Former Alderman: Hold Air & Water Show On South Side, Every Other Year

Bernie Tafoya
August 21, 2019 - 12:46 pm
planes in sky at Air Show

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A former Chicago alderman and mayoral candidate thinks it’s time to shake up the Chicago Air and Water Show and move it to a new location - at least every other year.

Former Ald. Bob Fioretti believes the South Side should get a chance to host the Chicago Air and Water Show in alternate years.

He said there's plenty of room at South Side beaches, from the 31st Street to Rainbow Beach at 77th Street.

"In the interest of equity for our city, it would solve a lot of problems," the South Side native said.

Fioretti said it's time to think outside the box.  

"We have become so stagnant in our thinking here in the city that there are only certain things that we can do and yet, we can open up venues across this city and make it one city for all people."

The former alderman said a move could have a positive impact on the city and "be a catalyst to help bring our city together, so people can see what’s happening on our lakefront and people can enjoy our lakefront, not just on the North Side."

The city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, which runs the Chicago Air and Water Show, doesn't rule out a possible change of venue.

"The Air and Water Show is one of the city’s most iconic events and the largest free show of its kind in the U.S. While there are no plans to move the show from its current location at North Avenue Beach, we welcome all suggestions for consideration," a spokesperson told WBBM Newsradio.