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Helicopter tours in Chicago – prices, duration, what to expect

Chicago is world-famous for its unique architectural styles. So much so, the skyscrapers and buildings of Chicago have helped shape American architecture.

Legendary architects from different periods have contributed to building the iconic skyline of the Windy City.

There are many ways to explore the city’s skyline – you can book an architecture tour of Chicago, go up on Skydeck Chicago’s observation deck, or look down from 360 Chicago in the John Hancock Building.

However, if you really want to enjoy the aerial views and fascinating skyline of the Windy City, it is best to book a helicopter tour of Chicago. 

In this article, we share everything you must know before booking your Chicago helicopter tour.

45-Minute Chicago Skyline Helicopter Tour

Take in sweeping views of Chicago from the air during a scenic helicopter flight that offers a premier experience of the Windy City. 

During this 45-minute flight, you will see landmarks such as United Center, Soldier Field, Willis Tower, Grant Park, Navy Pier, John Hancock Center, Millennium Park, Wrigley Field, etc. 

Helicopter flies over Downtown Chicago
Helicopter flies over Downtown Chicago. Lisa-Blue / Getty Images

This private heli tour is ideal for families with kids, elders, and young couples trying to make it a romantic day out. 

Since this is a private tour, only your group will be on tour with you.

This helicopter tour accommodates up to three people and includes noise-canceling headsets so that passengers can hear the pilot. 

Tour departure

You must be at the passenger waiting area downstairs at the Schaumburg Regional Airport. Address is: 905 W Irving Park Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193, USA. 

Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled take-off time.

After your sightseeing trip is over, you will land at the same place from where you took off. 

Heli tour inclusions

  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Live commentary on board
  • Noise-canceling headsets for all passengers
  • Free Parking for travelers who drove to the airport
  • Free photos of and in front of the helicopter. 

Cancellation policy

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

Helicopter tours over Chicago require good weather. If it is canceled due to poor weather, you will be offered a different date or a full refund.

Duration of Tour: 45 minutes

Cost of Tour: $849 per group (up to 3)


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Learn to Fly a Helicopter in Chicago

Helicopter pilot with Chicago skyline
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If you have ever wondered what it is like to fly a helicopter, Heli Chicago, a tour operator in Windy City, offers a chance. 

Yes, that’s right – you get to board a helicopter and take over the controls!

A certified expert instructor will be sitting beside you even as you learn to fly the rotor-wing aircraft. 

This helicopter adventure in Chicago is a fantastic opportunity for aviation enthusiasts and doubles up as a tremendous gift. 

On this tour cum learning experience, the chopper takes two people – the instructor and one passenger. 

Duration of Tour: 30 minutes

Cost of Experience: $295 per person