3 of the Best Chicago Helicopter Tours

by Bridgette Redman  |  Published July 5, 2023

Soar above the city of Chicago on exhilarating helicopter rides that grant you unparalleled vistas of Lake Michigan’s shimmering expanse and the iconic cityscape.

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Discover the Windy City in new ways as we introduce three of the best helicopter experiences that offer an unparalleled perspective of Chicago’s vibrant landscape. The aerial journey above the city’s renowned landmarks shows off skyscrapers and picturesque Lake Michigan from a whole new vantage point. From flyovers of Navy Pier and Millennium Park to sweeping views of the architecture lining the Chicago River, these helicopter rides promise an unforgettable experience. Join us as we uncover the magic of these top-rated tours that will take you high above the bustling streets of Chicago.

Downtown Chicago Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

In this 15-minute tour, you’ll wear headphones as your pilot helps you discover Chicago from the seat of a Bell 206, turbine-engine helicopter. The spacious helicopter that prioritizes safety and comfort flies above such sights as the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, Shedd Aquarium and Solider’s Field. From central Chicago, the helicopter experience takes you on a flight north over the Chicago River, past downtown, looping over Wrigley Field and then flying south along the Chicago beaches on Lake Michigan and Navy Pier. From $239.

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Private Helicopter Flight

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If you are looking for something longer and more personal, Heli Chicago provides the sort of helicopter experience that people put on their bucket lists. The MD500 helicopter takes you and up to two other guests on a helicopter ride over Chicago. Taking off from the Schaumburg Regional Airport, tour highlights include the Willis Tower, the John Hancock Building, Navy Pier, McCormick Place, Buckingham Fountain, Museum Campus and Wrigley Field. The pilot provides live commentary through noise-canceling headphones. During the summer, you can opt to have the doors off during the flight for an extra rush. Past customers highly recommend the night-time tours. From $795.

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10-Minute Tour 12 Miles Up

This helicopter experience offers a ride for up to three people (infants can be held in a lap) as the craft flies above the city of Chicago for a 10-minute tour. Starting at Vertiport Chicago, you’ll spend three minutes over downtown and the Loop, three minutes over Museum campus (which includes Soldier Field, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and The Field Museum) and then four minutes over Navy Pier with its iconic Ferris wheel.¬†Tours are offered 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday.¬†From $375.

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