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How To Create Your Chicago Bucket List

Oxford dictionary defines a bucket list as A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. Sounds inspiring doesn’t it? Do you have a bucket list? If not, are you motivated to start one?

Bucket lists can often include big, exotic items with far away travel destinations or adrenaline pumping experiences that you need to build up to or save for; so how about starting with an attainable list of Chicago bucket list items?

Chicago Helicopter TourOK, let’s get you started. Dedicate a notebook or journal for your bucket list creation. You can even download one of the many bucket list apps now available or start a file on your laptop, phone or other favorite electronic device. Regardless of the where and how, start a list of things that you would like to do – this year, the next five yearswhatever makes sense with your goals. You can list all of the amazing things you have already done in Chicago to feel accomplished right out of the gate and by proxy burn these great experiences to long term memory.

There are so many incredible places to visit and things to do within the grasp of the city’s boundaries, that they can often be overlooked because they are so accessible.

Here is a list of 10 bucket list things to do in Chicago. Summer is around the corner and it is perfect time to check many of these Chicago destination experiences off your list!

  1. Visit Willis Tower Skydeck. Every day, people drive into the city, walk from the train or look at an iconic city panoramic on the local news, and the recognizable Willis, or Sears as many still refer to it, stands tall and proud as one of the most recognizable pieces of Chicago’s skyline. When was the last time, if ever, that you went up into the Tower? Step out onto the Skydeck today and experience an unbelievable view of up to 4 states!
  2. Go to 360 Chicago which is located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building. Like Willis Tower, this is an iconic part of our beautiful cityscape in Chicago. You can visit the 360 Chicago Observation Deck to experience one of the best views in the city, either on its own, or pair it with an exciting “ride” on the Tilt and lean out into the city for an unmatched thrill experience and a completely unique perspective of the city.
  3. Spend a night at a museum. In 2006, the Night At The Museum trilogy began by taking us into the secret after dark antics of the American Museum of Natural History, opening our imaginations to what perhaps plays out after hours at this spectacular keeper of history. Did you know that Chicago offers overnight experiences at many of its very own museums? Take on the adventure with an overnight at the Field Museum’s Dozin’ With the Dinos , the Museum of Science and Industry’s Science Snoozeum or even the Shedd Aquarium’s Asleep With The Fishes.
  4. Go shopping. Visitors travel from all corners of the globe to experience the amazing shopping in the city of Chicago. When was the last time you headed into the city, for no other reason than to just shop? The Magnificent Mile offers access to world famous retailers, flagship stores and Chicago boutiques, as does Water Tower Place. Browse the displays in Nike, Burberry, The American Girl Store and countless others for an experience that goes beyond just a regular day at the mall. Incorporate a Chicago restaurant on your bucket list for a delicious lunch break and a double list check off!
  5. Immerse yourself in the culture that made Chicago a great melting pot. Chicago offers many great cultural experiences just blocks from the Loop. Neighborhoods such as Greektown, Chinatown, Little Italy and many more include restaurants, shopping and festivals offering tastes and wares from around the world.
  6. Spend the night in the city. Plan a staycation in Chicago and spend the night in one of Chicago’s many hotel rooms. The variety of big brands and boutique hotels is unmatched. Let Choose Chicago, Chicago’s official visitors’ bureau, help you find the perfect room for you!Vertiport Chicago Doors Off Photo Flight
  7. Ride the Ferris Wheel. The Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier features enclosed gondolas, where you can enjoy the unique views of the Chicago skyline. The Wheel boasts 360-degree views of the city from heights of nearly 200 feet.
  8. View the city from sea, land and air. Chicago’s spectacular skyline and architecture offer unique perspectives from however you choose to view the sights. Vertiport Chicago VIP Helicopter Tours is Chicago’s premier helicopter tour company and has a variety of helicopter experiences for whatever type of adventure you are up for, including a Doors-Off Photo Flight for the ultimate photo opportunity and the Chicago Pilot Experience, which allows you to take control of the helicopter while in flight!
  9. Go to a play. Chicago’s theatre district includes an array of beautiful, historic theatres featuring amazing productions from all genres. Whether it’s the long running Broadway hit Hamilton playing at the CIBC Theatre, the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago at the historic Cadillac Palace Theatre, or any of the other myriad of featured shows, you will not be disappointed. Visit Broadway in Chicago for current productions, locations and tickets.Chicago Bears Soldier Field Stadium
  10. See a sporting event. Over the years, Chicago has been fortunate to play home to Championship teams in a number of professional sports – the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Cubs or White Sox Baseball, Blackhawks – as well as many minor league and college teams. Come to a game at one of the city’s historic stadiums and experience the love of the game up close and personal. Tickets and schedules can be viewed at Ticketmaster.

