Livin’ La Vida Local: Chicago Navy Week 2012

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“…Bringing America’s Navy Home” is the tagline associated with Navy Weeks, the annual event aimed to emphasize the importance of Naval service and increase awareness in cities not positioned to see the Navy at work.

But Navy Week means even a bit more than that: you get cool things to do and see for seven straight days.

Chicago is one of 15 cities playing host to the festivities this year. Each city gets a different week; Chicago celebrates Navy Week 2012 August 13-20. This year is extra special—the events will commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Chicago’s week is also working in conjunction with the Air and Water Show, the huge annual event on North Ave. Beach.

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The Air and Water Show is a must-see… and, unfortunately, millions of people know that. The Navy Week activities taking place mostly at Navy Pier (well, how appropriate!) will be less crowded and just as promising.

After the 10a.m. Air and Water Show this Saturday, head to Navy Pier to jump aboard a general public ship visitation at noon. Come 4pm at the Beer Garden and catch the Navy Band Great Lakes Rock Band public concert.

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Later on Saturday, a Navy Band Great Lakes vocal soloist will sing the national anthem at the Chicago Bears game and the U.S. Marine Corps Brass Band will perform at the Chicago Fire MLS game.

Sunday at 11a.m., before the Air and Water Show resumes at noon, the Navy Band Great Lakes Show Band will hold a public concert at the Navy Pier Beer Garden. Chicago’s Navy Week concludes Monday, August 20 with the Tall Ships Sortie from 8:30-10a.m.

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Follow the festivities on Twitter by following @NavyWeek, the event’s official handle. Find Chicago’s full schedule of events here: For all else Navy Week, check the site here:


Get There From Columbus Plaza: Catch the 124 Bus headed toward Navy Pier at Columbus (Mid) & E. Wacker. Get off at Navy Pier Terminal. Commute Time: 10 minutes

Get There From Presidential Towers: Get on the 124 Bus headed toward Navy Pier at Canal & Madison. Get off at Navy Pier Terminal. Commute Time: 20 minutes