Chicago Air & Water Show 2021

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Chicago Air & Water Show 2021

Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:18 am

Chicago Air & Water Show 2021
August 21st and 22nd
Lake Michigan Lakefront
Chicago, Illinois

Featuring
- US Navy Blue Angels
- USAF F-35A Lightning II Demo
- Michael Goulian [Extra 330SC]
- Rob Holland [MXS-RH]
- Susan Dacy [Super Stearman "Big Red"]
- Warbird Heritage Foundation - Aircraft TBD

Updated as of 4/14/2021, 2:54 PM EST
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Post by Bretten Bailey » Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:39 am

The Air & Water Show is not in the city’s budget at the moment for 2021. DCASE will be running on a limited budget and the budget doesn’t include the Air & Water Show or the Taste of Chicago at this time. Budget cutbacks were expected with COVID.

Now, this does not mean that the show has officially been cancelled. It’s still a holding pattern and a bit of a “wait and see”. All requests will remain active at the present time. Mayor Lightfoot said it herself that “now is not the time to be thinking of major outdoor events with millions of people”. Hopefully we can begin to think of those soon and the event can get back on track.

The media will continue to report it for the next few days, but know the plug is not officially pulled. But the planning has sort of ceased at the moment with city budget guidelines.
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Post by RyanS » Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:18 pm

Bretten Bailey wrote: Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:39 am The Air & Water Show is not in the city’s budget at the moment for 2021. DCASE will be running on a limited budget and the budget doesn’t include the Air & Water Show or the Taste of Chicago at this time. Budget cutbacks were expected with COVID.

Now, this does not mean that the show has officially been cancelled. It’s still a holding pattern and a bit of a “wait and see”. All requests will remain active at the present time. Mayor Lightfoot said it herself that “now is not the time to be thinking of major outdoor events with millions of people”. Hopefully we can begin to think of those soon and the event can get back on track.

The media will continue to report it for the next few days, but know the plug is not officially pulled. But the planning has sort of ceased at the moment with city budget guidelines.
Not shocking - without COVID under control it's kind of useless to plan a huge crowded event like that (no drive-in airshow for downtown Chicago!) and even once it is controlled who knows if municipal budgets will allow for some of the shows that we've had in the past. The economical impact is far from over.
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Post by smalldude333 » Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:23 pm

RyanS wrote: Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:18 pm
Bretten Bailey wrote: Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:39 am The Air & Water Show is not in the city’s budget at the moment for 2021. DCASE will be running on a limited budget and the budget doesn’t include the Air & Water Show or the Taste of Chicago at this time. Budget cutbacks were expected with COVID.

Now, this does not mean that the show has officially been cancelled. It’s still a holding pattern and a bit of a “wait and see”. All requests will remain active at the present time. Mayor Lightfoot said it herself that “now is not the time to be thinking of major outdoor events with millions of people”. Hopefully we can begin to think of those soon and the event can get back on track.

The media will continue to report it for the next few days, but know the plug is not officially pulled. But the planning has sort of ceased at the moment with city budget guidelines.
Not shocking - without COVID under control it's kind of useless to plan a huge crowded event like that (no drive-in airshow for downtown Chicago!) and even once it is controlled who knows if municipal budgets will allow for some of the shows that we've had in the past. The economical impact is far from over.
Especially in a big city like Chicago, a large airshow with giant crowds of people is their very last priority. They should probably hold up on spending anything on it right now simply because we don't know if Covid will be under control at that time.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:59 am

USAF F-35A Lightning II Demo Team confirmed for Chicago 2021. Fingers crossed that COVID-19 will be under control in time.
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