Chicago offers all of this and so much more. Start your bucket list today and experience all that Chicago has to offer!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This time of year is magical. The carolers sing about it – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year; It’s Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas; Happy Holidays and on and on. If you couple those timeless favorites with Frank Sinatra’s My Kind of Town, an image of Chicago at this time of year comes alive. From mid-November on, there is a twinkle to the city that takes over; the bustle in the air, the excitement of busy visitors and opportunities for all senses to experience the holiday magic of the city.

Chicago offers many holiday traditiHoliday Lights Chicagoons that have been part of the city’s culture for decades – allowing you to literally walk in the shoes of your parents, grandparents and maybe even great grandparents. Chicago has a unique way of blending old and new, from its architecture to its attractions. What’s more, each year new places and events show up on the “holiday must see” list, ensuring that there is always something fun and interesting to see or do!

The Food
The Walnut Room at Macy’s on State Street, opened in 1905, and continues to be a symbol of holiday decadence, with its special holiday décor and menu and elegant tree. Still featuring the original Mrs. Hering’s chicken pot pie on the menu, it is a destination for theater goers, holiday shoppers and a rich tradition for many Chicago natives.
Just blocks away in Daley Plaza, the Christkindlmarket  brings a piece of German and European holiday traditions to Chicago. A tradition that goes back to 1545 in Germany, the market marks its 23rd year in Chicago. Enjoy the warm scents and flavors of strudel and potato pancakes, as you browse the selection of souvenirs and take in the décor of the Plaza.

The Drinks
During the holidays, many local establishments pull out all the stops to share their holiday cheer. Long time local favorite, Butch McGuire’s  is a must see for many Chicagoans, and now combines its holiday decoration traditions with support for a local charity. You can even buy a commemorative Butch McGuire ornament which also supports their chosen charity.

Aside from all of the year round businesses decking their halls for the holidays, Chicago now plays home to a niche market of pop-up bars. The holiday pop-up bars come around just for the season and are themed in food, décor and drink. Located throughout the city, and inspired by holiday favorites such as “A Christmas Story” and “Frosty” some even offer viewing of holiday movies. Don’t wait long though, they’ll be gone once the holidays have passed.

The Activities
In addition to the great flavors and libations, there is never a shortage of fun activities!

Regardless of weather, even the novice ice skater can enjoy time on the rink. There are indoor and outdoor rinks located around the city. In the Loop, Maggie Daley Park’s Skating Ribbon and the Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink offer beautiful outdoor skating with the city’s scenic skyline as a backdrop. If the weather outside is frightful, though, head over to Navy Pier, where the Winter Wonderfest features an indoor rink, sheltered from the cold and elements of the Chicago winter.

Be sure to take in the Christmas Around the World at the Museum of Science and Industry. This holiday exhibit of more than 50 trees and displays, adorned with decorations from around the world, began in 1942 with a single tree.

The Lights
There is an extra magical glow that comes out in the city after dark. The holiday lights sparkle all around, from the Magnificent Mile to Lincoln Park Zoo to the city’s skyscrapers. The twinkle from the lights is truly breathtaking. While you can view the lights as you walk or drive the city, there is a new way to experience the lights.

Vertiport Chicago VIP Helicopter Tours offers the Holiday Lights tours for an unparalleled view of the lights from up above and within the skyline. Get a view of the lights from a vantage point high above the holiday crowds on a 15 minute private helicopter tour for 4, complete with hot cocoa, candy canes and epic views of the holiday decorations. For more information, call Vertiport at 877-902-9292 Ext.1 or visit the web site.  Holiday Lights Tours run through January 6, 2019 so book yours today.

Happy Holidays and enjoy all the city of Chicago offers this season!

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 www.vertiportviptours.com 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.