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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




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!

  • Unforgettable 15-20 minute tandem hang gliding flight
  • Enjoy incredible views of Chicago
  • Reach heights of up to 2,500 feet
  • No experience necessary
  • Fly securely harnessed to a certified hang-gliding instructor

A light sport airplane will tow you to an altitude of up to 2500 feet. Once you're released from the plane, you'll be amazed at how quiet and peaceful hang gliding can be. Your instructor will show you how to fly the glider, teaching you the basics of how to turn, slow down and accelerate.  There is no age restriction, but you must be at least 3.5' tall and weigh no more than 240 lbs to enjoy a tandem hang glide flight.

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Tandem Skydive, Chicago


LOCATION: Rochelle, IL


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!

  • Expert and fully experienced instructors
  • Jump from 14,000 feet
  • Comprehensive pre-jump training
  • All equipment is provided
  • Jumpers MUST be 18 years or older
  • Strictly NO alcohol prior to jump
  • Weight limit is 240 pounds

Take the ultimate leap of faith at the site of the highest tandem skydive. You'll receive detailed pre-jump training from some of the best instructors in the business. Free-fall for up to 60 seconds and have memories that will most definitely last a lifetime!

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Fly a Plane, Chicago


LOCATION: Wheeling, IL


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!

  • Chicago’s number one flight school
  • 90 minutes flight time
  • Total immersion in the flying experience
  • State of the art flight school facilities
  • One to one training with an FAA certified instructor

This unforgettable introduction to flying allows you to experience the thrill of piloting a plane while enjoying some of the best views the city has to offer with these Chicago flight lessons. Illinois residents and guests can purchase these extended 90 minute flying lessons and then send a gift pack or e-mail with directions on booking a flight date. You will feel welcomed as soon as you arrive at the Chicago facility to start your plane flying lessons. Illinois residents and guests will not feel disappointed as they chart Chicago's skies. You’ll be fully in control as you are challenged by your instructor to carry out all the pre and post flight checks as well as piloting the actual plane.

You should be aged 12 or over (under 18’s need parental/guardian consent) and taller than 4’10". The prices listed are for the Cessna C-150 Commuter.

If you would like upgrade to the larger, more comfortable Cessna 172, please call our Customer Service and $50 can be added for the flight voucher. The upgrade is required if the student is over 6 feet tall or 200 pounds.

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Private Balloon Flight, Chicago


LOCATION: Crystal Lake, IL


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.

  • Private flight for two
  • Fantastic views over Lake Michigan
  • Choice of sunset or sunrise flights
  • Only four passengers per balloon for more personal flight
  • All pilots are FAA certified instructors

See the Chicago skyline as never before and enjoy stunning views of Lake Michigan. Participants must be aged 7 or over and weigh less than 270lb.

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