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Chicago City Sights Helicopter Tour

Chicago, United States
  • 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

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Soar above the incredible skyline of Chicago during this 15-minute helicopter flight above the Windy City. Climb aboard your high-tech helicopter for a ride like no other, admiring views of Lake Michigan plus iconic city sights like Millennium Park, Lincoln Park, Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium and the Willis Tower. Along the way you'll hear informative details about the various landmarks from your pilot, who will provide commentary during the flight. Tour route is subject to change.
  • 15-minute helicopter tour of Chicago
  • Soar over the Windy City aboard a state-of-the-art helicopter
  • See top Chicago attractions like United Center, Wrigley Field, John Hancock Tower and Millennium Park
  • Delight in the coastal views of Lake Michigan, Lincoln Park and the Navy Pier
  • Enjoy expert commentary from your pilot, who’ll answer any questions you have

What's Included

  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Free parking
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 5923 S Central Ave
    5923 S Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60638, USA

    Located at Signature Flight Support

Start time

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Get a bird's eye view of Chicago and its amazing architectural heritage during this 15-minute helicopter flight covering some the city's most famous landmarks. The amazing skyscrapers and beautiful parks of the Windy City, set along the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, offer the perfect setting for this sky-high sightseeing excursion.

Start your helicopter ride at Chicago Vertiport at a time of your choice. Rides leave from the airport on the hour starting at 9am and running through 4pm every day. Buckle up and take off for an incredible ride past some of the most famous sights in Chicagoland. Skim the coast of Lake Michigan, passing Navy Pier and nearby Lincoln Park. Soon a number of Chicago's iconic skyscrapers, including the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), John Hancock Building and Trump Tower, will come into view. 

You'll also be able to catch a glimpse of famous Chicago sporting venues including the United Center (home of the Bulls and Blackhawks), Soldier Field (home of the Bears), plus see the sprawling Grant Park and the nearby Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum. Along the edge of Grant Park you'll also spot the cutting-edge architecture of Millennium Park, designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry, a site that is best-appreciated from above.

If you have any questions along the way, feel free to make use of your two-way headset, which the pilot will use to answer any questions about the sights you'll view along the way. The helicopter is also fully-heated, meaning you can enjoy this amazing aerial flight during any time of year. Finish your ride by landing back at Chicago Vertiport 15 minutes later.  Tour route is subject to change.

Lake Michigan (Pass By)

Meet at the Vertiport Chicago and board a state-of-the-art helicopter to begin your helicopter tour. Admire wonderful views of Lake Michigan.

Navy Pier (Pass By)

