The Chicago Files

A CANADIAN EXPAT'S EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS LIVING IN THE WINDY CITY!

Wow…..That sums up my recent helicopter ride over Chicago with the outstanding company, “Chicago Helicopter Experience“!  I’ll be writing 3 posts about my experience gliding above Lake Michigan and the downtown Chicago shoreline.  I’m going to start by answering my own question:  “Would I take the tour again?” You bet I would, and I plan on it; next time, a night tour to see the luminescent Chicago skyline!

I wasn’t exactly certain what to expect from my first helicopter ride. Having seen my fair share of whirly-birds from a distance, it was almost a surreal experience actually riding in one.  Despite the fact this might sound silly, to me it actually felt almost dreamlike.  Have you ever had a dream where you are flying; you know, floating and/or jetting around, but not in a conventional aircraft?

The ‘dream sequence’ started when we took off.  Given the fact helicopters can make some pretty quick and interesting maneuvers, I felt as if I was seeing the familiar in a most unfamiliar manner. Within mere seconds, we were up and away headed toward Lake Michigan, with the downtown area looming large in the background.

See what I mean? As I looked to my left with my nose practically scraping the large window (throwback to a child looking in a candy store window, perhaps?) there it was, downtown Chicago, the Willis (Sears) Tower (the largest, dark building), and the Chicago River, all at once!  I tried to take in as much as I possibly could, desperately hoping to miss absolutely nothing in my view!

Having seen so many of Chicago’s iconic buildings up close and in small scenes, one room or floor at a time, provided a framework of sorts when I saw them in their ‘entirety’!! Good heavens, there was the Adler Planetarium in its full regalia:

The Adler is the round building jetting out, practically ‘in’ Lake Michigan!

By the way, I wanted to give you some information on this extremely unique tour that will not only appeal to tourists, but to Chicagoans as well:

Behind the Scenes:

Chicago Helicopter Experience (CHE) is starting its 5th year of providing astounding views of downtown Chicago and the lakefront. With a current fleet of 4 helicopters and 5 pilots, there are a number of tours to choose from, ranging from day, twilight, and evening tours along the lakefront and downtown Chicago areas.  When I asked CHE what people can expect from any of the tours, they mentioned that it will be an epic experience that you will remember for a lifetime.  I agree completely!

I’ll leave you at the Adler Planetarium for the moment!  Next time, I’ll take you with me as we take a look at the John Hancock Building (“Big John”, as the locals call it) with the Chicago River meandering its way through the downtown area.  I’ve got a lot more to share with you!!

Here is the contact information to check out this incredible Chicago adventure:

Website:  https://www.chicagohelicopterexperience.com/

Phone:  312.967.8687

Special thanks to Katie Cameron from CHE for her gracious assistance!  

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36 thoughts on “How To See Chicago From A Captivating Angle – Part 1

  1. John says:

    Sounds and looks great Cher! I’ve had two Flying dreams to date, awesome. Want more!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi John! Thank you! Well then you know exactly what I experienced! “Want more” flying dreams or pics? *LOL* Cher xo

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  2. Such beautiful views and nothing beats the experience of your first Helicopter ride .. I went over the Rockies in 2000 for a 30 minute ride.. WOW is the only word to describe it.. Hope to catch more stunning views soon. xxx

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi dear Sue! Oh my goodness, did you? That must have been absolutely remarkable! I cannot even imagine! Ah, bless; thank you, Sue! I’ll be posting more soon!! I hope you have a wonderful week! Blessings, Cher xo

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      1. Yes a 25th Wedding anniversary gift to ourselves to travel coast to coast across Canada.. It all was spectacular.. 🙂

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Ah, bless! That is lovely, Sue! Talk about a beautiful gift! I love it! Cher xo

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      3. seaangel4444 says:

        🙂 🙂 xo

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  3. 2e0mca says:

    Lovely shots and commentary Cher 🙂 Thanks for sharing !

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why thank you so kindly! There are more to come! Cher xo

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      1. 2e0mca says:

        Great – Looking forward to those 🙂

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  4. Wow for a beautiful post and experience, as you got there Cher 😀
    I have tried too, but only in Denmark by helicopter.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, Irene! Oh have you? I would love to see Denmark! That would be an incredible experience, Irene! More pics to come this week! Cher xo

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      1. I’m looking forward to your pictures, Cher. I didn’t take pictures at my trip, it was together with my kids, while they were not so old, so I was busy talking with them about all.

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Thank you, Irene! Oh, that is totally understandable! But I am sure you have fond memories of the experience along with the kids! Cher xo

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  5. I love these posts. It’s such a different perspective and the photographs are GORGEOUS. I’ve never seen the city this way and it truly does look different and like something I’ve never seen before and I’ve lived here my entire life. LOL Fabulous.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Well didn’t you just make my entire week, my fellow Chicagoan! It really does put a completely different perspective on our city, doesn’t it? I am so glad to hear that you see the city looking differently and yet it’s a place you are so familiar with! I’ve got more to share!! Thank you, my dear! Cher xo

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  6. Amy says:

    Awesome view!! How it was like to be up there… ?

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Isn’t it cool, Amy? It was an incredible feeling! I just kept feeling that I was in a dream! I’ll be doing some more posts with more photos this week! I want to go up again!! *LOL* Cher xo

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      1. Amy says:

        What an exciting experience! 🙂 xo

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        If you ever come to Chicago, you must take this tour, Amy! Cher xo

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  7. What a wonderful experience, Cher, and such fantastic photography.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ah, bless! Thank you so much, Hugh! I am super grateful for your lovely compliments! I’ll be sharing more photos soon! I was so worried I’d be in that helicopter and all my photos wouldn’t turn out! Cher xo

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      1. I have done a helicopter tour over London and New York, but it was before the days of mobile phones. I’ve got the photos somewhere, but they are probably buried deep in a drawer.
        Looking forward to part 2, Cher.
        xx

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Oh have you, Hugh? Those must have been absolutely incredible scenes! Ah, thank you, Hugh! I really appreciate it! Cher xo

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  8. What a great ride, and great way to get lots of great city photos that you own the copyrights to.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh most definitely it is a great ride! Ah yes, thank you for the reminder! Cher xo

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  9. yogaleigh says:

    You’re making me so nostalgic! Thanks so much for sharing these with us.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ah, hi Leigh! Well thank you!! Please stay tuned for more nostalgia!! Cher xo

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  10. Fantastic views and photos, Cher x

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ah, thanks so much, Chrissie!! Cher xo

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  11. RMW says:

    What an experience… and such great photos. Never been up in a helicopter so I have to do it vicariously.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why thank you so much! Ah, I hadn’t been up in a helicopter until that day! Perhaps you will get the chance sometime, as I know YOUR photos would be magnificent! Cher xo

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