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Helicopter tour in Chicago – price, 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: 905 W Irving Park Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193, USA. Get Directions.

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. 

Duration of Tour: 45 minutes

Timings: 9 am to 6 am

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

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Restrictions strictly followed

Weight limits apply for safe and comfortable Chicago heli tour.

No passenger must exceed 260 lbs/ 118 kgs.

Infants and children are allowed onboard, but infants must sit on the caregiver’s lap throughout the flight.

A valid photo ID is required.

No pets are allowed onboard except service animals.

Gratuities are not included in the ticket price.

Check-in at least 30 minutes early.

Flight times are approximate based on winds, weights, and conditions.

Seating arrangements may often be in the hands of the tour organizers for a safe and stable flight.

Accessibility to the tour

The tour is completely accessible to guests with disabilities.

The aircraft, transportation, and surfaces are completely wheelchair accessible, preventing any inconvenience for the guests.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before your tour date. 

If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, a 100% percent cancellation fee is applicable.

No changes are allowed within 24 hours of the experience’s start time.

Helicopter tours require good weather. 

If the tour is canceled due to poor weather or non-fulfillment of the minimum number of passengers, you may be offered a different date or a full refund.

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