Chicago Hot Air Balloon Ride

Drift Over Beautiful Northeastern Illinois On a Hot Air Balloon Flight

About This Experience

General Information hide

Experience the fun and adventure of riding in a Hot Air Balloon during this exciting sixty-minute airborne adventure over Chicagoland.

Your experience gift begins when you meet your Pilot and their Crew at the launch location. You will start off helping with the inflation of the balloon at Sunrise or just before Sunset. Once Pilot determines that the balloon is ready for flight, you and the rest of the guests will climb into the basket as the Pilot continues to heat the air inside the balloon's envelope. When it becomes "lighter than air" the Balloon will ascend to over 1,000 feet, offering breathtaking views of the beautiful Illinois landscape below - so don't forget your camera!

Upon landing, you'll enjoy a traditional champagne toast before helping the Pilot and Crew pack up the balloon and head back to the original launch location. So whether you are looking for a unique gift or for a way to celebrate a special occasion, this Chicago Balloon Ride is the ticket!

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Where It's Located hide

  • Elgin, Illinois

Who Is Included hide

The Chicago Hot Air Balloon Ride Xperience Certificate® is for one participant. There will be approximately five additional participants on the flight.

This experience is not suitable for non-paying guests.

When It Is Offered hide

The Chicago Balloon Rides are offered May thru October subject to availability. Flights take place at Sunrise and Sunset, appointment times will vary upon the time of year the flight is scheduled.

How Long Is It hide

The Chicago Hot Air Balloon Rides have a flight time of approximately 1 hour and a total duration of approximately 3 hours.

Weather hide

The Chicago Balloon Flights may be cancelled by the Pilot due to high winds, heavy rain, fog or other inclement weather.

What To Wear hide

Dress comfortably, flat rubber-soled shoes and layers are recommended for this open air adventure.

Additional Information hide

Participation in the Hot Air Balloon Experience is limited to individuals weighing less than 220lbs and less than 6'5" tall.

Participants must be able to stand for a minimum of 90 minutes, should be at least 8 years of age and also a minimum of 4' tall. Individuals who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions which are considered unsafe conditions are not eligible to participate.

Participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form prior to flight.


Reservation Information hide

All changes to reservations for the Chicago Hot Air Ballooning Experience require fourteen (14) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.

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