Decadence Over The City And On The Town

Chicago is an incredible city that has it all….cultural explorations, Michelin star restaurants with an exquisite gastronomic reputation and some of the finest hotels in the world.  And now America’s third largest metropolis has yet another luxe offering. It’s an all in one experience that you’ll never forget and doesn’t require you to be a millionaire, just a little saving up.

Vertiport Decadence Tour
The impressive fleet luxury/exotic vehicles available at DS Luxury located on site at Vertiport Chicago. Decadence package fleet options vary by group size and availability. Groups can choose to take separate vehicles if they want to be transported in the Lamborghini or Ferrari.

Introducing the Chicago Decadence Package – a posh way to celebrate a memorable life milestone, special event – or live large for no reason at all in one of the best cities in the world.  This decadent package provides a luxe experience over and on the town that melds together an exquisite combination of tastes, views and luxurious VIP white glove service for an unforgettable Chicago experience.

Your day or evening experience begins in the VIP tour lounge at Vertiport Chicago where you will enjoy a pre-flight glass of champagne. After some sips of bubbly, you and your party will walk the red carpet where you pause for a photo and step into luxury aircraft and enjoy a private helicopter tour (for up to 4 individuals, upgrade to a larger aircraft is available). Upon take off, you will feel as if you are gliding across the city with the magnificent skyscrapers and historical Chicago sites in full view on the city’s only Enstrom helicopter.  The Enstrom was designed to be the ultimate tour helicopter, with windows above, below and all around offering unobstructed views.

Following your private tour, you will be transported in one of DS Luxury’s exotic vehicles available onsite to Gibson’s Italia. Depending on your party size some of the fleet vehicle options include Ferarri 488 Spider, Lamborghini Huracán, Rolls-Royce Wraith, Rolls-Royce Ghost, Bentley Bentayga, Bentley Continental GT or Bentley Flying Spur. You will feel like royalty when you arrive curbside for dinner as your chauffeur opens your door to the onlookers gawking at your coveted lifestyle and wishing they were you.

Gibsons Italia Vertiport Chicago
Rooftop bar view at Gibson’s Italia on third floor

Gibson’s Italia is a lavish Italian restaurant that boasts 3 stunning levels of city views. Here, the chef-driven tastes of Italy are paired with the superiority of an exceptional steakhouse and an expansive wine list. You and your party will be treated to a decadent meal using $500 per diem per couple that comes with the package. *A tasting menu can be arranged on most days if scheduled in advance with the Vertiport Chicago VIP concierge team.

The views of the Chicago River against the sparkly skyscrapers on the retractable rooftop of Gibson’s Italia are second to none. It is a great place to enjoy a cocktail as you continue to savor the sights and the tastes of the city. At the end of your dining experience, upon your request, you will be transported to your next destination. The Chicago Decadence Package is truly an extravagant experience to be savored and remembered.

Learn more about Chicago Decadence Package or call Vertiport today at 877-902-9292, Ext.1. to book your tour. For easy online shopping, Gift Cards are also available online here.

*Tasting menus are not possible during prime time on Saturdays.

Celebrate Life With A Helicopter Tour Experience You Will Never Forget

Oprah Winfrey has said “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

Celebrating yourself, your employees and those you love and care about, is important. Today’s celebrations in life will be tomorrow’s memories so it is important to pay attention to those special touches and details that capture the moment and stay with you long after the moment has passed.

A Helicopter Tour is a Birthday Experience One Never Forgets
People pay extra attention to certain “milestone” birthdays – 21, 30, 40, 50 and so on. But isn’t any birthday a milestone worth special attention? Instead of a cliché party for someone for someone who doesn’t want to be reminded that they are “Over the Hill,” take them “Up in the Air.” Show them an angle of Chicago they may have never seen before above, over and around Chicago on any one of Vertiport Chicago’s VIP Helicopter Tours.

