Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Best Chicago Hot Air Balloon Rides

Our hot air balloon rides take off approximately 100 miles north of the Chicago Loop. We know, it’s a little bit of a drive, but we don’t want to be bumping into Chicagoland buildings, so we need wide open space. Since the exact location depends upon your particular pilot and the wind/weather on the day of your ride, we will confirm the precise launch location of your ride when you make your booking. Then, if there are any changes, we will confirm those beforehand.

No. We go where the wind takes us! The pilot can control the balloon as it goes up and down, but can’t steer the balloon the same way you would a helicopter or plane. We will land in a safe, flat space, but it likely won’t be in the same area that we take off from.

The chase crew will return you to your vehicles. We have a hot air balloon chase crew that will be following us in their vehicles as we fly. They will help us to pack up the balloon once we land, and then they will drive you back to our take off point.

The time that we are in the air will be roughly 45 minutes to one hour, but the entire experience will last about two hours from the time you arrive to the time we get you back to your vehicle.

Participants must be at least 10 years old, and we do not have a maximum age limit. You must be at least 10 and physically able to stand in the balloon basket for one hour.

Wear clothes that are comfortable for the current weather on the day of your flight. Then, bring an additional layer of clothing along just in case. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing.

We can not take passengers who are pregnant aboard the hot air balloon. We also advise against riding if you have a heart condition. Another requirement is that you be able to stand for the duration of the ride. If you have any questions or concerns about your physical condition, please speak to your physician before your ride.

If the wind and/or weather is too unsafe for hot air balloon flying on the day of your ride, we will have to cancel and help you reschedule your ride for a different day.

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