Get excited, Chicago! The Chicago Air and Water Show makes a return this weekend for some classic Summer fun. Thinking about checking it out, but not sure where you’ll be able to get a good vantage point? Consider ditching the beach crowd for a more refined way of watching the show at one of these awesome spots around town we’ve listed below.  Happy watching!

Lirica: Sip on a fresh Frozé or Fruity Sangria on Lirica’s expansive lakefront 150-seat outdoor patio. The Latin-inspired menu is also something worth exploring, offering a delicious dish for every palate.  Seafood lovers should consider the Salmon Asado, as it comes highly recommended with the perfect blend of seasonings and spices atop a fresh filet of Organic roasted Salmon. Spend your day on the lake with one of the best patio seats in town! For reservations, please visit

Kennedy Rooftop:  Although their cocktail list features specialties named after presidents, there are many reasons Kennedy Rooftop offers their patrons a “presidential experience.” Perfect for those not looking to be right in the action, the rooftop is located out of the loop atop of the Hyatt Place in Wicker Park. Their spectacularly unobstructed views of the skyline are a must experience. New to the rooftop, enjoy KR Bottle Service, with package options available at

AIRE Rooftop:  “The best cocktails and view in Chicago” is not an understatement at AIRE Rooftop, which boasts panoramic views of the city. Located atop Hyatt Centric The Loop, this rooftop is one of the most Instagram-worthy spots downtown. With beautiful views and delicious craft cocktails, this is the perfect spot for a casual afternoon meetup with friends or co-workers. Click here to learn more.

Offshore: Offshore, known as the nation’s largest rooftop venue provides a great opportunity for families to watch the Air and Water show in a comfortable setting. Located on the point of Navy Pier, this is a premier destination to view the show,  a wonderful place to dine and drink with your entire family. Make your reservation here to get a table!

Raised, An Urban Rooftop Bar: Ideally situated on the third floor of the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel at 1 W. Wacker Drive, locals and travelers alike can indulge in shareable plates, seasonal cocktails, an array of wines on tap, and local craft beers– with stunning city views as your backdrop. Experience unparalleled service at the indoor/outdoor bar featuring an open rooftop deck overlooking Chicago’s skyline. Visit here for more information.

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City Cruises: Why be on land when you can be on the water right in the action? City Cruises is your destination to get access to the best seat in the city of Chicago for the show. Check out their new ticket package for the Early Air & Water Show Premier Brunch Cruise On Lake Michigan. With this package you will get an all you get a lovely brunch to pair with the early morning highlights of the Air and Water show.