balloonscottolson90307183 Guide To Ballooning Above Chicago

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Experience the freedom of floating across the sky, with a bird’s eye view of Chicagoloand. See the skyline from a whole new vantage point!

Balloon rides near Chicago are generally flown around Sunrise or Sunset providing a beautiful back drop for the trip.

When is the best time to fly a hot air balloon?

The best time to fly in Illinois is when the wind is at its stillest. This usually occurs just after sunrise and around sunset.

How high do hot air balloons fly? How long can they stay up?

Usually most balloons fly between 500 feet and 1000 feet high although they can fly both higher and lower than this. The length of time a hot air balloon can stay up depends on the amount of fuel (liquid propane) it carries. Most balloons will carry enough propane to remain in flight for around two hours, but the length of time that the fuel lasts depends on factors such as the weather, weight and the temperature.

How big are hot air balloons? How fast do they go?

Usually, hot air balloons range from 1840 to 2973 cubic meters in volume and stand at approximately 63 feet tall. Commercial and special shapes are usually much bigger. Once in flight, the balloons travel as fast as the wind surrounding them.

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