Roughly two million people turned out for this weekend's Air and Water Show in Chicago, so to get a prime piece of lakefront real estate, viewers had to get an early start.
"It gets crowded really quick. It picked up at 6 a.m.," Cortez Gross, 41, who got to North Beach around 5 a.m., told the Chicago Tribune as he and his family watched the planes. "But we were up all night waiting for this. If we went to sleep, we probably wouldn't have got here at that time."
While many spectators flocked to the lakeshore, other Chicagoans and visitors capitalized on viewing parties and events, like one hosted at the Signature Room on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center, where about 50 people got an eye-level view of the show for $130 apiece, CBS Chicago reports.
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