One parachutist crash-landed near a condo high-rise at Schiller Street and Lake Shore Drive, and another parachutist crash-landed near the North Avenue Beach Boathouse Saturday morning during the Chicago Air & Water Show.
The parachutist that crash-landed on Schiller Street near 1400 Lake Shore Drive is a member of the U.S. Army Golden Knights. He was able to deploy a reserve parachute, but hit a high-rise building before reaching the ground.
The parachutist that crash-landed near the North Avenue Beach Boathouse is a member of the U.S. Navy Leap Frog team. He is reported to have crash-landed in front of the boat house at North Avenue Beach.
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Both parachutists were transported by 11:00 a.m. to Level I Trauma Center Northwestern Memorial Hospital where they were initially described in serious-to-critical condition late Saturday morning. Later in the afternoon the Navy Leap Frog parachutist was described as
Parachutes that were involved in the incident were turned over as evidence to Chicago Police Department. Friday afternoon during practice, a parachutist cut loose the main parachute and landed safely using reserved parachute. The main parachute landed separately at an unknown location.
The 57th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, presented by Shell and the City of Chicago, will return August 15 and 16 along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as show center from 10am-3pm daily. Strong in tradition and one of the largest free admission events of its kind, the show headliners include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights.