Chicago air show attendance dips, but enthusiasm soars
The roar of active military fighter jets was notably absent from this year’s Chicago Air & Water Show, but a reinforced lineup of civilian acts still drew hundreds of thousands of people to the lakefront each day.
“It’s just a great way to come down to the city and enjoy a Sunday,” said Noelle Hoeh, a saleswoman from Fox Lake. “It’s nice to be out on the lake and the show has been great.”
About 1.7 million people attended the free show between Friday and Sunday, said Mary May, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. About 2 million made it out last year, May said.
Hoeh, who was attending the show for the first time,…