Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Stop, Hey, What's That Sound?

This gorgeous image from 2022 was captured by Uptowner Bob Skutnick. Click on his name for more of his Air Show pictures. They're amazing!

A gentle reminder, particularly to those who may be new to Chicago, that the Air & Water Show takes place this weekend, and the aircraft practice their moves in advance. The city says that the rehearsal day will be Friday, but in the past it's been both Thursday and Friday, so be prepared anytime.

Soooo, if you hear loud and low-flying jets around Uptown, it's likely not anything nefarious. The aircraft practice over the lake, so we have a front-row seat for some of their warm-ups. This year's show will feature the Air Force's Thunderbirds, the Army's Golden Knights parachute team, and the Chicago Fire Department Air/Sea Rescue, as well as many other civilian and military performers. (The entire lineup is here.)

In past years, Uptown residents have gotten great shots of the practice, like the one above. If you get a photo you'd like to share, either send it to or post it to our Facebook page.

Pro Tip: If you can hear them go by, they've already passed you.

There may also be loud noises Saturday and Sunday as the planes leave for their next destinations and create sonic booms.

The actual show takes place between Navy Pier and Fullerton, with North Avenue Beach being the prime viewing spot.

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