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Taking a helicopter tour of Chicago is a unique way to view the Chicago skyline. The Chicago landmarks can be seen from a unique perspective and the thrill of flying in a helicopter is a memory that can last a lifetime. Whether it is for a special occasion or just for the thrill, a helicopter tour of Chicago is one of the best ways to view the city.

Rotor Zen Helicopters, Inc.
6150 S. Laramie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638
(800) 979-3370

Rotor Zen Helicopters, Inc. offers helicopter rides and tours of Chicago; it also offers commercial helicopter services. Its Chicago helicopter tour leaves from Atlantic Aviation at Midway Airport and customers can park for free at Atlantic Aviation. The tour lasts approximately 30 minutes and costs $199 per person. The helicopter can carry a maximum of three passengers per flight with a minimum of two passengers required. Solo passengers are placed with other passengers. The helicopter tour will provide a view of Chicago that is not possible from the ground level. Examples of Chicago sites that can be viewed from the air are Navy Pier, Lake Michigan, Wrigley Field, The Willis (Sears) Tower, The John Hancock Building and many more.

Chicago Helicopter Express
Chicago Executive Airport, Hangar 10
1071 S. Wolf Road
Wheeling, IL 60090
(856) 359-4354

Chicago Helicopter Express offers an exceptional way to view the Chicago skyline and also offers other helicopter transport options. Scenic air tours of Chicago are conducted Thursday through Saturday all year long out of Chicago Executive Airport. The tours are 35 minutes long and are narrated by the pilot with information and unique facts about the City of Chicago. The day rate for a 35-minute helicopter tour is as follows: one passenger – $199, two passengers – $360, three passengers – $529 and four passengers – $679. There are additional charges for sunset tours, night tours, fireworks tours, romantic/proposal tours and dinner tours.

AM Air Service
Schaumburg Regional Airport
905 W. Irving Park Road
Schaumburg, IL 60193
(847) 602-1888

AM Air Service offers a Chicago helicopter tour of the “Loop” while seeing famous Chicago landmarks such as Willis (Sears) Tower, The John Hancock Building, Navy Pier, Millennium Park and the Chicago River. During the summer months, the helicopter is flown with the doors off for a more exciting flight experience. The cost for a 45-minute tour of the City of Chicago for one to three passengers is $525.

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Sun Aero Helicopters, Inc.
Lansing Municipal Airport
195th & S. Burnham Ave.
Lansing, IL 60438
(708) 895-8958

Sun Aero Helicopters, Inc. offers a Chicago Skyline Tour of downtown attractions. The 35-minute tour is offered from sunrise to after dark, seven days a week. The cost is $166 per passenger or $130 per passenger for a group of four. There is also a 35-minute Romantic Sunset Tour offered with a bottle of champagne or wine with chiller and glasses at a cost of $190 per passenger or $150 per passenger for a group of four.

Wilco Helicopters, Inc.
Chicago, IL
(773) 491-5951

Wilco Helicopters, Inc. provides a complete range of helicopter services. The company provides touring services of Chicago and beyond. Call or e-mail to receive a quote for the type of tour desired.

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