Aim For Yes In The Air
You may recall a time when you could “simply” ask someone to homecoming or prom before it became not so simple at all. Getting up the courage to approach with a question of “Will You” was enough of a daunting task on its own. Fast forward from whenever that was to present day, and on top of that, becomes that added stressor of how you will ask – a promposal if you will. Everyone wants to know how he or she asked – looking for the wow factor as they search your social media feed for pictures!

Or more important and permanent is an actual engagement proposal. How do you ask someone to share the rest of their life with you while making that one moment last a lifetime? What is the story you want to share again and again? Imagine an exotic car, a decadent dinner, red carpet, champagne and down on one knee before boarding a luxury helicopter to set off over the city. Or a small party of friends waiting with cocktails to toast you as a couple as you land back against the city skyline, no longer just dating, but now engaged!

Celebrate Your Employees and Key Business Milestones With A Corporate Custom Tour Event
Vertiport Chicago’s Custom Tours are a perfect way for companies to reward their employees and celebrate key business milestones. Vertiport’s staff of professional customer service experts will work with you to create a one-of-a-kind corporate experience that’s sure to boost morale. Some of the amenities available through Vertiport’s state-of-the art facility include: VIP lounge for small private parties with catering options available; champagne toast before, after or during your flight; professional photographer to mark the occasion; relationships with key Chicago clubs and venues. The expansive space is perfect for large parties and events as well with entertainment, bands or really anything you can image.

If you can imagine it, the team at Vertiport Chicago can step in and help you make all of these occasions, or any of life’s small or big celebrations, the story that gets told over and over again and fills the photo album of your life. Vertiport’s relationships with local vendors and businesses, along with its beautiful facility and premier helicopter fleet will help make any occasion extraordinary.

Call Vertiport today at 877-902-9292, Ext.1. to share your ideas, or brainstorm for ours, and learn how we can turn your dream vision into reality! For easy online shopping, Gift Certificates are also available online.

The New Front Row Seat for Fireworks

Chicago Fireworks Vertiport Helicopter TourFireworks. That one word most likely evokes instant childhood memories. Celebrating the Fourth of July, with family and friends meant waving a sparkler in the hot summer night air, as you ran around waiting for the magical show that would soon encompass the ebony sky. Trying not to step on anyone’s feet as those around carefully protected the small section of grass they had carved out to gaze at the sky with their own family. And finally, laying back on a blanket and watching in wonderment as the beautiful bursts of color popped high above, letting out an excited “ooh” and “ahh” as you compared your favorite combinations of colors and patterns above. The Fourth of July was magical and, at one time, the only way and day you could see these grand fireworks shows.

As time went on, though, Chicago’s surrounding suburbs sometimes varied viewing dates to July 3rd or 5th. Thus began a fun game of coordination to go with friends to watch in your own community on one date but then to get an encore the next in a nearby town, prolonging the magic an extra day or two. As you compared which town had the best and most brilliant fireworks, and where you could find the best view through trees and surrounding buildings, plans would already begin percolating for the next Fourth of July extravaganza.

Anyone who has watched Chicago’s fireworks knows that our city has spoiled us over the years with its awesome fireworks and many magnificent places to watch its breath taking display of lights and pageantry. There was a break wall just off of DuSable Harbor that used to provide a secret and unique view of the lights from the lake side for those who knew how to access it, while a hidden berm near the now spectacular Maggie Daley Park made you feel a bit closer to the fireworks above. Even in the years that the best view you could get to was out of your car’s sun roof, in the grid locked traffic on the arterial streets of the city, the fireworks shows in Chicago are nothing short of spectacular.

In recent past, Chicago’s Navy Pier has brought the excitement of fireworks to the city all summer long. With fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday night from Memorial Day through Labor Day, there are many opportunities for you to gather with friends and family to watch the show. With viewing options from outside as you stroll along the Pier, or inside perched on the stairs in Exhibition Hall near the full windows, you may feel as up close as you can get. But there is another way to view the amazing fireworks, that is even more spectacular – and that is from a helicopter tour!

