At Great American Days we're in the business of making dreams come true with our selection of exciting Chicago experience gifts. Chicago is home to an amazing selection of experiences just waiting to be discovered and we have them right here in one incredible online store! Whether it's a birthday gift to remember or a holiday gift with a twist, you'll love our unforgettable and exciting adventure gifts. Chicago experiences include exotic car racing, balloon flights, trapeze classes and much, much more. Check out a sample of our Chicago experience gifts below. You can also see our full list of offerings on our experience gifts in Chicago page.
Chicago's filmmaking history is almost as old as movies themselves and this is your chance to discover the city of Chicago from the director’s chair.
The first motion picture camera was manufactured in around 1895, and by 1897 William Selig, a former magician, was producing and showing films in Chicago. Today the city’s film-making heritage goes from strength to strength, immortalized in blockbusters including the Dark Night, Road to Perdition and more.
On this inspirational 2 hour tour, you’ll hop on board the movie bus to go behind the scenes for all of Chicago’s classic movies including the Blues Brothers, Ferris Bueller’s Day off, The Sting, North by Northwest on more. You’ll visit more than 30 sites from Chinatown to Uptown, Lakeview to Downtown as you discover the unique locations were more than 80 movies were shot. Ride in comfort and style on board a luxury bus as movie scenes literally come to life around you.
Whether you’re a movie buff or just curious to view Chicago from a whole new perspective, you’ll gain a whole new insight into the Windy City’s incredible and diverse film making heritage.
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!
Discover the unbridled thrill of the flying trapeze with an introductory session, showcasing the skills needed to fly through the air, just like real circus acrobats.
You'll learn the techniques needed to get your legs on the bar and actually swing through the air as you perform training exercises used by real circus entertainers. Following an introduction on the ground and a demonstration in the air by an instructor, it's time for the fun to begin! Once you're ready, you will work with your instructor to achieve real acrobatic maneuvers including take off, basic knee hang, splits, planche and whip. You'll also begin learning the basics of building your swing for higher tricks.
In a relaxing environment, with the focus on fun and enjoyment, you'll be amazed at how you gain in confidence with every swing. Finish the lesson on the ultimate natural high with the knowledge to carry out a variety of basic trapeze techniques.
If you feel the need for speed then nothing can compare to driving a highly tuned, race ready Indy car on a super slick race track as used by the legends of IZOD. Touching speeds of up to 180 mph, have you got what it takes to power this mean machine around the fast and furious Chicagoland Speedway?
Buckle up behind a seasoned highly skilled professional racing driver and prepare yourself for the ultimate high powered, high speed, Indy ride along driving experience. This is as close as you'll ever get to the thrill of the Indy Series as the highly tuned dream machine attacks the fabled Chicagoland Speedway with speeds of up to 180 mph! This is the fastest ride along on the planet and one guaranteed to please the biggest speed demon in your life. Indy car racing experiences do not get any better than this!
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!
Get ready to unleash a race primed stock car on the infamous Chicagoland Speedway and discover the world through the eyes of the champion driver. Picture the moment as you're sat on the start line, your mouth dry and your adrenaline levels rising. All you can hear is the throaty roar as 500 plus horse power strains at the leash. Then in a flash, your foot is pressed firmly down on the gas pedal and you launch that baby into high octane heaven!
Choose from a range of packages that NASCAR fans will go wild for!
See Chicago from a whole new perspective on a buffet lunch cruise that mixes great food, panoramic views and outstanding live entertainment.
It’s time set sail on the Spirit of Chicago, the city’s number one party ship for a lunchtime dining adventure to remember. Feast on stunning waterfront views and an excellent three-course buffet, freshly prepared on board. Enjoy live music performances from your talented crew before the DJ takes the floor and the dancing begins. Dance ‘til you dock to all the favorites or maybe relax up on deck as you soak up sensational waterfront views in style.
Get ready for the wettest, wildest most thrilling speed boat ride of your lives as the awesome super fast Seadog takes you on a fantastic tour of lakeside Chicago. The Seadog is the fastest passenger vessel on the Great Lakes so you know you're in for one heck of a ride!
The backdrop is the fabulous city and the back beat is hardcore rock and roll music as your captain keeps you even more entertained with little gems about this amazing city.
Expect high speeds, tight turns, and 360 degree spins as this super speed boat powers across the lake. This is the white knuckle speed boat experience to beat all others and is the only way to see the city of Chicago!