See Navy Pier stretching across the water.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wear comfortable clothes; sunglasses and/or hat recommended
  • All passengers must weigh less than 300 lbs (136kg); this is a limitation from the aircraft manufacturer
  • All passengers must be big enough to occupy a seat (typically age 5)
  • Not appropriate for infants and no lap-held children are allowed
  • Maximum of 3 passengers
  • Minimum of 2 passengers
  • All passengers including children must have ID/passport or you may be denied your flight
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 3 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Expérience inoubliable. Service...
Mbc, Jun 2016
Expérience inoubliable. Service de qualité.
Great tour. Pilot was fantastic and...
Alan T, Jul 2017
Great tour. Pilot was fantastic and the views were amazing. Kids loved it - especially some of the tight turns !!
Weather started as uncooperative. The...
N Robert A, Aug 2014
Weather started as uncooperative. The pilot, Ryan, allowed the flexibility to wait for more of the fog to burn off. His knowledge of the city and its architectural history was amazing. The views from above the fog were amazing This excursion is highly recommended. The ride, take off and landing were so smooth that the though of being suspended in air never entered my mind.
1st day was overcast sky, but the...
Saugata B, Aug 2016
1st day was overcast sky, but the customer service was excellent and so understanding. They asked us to come back any day any time during our trip and they would accommodate us. The staff was really friendly and the place was beautiful, really well managed and run. This is one of the largest helipads in the country - right in the heart of Chicago! Our next day we got into the helicopter right away. Our pilot, Eric was awesome! He is a caring person, our kids loved him! The ride in itself is totally worth it - magnificent views over Chicago, Lake Mich, the Chicago river, all over downtown, the towers, Soldier Park - just was for 15 mins but when you are up there and cruising it seems like a long ride. Happy landings in the end : After the ride we went into the garage, saw the operations, took thing we did in Chi town. Kudos to the team there...highly recommend!
How fun and unusual, to fly OVER the...
Lynn W, Aug 2016
How fun and unusual, to fly OVER the city you are visiting. Even if you are from Chicago, as I am, it was great to take my Godson up and give him an experience he'll always remember. From the date of booking until the departure the team was helpful, organized and exuded confidence. Our pilot very personable and professional. I recommend this to most anyone who wants to 'do' the unusual.
Fantastic female pilot amazing would...
denise131060, Aug 2016
Fantastic female pilot amazing would highly recommend
great time
paynethomasw, Oct 2019
we had a great time on our ride. it was my third time using this company and everytime they have been great
The pilot was very accomodating...
Chris M, Mar 2013
The pilot was very accomodating, knowledgable, and fun. The views were outstanding. This tour is definitely a "Must Do". I would even look into doing it again on a return trip to Chicago.
alles bestens geklappt, soghar das mit...
Michael C, Oct 2016
alles bestens geklappt, soghar das mit dem Wetter !! : Top Team, top Loacation!!! Gerne wieder! Vielen Dank!
This was just an amazing experience...
Charlotte, Jun 2015
This was just an amazing experience which I'll remember for the rest of my life.Ryan the pilot flew us over the city of Chicago and pointed out all the great iconic sights.The Aerial view of Chicago is just breathtaking,highly recommended tour!Thanks Ryan.
Alles super! Toller, pünktlicher...
Kristina S, Sep 2016
Alles super! Toller, pünktlicher Rundflug mit Erklärungen durch den netten Piloten.
Just amazing!!!! Was very...
Tracey T, Oct 2013
Just amazing!!!! Was very informative brilliant way to see more of the city would go again next time I vist and try a night tour a must to do in Chicago,
it's a pleasure to give this tour my...
asyathao, May 2016
it's a pleasure to give this tour my greatest recommendation when in the windy city. It definitely is a beautiful view like no other.
One of the best things I have ever...
professorb, Aug 2014
One of the best things I have ever done. Ryan our pilot answered all our questions, was very friendly. I am now looking forward to an evening tour on my next trip. Highly recommend getting to know Chicago from the air.
It was GREAT. We got engaged in...
David P, Jun 2013
It was GREAT. We got engaged in mid air above Grant Park.
We only had a couple of days in Chicago...
Nina P, Apr 2017
We only had a couple of days in Chicago and the helicopter flight was a gift from our children for their father's 70th birthday. The helipad is fairly new, located downtown in the medical area, but our cab driver found it OK. Lovely reception area. Ryan our pilot was a lovely, friendly man and put us at our ease despite the helicopter being the smallest we'd ever seen!. It was an amazing experience flying around all the main areas of the city with Ryan pointing out places of interest and giving some background to many of them. Even though the day was overcast it didn't spoil the trip. The view from on high complemented the view from the lower level via a hop-on-hop-off bus trip. Would highly recommend the experience.
There are no combination of words that...
Terrance M, Jun 2015
There are no combination of words that I can find, to effectively describe how unbelievable this experience was. Once you do it, you'll understand what I mean.
This was the best of all the tours we...
John Stuart D, Mar 2015
This was the best of all the tours we took. All the better for being in the winter as the snow and the ice on the lake really helped define everything. We would do this again at other locations.
The tour was absolutely incredible...
amanda m, Nov 2016
The tour was absolutely incredible. Fernanda was insightful and kept us at ease during our flight. Something I will never forget!
My son was well impressed with this...
Mrs Christine P, Aug 2014
My son was well impressed with this tour overt the city and the knowledge of the pilot, Ryan. He was a really nice approachable guy.


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