Frequently Asked Questions!
Food & Beverages
Is there food available?
Yes. A wide variety of food and drinks are available on the grounds and provided by participating food and beverage vendors.
Where are the food vendors?
Food is located east of the announcer stand in the main parking lot.
Are alcoholic beverages allowed?
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited and cannot be brought on or to airport grounds. No alcohol will be served at the airshow.
Parking & Admission
What time does the show start and end?
The gates open at 9:30 a.m., the show starts at 12:00 noon and runs until 3:00 p.m.; the gates close at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10.
Where is general admission parking located?
There are two entrances to the airshow parking areas. Enter from the North and East at Lewis Avenue & Beach Road, or from the South and West at Yorkhouse Road & McAree Road. Click here for directions.
Is there handicap parking?
Yes. Please display your state authorized handicap placard while approaching the airport for access to the handicap parking area. Access the airport from the South Entrance, off Yorkhouse Road, then turn north onto McAree Road. Signage and security personnel will direct you to the designated parking area.
Is there motorcycle parking available?
Yes. Motorcycles should access the airport from the south entrance off Yorkhouse Road, then turn north onto McAree Road. Signage and security personnel will direct you to the designated parking area.
Is there a charge for parking?
No, parking is 100% free. We want to get the cars moved in and parked as efficiently as possible.
Is traffic and parking going to be a problem?
It always is at a large event such as this. Avoid the intersection of Greenbay Road and Yorkhouse Road. Two entrances: Best to enter off of Lewis Avenue at Beach Road. We are expecting attendance to be 10,000+ so please car pool and arrive early. The gates open at 9:30 a.m. so come early.
Can we sit in our cars in the parking lot and watch the show?
No. All spectators MUST go through show admissions. Once you have gone through admissions you can go back to your car. Remember to display your wrist band. Tailgating is prohibited.
Can I leave the grounds and be re-admitted from the parking area?
YES! Ask for a GENERAL ADMISSION wrist band from a Gate Agent as you leave the airshow. It will be required for readmission
Are there any certain times I cannot leave Airshow?
No, gates open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. - you may plan to arrive and leave at any time during that time frame. Due to the high volume of traffic and logistics of the traffic flow we do not recommend that you plan to leave the grounds and re-enter unless necessary.
What if I leave during performances?
Vehicles leaving during performances may be redirected through a different exit. We may still have vehicles entering while you are trying to leave. We do not have provisions for two way traffic in most cases. If you want to go back to your car in off site parking you may.
Seating & General Info
Will there be a general public seating area?
Yes. A large general area seating area on the flight line with a clear view is available. However space is limited, so we encourage you to arrive early.
Does the public seating area provide chairs?
No. Chairs are not provided, you are encouraged to bring your own chairs and blankets. The general admission public seating area is both a grassy and a hard surface area.
Where can we sit for the show?
You can sit on the Airshow ramp; also in the parking lot and grassy areas. Volunteers will be available if you have any questions about seating.
Can I sit on the airport ramp?
Yes. In unrestricted areas only. The FAA and the Airport Authority have strict guidelines and regulations we ALL must follow.
Where are the bathrooms?
Portable toilets are available in the main parking lot.
Can we bring dogs? Bicycles?
No pets or bicycles are allowed.
What else is not allowed?
Firearms, skateboards, in-line skates, roller skates. footballs, baseballs, frisbees, or anything that can be thrown. No kites or coolers.
Can we wander out by the parked planes?
Yes, before the Airshow you can view the planes closest to the runway (behind the announcer's stand). You can view the planes located in front of the Signature Aviation sign at any time.
Where can we smoke?
There is smoking in the parking lot by the food concessions. There is no smoking in the ramp area.
Where is there a first aid station?
First Aid is located A-Bay, the hangar with a large "A" on it, at Signature Aviation.
Where do we sign up for Young Eagles free airplane rides for children?
The Young Eagles table is located at airshow exhibit area. Rides will NOT be held the day of the airshow.
Where are the helicopter rides this year?
Flights will be conducted before 12 noon and after 4PM. Since there is construction in the ramp area, we will determine location of the rides as we get closer to Airshow Day; however there is always a chance that we may not be able to pull this off. Please check this website for up-to-date information.
Where are the exhibitors?
Exhibitors are located in A Bay, the hangar with a large "A" on it, at Signature Aviation.
Is there an ATM available?
Yes. There will be plenty of ATMs available at the gate.
Can I purchase tickets in advance of the airshow?
General admission tickets will be available at the main gate located on the East and South entrances the day of each show.
Military personnel in uniform, Active Duty Military ID and children 12 and under are free, Adults are $15 each - Cash Only. ATM’s will be at both gates. Parking is free.
What if it rains during the airshow?
No refunds due to weather. Static display and vendors will be open.
Other Ticket Questions?
Call us at (847) 244-0055 or click here to fill out our contact form.
Please check out our Helpful Hints for additional information to make this the best airshow experience.
The Northern Illinois Airshow mission is to share the aviation experience with people of all ages by showcasing premier aviation exhibits of history, restoration, preservation, education, and to inspire the passion of flight with all ages.
Our Vision is to motivate more people to become involved in aviation – especially our youth – in order to secure the future of flight as it relates to transportation, recreation, exploration, and the pursuit of individual dreams.