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Chicago’s Air & Water Show is always a summer highlight, but this year enjoy it with an unforgettable view. Several Chicago restaurants and beaches will be hosting special events for the show on Aug. 17-18. Here, some of our favorite spots.

1. Caffe Oliva
Want a great view of the amazing tricks? Then head on over to Caffe Oliva, located right on Ohio Street Beach. The restaurants is offering tickets for Saturday and Sunday shows. The package includes food and an open bar, as well as seating. Tickets are also available for the show’s Friday rehearsal. Friday tickets start at $35, Saturday tickets $125. 10am-3pm. East Ohio Street, 312.612.0734,

2. The Signature Room
Enjoy The Air & Water Show in style (and with a glass of Champagne!) at The Signature Room. With an 1100-foot advantage over most viewing areas, guests will be able to reserve seats, and will be treated to a gourmet breakfast and lunch menu. The Signature Room’s mixologists will also create custom cocktails and beverages. Tickets $130. Reservations are required. 11am-4pm. 875 N. Michigan Ave., 312.280.0472,

3. Oak Street Beach Food + Drink
Oak Street Beach will be celebrating the show with great Chicago food. The event will include different food stations like a chicken and veggie taco station and nacho bar, as well as grab’n’go snacks and assorted drinks. Tickets $125, $50 for individuals 4-21 years old. Reservations are required. 10am-4pm. 1001 Lake Shore Dr., 312.988.4650,

4. North Avenue Beach
To be in the center of the action watch the show at North Avenue Beach, the show’s main focal point. This is the perfect spot to view all of the planes. Plan a picnic or grab a bite to eat at one of the many lakefront vendors. Admission is free. 10am-3pm. 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.

5. J. Parker
Above the Hotel Lincoln, J.Parker has one of the best views of the city’s waterfront. The restaurant’s outdoor lounge includes 140 seats, as well as 50 inside. For reservations, call 312.254.4747. 1816 N. Clark St.,