The only way to literally see the entire city of Chicago is by helicopter. You can get a good idea of what the city looks like from above, and it’s a super fun, once-in-a-lifetime kind of adventure. I went with Chicago Helicopter Experience, and I would do it again in a heartbeat! I swear, I had the best possible view of the city of Chicago. Here’s what you can expect when you take the tour.
You can book your tickets online, or buy them in the city. I got mine in Millennium Park for $115. I took the Twilight Tour, which is $178 online, so I definitely recommend searching for good deals. Look around before you buy.
There are five tours available. The least expensive is the daylight tour. The twilight tour is the one I took, and I wouldn’t have changed it if I could. It was amazing to see the city at sunset. The night tour is another option, so you can see Chicago all lit up. If you want to get really fancy, take a private tour. There is also a fireworks tour available at certain times of the year.
If you have the budget, this could also be a really cool way to get back to the airport. You could skip the taxi ride in traffic and get your tour and transportation all in one.
When You Arrive
The Chicago Helicopter Experience heliport is located at 2420 S. Halsted Road in downtown Chicago. It’s a couple miles from The Loop and you can park right in front of heliport, if you’re driving yourself.
You must arrive at least 30 minutes before your flight; this is strictly required. Once you get all checked it, you can explore the little museum in the building. It’s a pretty cool way to pass the few minutes before your flight. Right before you take off, you’ll get a group photo in front of the plane, which you can buy afterwards. You’ll also get some pre-flight briefing before you take off.
I can hardly describe what it’s like to be flying high above the Chicago skyline. It was absolutely amazing, especially with the sunset. The flight is about 15 minutes, which was plenty of time to see everything. The pilot was so friendly to us, and he gave us a really interesting commentary on the city and all the places we were flying over. He knew so much about the city, and now I know more than I ever thought I would! Chicago is a beautiful city, and it has a great skyline. There really isn’t a better way to see it, either. It didn’t hurt that I got to wear a sweet headset, too, and feel like a real pilot or something. The whole thing is pretty legit.
I highly recommend taking this tour. It might be a little more pricy than a lot of things you can do in Chicago, but then those things don’t involve flying in a helicopter! It’s a hundred percent worth it.