If you're going to watch the Air and Water Show this weekend, you don't have to fight the crowds for blanket space or in the porto-potty line. Instead make plans to elevate your experience with a cabana, a private party in the Hancock, or house made morning buns.
Caffè Oliva at Ohio Street Beach (pictured above)
If prime seating, a cabana and Mediterranean food are on your wish list, Caffè Oliva is the place to be. Between Lake Shore Drive and Navy Pier, you'll be slightly above the beach crowds with open bar and quick access to Streeterville for a speedy post-show getaway.
Details: Cabana packages $800-$1,150, call 312-612-0734 to purchase
The J. Parker at Hotel Lincoln
With Lincoln Park as your buffer from the beach crowds, the J. Parker is your place for a chill day party, with the air and water show in the background. While you may not have the best view of the air show, this is a relaxed atmosphere perfect for an afternoon drink or Sunday morning brunch.
Details: Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. until late
The Signature Room at the John Hancock
For an eye level view of the Blue Angels, the Signature Room is hosting a party in the comfort of the private dining rooms. The party includes a gourmet buffet, and an extensive bar package, including seasonal craft cocktails from Head Lounge Manager Patrick Gibellina.
Details: Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $130 per person, call 312-280-0465 to purchase
THE dec Rooftop Lounge + Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
If your time is limited and you want a bite to eat with an aviation backdrop, the BratWurst Sliders should be on your list. Made with Wisconsin aged cheddar, angry mustard and cucumber kimchi, the sliders, a cocktail and a little aviation action are a good break from shopping on Michigan Ave.
Details: Open from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
CURRENT at the W Chicago Lakeshore
Add brunch to your weekend plans with a reservation for CURRENT’s chic outdoor patio – a prime spot for Air and Water Show enthusiasts. Executive Chef Gregory Elliott is showcasing his fresh, modern take on seasonal Italian cuisine with a playful interpretation of traditional brunch fare. Highlights from the menu include chicken fried bacon with bourbon maple syrup, house cured salmon pizza with dill crème fraiche and capers, and a house made morning bun.
Details: Available Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm, call 312-255-4460 for reservations.
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Photo: Caffè Oliva