08/17/2012 03:33 pm ET

Chicago Air And Water Show 2012 Schedule, Highlights (VIDEO)

Wondering what all that (overhead) buzz is about? Chicago residents have likely heard aircraft prepping this week for the weekend's annual Air and Water show, now in its 54th year.

The show kicks off with the national anthem at 10 a.m. Saturday on North Avenue Beach and runs until 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. again Sunday. Huge crowds are expected with an anticipated attendance of over 2 million, so spectators will likely be scattered across the shoreline, with many sneaking a peek at practice exercises Friday as well.

This year, the show will include a special celebration of the War of 1812 Navy Bicentennial, including a performance by the Blue Angels.

The show will once again be presided over by Herb Hunter, a pilot and veteran announcer of airshows across the Midwest.

Play-by-play coverage of the show will air on WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and the events will be live-streamed on CBS Chicago's website. Follow @WBBMNewsradio on Twitter for up-to-the-minute commentary and photos.

Want to get closer to the action while also grabbing a bite to eat? Eater Chicago has a helpful guide.

Get ready for all the excitement with footage from some of the event's most impressive recent moments:



Chicago Air & Water Show - Through The Years