Soaring high above the sky, the US Navy Blue Angels roar over Chicago again

By K'Von Jackson, Director of Photography

Marking the near end of summer, the Chicago Air and Water Show came back for its annual showcase of air-defying stunts and high-altitude performances by the United States Navy Blue Angels and many more.

Rain showers and heavy cloud coverage this past weekend did not stop enthusiasts from attending the annual air show along the lakefront.

Among those in attendance was New York native Joe Polimeni, a former pilot and professional photographer who was visiting Chicago and watched the air show for the first time.

“This is actually my first [Chicago] Air and Water Show, but I’ve been shooting air shows for years,” Polimeni said. “I don’t get into all the science, although I understand the science, but I just like making pretty pictures.”

Sisters Millie Rivera and Christina Toro attended Sunday’s performance with their families. Rivera attended for her first time, while Toro witnessed her fifth Chicago Air and Water Show. Rivera and Toro huddled together under an umbrella and embraced the rain head-on.

“We got caught in the rain, and we didn’t move. We have an umbrella, so we’ve been here since this morning,” Toro said.

This weekend’s show was nothing short of exciting. From parachuting performances by the United States Army Golden Knights, simulated water rescues by the United States Coast Guard and — to close out the weekend — a shortened but spectacular performance by the Blue Angels soaring around the city’s lakeshore beaches.

“I wish it was longer, but even [with] the weather we still had a great show,” Rivera said.