Now, we’ve discussed whether a helicopter tour is even worth the money, and final verdict: yes. In Chicago? Hell yes. If I had wings (more like a bird, not an angel, because I may/may not have a halo, as I’ve “heard”), I’d definitely live in Chicago. The skyline always gets me but, from an aerial perspective, it’s mind-blowing and insanely commanding.
With my friend Ian, I boarded CHE Tours (Chicago Helicopter Experience) for a 15-minute helicopter ride in the Windy City.
If you’re going to do a helicopter tour, you better have a great camera. Like this amazing Canon on sale at Amazon.
Now, the pilot flew us along the shore, and we observed the iconic skyline from a distance (but also veered pretty close on the way back for the money shot). A sunset tour (highly recommended!) is less than $200, and photographers basically freak out over this one (hint: the most photographic tour).
The last time I flew above Chicago in a helicopter tour was in an all-glass (!!!) helicopter, but this time around was equally thrilling with the bird’s-eye view of Wrigley Field, the beaches and, of course, the numerous high-rise towers.
Also, Ian and I had the flight all to ourselves, which definitely made it feel pretty VIP with the VIP (Very Important Pilot). Anyway, let’s all take a moment to appreciate helicopters… they get little love!
You definitely have to book a helicopter CHE when you’re in Chicago… I mean, no filter with these photos.