightening their legs into what is called a "track." The jumpers typically open their parachutes at around 5,000 feet by releasing a smaller pilot chute which deploys their main blue-and-gold canopy. After deploying their chutes, the Leap Frogs fly their canopies together to build dramatic canopy-relative work formations.


Navy Rock Band "Horizon" Performs at Hancock Building
12:30 p.m. at John Hancock Building, Chicago

Navy Sailors at the Museum of Science and Industry
10:30 a.m.
Sailors will interact with visitors at the U505 Submarine exhibition.


Navy Rock Band "Horizon" Performs at AON Center
12 - 2 p.m. at the AON Center, 200 E. Randolph, Chicago

The Leap Frogs Jump into Rockford Riverhawks Baseball Game
7 p.m. at Road Ranger Stadium, Rockford


Navy Culinary Specialists Go Up Against Le Cordon Bleu Students in a Cooking Challenge
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 361 W. Chestnut St., Chicago
Two teams made of up Le Cordon Bleu students and Navy Culinary Specialists will battle it out to gastronomic victory at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. A panel of judges will be on hand to taste dishes and select a winner.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14 Bud Billiken Parade
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on South side of Chicago and concludes in Washington Park Rear Admiral Kenneth Carodine will ride in the parade and about 50 sailors will march. The Navy Parade Band will perform at the beginning of the parade route.


Chicago Air and Water Show

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at North Avenue Beach
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have been astounding audiences since 1946 with their commanding presence and supersonic maneuvers in their F/A-18 Hornets. The team has thrilled more than 427 million fans choreographed aerobatic and high altitude performance maneuvers. In their F/A 18 Hornets, the six-jet team is known for its six-jet Delta Formation, as well as the graceful maneuvers of its solo pilots. The Chicago Air & Water Show is the largest spectator event in the United States and the longest ongoing show of its kind in North America.


Culinary Specialists are responsible for all aspects of the dining (mess decks) and living areas, Culinary Specialists work in the "heart of the ship," and are vital in maintaining high crew morale on the ship and at every shore base.

Oven Baked Apple Pork Chops

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 4 ounce pork chops
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 cups apple juice
  • 3 oz apple pie filling

Mix brown sugar and apple juice with a wire whisk, until well mixed
Rinse off pork and the place in shallow bowl
Pour 1 1/2 cups of your apple marinade onto the pork
Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes
Remember to turn the pork over after 15 minutes to marinade both sides
After 30 minutes take the pork out of marinade and set aside
Place oil in a sauté pan and let it heat up
Then place pork in the pan allowing it brown on both sides for approximately 4 minutes
After browning on both sides place chops in a shallow baking pan
Pour remaining apple marinade onto pork chops, adding a 2 tbsps of apple pie filling on top of each piece
Cover with foil and place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees

Roasted Mini Red Potatoes

  • 1.5 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 6 red potatoes

Cut potatoes into quarters
Put into a small bowl, and then pour olive oil onto potatoes
Mix potatoes well, and then combine all your seasonings and herbs together with a fork
Place potatoes on a cookie sheet, sprinkle mixture over potatoes
Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes or until tender (check by pricking with a fork)

Sautéed Asparagus with Red Pepper Strips

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves diced garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 strips red pepper
  • 1 stalk fresh asparagus

Rinse the asparagus, pat dry
Place olive oil and butter in sauté pan
Add garlic, and then add asparagus, red pepper and salt to taste
Sauté for 4 minutes
Place on a plate putting red pepper across as a garnish

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