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Chicago Experiences in the Air

Chicago Experiences in the Air

Check out our selection of Chicago experience gifts and give someone you love the ultimate natural high. Great American Days experience gifts include flying lessons, hot air balloon flights, fighter pilot adventures and much, much more. Whether it's a birthday gift with a difference or Father's Day gift with a twist, our chicago experiences showcase the city from a whole new perspective and guarantee memories to last a lifetime. Give a gift they'll remember forever with the ultimate aerial adventure over Chicago.

Tandem Hang Glide, Chicago

From $239

LOCATION: Chicago, IL

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Chicago's ultimate hang gliding experience

Find out why everyone’s getting into hang gliding on an incredible aerial voyage of discovery over the Chicago skies.


Carve the breeze and thermals, securely attached to your instructor, as you experience the unbridled joy of hang gliding at heights up to 2,500 feet. Unlike airplane flying, there’s no cockpit to separate you from the wide open skies and no noisy engine to interrupt the tranquility which is why hang gliding has been described as one of the purest forms of flight.


You’ll begin your adventure with your feet firmly on the ground as you receive an expert briefing from your instructor. Next up, it’s time to reach for the skies as you are towed to altitude in a light aircraft. Once in the air, you'll be shown the basics of how to turn, slow down and accelerate, and will even be able to take the controls yourself!


Showcasing amazing views of the Chicago skyline and lakes, this tandem hang gliding discovery flight provides memories to last a lifetime. Whether it’s the springboard to a new pastime or just an excuse to see the world through a unique bird’s eye view, this unforgettable Chicago dream flight is for you!

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Tandem Skydive, Chicago

From $219

LOCATION: Rochelle, IL

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The ultimate skydiving experience.

If you think you have what it takes or indeed the desire to jump out of a perfectly good airplane - then go for it! This is your once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the ultimate thrill seekers adrenaline rush of a tandem skydive at the site of the highest tandem skydiving experience!

You'll be strapped to your instructor and taking a leap of faith from an incredible 14,000 feet above the ground! Experience freedom and exhilaration as you free-fall for up to a minute before pulling the rip cord and floating gently to the ground! Take the time to gather your senses and enjoy the absolutely incredible views below, before landing and reflecting on the most extreme adventure you could ever imagine!

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Fly a Plane, Chicago

From $169

LOCATION: Wheeling, IL

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Live your dream of flying a plane

Feel the adrenaline rush as you take the controls of a light plane and soar across the sky.  

Experience the joys of flying a light aircraft with one of Chicago's leading flight schools as you enjoy an outstanding 90 minute extended flying lesson that puts you in control. You'll be guided every step of the way by an experienced and knowledgeable FAA certified instructor, who will show you everything from pre-flight checks to the effects of control.

In this extended flying lesson, you'll be totally immersed in the world of flying as you are asked to do everything a real pilot does. From the pre-flight taxi down the runway to take off, in flight maneuvers to speaking with the control tower, you'll be living the pilot's dream.

This is the ideal way to introduce yourself to flying. But be warned, it's 100 percent addictive!

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Private Balloon Flight, Chicago

From $880

LOCATION: Crystal Lake, IL

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Enjoy lake views and see the Windy City as never before

Nothing could be more romantic than whisking your loved one away for a private hot air balloon flight. Float gently through the clouds and enjoy a stunning airborne voyage of discovery that's the perfect way to celebrate an anniversary, special occasion or maybe even a proposal!

Taking off from the lovely town of Crystal Lakes near Chicago, you have a choice of launching at either dawn or dusk. Float with the breeze and enjoy the sensation of total tranquility as you gaze over the magnificent expanse of Lake Michigan, or further inland over the smaller lakes, dotted like diamonds below. Beneath you the surrounding countryside is ever changing with the seasons, but one thing is for sure - the views are always spectacular.

Finish your adventure on the ultimate natural high and take home memories to last a lifetime.

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