Vertiport Chicago VIP Helicopter Tours offers their Chicago Fireworks Tour, all summer long, every Wednesday and Best View of FIreworks Vertiport Helicoter TourSaturday night, in sync with the Navy Pier schedule. This tour offers the best view of the city’s visually exploding fireworks from Chicago’s only Enstrom 480B Helicopter, designed for the ultimate tour experience, with windows above, below and all around! Imagine soaring above the city in this tour, with unobstructed views allowing you to catch glimpses of the fireworks from all angles in the sky. The view is unmatched! Best of all, this is a private flight for up to 4 people making it perfect for a special evening for a family, a group of friends or to entertain out of town guests. With only one tour available for each scheduled fireworks show, though, you must reserve quick! Learn more and book online or call today 877-902-9292 Ext. 1 to find out what dates are still available for the best view of the fireworks in Chicago!

Don’t miss out on this one of a kind experience and add to your memory book of fireworks shows!

Fly The Sky

Are you looking for an adventure – something new and exciting to try in Chicago? How does flying a helicopter sound? This unique experience is brand new to the Chicago sky and offered only at Vertiport Chicago. The Chicago Pilot Experience is exactly what it says – an opportunity for YOU to experience being an actual helicopter pilot!  Chicago Pilot Experience VertiportThis ultimate flight experience takes place in a Guimbal Cabri G2, which includes a dual set of controls in the cockpit. Similar to the Drivers’ Ed cars you may have learned to drive in – these dual controls allow you to assist in your own flight over the city under the careful watch of a highly credentialed pilot and instructor.

This one of a kind experience begins at Vertiport Chicago’s world class facility located in downtown Chicago in the Illinois Medical District.  Upon arrival, you will check in and meet your instructor for this adventure.  Your instructor will take you through a half hour pre flight review in Vertiport’s luxurious dedicated lounge, going over safety and critical instruction points for you to be able to take control of your flight.  Once you have passed the pre flight review, you will walk down the red carpet, like a true VIP, and pause in front of the Guimbal Cabri G2 you’ll be flying for a photo to mark your adventure.

Next up, you and your instructor will board the Guimbal and share the 2 seat cockpit. As you take off towards Chicago’s breathtaking skyline, your instructor will turn over the controls to you to complete your in flight experience over the city. The total experience is approximately 1 hour and includes 30 minute pre flight review and instruction and 20-30 minutes in flight.

As an added memory, you can even purchase a special souvenir video of your experience that you can share with friends and family to showcase YOUR Chicago Pilot Experience.

Reserve your Chicago Pilot Experience today online or by calling 877-902-9292, extension 3.  This also makes a perfect gift for the adventurer in your life!

See Chicago’s Holiday Lights Sparkle From The Sky

As the countdown to the holidays quickly ticks by, the excitement that envelopes the city of Chicago is abundant.  From the 62 feet tall Norway Spruce donated by Darlene Dorfler as the star of Chicago’s 104th Christmas Tree lighting, to the 250 trees lining the Magnificent Mile, to the ZooLights of Lincoln Park Zoo to the green and red bulbs adorning the windows of Chicago’s many skyscrapers – the city is shining bright!!  If you are a resident of the city, or one of its suburbs, it is likely that you have seen these lights twinkling at some point through the years.  And if you are a visitor to the city, you may be wondering the best way to see these amazing holiday light displays.  Either way, why not view the spectacular lights as they sparkle from the sky? From now through January 7th, Vertiport Chicago VIP Helicopter Tours, is offering holiday lights tours as a unique, unparalleled way to see Chicago’s holiday lights as they twinkle with holiday magic.

