iFly provides a simulated skydiving experience. Within a wind tunnel at their facility, one can experience the sensation of free-falling from an airplane, without the potential danger, fear of heights, and plane ride that actual sky-diving involves. The 14-foot vertical tunnel is a highly controlled flying environment.
No experience is necessary to participate, and kids as young as 3 years old are allowed to fly. Certified instructors guide participants in pre-flight training and through the actual flight. The flight consists of floating on a column of air, while wearing a flight suit, helmet and goggles. One flight is 60 seconds long, and the entire iFLY experience takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes and includes the preparation and training process.
The most basic beginner package offered is $69.95, and provides an introduction to flying, 2 flights for 1 person, flight equipment rental, and personal assistance through the process. It can be beneficial to reserve a flight as much as a few weeks in advance, since flying times fill up.
iFLY Rosemont is 24 miles from downtown Chicago, and is located in the Village of Rosemont at the MB Financial Park, behind the Rosemont Entertainment District. Plenty of free 2-hour parking spots are available directly outside the facility.
Open M-Th 10a to 10p; F 10a to 11p; Sat 9a to 11p; Sun 9a to 10p.
iFly Naperville is located at 1752 Freedom Dr., just south of Independence Ave. Bonus: There's a Jason's Deli super close!
IFly Lincoln Park is located at 800 West Scott St. 60610. Halsted is nearest north-south street. This location is closed on Wednesdays.