Blue Angels return to Chicago lakefront this weekend for reimagined Air and Water Show

Best viewing locations along Chicago lakefront from Oak Street to Fullerton: city

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Friday, August 20, 2021
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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will fly above Chicago this weekend as part of a special solo demonstration.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will fly above Chicago this weekend as part of a special solo demonstration, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced Tuesday.

The show will take place on August 21 and 22 from 12-1 p.m. with practice runs on August 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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The show will take place along the lakefront with the best viewing locations between Oak Street and Fullerton Avenue.

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The demonstration is taking place in lieu of the normal Chicago Air and Water Show. Mayor Lori Lightfoot Office says the free, reimagined air show event is part of her "Open Chicago" initiative.

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The Chicago Air and Water Show was cancelled in 2020 as well, although the Blue Angels conducted a special fly-by over the city to honor healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach while inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country, the release said.

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