Chicago Helicopter Experience in Chicago, IL

Chicago Helicopter Experience2420 S. Halsted St.Chicago , IL 60608
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Climb aboard a state-of-the-art helicopter and get ready to see the Windy City from an entirely new perspective. Soar high above the city in a daytime, evening, or twilight tour for remarkable views of the Chicago cityscape. Watch the city shine below while you learn about city landmarks, history, notable events, and more.

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This was the most awesome perspective of Chicago. Not only was Neil an awesome pilot, he shared some great history of Chicago. Everything about this experience was great!


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Chicago Helicopter Experience provides you the most spectacular, panoramic views of the world’s best skyline from the optimal vantage point. Your journey begins at our downtown just minutes from the “Loop.” You’ll check in at our guest center where you can learn fun facts about the city and its history. Once aloft, you'll glide through the air in one of our luxurious, state-of-the-art aircraft. Our experienced pilots are well versed in the lore of the city, which they’ll share throughout your 24-mile journey. You’ll marvel at breathtaking vistas of the skyline, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, Willis (Sears) Tower, John Hancock Center, Wrigley Field and so much more. Bring your camera for the optimal photo ops or get our GoPro to record your exhilarating adventure. Once you land, don’t forget to pick up the photo of you and your helicopter as a souvenir of your amazing event.

Day Tour:
This once-in-a-lifetime experience takes you on an epic journey through Chicago’s amazing cityscape and rich history. You’ll depart from our downtown heliport, just minutes from the “Loop.” Before your flight, enjoy fun facts on the history of Chicago and “pilot an aircraft” from the interactive flight simulator in our 6,000 square-foot guest center.

Then, take off! Aboard one of our state-of-the-art helicopters, you’ll experience unparalleled views of the world’s best skyline from the optimal vantage point in the sky. Capture one-of-a-kind photos from a unique perspective among Chicago's soaring skyscrapers and spectacular lakefront.

Day tours showcase the most popular city sites including Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, Wrigley Field--home of the Chicago Cubs--and many more. As you glide across the city your pilot will share facts and folklore that bring Chicago to life.

Product Terms and Conditions:
When purchasing this product it is important to remember that all members of your party must meet all of the following conditions in order to be flown at the allotted flight time.

1) Guests are required to check in 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.
2) Subject to weather conditions: If canceled due to weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
3) All passengers over 18 years of age must have a valid photo ID. At least one passenger 18 years or older must be on the tour.
4) Recommended for ages 3 years and above.
5) Weight limit maximum of 250 lbs (113 kg) per passenger.
6) Helicopters are climate controlled for comfort.
7) All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.
8) Large bags, scarves, hats, and selfie sticks are not allowed in the helicopters. Free lockers are available at the heliport for storage purposes.

Failure to comply with any of these requirements will result in service being denied and your card being charged the full amount for the tour.

Please Note:
Once your purchase is complete, you must call to confirm your flight time.

Reserve Chicago Customer Reviews

Aquilino Galvan
1 Review
"It was a pretty cool experience"
June, 2017
Well the people there they treat you nice, they pretty friendly people. It was real cool experience if it's going to be the first time I will recommend you to try it.
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
"Ok not the best "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 03, 2019 NEW
Decided on helicopter trip because we have done quite a few and the experience is well worth the money . Normally a 30 min / 45 min tour based on what we’d done before . This tour is 15 min at best . Pilot was knowledgable and informed but just felt like sheep - led from one place to another . I’m basing this on past experience if helicopter tours - this has to be the shortest and the least informative . Other tours we have done are Grand Canyon - Monaco / Hawaii / San Fran . It’s ok this tour but that’s just what it is .
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Sarah R
"Amazing Experience with CHE!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 02, 2019 NEW
I had a wonderful experience with CHE! Upon arrival, the check-in process was easy and quick. The staff was friendly and very helpful. We had a short wait prior to our flight take off. The waiting room was very spacious with fun activities, including cornhole! I was quite nervous about the ride as I do not enjoy heights, but the staff made me feel really comfortable! We did the night tour with the Holiday Lights which was really cool to see. We had seen a glimpse of the Zoo lights on the plane ride in, but it was awesome to see them from a better angle and all lit up at night. Our pilot was knowledgeable and gave enjoyable commentary during the ride. Overall it was a really enjoyable experience and I would 100% do it again.
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"A must do in Chicago!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 02, 2019 NEW
Staff was nice and very helpful! Amazing views of the city. We did the night tour I would highly recommend it! They make sure you are comfortable and the pilot we had was very extremely knowledgeable. We all had a blast and would do it again in a heartbeat!
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Asmita S
"Awesome Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2018
Took the tour this weekend. The tour lasts for 15 mins and the view is breathtaking. Jose was our pilot and was fun to be with.
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"Amazing experience!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2018
Tonight went better than we could have imagined. All the staff was extremely nice and very helpful. Large waiting room with many activities. Did not have to wait too long, but the games kept us busy. Bethany was our tour guide and she was awesome! She was kind and made us feel comfortable. She did a little explaining along the way but also gave us our space to enjoy the time together and see the views. We did go on a Wednesday night so we were the only ones on our flight which was convenient. Our only complain was that we signed up for the “Holiday Lights Tour” -which mentioned it included seeing the Lincoln Park Zoo lights. Unfortunately, the zoo was not open so we did not get to see any of the holiday lights. Luckily, the city views were so incredible it was still worth our money, however, maybe they can coordinate with the zoo in the future! Overall great experience and I recommend trying.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chicago Helicopter Experience

When should I arrive for my tour?
You must arrive at the CHE Downtown Heliport no later than 30 minutes before your tour departure time. Guests who are late will not be accommodated.

How long is the helicopter tour?
The entire experience is approximately one hour long, with a 15-minute helicopter flight.

Where is the heliport located?

The heliport is in downtown Chicago located at 2420 S. Halsted St, Chicago IL 60608.

Can I bring a camera?
Absolutely. You’re about to capture some of the best views of Chicago! Pictures are able to be taken throughout the flight duration. For safety precautions, pictures are not permitted during loading operations.

Will other passengers be flying with me?
If you have booked a daytime, evening, or twilight tour, you are likely to have other passengers flying with you. The helicopter can carry up to six (6) passengers at a time.

What happens in the case of bad weather?
Helicopter tours cannot fly in thunderstorms, snowstorms, or low visibility. In the case of poor weather conditions that prevent us from flying, we will make every effort to contact you as early as possible.

What safety precautions are in place?
All guests are required to take part in a thorough safety briefing prior to boarding and flying. Guests are required to adhere to all rules on the heliport and within the helicopter. Inside the helicopter, guests are provided with headphones and seat belts, both of which must be worn.

Where does the aircraft take off and land?
Tours depart and land from the private, downtown heliport just minutes from the “Loop” located at 2420 S Halsted St, Chicago IL 60608.

Is there parking onsite at your location?
Plenty of FREE parking is available.

Is it cold/hot on the aircraft?
The luxurious helicopters are climate controlled.

Will the pilot be speaking to us about the landmarks we pass during the tour?
Yes, your pilot will narrate your tour. The pilots interact with you throughout the flight providing insight, history, and facts on Chicago’s buildings, landmarks, and historic events.

Can I pick my seat in the helicopter?
Seats are based on weight and balance, so individual seat selection is not allowed.

What can I do while I wait for my flight?
Enjoy a 6000 sq. ft. Customer Experience Center filled with fun facts about Chicago, helicopter history, a flight simulator, and other interactive games to add to your experience before your flight.