2 parachute jumpers seriously injured during Chicago Air and Water Show

Saturday, August 15, 2015
Police on Schiller Street near the 1400-block of Lake Shore Drive Saturday.

CHICAGO -- Two military parachute jumpers were seriously injured during their performances at the Chicago Air and Water Show, police said.

One jumper landed on the beach and the other landed in 1400-block of N. Lake Shore Drive and Schiller Street around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. Both were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious to critical condition.

No other details have been released.


Crowds gathered along Chicago's lakefront to claim their spots early Saturday morning.

Michelle Carter, from Aurora, says she's been coming to the show with her family for 25 years.

"It is something my husband enjoys and we wanted to pass it on to the kids and they just love it," she said. "They love being out here on the beach and playing in the water, seeing the planes. We're just a military family, so that's why we do it year after year."

The show, now in its 57th year, draws veterans and rookies alike.

"I want to see some great stunts by the Blue Angels, I can't wait to see what's going to happen on the water - as far as I can remember, this is my first one," said Cody Buchanan, an attendee.

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