One of Chicago’s most beloved – and thrilling – events, The Chicago Air and Water Show, is returning to the city this weekend for its 63rd edition. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and more will be flying over Chicago’s lakefront on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with practice flyovers beginning Friday, August 18.
Every year, millions of spectators gather along the shores of Lake Michigan to witness a display of daredevil stunts. The main viewing area stretches from Oak Street to Fullerton Avenue, with North Avenue Beach serving as center stage.
But while many spectators flock to Chicago’s beautiful beaches, rooftop bars are another popular destination, offering an enhanced viewing experience hundreds of feet off the ground. Read on for our picks of the best rooftop bars to watch the Chicago Air and Water Show 2023.