Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Get VIP Seats For 'Air & Water Show'

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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will rock the 53rd annual "Chicago Air & Water Show" this weekend.

Here's the thing.

You don't have a friend with a boat or a crib (with a rooftop!) that's close enough to check out the Air & Water Show. So the next best plan is to head over to a number of spots near the lakefront.

In 2010, the Signature Room, for the first time ever, opened its doors for a special party for guests to have the best seats to the action.

While those wishing to see the show from the Hancock Observatory had to wait for hours to get to the top, party-goers were whisked right to their destination within minutes. It was such a success that they're doing it again this year and the event includes a sweet and savory buffet of goodies created by Executive Chef Patrick Sheerin, open bar and of course premium seating.

The Signature Room's event doesn't come cheap at $130 per person, and reservations are highly recommended by calling the restaurant. 11am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Additional events going down this weekend for the Air & Water Show:

The Signature Room's event is completely indoors, while Castaways occurs on the rooftop of a renovated, stationary boat at North Avenue Beach, so you can show up in your swimsuit if you want. This one's pretty much the same deal, but includes breakfast, lunch and an open bar. The limited tickets are $100 (9am-3pm Friday) and $160 (9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday) and may be reserved by emailing afrankos@stefanigroup.com.

Over at Oak Street Beach is Oak Street Bistro, which will also offer seating, etc. Friday-Sunday to watch the show. Friday's festivities include a chef's table with open bar 11am-2pm for $60 and a separate open-bar deal (11am-3pm) for $30. Saturday and Sunday gets you the same deals, but prices increase: $50 you'll get a four-hour bar only 11am-3pm; chef tables are $90 noon-2pm and include an open bar.

All of the boats along Navy Pier will have specials during the weekend, but I'm more partial to Odyssey Cruises, which have always had the best food of them all. Maple-glazed chipotle chicken, lobster bisque, sesame-grilled salmon are just some of the choices during lunch. See times and prices right here.

And if you're looking for a more intimate cruise experience, Yacht Chicago at Burnham Harbor is the ticket. Deal includes food and open bar. 10:30am-6:30pm Saturday and Sunday. Get the $150 tickets right here.

1 comment:

Mary May said...

The USAF Thunderbirds will be flying at the show this year, not the Blue Angels - they were here in 2010 and back in 2012. You can also view from the Bravo Zulu Lounge in front of the North Avenue Beach House at Show Center - for tickets visit www.chicagoairandwatershow.us
Best place to watch - bar none!