Vertiport’s Holiday Lights Tours are available Thursday – Sunday, 5:30pm-9:00pm with other days and times available upon request.  See all that Chicago has to offer from a vantage point high above the city on a 12-15 minute tour offers breathtaking views of:  Willis (Sears) Tower, Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile and More!! The 27-30 minute tours includes all of these landmarks plus Wrigley Field, the Museum Campus, Soldier Field and more! Both tours offer private or shared tour options.  All tours begin and end at Vertiport Chicago, Chicago’s only downtown heliport, conveniently located at 1339 South Wood in the Illinois Medical District.

Book online at or call 877-902-9292.  Use promo code HELIDAYTREATS when booking for a special treat of hot cocoa and candy canes.

Reserve your holiday lights tour today, with Vertiport Chicago VIP Helicopter Tours, Chicago’s premier helicopter tour company!

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Vertiport Chicago Opens The Helipad – A Shop For Helicopter Fans

By Michael Cusack

The Helipad

Vertiport CVertiport Chicago Helipad Helicopter Souvenirshicago, the nation’s largest dedicated airport for helicopters, recently opened its onsite gift store – the Helipad.  The Helipad is a retail shop for heliport buffs and just regular folks. Featuring a wide range of items from scale model helicopters to unique award-winning art, the Helipad has something for everyone. 

In addition to helicopter-themed T-shirts and hats, the Helipad has a collection of items that should interest helicopter aficionados.  Vertiport Chicago has collaborated with two amazing organizations, Rhino Air and The Chicago Lighthouse, to bring helicopter-related items to the store that help support their efforts. 

Rhino Air 

Rhino Air is a South Africa-based, non-profit organization that works with game wardens in South Africa’s game Vertiport Helipad Rhino Air extensive preserves to combat rhino poaching.  Worldwide, all species of rhinoceros are under severe pressure as they are killed for their horns which are then used in traditional folk medicine remedies. Poachers hunt down the rhinos with assault rifles or poison, cut off the horns with a chain saw and leave the adult animals to bleed to death. Without the protection of mature adults, young animals then become easy prey for larger predators. If this carnage is left unchecked, rhinos could be facing extinction in a few decades. 

Rhino Air pilots use advanced thermal technology (as pictured) to find poachers at night and then guide park rangers on the ground to intercept poachers before they can kill rhinos.  Seen here is an image of the FLIR 8500 thermal imaging goggles in use, mounted on the nose of a Rhino Air helicopter. Because the pilots can effectively seeVertiport Helipad Rhino Air Pilot in the dark they are able to fly much stealthier and track poachers unseen. Rhino Air pilots are experts in night flying with hundreds of hours of flight experience. 

Vertiport Chicago supports the Rhino Air efforts through the proceeds of T-shirt and hat sales to Rhino Air.  These proceeds go towards the support of aircraft, fuel, parts, pilots, and mechanics.  When you buy a Rhino Air shirt or hat at the Helipad, you are helping in the global fight against wildlife poaching. 


The Chicago Lighthouse 

The Helipad also sells Chicago-themed clocks in partnership with The Chicago Lighthouse.  The Chicago Lighthouse is a world-renowned social service organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and veteran communities with comprehensive vision care and support services.A Chicago institution, having been founded in 1906, The Chicago Lighthouse is widely known for its pioneering work to provide jobs for the visually impaired, providing them with the ability to be financially independent and productive. Perhaps The Chicago Lighthouse is most widely known for its line of wall clocks. The Chicago Lighthouse began producing wall clocks in 1977 for sale to the federal government. Today, it sells to federal, state and municipal agencies, as well as to the commercial market. To date, The Chicago Lighthouse has built and sold more than 5.75 million clocks and counting. Chances are if you are in a state, county, municipal, or federal building you’ve sat in front of a Chicago Lighthouse clock. 

The Chicago Lighthouse, The Helipad and Chicago’s own award-wining photographer Nick Ulivieri have collaborated to produce a line of Chicago-themed wall clocks featuring Nick’s art. Working together, the three-way collaboration continues to support the financial independence of the visually impaired. 

These clocks capture the breath-taking beauty of Chicago’s spectacular skyline. The clocks are for sale at the Helipad in a range of sizes and dial designs, all featuring Chicago as seen from the air. Below you can see the images selected for the clock faces before they are assembled. All clocks come with a 3-year warranty and can be shipped from Vertiport Chicago.  

Vertiport Chicago Helipad Custom Clocks 

In addition, The Helipad has worked with The Chicago Lighthouse to provide you with a custom clock service. If you have a picture from a flight at Vertiport Chicago or in fact, any picture at all, send it to us and we will work with The Chicago Lighthouse to create a one of a kind clock with your image as the clock face. 

Nick Ulivieri-Chicago Photographer 

Extending its work with Nick Ulivieri, The Helipad offers his work in a larger format, up to 6 x 8’, printed on fabric with a collapsible frame for ease of shipping. These high-resolution images bring home the sweeping expanse of Chicago’s magnificent skyline. 

Helicopter Souvenirs 

Rounding out its line-up, the Helipad offers a range of helicopter and aviation souvenirs from scale model, metal die cast helicopters to models carved in fine hardwood and on to diecut models of notable Chicago buildings like the Hancock or Willis (Sears Tower). 

Next time you are looking for a unique gift you can stop by the Helipad at Vertiport Chicago 1339 S Wood Street in the Illinois Medical District.

While you’re there, consider taking a helicopter tour of the Lake Michigan shoreline for an unforgettable experience. My favorite time is at dusk so you can get spectacular lighting over the lake to the east or to the west, with the setting sun backlighting the City of Broad shoulders. Sweet Home Chicago. Visit our web site to view tour details and book your seat today! 

Chicago Helicopter Tours – A Beautiful Way to See the City

By Michael Cusack

Chicago is famous worldwide for its dramatic skyline and diverse architecture, spanning the history of skyscrapers. Most people see Chicago from street level and that view itself is impressively neck-craning. Others venture out down the Chicago River on Chicago’s architectural boat tours. 

Now there is a third way and it may be the most impressive of all: by helicopter. Vertiport Chicago, North America’s largest helicopter airport, is located just minutes from downtown. You can make your reservation on Navy Pier and grab a free Lyft over to Vertiport Chicago. From there, you take off from the  Vertiport and see all the major sights from the air:  Shedd Aquarium;  Adler Planetarium; Navy Pier and its Ferris wheel; Millennium Park and the Cloud Gate sculpture (locals call it the Bean); all the famous sports venues including, Soldier Field, home of the NFL Chicago Bears; Major League Baseball’s White Sox and their Guaranteed Rate Field; the United Center, home of the NHL  Blackhawks and the NBA Bulls; and finally Wrigley Field, home of the always lovable and now invincible, World Champion Chicago Cubs. 

On the way back you fly through the city for a close-up view of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower. If you’re lucky there will be people outside on the Skydeck ledge that you can wave to as they take your picture flying by! 

Chicago Skyline Helicoppter Tour
Chicago Helicopter Tour Skyline View

Depending on the time of day you choose for your flight, you can catch the sunrise on the iconic lakefront or setting behind the City of Broad Shoulders for a truly remarkable view. If there is a special someone in your life, then I recommend taking off in time to catch the liquid golden light of sunset backlighting the skyline as the lake sinks into the cobalt blue of evening. By the time the sun has set the lights below look like jewels scattered on black velvet.   I call these golden hour flights, the perfect time for a special occasion.

We’ve hosted anniversaries, birthdays, quinceaneras, bar/bat mitzvahs and proms but best of all are the proposal flights. We very much enjoy hearing about all the plotting and scheming that goes into an engagement proposal. Our pilots are happy to participate, hiding the ring, flowers, chocolate, or champagne. What a treat to for us to see the happy couple after one of these flights! 

Call Vertiport Chicago today at 877-902-9292 and let us help you set up your perfect helicopter tour!  Tours are operated by Vertiport Chicago’s operator partners.